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Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Warroad

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is proud to sponsor the Traveling Art Exhibit which will be visiting northwest Minnesota communities throughout 2017. The Traveling Art Exhibit includes original artwork by fifteen regional adult and high school artists. It began its journey at the NWMAC’s juried Regional Exhibit held at Norman County West High School, Halstad MN in April of this year.

Artists selected this year to participate in the Traveling Art Exhibit are:  Adults: Paulette Christianson of Badger, Macy Larson of Euclid, Jill Levene of Angus, Lucille Nelson of Argyle, Elijah Neufeld of Beltrami, Susan Neufeld of Beltrami, Alicia Spilde of Karlstad and Judy Szklarski of Argyle; and Students: Josiah Dyrud of Thief River Falls, Chey Gerber of Halstad, Kendra Jensen of Goodridge, Ellie Manomai of Fertile, Jordan Nelson of Goodridge and Taylor Wynn-Skalet of Halstad.

Artwork selected for this exclusive traveling exhibit is a collection of diverse subjects in a variety of visual media including: acrylic painting, photography, pencil drawing, watercolor painting, glass mosaic, and mixed media. Pieces were chosen for originality, distinctive style, portability, and presentation.

The Traveling Art Exhibit is currently on display at the Warroad Public Library until July 27, 2017. Visit www.nwrlib.org for library hours. The exhibit will be on display at the following libraries this year:

Hallock Public Library, May -June 13, 2017
Warroad Public Library, June 14–July 27, 2017
Roseau Public Library, July 28–Aug 29, 2017
Red Lake Falls Public Library, Aug 30–Oct 13, 2017
Thief River Falls Public Library, Oct 14–Nov 7, 2017
Warren Godel Memorial Library, Nov 8–Jan 8, 2018

For more information call the NWMAC office at 218-745-9111; contact the exhibit specialist at 701-360-0805, or emailkata_6@hotmail.com

L’Ambizioso Duo Touring Northwest Minnesota

L’Ambizioso Duo, recipient of grant funding from the NWMAC, features thrilling classical bass and piano repertoire for audiences around the United States. Comprised of two brothers, Brock and Brayden study bass performance at Johns Hopkins University and piano performance at Concordia College, respectively. Be sure to catch them in concert during their tour of 2017.

L’Ambizioso Tour 2017 Dates

May:

Sat. 14 @ 12:00pm – Middle River MN, First Lutheran Church

Tue. 30 @ 7:00pm – Middle River MN, First Lutheran Church

Wed. 31 @ 7:00pm – Hallock MN, First Presbyterian Church

June:

Sun, June 11 @ 10:30am – Fargo ND, First Lutheran Church
Wed. June 21 @ 7:30pm – Dilworth MN, Dilworth Lutheran Church

July:

Sun. July 9 @1:00pm – Steele ND, Trinity Lutheran Church & Golden Manor Center

Sun. July 9 @6:00pm – Moorhead MN, First Congregational United Church of Christ

Sun. July 23 @ 12:30pm – Maple Grove MN, Lord of Life Church
Sat. July 29 @ 6pm – Lake City MN, United Methodist Church

Sun. July 30 @ 10:30am – Elk River MN, United Methodist Church

August:

Thur. Aug 10 @ 7pm – Fertile MN, Concordia Lutheran Church

Sun. Aug 13 @ TBD – Fosston MN, Kingo Lutheran Church

DATES TBD:

Long Prairie MN, Trinity Lutheran Church Bemidji MN, United Methodist Church Bloomington MN, Friendship Village

More to come…

Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul by Christine Foster

Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, Portrait Stories by Christine Foster

April 26–June 17, 2017

NWMAC Gallery / Riverwalk Artists Gallery

211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks

 Meet the artist at the Artist Reception, Sat., June 17 3:00-5:00 P.M.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of painted portraits, stories and mixed media by Christine Foster. The art installation, Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, is now open through June 17, 2017 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

 

“I had a vision to paint the stories of women who are survivors of mental, sexual, physical and/or spiritual abuse. I want to help victims who are in abuse situations currently or have been abused in the past to know that they are not alone, as well as to know that there is hope. I have incorporated both images and words in each woman’s portrait story.  The story will share the pain along with the healing journey.”

 

Christine Foster is an artist and teacher from Thief River Falls, MN. She received a $5,000 Artist Project Grant from NWMAC to create art in 2016 for her showcase, Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, which features paintings of women who have previously been abused and have since found help and redemption. The exhibit also features each woman’s story next to her painted portrait.

 

“Each woman has shared their life story with me through written form or conversation.  They decided what imagery, symbols, colors and words will best speak of their life. Women did or did not want part of her portrait included. I left it up to each woman’s discretion as to how she would like her story portrayed.  Each portrait story is a cooperative effort between the woman, the artwork and myself.

 

I envisioned using a variety of windows to display the portrait stories.  Windows are a symbol of the access to our souls.  The degree of openness will depend upon each woman and their healing journey.”

 

An Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, June 17, starting at 3:00 P.M. in honor of Christine and her accomplishments. Join us in the NWMAC Exhibition Room in the Riverwalk Artists Gallery–located in the River Cinema Mall in East Grand Forks–for an eye-opening art experience that will illuminate the stories of abuse victims and survivors in our region.

Organizations interested in featuring Christine’s exhibit at their establishment, please contact NWMAC. If you are an artist who is interested in exhibiting with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen, Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

 

 

Lake of the Woods Artists’ Retreat

Register Today!

The Lake of the Woods Artists’ Retreat is a full weekend designed for those who are passionate about their art form

September 7-10, 2017

Schedule: Thurs., Sept. 7 –Meet the group in Warroad, MN to carpool across the Canadian border to the Northwest Angle. At Young’s Bay a boat will transport you to the Laketrails island. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy the sunset.

Fri., Sept. 8 –Focus on your art all day, or enjoy a break with recreational activities including beach combing, canoeing, a sauna, campfires, and more.

Sat., Sept. 9 –Just like Friday!

Sun., Sept. 10 –Enjoy a mid-morning brunch and wrap-up activities. Then board the boat for the return trip to the mainland.

Fees:
$300 ($100 deposit due upon registration) Balance due by Aug. 7

*Pay in full by May 1st and save $50! Fees include:
Meals Thurs.–Sun. Rustic communal cabins, showers, no-flush toilets Transport to and from the island

Not included: Artistic supplies Beverages for social hour

Inquiries and Information: Please call 218-469-0204

Register online at redshoeswriting.com

“Of the Year” Award Winners & Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Reception

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce

“Of the Year” Award Winners

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Reception

 

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Gayle Moen of Shelly, Jane Vigness of Climax, and Annelee Woodstrom of Ada!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, April 30 in Halstad at the Norman County West High School cafeteria and small gym at 2:00 pm. Please come starting at 12:00 noon to view the 100 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the NCW library and vote for people’s choice.  At 1:15 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria.  The program will begin promptly at 2:00 with the main focus being the recognition and celebration of artists and the arts in Northwest Minnesota.  Everyone is welcome to this free event.

In addition, the 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota will be given by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region. Craig Dunn from VSA Minnesota will be attending to meet and greet and talk about the Americans for Disabilities Act. He will have information that helps arts organizations work towards inclusion for people with special needs. Kathee Foran will be attending as a program director at the Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB).  She will have materials related to grants and services of MSAB. The public is welcome to attend. RSVP for the reception at 218-745-9111. For more information about the Arts Exhibit see our website: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/2017/04/northwest-minnesota-arts-council-annual-exhibition/

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Gayle Moen, Shelly MN, will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Ms. Moen is a musician. She plays the piano and organ. She is a long-time educator in the Crookston Public School System. Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.

Jane Vigness of rural Climax will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Vigness is the librarian in Climax and is active in the Sandhill Historical Society. She is also active in the Association of the French of the North and as a board member helps organize their arts festival each year in August. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

Annelee Woodstrom of Ada will receive the Northwest Star Award. 

Ms. Woodstrom is a writer and previously an award-winning school teacher in Twin Valley. She has written about her life in War Child: Growing Up in Adolf Hitler’s Germany and Empty Chairs. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Please come on April 30 to show support for our artists.  Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.