The Fosston Community Library and Arts Association is Sponsoring Acoustofiddle Livestream Concert on
Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 PM
Violinist Jeff Menten, Park Rapids, and Fingerstyle Guitarist Paul Nye, Walker, will be presenting a Livestream Concert on Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. on YouTube Live and Facebook Live.
The concert is sponsored by the Fosston Community Library Arts Association, and made possible by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, as part of a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund through the voters of Minnesota.
Menten and Nye, who refer to their duo as “Acoustofiddle” have been performing together for nearly a decade and were part of Akeley’s Woodtick Musical Theater band for many years.
The duo describes their music as “funky folk, punky polka, cool Celtic, caffeinated classical, and Gypsy jazz, with a bit of grassy blues.” The music Menten and Nye will be presenting will cover a wide range of genres, including traditional, original, ethnic, and the duo’s arrangements of some pop covers. Menten and Nye have regularly performed across the north country for several years until this year when the Covid-19 pandemic forced many music venues to close down, causing cancellations of live performances. Many musicians have done performances on various social media platforms.
The livestream concert will be videotaped live, courtesy of Calvary Church in Walker, which has allowed Menten & Nye not only the use of the facility, but also the video, audio and live-streaming software the church uses for online services. The concert will only be available online on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. Viewers can go online to www.paulnye.com for a link to the performance. The performance venue will be closed to the public, but the virtual online audience will be able to make comments through chat in realtime during the concert. Menten and Nye will be reading some select comments throughout the show.
Pre-concert streaming will be available at 6:30 p.m. on August 20th, with the concert starting at 7:00 p.m. There is no charge for the concert, but viewers will be given an opportunity to tip the performers through PayPal or Venmo during the performance.
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Plan to join Cindy on Friday Aug. 7, 2020 at 4:30 pm CST, 3:30 pm MT, 2:30 pm PST, and 5:30 pm EST. This is a free Zoom event — just “order” the event through the shopping cart — click the pic for a link. You will get link details after registration.
In September Cindy will try a different time for the event. If you have input on a preferred time slot, please let her know.
Webinar → Sharing the Process: Re-Opening the Performing Arts in Ireland
Wednesday, July 29, 2020 | 10:00 – 11:30 am → Register Here Free.
Registration is required, and limited to 100 attendees. A recording will be made available for later viewing. Please only register if you plan to join us live.
The re-opening of live performing arts across the State of Minnesota in the COVID-19 world will depend to a large degree on ensuring the safety of the back of the house, the front of the house, the actors, and the audience. Minnesotans have begun that discussion on live opening guidelines and the dialogue is continuing.
The Minnesota Theater Alliance, with Springboard for the Arts, Lake Region Arts Council, Central MN Arts Board, Region 2 Arts Council, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, will host a webinar with Dr. James Gambone, Professor of Public Health at Capella University and a Minnesota theater producer and director; and Peter Jordan from SLUA, an Irish safety consultancy group working with Irish theater companies on safe opening guidelines. The purpose of the webinar will be to present the “Irish Model” for live theater reopening which will happen throughout Ireland on August 10th of this year.
This educational forum will be an opportunity to learn what our colleagues in Ireland are doing to ensure safe re-openings for their performing arts. The webinar will also allow Minnesota participants to ask questions and share their particular theater opening obstacles.
MOLLIE DOUTHIT History of Still Life Painting Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm July 15 – August 26
Social distancing is required. Class is capped at 20 people. Masks and gloves will be provided. Parking is free.
This weekly class will follow the text of Norman Brysons “Looking at the Overlooked” to gain a deeper understanding of the foundations of the still life genre in painting. The structure of this class will consist of weekly readings, a lecture on the readings with additional information on artists and movements discussed. Following the lecture there will be a discussion that is formulated around a question posed prior to the lecture.
Historically and culturally, the societies that produced still life painting could hardly be more diverse. What is it, then, that allows us to place such different types of image in a single category? Norman Bryson argues that the family resemblances between the different types of still life stem from their common portrayal of a level of material culture that retains its fundamental outlines through long spans of time and across the boundaries and divisions of national culture: the culture of domestic routine and of the rituals of hospitality. How this ‘low plane reality’ is historically viewed and inflected by the ‘higher’ levels and discourses of the surrounding culture is the fundamental subject of this book.
Looking at the Overlooked
Mollie Douthit: a painter who resides in Grand Forks and Ireland. She depicts ordinary, personal situations that contain personally emotive objects or people. Mollie enjoys reading and films immensely, often finding inspiration from these sources. She also incorporates creative writing into the titles of many of her works. She has been the recipient of multiple international painting awards. Mollie has received numerous awards and grants from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, the Irish Arts Council, and the North Dakota Council of the Arts. Her work has been supported by residencies at the Jentel Foundation for the Arts, Tyrone Guthrie Center, Ballinglen Arts Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center. Splitting time between Ireland and North Dakota, among other locales, Mollie loves painting in the kitchen and is an avid baker. Mollie’s passion for still life painting continually informs and helps grow her practice.
Utilizing the text of ‘Looking at the overlooked’ by Norman Bryson Douthit will present in detail key facets of this genre with images, historical insights, as well as structure for enriching conversation around a topic that is a cornerstone to her work and being. The book is not required but suggested. Online and print copies are available from multiple sources.
Members $125 Non-members $140
TAIT SIMONSON Digital Drawing online class ages 18+
Four weeks to choose from! Monday – Friday June 29 – July 3 July 13 – 17 July 20 – 24 July 27 – 31
Ever want to create a wonderful work of art, but just don’t have the materials? This is the camp for you! It is all digital! We love using our phones and devices so why not make art with them! Learn to draw and paint digitally on a whole new level with this camp! Four unique art lessons on making digital art, step by step directions from start to finish, that will teach you better understanding of techniques and process of digital art making!
Each day includes a pre-recorded demonstration. You’ll upload your images and get feedback from the teacher and other students in the online classroom. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
These classes are a combination of working on your own time and meeting together using Zoom. Please see schedule below.
Monday – Friday. Four lessons and three Zoom meetings.
Monday: Mountain Landscape Tuesday: Abstract Art Wednesday: Contour Line Drawing Thursday: Desert Sunset Landscape Friday: Review and Celebrate!
Zoom Meetings: Monday, Introduction: 11:00 am 40 minutes Wednesday, Review and Discuss: 11:00 am 40 minutes Friday, Review and Celebrate: 11:00 am 40 minutes
Zoom meeting links available in the classroom *You will need a gmail account (email address) to access the classroom. Secure classroom codes sent after registration.
Members $100 Non-members $120
Tait Simonson is from Faith, South Dakota, today he does most of his creative art work from Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended undergraduate school at the University of South Dakota receiving his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree with an emphasis in Sculpture. He then went on to attend graduate school at the Pacific Northwest College of Fine Art to receive his Master’s of Fine Arts degree. Since then he has been teaching Art at Central Valley Public School K-12, while receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valley City State University. He specializes in sculpture and, focuses on light based architecturally responsive work, he also enjoys working with metal, clay, and wood.
TAIT SIMONSON Book Binding ages 18+
Stab Binding Wednesday, July 22, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Line Stitch Wednesday, July 29, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Coptic Stitch Wednesday, August 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm Perfect Binding Wednesday, August 12, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Social distancing is required. Class is capped at 14 people. Masks and gloves will be provided. Parking is free.
Have you ever wanted to create your own book, or maybe you’re tired of buying a boring sketchbook that isn’t what you want? This could be the perfect class for you! Learn how to create and bind your very own books! This is a great way learn to make your sketchbook or craft book for almost any use! This class we go over four distinctly different binding stitches with great insight on how you might use this technique for years to come!
All material is provided, no experience necessary.
Each evening class rate: Members: $25 Non-members: $35 Sign up for all four classes and receive 25% off
The NWMAC will be holding a Teaching Artist Roster Program (TARP) training series in August 2020
Apply now to be part of this cohort and join our TARP Roster online
What are the TARP training dates? Thursdays and Mondays in August 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, and 24, 2020 from 6:30 to 9pm.
What is the location? All trainings are virtual/remote due to the pandemic. Computer connection and internet are essential to participate.
Who is the trainer for TARP? Jane Anderson of Thief River Falls has experience leading our previous cohorts and will be leading participants through engaging materials and interesting discussions about the value of artists residencies. She is a fun, engaging trainer with a background in performing arts and teaching. NWMAC is excited that she has agreed to teach this condensed series of six sessions. Guests will also attend and share interesting information.
Am I eligible? Qualified individuals live within our seven county service area of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Red Lake, and Roseau counties in Minnesota and can live within 60 miles of our regional boundaries extending into North Dakota and Canada.
Who should apply and attend? This session is geared towards teachers in the visual arts, performing arts, and creative writing who are interested in artist residency activity during summer months and leading festival workshops. It is also geared towards people who have a history with already doing artist residency and festival workshop activities and would like to be listed on our roster after attending our training series.
How can I apply to be in TARP? You can go on-line and complete the application in our NWMAC online grants system here. Or go to www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org and click login in the upper right corner to enter our online system. If you have not already done so, you will need to set yourself up as a user with your email and a password. Help is available from our office at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems. Please apply by July 31!
What is the cost? This is free to attend. The value of the training series is equivalent to receiving a $500 grant.
Can I get the guidelines and application sent to my email or mailed to me? Absolutely! Just email your request to email@example.com and include your email or mailing address.
How many people will participate? NWMAC needs a group of 6 participants to hold the training. The group can be as large as 20 before qualified candidates are turned away.
What if I miss a session? Since it is all on-line, you can miss a session and catch up by watching the recording. However, you will be dropped from the program if you have too many misses and fall behind in watching the recordings and completing the assignments.
Can I get CEUs for this course? Yes, all participants will receive documentation for CEU credits.
What if I attended a previous TARP training series, can I attend again to complete my TARP profile? Yes, previous attendees can attend again to refresh and work on their materials. Please contact our office to be added to the attendee list and go through a process to check your Internet connection. This session will be faster paced and geared for people who have either been or are an arts school teacher or have previous experience doing residencies.
Hopefully it will work for you to sign up and join this group of creative people! Thanks for your interest.