A graduate of Worthington High School, Kimberly Jansen has been working as a nationally recognized miniature artist since 1996. According to Jansen, miniature art is an age-old art dating back to the 16th century before printing presses and photography. Now there are miniature art societies around the world and in 2006, Jansen was selected as a signature member of the Miniature Artists of America. When studying art in the Worthington high school, Jansen’s teachers would say, "focus on one thing. Find one thing that you love." Once she found miniature art, Jansen said, "Yeah, this is my thing. This is what I want to do." Jansen writes "Celebrate God's creation and give him the glory" on the back of every one of her paintings. “I'm just copying what he created so I do want to give him the glory, “ she said.
Tammy DeGruchy Grubbs discovered Pipestone 13 years ago after she was hired to work for 3 months creating a mural at the Washinton High School. “My kids loved the place, they just absolutely loved everyone in Pipestone, and the schools and stuff,” Grubbs recalled. So they decided to give the town a try. A native of New Mexico, Grubbs has been painting since she was five. She is a nationally recognized teacher and lecturer who creates custom sets for theaters, murals for restaurants and coffee houses, and personal commissions for individuals. “I think it's just exciting and thrilling to be an artist.” Grubbs said. “You constantly evolve and you constantly find new things and new ways to do things.”
After graduating from Pipestone High School, Rona Johnston traveled all around the US and Canada selling her beadwork, leatherwork and carvings. She has studied sacred pipe carving under several teachers and now works with Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemakers, an organization based in Pipestone centered around the pipestone quarries located in the Pipestone National Monument. “I moved away because I wanted to see the world and I didn't want to stay in a small town anymore,” explained Johnston. Eventually she made her way back to Pipestone and found herself going down into the pipestone quarries. “I would take some time and say some prayers,” said Johnston. “It really helped me find my direction.”