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RWAG: FUNctional Art!

Functional Art

July 1 – August 2nd

Artists Reception:

Jul 11, 2015 1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Riverwalk Artists Gallery


The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to announce the opening of a Functional Arts Exhibit, Wednesday, July 1st. Functional art is creative work which may be used in and around the home. The functional pieces showcased were made by artists of northwest Minnesota and will be on display in our cool gallery in East Grand Forks’ Riverwalk Centre Mall.

FunctArt_062915b_Showcased pieces in this Functional Art show include textiles, pottery, glass, and wood items. Rugs woven of sheep’s wool or bison roving created by Carol Johnson of Lake Bronson, Cathy Forgit of Crookston, and Aliza Olson of Roseau are being shown.

Betsy_PorcelainBowlNewly created porcelain and ceramic bowls, plates and mugs by Robin and Lorrie Foster of Red Lake Falls, and Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla are included, as are ceramic pieces by Mary Ann Laxen of East Grand Forks. Jolene Juhl of Greenbush is presenting her newest fused glass plates.

A hand-painted desk by Lois Edman of Alvarado makes its debut in this show.Bag+Bowl+Pendants

The artists will be featured Saturday, July 11th, 1:00-5:00 pm during the Art and Wine Walk, at the NWMAC gallery, 211 Demers Avenue in Riverwalk Centre (River Cinema) Mall, East Grand Forks, across the street from Cabela’s and next to Mamma Maria’s Restaurant.

The Functional Art Exhibit will be on display in the NWMAC gallery inside River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery from Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, August 2, 2015. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 3:00 to 7:00 pm, and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall. Park in the large lot to the north and enter the mall door: we are the first door on the right.

Call to Artists: 5th Annual Winter Holiday Art Exhibit

HolidayExh1aThere’s nothing like Christmas in July…well, maybe!  Northwest Minnesota Arts Council wants you to start thinking about Christmas and our 5th Annual Winter Holiday Art Exhibit!

The Exhibit will take place between December 02, 2015  and January 10,  2016.  All work must be submitted by November 28th.  Works must be dropped off at the River Walk Artists Gallery on November 28-29, 2015 between 2p-5p.  Special arrangement can be made if you need extra time.  Please contact Therese at (218) 965-4216 or the Arts Council Office at (218) 745-9111.


There are two ways to submit your works:

1. You can fill the entry form.  (Fill in your name and contact information, title of your work, medium, and price, and upload a photo or link to your creative submission.)

NWMAC_Winter_Holiday_Exhibit (download this file)

2. You can E-MAIL your name and contact information, title of your work, medium, and price, and upload a photo or link to your creative submission to


NWMAC Winter Holiday Art Exhibit is open to ALL artists for submissions and there is NO FEE to enter.

What we are looking for: 2D work, 3D work, compositions (written and musical), and video!)



How do I participate? 

HolidayArtwork+GiftsaSubmit your work to the Arts Council Gallery by emailing: Your Name and contact information (email, phone, address), with title of your work, medium, price (if for sale), and a photo or link of your submission to The dates for dropping off approved submissions at the gallery are Saturday and Sunday, November 29-30th.

May I show more than one piece?

Yes! Each participant may submit up to two pieces for the Winter Holiday Exhibit!

When can I drop off my piece?  

Delivery dates ofapproved submissions at the gallery are Saturday and Sunday, November 28-29th. The gallery is located in the River Walk Mall in East Grand Forks (across from Cabela’s).

Can I have more time than that to drop off my piece? 

If you need more time, special arrangements can be made to drop off works. Call 218-965-4216, or email

Can my piece be sold?  

Yes. Include a price with your artwork title, medium, and your contact information. Interested customers will be asked to contact you directly to purchase your work, and may take the work at the end of the exhibit.

How many artists have shown work in the past? 

Over the past four years, artists from all over northwest Minnesota from Hallock to Ada to Roseau to Fosston, and from the Grand Forks area have participated in the annual Winter Holiday Exhibit. About thirty artists have shown their works, but the exhibit is open to all artists and performers.

Is there a cost to participate?




Please PRINT and COMPLETE the ENTRY FORM above or send the information requested below to the gallery curator at:

Directions for completing the entry card:  

  1. Fill in the boxes in the top section legibly.
  2. You can enter up to two pieces of artwork. 
  3. There is NO ENTRY FEE.
  4. Please title your work. 
  5. Write your category and a general description (like black and white photo, or oil pastel, or original clay) in the following boxes. 
  6. For size, give the general dimensions of height, width, and depth.
  7. If you are interested in selling your work state the price, otherwise state NFS. 
  8. An entry sample (photo) must be submitted for each piece listed. Make sure your samples are labeled with your name and title; or Entry A/Entry B if untitled.  You can e-mail work samples to
  9. For more than two submissions, please send the information requested for each piece to


Mail by November 25, 2015 to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council • 109 South Minnesota St • Warren, MN 56762.  Email Entry form to

Artist Name

Home Phone


Work Phone




Web Site

If you are a student please fill in your age  and school’s name 

Artist’s Signature: ________________________________

Please do not use my art on any publicity materials.  

Title A:

Title B:

Main Category:


Main Category:


Medium Materials:

Medium Materials:

Size framed:

Size framed:

Price – if for sale:

Price – if for sale:

Entry Sample required

(take a picture of your artwork if it is not a photography piece, print out a copy and attach to this form.)

Entry Sample required

(take a picture of your artwork if it is not a photography piece)




completely original piece of art



completely original piece of art


mostly original: attach explanation



mostly original: attach explanation

RWAG: Literary Arts Exhibit


BookExhibit_DoorwayLiterary Arts Exhibit!

June 3 – 28, 2015

Writer’s Workshop: June 20th

10a -12p

Artists Reception: June 20th

1p – 5p


Warren, Mn – The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce the Literary Arts Exhibit at our gallery in Riverwalk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks.

BookExhibit_6Books and publications by twenty-four authors from around the seven counties of northwest Minnesota will be on display for the public to view and peruse in our comfortable gallery in the Riverwalk Centre Mall.

Authors include novelists, poets, biographers, and children’s storytellers from Warroad and Wannaska to Climax and Fertile and many places in between.
BookExhibit_7As an added bonus, the Arts Council will sponsor a Writers Workshop on Saturday, June 20th at the EGF Campbell Library that is open to all writers by reservation. Cost is $20, and includes lunch.
Our featured writers will meet with participants in a round-table discussion to address writing and publishing questions and techniques you’ve always wondered about!
Call the Arts Council office by June 12th, or register below:
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A Reception and Book signing for the authors will be held Saturday, June 20th1:00-5:00 pm at the gallery, 211 Demers Avenue in Riverwalk Centre Mall, East Grand Forks, across the street from Cabela’s and next to Mamma Maria’s Restaurant.

Share this information with friends and relatives, and come out to see this fabulous literary extravaganza!
Here are links to some of the LOCAL, GREAT Author’s we have for this exhibit!


Residency Artists in NW Minnesota

With many thanks to Elwynn Ruud, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to share some of the recent pictures from COMPAS Residency Artists in Northwest Minnesota.

Schools involved in this picture gallery include Tri-County in Karlstad and the Roseau Schools Pioneer Days.  Artists involved include Aimee Bryant (Acting), Duane Barnhart (Cartoonist), and Ross Sutter (Instruments).


COMPAS Artists Regularly come to Northwest Minnesota to inspire students and share their talents.  This video was made in 2013 at CAMP ART in Hallock with videographer John Akre.  Maxine Regalado and Sarah Budziszewski  directed and animated this piece.

Artists of Northwest Minnesota 2015 Booklet!

2015 Artist of Northwest Minnesota
2015 Artist of Northwest Minnesota

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 12.45.09 PMIt has finally arrived!  Northwest Minnesota Arts Council proudly presents the latest rendition of our “Artists of Northwest Minnesota” booklet!  This directory lists visual artists, photographers, and fine craft artists who answered our call for entries.  It also features art sites and arts groups within our 7 county service area.

Screen Shot 2015-05-13 at 12.46.39 PMWe started taking entries for this booklet from area artists and arts organizations back in the spring of 2014.  We want to give special thanks to Chris Lane of Newfolden  for his hard work on the design, layout and typography, as well as Bradner Printing of Crookston who answered the call for printing this important arts publication.

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Executive Director Mara Hanel writes,

Art enriches our homes, offices, public spaces, and our wardrobe.  We invite you to contact one of our local wrists and purchase their original artwork.  Our artists play an important part in building our communities.  They are small businesses trying to grow and prosper in our area.  Your support is important.

This booklet will be available at area libraries and retail locations, or you can request a copy be sent to you directly.  All artists and organizations who paid their entry fee will be notified when the booklets  are ready to be distributed.

View the Booklet in PDF form here:

2015 Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet