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North Country Fiddle and Dance Community Dance October 27

Families, singles, couples and people of all ages!

Come dance to the

Young Walser Family String Band

at

North Country Fiddle and Dance Community Dance

Saturday, October 27, 7:30 to 10:00 pm

Community Room at East Grand Forks Senior Center,

538 Rhinehart Drive S.E., EGF

Sashay the set, do si do your neighbor, all circle round in a great big ring! All dances are taught, all are easy and fun. Bring your friends!

Free-will Donations at the door. For more info visit northcountrydance.org

Jayne Flaagan: Local Author Featured at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery

 

Jayne Flaagan and Ella

 

Looking for local reads?  Books by local author Jayne Flaagan are now on display at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery.  Her books make up an eight part series about Ella the dog.

Jayne Flaagan grew up in North Dakota and made the big move to Minnesota many years ago. She lives with her husband and her goofy dog named Ella. She also has three great children.

Books have always been a huge part of her life and reading to children is something that she feels is critical to every child’s learning experience. Between her jobs and raising her children, she estimates that she has probably read over a million books to children over the years!

Jayne Flaagan grew up on a farm with a Husky for a pet and she has many fond memories of him. When it was time to get a dog for her own family, she knew that it had to be a Husky. Huskies are fun, lovable and have lots of energy! Ella is the second husky that she and her family have had the joy of including in the family.

Ella has provided so much joy and entertainment for her own family that Flaagan decided she wanted to share Ella with other families. Thus, “Ella the Doggy” book series was born!

To view Jayne’s books, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721(located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery.)  The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M.and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. Jayne Flaagan’s website can be found at www.ellathedoggy.com and you can reach her atdjflaagan@gra.midco.net.

Jayne will also be featured on Tuesdays with Mara on Pioneer 90.1FM on Tuesday, November 6 at 3:05 pm.

For more information about this display, look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Stephanie Olson at (218)688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  To view more information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council look to our website or Facebook page.  Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.orgor call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.

 

Arna Rennan to Perform in Concert Oct 14 in Fosston

Arna Rennan to Perform in Concert on October 14 at 2:00PM at the Fosston Library Arts Theater

Welcome to a world of joyful dance music, the sound of ballads from hundreds of years ago, and the stories of trolls, giants and the underground world in nature. Arna has lived in the mountains where these beliefs were alive and well, as well as studied in depth the music and culture at the Institute of Folk Culture in Telemark. As a child of immigrants, her experience imparts insight into the values and traits that are woven into our identity as descendants of immigrants in the Midwest.

Arna is an experienced performer who carries on a conversation with her audience, often responding to questions and requests of certain songs and melodies. Being both an old soul and young at heart, her performances are easily adapted to all ages.

Her Performance of “Treasures Left Behind”

Featuring Ballads from the Middle Ages, Arna brings to life the sound and sentiment of Nordic people as they lived hundreds of years ago. She sets the scene by telling the story of the song first.  They are from the fantastic world of spells cast, justice served, powerful kings, underground elves, love and longing. Arna sings, plays the “langeleik” a northern European dulcimer and the overtone flute. She attaches dancing figures to her fingers with string as a grandmother would have entertained her children. These are beautiful and captivating stories and songs for the young and old.

Performance venues

Arrowhead Regional Library System

Kitchigami Library System

Lake Aggassiz Library System

Great River Library System

The Reif Center in Grand Rapids

Vesterheim Museum in Decorah Iowa

Hjemkomst Festival in Moorhead MN

Mindekirken in Minneapolis, MN

University of Chicago Folk Music Festival

Institute for Folk Traditions in Washington DC

Schools, churches and senior homes

In addition to the Sunday concert, Arna will be sharing her storytelling talents to students at Magelssen Elementary.

The concert is free and open to all ages. A time for refreshments and a chance to meet the artist will follow the concert. This activity is hosted by the Fosston Community Library and Arts Center (FCLAA) and is made possible by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council with funding from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

SKIN Exhibit is Now Open

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to announce a new exhibit, SKIN, is now on display at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

What does “skin” mean to you?  Do you hear the noun, something we inhabit?  Or do you hear the verb, an act of peeling away?  Come to the NWMAC Gallery to see this contemplation manifested through art.

Several local artists are featured:  Heather Sabian of Crookston, Tracy Mehrkens of Thief River Falls, Kennedy Truscinski of Greenbush, and Mara Hanel of Warren.  Artistic mediums range from photography, pencil on paper, acrylic on goat skin, to muskrat hide.

To view the SKIN Art Exhibit, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721(located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) now through November 3, 2018.  The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M.and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M.

Save the date for an artists reception to be held Saturday, November 3 from 1-5PM. 

Artist Heather Sabian created the following video about the exhibit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q28R9DYBVjE

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Stephanie Olson at (218)688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

Minnesota Theater Alliance Conference

October 14-16, 2018

“Connection and Reflection”

BugBee Hive Retreat Center | Paynesville, MN

Join the Minnesota Theater Alliance for an unforgettable weekend of connection and reflection with theater makers, movers, and shakers from all across the state. Conversations suited for all areas of theater, as well as theaters of all types and sizes. (Individual artists and administrators, too)

Invite your fellow artists and administrators, Board members, co-workers, and other. Discounted rates available for MTA Members, as well as member groups that would like to share a room.

The presenters for the 2018 Plenary Session – My Minnesota Theater: Stories from the Field. Join their session on October 15, 2018 to learn more about the incredible performing arts work happening all over the state!

Jeni O’Malley | Costume Design
Benjamin Domask | The Curiosita
AnaSofía Villanueva | ALMA
Sue Hennessy, Jane Gellner, Yvonne Block | Grand Marais Playhouse
Robert Lee | Duluth Playhouse
Marcela Michelle-Mobama, Kat Purcell | Lightning Rod
Eric Lee | Commonweal TheaterCheck out the amazing line up of Keynote Speakers and Workshop Presenters

Register today!
FINAL REGISTRATION DEADLINE: September 28, 2018

For more info and to register visit here