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Handcrafted Bags Created by Area Artist Bonnie Hagen

Bonnie Hagen is an artist at En Liten Svensk Shoppe with a flair for color, design and detail

Bonnie’s Story:

“I grew up admiring my godmother who could sew anything without a pattern!  She inspired me at an early age to use my imagination and create beautiful things to wear as well as different accessories.

When I retired, I decided I needed something to keep me busy and started creating purses, weekend bags, traveling bags and water bottle bags.  I have approximately 16 different varieties of bags that I love to make.  My greatest pleasure is picking out the fabric and designing a special bag with that print or design in mind.  If I’m having a bad day, a quick trip to the fabric shop to just admire and feel the fabric sets me right back into feeling good about the day. “

You can read more about Bonnie and the bags here.

You can find Bonnie’s bags at En Liten Svensk Shoppe, 101 Main Avenue North, Roseau. You can  reach her at (218) 242-0894 or bonniehagen48@gmail.com.

MCAD Art & Design Classes for Teens

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School-Year Art and Design Classes for Teens

Did you know the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) offers a selection of classes throughout the school year for teens? Many Continuing Education (CE) classes are open to teens ages 16 and above. There are also several classes available this fall specifically for high school students. Whether your teen is preparing for college or simply exploring their interests, MCAD’s CE classes offer the chance to learn from professional artists at one of the top art and design colleges in the Midwest.

Pre-College Weekend Intensive: Comic Art

Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29-30

Pre-College Weekend Intensive: Animation
Saturday and Sunday, Sept 29–30

Experience an MCAD studio class in a two-day, hands-on intensive. Working with skilled instructors, students will work on a comic art or animation project in an immersive learning environment. Classes feature technical demonstrations, discussions with visiting artists, and information sessions with admission counselors about portfolio development and the art school application process.

Portfolio Preparation 

Saturdays, Sept 29–Oct 27 (No class October 20)

Develop exemplary observational drawing for your college portfolio while working with still-life, landscape, and figurative subject matter. Professional nude models will be used in this class.

Wannaskan Almanac — a Daily Arts Blog in our Region

Have you read the daily arts blog called Wannaskan Almanac?

Background

The Wannaskan Almanac (http://wannaskanalmanac.blogspot.com/) was created by Joe McDonnell (formerly of The Raven) and Joe Stenzel, both from Wannaska. McDonnell started this blog in late December, after Garrison Keillor stopped doing The Writer’s Almanac on MPR, as he was missing its weekly theme. Encouraging the writers he knew might be interested in participating, he engaged five individuals, then tackled two of the days, Friday & Sunday himself.

Five writers, four of whom are from the Wannaska area are: Joe McDonnell, Joe Stenzel, Catherine Stenzel, and Steve Reynolds; one from Warroad — Kim Hruba, and one from Dodge City, Kansas — John Bouchard, an elementary school teacher with Rainy River, Ontario roots and Wannaska connections through his wife. The writers of Wannaskan Almanac write their daily Monday-Sunday blogs in various forms, as essays, chronological lists and histories, poetry and photographical memoirs.
Here’s the schedule of writers:
Monday: Catherine Stenzel (Jack Pine Savage)
Tuesday: John Bouchard (John Bouchard)
Wednesday: Joe Stenzel (Woe-Wednesday’s Child)
Thursday: Steve Reynolds (WannaskaWriter)
Friday: Joe McDonnell (Chairman Joe)
Saturday: Kim Hruba (Kim Hruba)
Sunday: Joe McDonnell (Chairman Joe)
The above writers also write the following blogs:
WannaskaWriter: http://palmvilletownshipmn.blogspot.com/ isn’t maintained as a daily, but has been going for several years.
The Blogings of Chairman Joe: http://goodoldjoe.blogspot.com/
Joe Stenzel: unavailable
John Bouchard: ffefreekshow@hotmail.com
Check it out!

National Arts in Education Week September 9-15

Join us in celebrating

National Arts In Education Week September 9-15

Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education.

In 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law and its many arts-friendly provisions began to take effect. Recently, Congress and the Administration, proposed drastic cuts to the authorized funding for these arts-friendly measures. Sign the petition to U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos to encourage her to take action in ensuring equitable access to arts education so that every student in America succeeds.

In 2018, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education as we face the challenges in Washington and through states around the nation in fully realizing the goal of equitable access to arts education for every student.

This fall, our municipal, education and state leaders are engaged in planning, budgeting, and enacting of laws which will impact arts education. They need to know about the impact the arts have on young peoples’ lives and that they must support the arts in every community and every school in America. Click to send a customizable letter to the editor of your local paper now to tell them how and why the arts matter in education!

After taking your actions, you can join the movement of thousands of arts education advocates celebrating National Arts in Education Week. There are a number of others ways you can participate through social media. Take part in the visibility campaign during the week of September 9-15, 2018 by using the hashtag, #BecauseOfArtsEd. People from all walks of life can share their story of the transformative power of the arts in their own education and the impact the arts have had on their work and life.

  • Post on Facebook. Tell the world #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Facebook. Let us know what you are doing now in work and life and how arts education has a positive impact with a photo! Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too.
  • Send a tweet.  Share your quick #BecauseOfArtsEd story on Twitter. Be sure to include an image or video along with #ArtsEdWeek.
  • Share a photo. Post your favorite arts education photo on Instagram along with your #BecauseOfArtsEd story about the impact of arts education on your life. Be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek.

We Are Water Workshops — RSVP Today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting We Are Water workshops, led by area artist Trey Everett.  

Please RSVP today for a We Are Water workshop held in a variety of locations throughout our region. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants will be provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants are encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  Completed artwork will be put on display in the NWMAC Gallery in November and will also be included in a catalogue of the exhibit.

This is a fun interactive activity for a group of people who gather monthly for a meeting.  Does your group or club have an October meeting that you would like to combine with an outing to explore the topic of We Are Water on canvas?   You must RSVP so we have enough art supplies and canvas.

44 canvas pieces will be exhibited at our gallery in November and December and will move to the University of Minnesota Crookston in mid-January.  There will be a reception on Friday, January 25 at UMC. There will be a catalog related to pieces in the show.

Here are the We Are Water workshops scheduled so far (we will update this list as additional public workshops are scheduled):
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Tuesday, October 2 in Stephen from  79 pm at Arts on 5th (completed with 8 participants!)
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Thursday, October 11 in Thief River Falls at the River Walk Public House from 7-9 pm (this class is completed with 17 participants)
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Wednesday,  October 17 in Red Lake Falls at the Red Lake Falls Library (this class has sufficient participants to take place)
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Tuesday, October 23 in  Hallock at the  Hallock Public Library
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Monday, October 29 in East Grand Forks at the Campbell Library
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Tuesday, October 30 in Greenbush at the  Greenbush Public Library
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Thursday, November 15 in Crookston at UMC in the Prairie Room
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Monday, November 19 in Gully
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All times 5:30-7:30PM unless otherwise noted.
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Please contact Mara (director@nwartscouncil.org) to sign up or schedule additional workshops! RSVP at least 3 business days before the class. If there are less than 5 people registered the class will be cancelled.

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.  Art creation workshops are offered in October and November 2018 that will bring together citizens, in our seven county region, creating a canvas that depicts what they think of when they hear We Are Water.   

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html