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RWAG: Snapshots in Time – Beau Bakken



Beau Bakken, Hallock, Mn

June 29, 2016 – July 31, 2016


AnEveningOutWithFriends(Warren, MN) The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce the opening of “Snapshots In Time,” an exhibit of acrylic paintings by Beau Bakken of Hallock, Minnesota. Mr. Bakken who received the NWMAC 2016 Artist of the Year Award, will be featured in our East Grand Forks gallery Wednesday, June 29, 2016, through Sunday, July 31, 2016.
WestWallofExhibitLife-long resident of far northwestern Minnesota, Bakken learned art creation from his father, artist Rock Bakken, but also credits his sixth-grade teacher with his “favorite art lesson”: “Paint what you see, not what you think you see.” His artwork includes wall murals throughout the northwest Minnesota region, and award-winning acrylic paintings.


SouthwestCornerOfExhibitSuccess for Bakken comes with frugality, investing time in his artwork and family, instead of social media. He uses plastic lids for palettes, and inexpensive paints and brushes for best results. His basement serves as a studio, where he signed a spatter on a corner of the carpet.


EastWallofExhibitBeau Bakken sums up his exhibit as simply as his methods: “If there is a theme to this particular exhibit…it would revolve around snapshots in time. They are simply moments of my life or of others I know.” Scenes from places as diverse as Haiti, Duluth, France, Spain, and his family’s farm are captured for his simply amazing portfolio.

“Snapshots In Time” is available for viewing during gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sun., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall, East Grand Forks, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s. Parking is available in the large lot next to Mamma Maria’s.

We welcome private showings, and are happy to answer all questions. For more information call the arts council office at 218-745-9111 or contact the gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email:

TRFActs! Into the Woods! June 20-25, 2016

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater


Stephen Sondheim’s


June 20-25 – 7PM, NCTC Theater


Into the woodsStep into a magical world where storybook characters come to life and weave their stories into a musical tale when the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater brings Stephen Sondheim’s masterpiece “Into the Woods” to the Northland College Theater from June 20-25 at 7 p.m. each evening.

ITW princess and CinderWith a cast of 20 veteran performers under the direction of Gretchen Weinrich (general director), Sherry Knott (vocal director) and Phil McKenzie (orchestra), “Into the Woods” is bound to please audiences of all ages. Brianna Helm will serve as piano accompanist in the orchestra pit.


The cast includes Jonathan Mansk-Mysterious Man/Narrator; Brenna Skallet-Cinderella; Andrew Hanson-Jack; Diane Krause-Jack’s Mother; Isaiah Burkel-Baker; Leah Wattenphul-Baker’s Wife; DJ Parenteau-Cinderella’s Stepmother; Nicole Rairdon-Florinda; Anna M. Barth-Lucinda; Scott Pream-Cinderella’s Father; Jocelyn Hams-Little Red Ridinghood; Jane Anderson-Witch; Sherry Knott-Cinderella’s Mother/Giant; Ginger Kirkeby-Stumbo- Rapunzel; Tyson Panek-Rapunzel’s Prince; Max Kuhlhammer-Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince; Alexis Lane-Steward; Rene Mooney-Granny; Grace Brickson-Snow White; and Shelby Pahlen-Sleeping Beauty.

ITW Jack and cowEmma Halvorson will serve as stage manager, with costumes by Jane Anderson, prop and set design by Philip Hoks, lights and sound by Max Anderson and Liam Liden.


ITW WitchTickets are on sale now and may be purchased at Pennington Main, Pennington Square, Digikey’s East Entrance during business hours, and at the door. Also, patrons may purchase a Flexpass good for three performances of bearer’s choice. Flexpasses are only available at Digikey.

This activity is funded in part by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund.

ITW full cast

ND Museum of Art Artist in Residence Opportunity

North Dakota Museum of Art

Artist in Residence Opportunity

North Dakota Museum of Art McCanna House


North Dakota Museum of Modern Art Artist in ResidencyIn 2010, Margery McCanna left her 1920 French country style home to the North Dakota Museum of Art as an artist-in-residence house. This beautiful home sits on 10 acres of land 25 miles west of Grand Forks.

North Dakota Museum of Art Residency HouseIn 2014, a major storm went through (and wood peckers had their way with the cedar siding) damaging the property and taking out trees. Unfortunately, some of the trees hit portions of the house.


North Dakota Museum of Art Artist Residency HouseNorth Dakota Museum of Art has been working to repair the house and yard since then. Finally, the house is back in order. As they did not know when projects would be finalized, they did not fill the 2016 artist-in-residence schedule. There are openings in July and August.

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting residencies in writing, visual arts, and music. Due to the short notice NDMoA has waived the application fee.

Matthew Wallace
North Dakota Museum of Art
Deputy Director

McCanna House Artist Residency Application

About McCanna House:

North Dakota Museum of Art presents a unique opportunity with the McCanna House Artist-in-Residence Program. This retreat consists of a 1920’s farmhouse and large outlying steel building in the midst of the thriving farmland of the Red River Valley of Eastern North Dakota. While the residency affords no dedicated media specific facilities at this time, the open mutable space of the house, barn and grounds affords opportunity for the creation of work in many scales. The powerfully vast physical space of the Great Plains allows the imagination to run wild, with the close proximity to large scale agriculture drawing one into the cycles of growth and harvest. Out of this open horizon emerges a peace and presence of mind uniquely conducive to creativity and artistic shift.

About the Artist Residency Program:

The residency consists of 3-5 week blocks of time layered throughout the operating year. Winter dictates that the house is only open from June 1st to the end of September. At this time in the evolution of the program, there will only be 1 to 3 individuals on the property at a time.  While there are no expectations for the artist to complete finished work during the residency, a pair of presentations will let the local and museum communities know what the artist is working on/through/with…. Artists are asked only to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there.

Warroad Summer Theatre Needs You!


Is that person you?

Warroad Summer Theatre

NEED #1:  Our first play of the summer opens June 16, and our leading young man had to withdraw due to bronchitis.  Is there ANYONE out there, or do you KNOW of anyone in their 20’s who would be willing to work VERY hard to take this role?  If so, please contact Shelley Grove:  218-689-2087

NEED#2:  The musical for WST’s 36th Season is “Mary Poppins”.  This production takes on a very labor intensive set, and we are inquiring if any of our supporters would have a large garage space with electricity that we could use to store pieces in as they are built, or possibly even build some there if possible.  We own our own tools, but just need a local place to begin building.  We would trade the use of this location for free advertising in our programs and on our website.

If you have such a facility, or know of another possibility, please contact Ron Anderson at 242-5896 or Jim Provance at 242-2585.