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Local Artist Story: Jean Hol

Artist Story: Jean Honl ~ Rosemaling

Sarah Meisinger, owner of En Liten Svensk Shoppe in Roseau, wrote a blog post about local artist Jean Honl and her Rosemaling. Read the post below:

Many of our customers enter the Shoppe and immediately recognize Jean’s art work.  They know it because they already own a piece of Jean’s art or their friends, neighbors or family members do.  Jean has been a beloved artist in Northwestern Minnesota for over 40 years and we are so pleased to carry her traditional Scandinavian Rosemaling at the En Liten Svensk Shoppe.

 Jean’s work is especially impressive because she is primarily self-taught and she does much of the woodworking herself.  She designs, builds and creates the pieces that ultimately become the canvas for her beautiful painting technique.

Recently, we hosted a strolling demonstration at the Shoppe to showcase Jean’s talent and I spent some time chatting with her, admiring her ability to answer my questions and paint at the same time (the kind of focus that only comes from years of practice).  I asked Jean about her favorite part of the Rosemaling process and she said, “This… right now, it’s my favorite.”  And what Jean was doing was the detail work, the intricate lines and scroll work that is a defining characteristic of the art form.

Jean’s work has been showcased on Public Television as well periodicals and publications across the region.  She is a mother and grandmother and lovingly shares stories about her trips to Fargo to see her grandchildren, spoiling them as only grandmas know how.

I asked Jean about how she got her start in Rosemaling and how her skills have progressed over the years.

“Our Roseau School was offering a Rosemaling class through community education and my husband convinced me to go. That night I fell in love with Rosemaling and have been painting since 1974.”

Jean goes on to explain, “When I started Rosemaling there were only a few books about the technique. Now, through the internet, Rosemaling is very accessible and has been introduced throughout the world.”

Jean describes how she’s perfected the art over the last many years and notes that she’s had many opportunities to learn with a variety of teachers and in different settings.  Jean offers a couple of examples of the places she’s explored Rosemaling, “I took classes at Vesterheim in Decorah, Iowa and close to home in Grand Forks.”

Jean offered some thoughtful wisdom when I inquired about any advice she might have for a new artist just starting out,

“My advice to Rosemalers is don’t give up. Rosemaling isn’t learned overnight. Try to find a Rosemaling class. Sons of Norway, Vesterheim, and Rosemaling Associations are a good place to start.”

I asked Jean if she actually makes all of the wood pieces for her products and her response made me chuckle.  She said, “When I show the finished pieces to people, they think my husband made the furniture.  I do set them straight.”  Jean has a woodworking shop connected to her garage and she loves the process of building the wood pieces.  Currently, Jean has been building and Rosemaling large pieces of furniture for her home.  She’s wanted to create the pieces for years and decided that if she was going to build them herself, she wanted to do it now as her children are all grown and she has the extra time.

I asked Jean if there’s a favorite piece she’s created and she shared a photo of the large corner cupboard she has in her guest room.  It is absolutely incredible!

We could not have a Scandinavian Shoppe without Jean’s art work – it is a symbol of the beauty of our culture and traditions.  Thank you, Jean, for collaborating with us and for sharing your immense talent.  To learn more about Jean and her artwork, please visit the En Liten Svensk Shoppe on Main Street in Roseau and visit Jean’s website at:

www.jeanhonl.com

As Jean aptly says, “Happy Rosemaling!”

Call for Entries: NDMOA’s This Week Only

All Artists are invited to place one work of art in the

North Dakota Museum of Art’s upcoming exhibition

This Week Only, January 27– February 2, 2019

This Week Only is the Museum’s most popular exhibition from our region. Imagine a panoply of art from the Red River Valley and surrounding plains and woodlands; walls covered with works springing from our own place to brighten our lives in the dead of winter.
This is the third This Week Only exhibition, the only non-curated show in the Musuem’s schedule. Last year they changed the dates and closed on the day of the Annual Benefit Dinner. Remember, don’t submit works of art you entered in either of the two earlier exhibitions as the public will remember.
Last year people poured in and lingered over a hundred works on paper, paintings, sculptures, photographs, crafts, and multi-media everything. The opening brought a nice and eager crowd, raising over $72,000.  Again this year, if one wishes to buy at the opening or in advance of the Dinner, a 20% premium will be added to the sale price.
Artists:  The Museum is ready to invite you to do it again. Please submit, buy, celebrate, and expand your visual acuity, or just have fun. As noted above, they are showcasing the show during the Museum’s Annual Benefit Dinner. Your work will be the highlight of the evening and a benefit for you and the Museum. The Benefit Dinner is the region’s most glittering and festive occasion. Instead of the customary Silent Auction, the art in This Week Only will be offered for sale with proceeds split 50/50 between the artists and the Museum. Artists set their own prices.
Eligibility: If you are a serious artist from North Dakota, Southern Manitoba, neighboring Minnesota, and northern South Dakota, you are invited to submit one artwork of your choice to This Week Only.
Dates: The show officially opens at 2 pm on Sunday, January 27, 2019, and continues for one week, closing on Saturday evening, February 2.
Delivery of Art: Museum staff will be on hand January 19 – 24  to receive the art during the Museum’s regular hours: 9 – 5 weekdays and 1 – 5 on Saturday and Sunday.
If you wish to ship, the art must arrive at the Museum within the receiving time. They will return it to you in your packing materials and charge your credit card for the cost. Make these arrangements on the Entry Form.
Acceptable Artwork: Two-dimensional works of art cannot be larger than a total of 16 feet. (For example 1 x 7 feet, 2 x 6 feet, 3 x 5 feet, 4 x 4 feet or any size smaller.) If you are submitting three-dimensional or non-wall work, please give them a call to discuss special considerations.  Sculpture must fit through a regular door (7 x 3 feet). Special equipment needed for display—including sculpture stands, monitors and projectors—must be furnished by the artist. The art must be ready for installation, including proper framing to protect the art. No clips and string, or other devices that will allow the work to slip out of the hanging apparatus, become unhinged, or become damaged. This is an uninsured exhibition so artists must protect their own. The Museum can refuse works of questionable condition, and hang certain works in designated areas.
Entry Fee: $25 prior to or when the work arrives at the Museum.
People’s Choice Award: All visitors will be asked to vote.
Sale of Art: All work must be for sale and priced according to your current retail sales expectations. Remember, artists establish the sale price and split proceeds 50/50 with the Museum. Those who wish to buy before the Museum Dinner may pay an extra 20% and it’s theirs. All buyers may take the work home after the Benefit Dinner.
Return of Art: Works not sold can be picked up during regular Museum hours from February 5 – 10. Work not reclaimed or sold will not be stored at the Museum—if you saw how pressed they are for space you would understand.
This event honors Walter Hopps (1932-2005), one of America’s most beloved and creative curators, whose 1978 Thirty-Six Hours was the first such known exhibition. Francisco Alvarado, who made the jungle installation last season in the Museum’s Weeds show, had a work in Thirty Six Hours. It was purchased by Joseph Hirshhorn (the founder of the Hirshhorn Museum) who Francisco credits with kicking off his artistic career.

Public Art Mural Opportunity for the Blandin Foundation

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Public Art Mural Opportunity

Request for Qualifications

Blandin Foundation has contracted with Forecast Public Art to facilitate a call for an artist/team to design and create a mural on the outside of the Blandin Foundation building. Artists are hereby invited to submit qualifications to be considered to participate in the design phase for the public art opportunity described below.

Blandin Foundation is a private foundation based in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, with a mission to be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area. Their vision is healthy, inclusive rural communities.

Mission

Be a trusted partner and advocate to strengthen rural Minnesota communities, especially the Grand Rapids area.

Vision

Healthy, inclusive rural communities.

Values

As stewards of the Blandin Foundation legacy, they commit themselves to a leadership role on these deeply held beliefs:

Inclusion is Vital – We recognize all people, voices and world views as essential to healthy community.

Relationships Matter – We encourage courageous dialogue, trust, and reciprocity among partners to create positive change.

Integrity is Core – Our actions are guided by honesty, transparency and trustworthiness.

Blandin Foundation has proudly made its home in Itasca County (north central Minnesota) for more than 75 years. This region was the “wood basket” of the Grand Rapids-based Blandin Paper Company when it was owned by Foundation founder Charles Blandin in the early 20th Century. We continue to stand with Itasca area communities as they design and claim vibrant futures in the 21st Century.

Blandin Foundation’s “home giving area” is Itasca County, plus Blackduck, Hill City, Northome, and Remer, and would like to honor these communities on the outside of their building. This mural will be highly visible, as the wall on Blandin Foundation building faces a major entry point into the city of Grand Rapids and highway 169, which sees heavy vehicle traffic. The building also sits on the edge of the Mississippi River, in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. This Request for Qualifications is for an outdoor mural on the Blandin Foundation building, to be unveiled in fall of 2019.

Blandin Foundation would like to use this public art initiative to reflect the values on which it is based, honor the communities it serves, and reflect the identities of smaller, rural communities. One artist/team will be commissioned to create a mural which will be located on the outside of the building.

Budget: $70,000 [plus $1000 to 3 finalist artists/teams to present their design ideas in person].

Qualifications are due Thursday, January 3, 2019 at 4pm CST. 

  • Applicants must be experienced visual artists or artist-led teams. 
  • Lead artist must have professional qualifications to complete a mural project of this scale. Additional team members may have a variety of experiences.
  • At least one member of the team must be currently based in the Grand Rapids area.
  • Applicant/team must provide evidence of producing at least two commissioned public art projects of a similar scale and budget within the past ten years.

Please submit all RFQ materials via email to: jenk@ forecastpublicart.org. All materials must be received by 4 p.m., CST, Thursday, January 3, 2019. No RFQs will be accepted after this time. If you need clarification or furtherinformation, contact Jen Krava, Forecast Creative Services Manager, at jenk@forecastpublicart.org

ARTic Lights & Libations in Hallock — Local Art for Sale

ARTic Lights & Libations is Saturday, December 8!  Downtown Hallock

Glowing lights in the dark.
ART local artists will have art on display for sale at Zedge Beauty Lounge. Want to sell your art? Contact Alaina at zedgebeautylounge@gmail.com. 6-9pm. Other businesses may be open with art for sale.
LIGHTS – Holiday Lighting Contest will be judged with top three winners announced; a guided tour will leave from the gazebo every 20-30 mins from 6-9PM. 
LIBATIONS A variety of business will be pouring special drinks and/or offering hot beverages for their customers/guests from 6-9 pm.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS –  Shamrock Lanes & Grill is hosting ornament decorating for kids from 3-5pm.  Santa will be coming  to the Bean & Brush at 5:30 pm.

McCanna House Artist-in-Residence Opportunity

Open to Artists in Music, Theatre, Literature, & Visual Arts

The North Dakota Museum of Art is accepting applications for the 2019 McCanna House Artist-in-residence season. Artists working in music, theatre, literature, or the visual arts are encouraged to apply. Open to artists in all stages of their career. Preference given to regional artists (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, and Manitoba), with remaining availability open to all.
Image by Micah Bloom
The North Dakota Museum of Art presents a unique opportunity with the McCanna House Artist-in-residence program. This retreat consists of a 1920s 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 space of the house, barn and grounds affords opportunity for the creation of work in many scales.
Image by Kelli Nelson
 
THE PROGRAM
The residency consists of 2 – 5 week blocks of time layered throughout the operating year. The house is open from June 1 through the end of September or early October. There will only be one artist on the property at a time, unless a group project is accepted. While there are no expectations for the artist to complete work during the residency, artists are asked only to use their time wisely, and be aware of the transformative potential of time spent there.
Deadline: Applications will be accepted until January 15, 2019
2019 Announcement: February 15, 2019.
Image by Micah Bloom
AMENITIES
*Wireless Internet
*Well lit French country-style farmhouse, detached 40 x 70 foot steel building, and large outdoor space with yards and surrounding tree lines.
*House has 3 full bedrooms, each with attached bathrooms
*New washer and dryer
*New electric stove in well appointed kitchen
*Screened in porch area with convenient BBQ
*A modest array of hand tools
*Opportunities to work with surrounding community groups
*Well stocked library
*Fruit trees
*Surrounded by working fields producing soy beans, potatoes, canola, and more…
*Endless sky
*Big weather
Email Matthew Wallace with questions.