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Gallery Review 2012

IreneB+JoleneJExhibit102012The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council opened a gallery the end of 2011 within the River Walk Artists’ shop in East Grand Forks. The end of 2012 heralds our first year of bringing exhibits of works created by northwest regional artists to the public.

During warmer weather, new exhibits were installed monthly, allowing some artists the opportunity to participate in the Art & Wine Walk as featured artists. From November to January, our second annual Holiday Exhibit took place showcasing works by twelve different artists. In 2013, from January to May, exhibits will run slightly longer than one month before we return to our warm-weather schedule of month-long installations.

Below is the list of 2012’s featured artists and their media.

May 1 – June 24, 2012                    FUNCTIONAL ART              Art & Wine Walk   06/16/12
Robin and Lorrie Foster                      pottery
Carole Wilson                                        woven garments/textiles
Mary Jane Doak                                    purses/upcycled materials
Cathy Forgit                                           textiles
David Pirtle                                            floor cloths
June 27 – August 6                           EXPRESSIONIST ART                 Art & Wine Walk   07/21/12
Debbie Aune                                          sculpture
Erin Nelson                                            acrylic paintings
August 7 – September 9                  REGIONAL ARTISTS                 Art & Wine Walk   08/18/12
Renee Jensen                                         Hardanger embroidery
Karen Engevik                                       pottery
Kathy Comstock                                     ceramic-topped furniture
September 11 – October 14           FELLOWSHIP ARTISTS              Art & Wine Walk   09/15/12
Jean Johnson Ranstrom                       oil paintings
Jerome Fuglseth                                    wood carvings
October 15 – November 12            FELLOWSHIP GRANTS                Art & Wine Walk   10/20/12
Irene Bertils                                           drawings/paintings
Jolene Juhl                                             glassware
November 13 – January 14, 2013 HOLIDAY EXHIBIT
LaVonne Forsberg                                 watercolor painting
Lucille Nelson                                        acrylic painting
Mary Ann Laxen                                    photography
Jeanne O’Neil                                        prints
Phyllis Kalliokoski                                watercolor painting
Jessica Pribula                                      textiles, prints
Sandra Wogaman                                 bead jewelry
Jean Westman                                      jewelry
Paula Kallinen                                       cards/paintings
Carolyn Meisel                                      cards/beadwork
Jolene Juhl                                            glass ornaments, plates
Therese M. Jacobson                           acrylic paintings


2012 Winter Holiday Exhibit
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s annual holiday exhibit is underway!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s annual holiday exhibit is on display for your viewing pleasure November 14, 2012,  to January 14, 2013 at our gallery in East Grand Forks, MN.

Featuring paintings, intaglio prints, glassware, jewelry, cards, and pottery created by artists from all around the northwest Minnesota region in a festive wintery setting, this artwork exhibit is a must-stop during the holiday season. From the gallery walls, to our decked out display cases, and our sparkling Christmas tree, you will enjoy the pleasure of stopping by for a visit to complete your holiday season.

Selected pieces of artwork are available for purchase by contacting participating artists.

Winter Holiday Exhibit
Pottery, glassware, jewelry, intaglio prints, paintings and more!

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday: noon – 8:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Closed Monday.

We are located in the Riverwalk Centre, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN, across the street from Cabella’s and the Blue Moose.

Call the gallery during hours for more information at: 218-399-0162, or contact


CSA Distribution Celebration

First CSA artists
CSA artists at our first distribution event, 11/18/12, at Melody’s Restaurant, Warren, MN.

On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council sponsored the meeting of artists and art patrons for our first distribution of Community Supported Art packages. Patrons of the program arrived from around the region for the event which was facilitated by arts council director Mara Wittman at Melody’s Restaurant in Warren, Minnesota.

Patrons had pre-purchased boxes of CSA art by contacting the Arts Council office. The CSA boxes contained artwork created especially for Community Supported Art by participating artists. Each of nine artists made fifty pieces in their medium for the program. The NMAC has coordinated the sale of their works for CSA based on the model of Community Supported Agriculture.

Attending the distribution of their artworks were: fused glass maker Jolene Juhl of Greenbush MN, jewelry maker/artist Paula Kallinen of East Grand Forks MN, photographer Chris Lane of Newfolden MN, printmaker John Charles Cox of Thief River Falls MN, and potter Robin Foster of Red Lake Falls MN. The next phase of distribution will occur in the spring.

Local businesses and artists provided bonus items for the first CSA boxes, including coupons from artist Julie Elick of Roseau, Quilter’s Eden of East Grand Forks, Studio 413 of Ada, and a book from Dale Jacobson.

Artwork in first of two distribution events for 1st annual CSA.

CSA boxes are still available and are suitable for businesses, sharing, splitting with a friend or family member, displaying in an office setting, or gift-giving for the holidays. For more information contact Mara Wittman at 218-745-9111, email her assistant at:, or visit their website at: