Artist Reception at Riverwalk Gallery

The final Art & Wine Walk of 2017 brought a number of visitors to our exhibit at the Riverwalk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks. The exhibit, Past & Present Passages, Paintings and Drawings by Lucille Nelson and 30 Bowls in 30 Days, Pottery by Janet Johnson closed after the reception. The public was invited to meet the artists at the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, October 28.

Kat Allen, Janet Johnson and Lucille Nelson



Lucille Nelson’s exhibition, “Past and Present Passages,” was a selection of her works she has created since mid-2000. Lucille’s works evoke the feeling of being carried from your current place and time–transporting the viewer to a farmyard in the 1950s, to a lake in northern Minnesota or among children playing in a yard.

Janet Johnson and Lucille Nelson

“When painting people, I really try to capture who they are,” Lucille recalls. “I’ve always felt as if something is guiding my hand.”

Self-taught, Lucille is an accomplished regional artist, and has been awarded several honors in regional art shows. Using a detailed technique to create landscapes, portraits and wildlife, Lucille’s art depicts feelings of nostalgia, serenity, nature and humanity.

Janet Johnson, of Malung, Minnesota, is a renowned ceramics artist and painter. She teaches, collaborates, hosts events and creates art from her studio in Roseau, River’s Edge Studio.

Artists Janet Johnson and Lucille Nelson


“After retiring from full-time teaching English and Visual Arts (Warroad Public School), I received an Arts Council grant to purchase a used kiln and electric wheel so I could catch up for all those years that I had little time to be personally creative. Since then, my pottery has improved greatly because I now have the time to practice.”


Recently, she challenged herself to finish a series of large bowls on her pottery wheel, forming thirty unique bowls in thirty days. Using 3–6 pounds of various types of clay, each bowl has different shaping, altering, trimming and glazing techniques. This timely collection is truly a diverse accomplishment by a single artist.


For more information about our exhibits and artists’ receptions, please contact Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email