The 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
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at: