The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to exhibit Midwest Grain, a collection of watercolor paintings by Debbie Aune, which feature familiar landmarks to all of us living in northwest Minnesota: grain elevators. A longtime artist of Gatzke, Minnesota, Debbie grew up on a small farm in northern Minnesota, and recalls her early fascination with these historical structures.
“As a small child a trip in the old, crusty, dirty truck to the local elevator was quite the trip. In my early teens I would most likely be found in the dusty combine riding with Mom, and then at age seventeen-it was my job to turn all the fields upside down in preparation for the next year. Dirt was fun!”
Debbie’s art, primarily watercolor paintings, often depicts scenes of daily life in our communities-and our region’s history. “With no surprise, farming, farming equipment and storage buildings have again made their way into my latest watercolor exhibit, Midwest Grain. Elevators, tracks and trains swarm with history, stories and memories good and bad. Every town big or small has (or had) a grain elevator. Good thing I like the color gray!”
Debbie’s exhibition is now open through March 31, 2018 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.
Meet the artist on Saturday, February 24, when Debbie will be at the gallery to discuss her works during the Art & Wine Walk, at 1:00 P.M.
“My hope in painting these grain elevators of Northwest Minnesota, besides the obvious farming flashbacks and sense of nostalgia, is to show the charm and curious attraction of these big gray monuments. Their form, the perspective, the subtle changes of gray, their rust, the interlacing spouting and conveyors-it’s all a kick to paint! I have a connection with this dirt we call earth and the galvanized steel, iron and wood that rises from it. Paris, Melbourne and Rome will have to wait. “
To view Debbie’s art, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenuein East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) now through March 31, 2018. The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00-8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 P.M.
All of Debbie’s art featured at the gallery is for sale and can be purchased by contacting the artist at (218)689-2363. For more information about Debbi’s exhibit, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.
“Thank you” is not a message legislators hear very often.
On March 6, 2018 Minnesota Citizens for the Arts will bring hundreds of arts advocates from around the state to the State Capitol for “Arts Advocacy Day” to thank legislators for following through on the promise of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment that dedicated funds to conservation and the arts. Last year 1000 arts advocates filled the Capitol!
Minnesotans overwhelmingly approved the Legacy Amendment, passing it by 56%, which created four new dedicated funds for land, water, parks and arts in 2008. In the last several years arts advocates and supportive legislators had to fight off legislative suggestions that the Legacy Arts & Culture Fund be diverted away from the arts. With this uncertain political climate and increased polarization, we need to show a unified front to ensure that arts funding continues to be protected.
How does state funding help support access to the arts in your community? Legislators need to know.
ARTS ADVOCACY DAY SCHEDULE:
It’s the biggest arts networking day of the year! MCA invites you to join your fellow arts advocates at the Minnesota History Center and State Capitol to talk about the arts, make new friends, and educate our legislators. Together we will speak about the impact that the arts have had on our lives and our communities. Meet great arts people from all over the state, and make a difference with your friends and neighbors.
You and your team will be led by an experienced advocate who has participated in past Arts Advocacy Days and knows what to do. Following a brief rally, you and your team will visit a series of legislators over the morning, giving you plenty of time to get to know your teammates and the issues you are discussing.
By working together we show the strength of Minnesota’s arts community. Let your elected officials know what you think! Registration Deadline is March 2, 2018.
7:30 AM: Doors Open at the Minnesota History Center 8-9:00 AM: Registration & Coffee (For those not attending Creative MN event or Class). 8:00 AM: Creative Minnesota 2017 Report: New Local Studies 8:30 AM:Advocacy Class for New Attendees 9:00 AM:Rally & Join your Team 10:00 AM: Walk or Take MCA Shuttle to Capitol 10:15 AM–2PM:Legislator Appointments (MCA Homebase will be in the Transportation Building.)
Contact our office with questions or if you are interested in riding together.
Long-ways reels, simple squares, whole circle mixers, New England contras and more, are all danced to live fiddle music performed by local and regional dance musicians. All dances are taught and are easy to learn. All are welcome, including singles, couples, and families. Guest caller Shawn Glidden brings new dances from St.Paul.
Donations at the door
Upcoming Winter/Spring Dances:
March 17th – with Clancy Ward ( fiddle) , and Kyle Ollah (banjo), from Duluth, EGF Eagles Club.
April 21– musicians TBA, EGF Eagles Club.
For a current schedule of community dances and for more information, contact Jeanne O’Neil at 218-773-3850.
Now Open at Riverwalk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks
Works in Wood by Regional Artists
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to exhibit woodworking pieces of art–all exceptionally carved, chipped, formed, sawed or turned–by regional artists from Northwest Minnesota.
Artists being featured at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks include Candace Osborn of Ada, Cliff Nelson of Crookston, Dick Grega from Warren, Jim Johanneck from Red Lake Falls, Matt Kroulik of Stephen, and Matt Noel from Stephen.
Wooden sculptures and functional pieces of art have been created since ancient times. Whether the artist has used a traditional or innovative technique to create a simple, intricate or abstract design, each piece ends up with it’s own distinct look. This natural and renewable art medium is truly unique.
“Every finished piece I create is different,” explains Jim Johanneck–a wood sculptor and turner from Red Lake Falls, “because every piece of wood I start with is different in the first place. Even if I create two pieces from the same type of wood, they end up looking entirely different. No piece can be copied, and every piece is truly one of a kind.”
We may not have a grand Redwood forest in our region, and certainly not a rainforest of diverse species of trees, but that hasn’t stopped our regional artists from acquiring different types of wood for their art from all over the world. Matt Noel of Stephen was even given wood from a palm tree to experiment with. Many of the artists have found that our region and lack of trees has actually inspired them to use wood as their medium.
“Growing up on a farm in northern Minnesota gave me an appreciation for nature and wildlife,” recalls artist Candace Osborn of Ada, whose detailed carvings of people and various animals show her creative dedication and amazing technical and anatomical skills as an artist.
All of the works can be viewed at the NWMAC Gallery now through February 11, 2018. If you or someone you know would like to meet our featured artists, please join us for a Gathering at the Gallery on Sunday, February 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. as we close out our show. We are located at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks, within the Riverwalk Artists gallery. Regular hours are 2-8 P.M. Thursday–Saturday, and 2–5 P.M. on Sundays.
For more information about this show or how to exhibit with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen, the Exhibition Specialist at (701)360-0805, or the main office at (218)745-9111. You can also email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com with your inquiries or to sign up for our newsletter.
Call to Artists – Last February, the North Dakota Museum of Art held its first This Week Only show. Imagine a panoply of art from the Valley and surrounding Plains; walls covered with works springing from our own area to brighten up our lives in the dead of winter. People poured in and lingered over the 106 paintings, sculptures, photographs, works on paper, and multi-media pieces. Once discovered, two artists ended up in the Museum’s Autumn Art Auction. The Museum’s Director made the first buy, a small beaded sculpture, the feminine version of a Bali bird trophy (right). That 2017 non-curated exhibition was the first ever mounted by the Museum. They’re ready to do it again. Northwest Minnesota was represented well last year.
Artists: Please submit, buy, celebrate, and expand your visual acuity, or just have fun, and make some money. The NDMOA is showcasing this exhibit during the Museum’s Annual Benefit Dinner. Your work will be the highlight of the evening and a benefit for you and the Museum. The Benefit Dinner is the region’s most glittering and festive occasion. Instead of the customary Silent Auction, everything in This Week Only will be offered for sale with proceeds split 50/50 between the artists and the Museum. Artists set their own prices.
Eligibility: If you are a serious artist from North Dakota or able to travel from your home to Grand Forks and back again in one day (the radius of what we are defining as our region, including Southern Manitoba, far into Minnesota, and Northeast South Dakota), you are
invited to submit one artwork to This Week Only.
Dates: The show officially opens at 2 pm on Sunday, January 28, 2018, and continues for one week, closing on Sunday, February 4.
Delivery of Art: Museum staff will be on hand January 19 – 24 to receive the art during the Museum’s regular hours: 9 – 5 weekdays and 1 – 5 weekends. If you ship your entry, please include a prepaid return label, or include or call the Museum with your credit card number. We will return your work in its original packing and charge your credit card for costs.
Return of Art: Works not sold can be picked up during regular Museum hours from February 5 – 10. Work not reclaimed or sold will not be stored at the Museum.
Acceptable Artwork: Two-dimensional works of art cannot be larger than a total of 16 feet. (For example 1 x 7 feet, 2 x 6 feet, 3 x 5 feet, 4 x 4 feet or any size smaller.) If you are submitting three-dimensional or non-wall work, please give us a call so we can discuss special considerations. Sculpture must fit through a regular door (7 x 3 feet). Special equipment needed for display — including sculpture stands, monitors and projectors — must be furnished by the artist. The art must be ready for installation, including proper framing to protect the art. No clips and string, or other devices that will allow the work to slip out of the hanging apparatus, become unhinged, or become damaged. This is an uninsured exhibition so artists must protect their own. The Museum retains the right of refusal for works of questionable condition, and to hang certain works in designated areas.
Entry Fee: Each artist must pay $25 prior to or when the work arrives at the Museum.
People’s Choice Award: All visitors will be invited to vote.
Sale of Art: As noted above, please submit work that can be sold. Remember, artists establish the sale price and split proceeds 50/50 with the Museum. Those who wish to buy before the Museum Dinner may pay an extra 20% and it’s theirs. All buyers may take the
work home after the Benefit Dinner or Sunday, the next day.