Virtual Artist Spotlight + Bird Expert

Please join us on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm for a live virtual event featuring Artist and Wildlife Biologist Ross Hier and Bird Expert and University of Minnesota Crookston Professor John Loegering. John and Ross will be talking about birds, birds in our area, and art!

We are holding this event in conjunction with our current exhibit — Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists.

This event will be live on FaceBook and YouTube. It will be recorded so you can watch it afterwards as well. Contact Trey Everett with questions at

Kolling Cards Minne-Mural Online Coloring Art Adventure: Turtles

Meet the Ultimate Backpacker..Join Us! 

for the next Kolling Cards Minne-Mural™   Online  Coloring Art & Activity Adventure: Turtles

Friday: April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time         

Let’s have some FUN.

Pre-register for the Free online event at    purchase is not required to join the event but you can order home delivered Care Packs of 2 ($28), 4 ($44), or 6  ($52) Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Posters or ask for Minne-Murals™ at your favorite specialty store.

and…it just keeps getting better: 

for those who are near East Grand Forks MN!          

You can register for this event through the Campbell Library (at 422 4th St NW ) 218-773-9121 


The library  will have a limited number of complimentary  “Turtles” Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Posters (with colored pencils and event info) to be given away- first come-first serve – as part of their April online program schedule which will include the “Turtles” Minne-Mural™  online Coloring Art and Content Activity Adventure!  

The library will offer curbside service for pickup of your Minne-Mural™  as needed. 

The “Adventure” is for all ages and will feature

– coloring art tips and techniques – 

lots of interesting info about turtles and related topics 

-special program features and door prizes-

-“show and tell” of your Minne-Mural™  Coloring Art experiences.

(If you can send a pic of your Turtles Minne-Mural™  coloring art either completed or underway, we will include it in the program—otherwise; plan to share it that eve.)

You will need access to intenet/wifi and a computer/tablet or phone preferably with a camera and mic.  If you are not “techy” we will have a patient and experienced “Zoom Master” to help you get connected.  See you there! 

The online Kolling Cards Coloring Art and Content “ Turtles” Minne-Mural™Activity Adventure with Your Artist Cindy Kolling of Gully,MN  will offer relaxed, fun social interaction; creative activity and nostalgic reflection.   We’ll discuss tips on color and light and shadow and lots more. 

Plan to learn lots of interesting “Turtle Stuff” that can be helpful when you color the Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Poster. 

As always, Your participation as one of the world’s leading Minne-Mural™ Coloring Artists will be an important contribution.    

Let’s have some FUN.

See you online Friday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time!

Color on!  

Nominate Artists and Arts Advocates for Of the Year Awards! Deadline extended

Nominations Open for Of the Year Awards Until May 17 — Deadline Extended

Northwest Artist of the Year $500 

Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year $500

Northwest Star Award for $5,000

Warren, Mn – Applications are open for nominations for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Of the YearAwards. Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Often people serve in both roles. 

NWMAC Director Mara Hanel presenting Of the Year Awards

Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500.00 and often goes to a local leader who lives in the area where the artist reception will be held.  But anyone is eligible to be nominated. Arts includes all disciplines.

Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit. 

Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

Our deadline for nominations is May 17. It has been extended this year due to a later reception date. Please consider nominating someone who you view as a deserving candidate from our seven-county service area in northwestern Minnesota. Persons who believe their nominee would qualify for this award and have questions should contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at (218) 745-8886 or email for more information. The nomination form is on our website.

Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit reception in Warroad in June. Stay tuned for more information. Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Apply today for the NW MN Annual Art Exhibit– Deadline extended to May 17!

Deadline Extended! Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit — Applications Open Until May 17!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce our latest “Call for Entries” for the 2021 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your artwork is May 17, 2021!

This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad in June. The deadline for the Exhibit has been extended until May 17 due to June dates for the showcase. The application is open online for artists to submit work anytime until May 17. The Artist of the Year deadline will be extended until May 17, as well.  

Artists from our 7 county- service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible.  Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror. They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception. The Artist Reception will be in June in Warroad.

Visit our website for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions.  If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-8886 or email  The application must be submitted no later than May 17, 2021.  

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