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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.

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Annual Exhibition

NWMAC Annual Exhibition
Opens Thursday, April 20th
 
Norman County West School
Halstad, MN

 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is the primary coordinator and sponsor of this popular area exhibition.  Last year $2,300.00 of prize money was awarded at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition!
Thursday, April 20, Exhibition Opens to the Public
People’s Choice Voting Begins
Sunday, April 30th  Exhibition & Reception
12:00 P.M. Open for Viewing 
 1:00 P.M. Artist Reception
2:00 P.M. Program
Including “Of the Year Awards” Presentation and 2017 Creative Minnesota Report about Northwest Minnesota 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.
Exhibition Closes Afterwards.
Please join us!

Calling Northwest Minnesota! Equality & Respect for All Artist Workshop Series

Please Join Us At Our

Equality & Respect for All

Art Workshop Series

Ties That Bind by Ekua Holmes
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to partner with regional artists Trey Everett & Janet Johnson to host a series of art workshops that will inspire and promote
Equality and Respect for All.

In a response to recent and ongoing events occurring on local, national and international levels, NWMAC is calling our region to participate in this series of workshops as a platform to let Human Rights voices be heard. We are proud to sponsor these workshops and remind everyone of their importance and equality, despite differences in background, race, gender and sexual orientation. Our workshops will be a space to create art that will revolve around our theme of Equality and Respect for All. We are striving to inspire people to process current events through artistic expression. Please join us!  

Many art materials and a 12″ x 12″ canvas will be provided, although you will want to bring your scissors and painting supplies if you wish to paint or cut, to work quickly.   You also may want to bring snapshots or images that are important to you, to include in your piece.  If you finish your piece you will leave it with the facilitator, if you bring your canvas home, you need to deposit $10.00.  The workshops will be led by artists Trey Everett and Janet Johnson. No unattended children.  Only adults and very engaged young adults, please. You don’t need to consider yourself an artist to attend!

The artworks will exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, opening June 22, 2017. A public reception will be held during the Art & Wine Walk on August 19, starting at 1:00 P.M.

For more info and/or Register for a workshop, call (218) 745-6733 or NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Upcoming Workshops:  (Classes will not be held for 3 or less RSVPs.  10 per location on average)

  • Tuesday, April 18 Halstad (2 people attended, completed)
  • Wednesday, April 19 Hallock (7 people attended, completed)
  • Thursday, April 20 Crookston (rescheduled due to low registrations)
  • Saturday, April 22 East Grand Forks (canceled due to low registrations)
  • Saturday, April 22  Roseau Library Conference Room 1:00- 3:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Monday, April 24 Ada Dekko Center 5:30 – 7:30 pm with Trey Everett
  • Tuesday, April 25  Warroad Library 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Tuesday, April 25 Red Lake Falls Community Center 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Trey Everett
  • Wednesday, April 26  Middle River American Legion 5:00 – 7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Thursday, April 27 Thief River Falls Public Library 5:00-7:00 pm with Janet Johnson
  • Monday, May 1 Crookston Public Library 5:00-7:00 with Trey Everett
  • Tuesday, May 2 Fosston Public Library 5:00-7:00 with Trey Everett (tentative)

May 5 and 6 will be wrap up days in Warren at our office.  No workshop, only materials available.

Registration is required! 

Rural Arts and Culture Summit Register Today

Register today for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit!
Registration is now open for the Rural Arts and Culture Summit, June 6 – 8, 2017 at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Read more and register at www.racsumit.org. The deadline for early bird registration is April 19. We will be coordinating a ride share. Please contact our office ASAP about the scholarship and ride share. You will need to complete a form to receive the scholarship monies. Call us at 218-745-9111 for more information.

The featured plenary session on Wednesday, June 7th, will bring together four cultural leaders to discuss a variety of cultural equity issues in small towns and how the arts can help create more inclusive communities:

Anton Treuer, an Ojibwe scholar from Bemidji, Minnesota

Michael Strand, a potter and activist from Fargo, North Dakota

Meredith Martin Moats, a folklorist and founder of the McElroy House in Dardanelle, Arkansas

Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate Roots from Utica, Mississippi

On Thursday, June 8, keynote speaker Dr. Jessica Metcalfe from Turtle Mountain, North Dakota, will share the stories and strategies behind her business, Beyond Buckskin, which empowers Native American artists and designers, advancing the quality of Native American fashion through education while providing an in-depth platform for societal participation. Inspired by historical and contemporary Native American clothing design and art, Beyond Buckskin promotes cultural appreciation, social relationships, authenticity and creativity.

Other highlights of the Summit will include:

“Range,” an exhibit in UMM’s Morrison Gallery curated by Andrew Nordin. Artists are invited to submit work for consideration to exhibit until April 1. More information about the exhibit can be found at www.ruralartsandculturesummit.com/range

“A Steady and Irresistible Wind,” a site-specific, place-based performance installation created by artist Bethany Lacktorin, which will take place during the Summit on and nearby the University of Minnesota, Morris campus. A follow up to Lacktorin’s performance, My Ocean (2016), this piece is an ongoing exploration of diaspora where displacement, transition and growth as it occurs culturally, agriculturally, mentally and socially are expressed in story, music, movement and sound.

Workshops, panel conversations and demonstrations presented by over 30 practitioners throughout the nation.

Registration for the Summit is now open, with special early bird discounts available until April 19. Register here: http://bit.ly/RACSummitReg