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Lake of the Woods: Writers’ Retreat




Life got you busy? 

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 LAKECome out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and writing. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your writing projects and goals.

When: September 18—21, 2014

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 CABINThe Plan: We’ll meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Warroad, MN on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and carpool from there. Dinner will be on your own at Jerry’s Restaurant at Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Boat leaves for the island at 6:30 p.m. Once on the island, we’ll have an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to write and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There will be an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights with soft drinks provided. On Sunday, we’ll conclude the retreat with a closing circle at 10:00 a.m. followed by brunch. We plan to leave the island around noon.

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 CABINHow rustic is it? Oak Island is about 10-15 minutes by boat from Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Laketrails Base Camp is far from posh, but quite comfortable. There is some wi-fi and some buildings have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, but there are no-flush toilets conveniently located near the men’s cabin and women’s cabin. There are showers, but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature and space to wander and write. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!

LOW Camp Flyer 2014 MAPWhat to pack: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, flashlight, comfortable clothing, life jacket if you’d like to canoe, swimsuit, alcoholic beverages for social hour (optional). Don’t forget! To reach the Northwest Angle, we must travel through Canada. Bring a passport or passport card. Only one of these documents is required to cross the Canadian and U.S. borders. Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.

Cost: $200.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature. Maximum of 15 people.

Register: Contact Kim Hruba, or (218) 469-0204. A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration. Balance is due by September 8, 2014. LAKE TRAILS LOW


LOW Camp Flyer 2014



Featured Artists: Drawn + Needled!

10414516_877029658991091_137525728504845841_nThe Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce a new showcase opening in our East Grand Forks gallery this week titled Drawn and Needled. The drawings of Brett Lysne of Moorhead, MN, and needle felting of Candace Osborn of Ada, MN will be featured from August 6 to August 31, 2014.



Brett Lysne is a visual artist who works in drawing, printmaking, artist books, and writing. Born in Fargo and raised in Crookston, Brett attended college at the University of Minnesota, Morris for studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. He earned his MFA in printmaking and drawing from Washington State University, and has participated in artist residency programs in Washington, Vermont, Finland, Minnesota, and at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Currently he lives in a farmhouse near Moorhead, MN. Lysne’s exhibited work features “text-based drawing projects” created out of his “desire to clarify and organize complex memories, sentiments, and connections,” he writes.


isc_90x90.2160183985_30z2Candace Osborne grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota which she says, “gave me an appreciation for nature and wildlife, as well as a love of domestic animals.”  She showed artistic ability “probably as soon as I could hold a pencil.”  Candace pursued both art and nature in college, earning a degree that lets her teach both Biology and Art. She taught in Nebraska before moving back to Ada with her family. Candace says, “Drawing led to painting, sculpting clay led to carving, and the combined skills have emerged in felting.” Her needle felted animals and nature scenes are skillfully reproduced with wool in miniatures of authentic wildlife.


The Drawn and Needled exhibit, opening August 6th, will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk, Saturday, August 16th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the Riverwalk mall near the Blue Moose Restaurant, across Demers Avenue from Cabella’s in East Grand Forks. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information call the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, or email:


New Podcast Posted!


Did you know Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has a a weekly spot with Ron West  of Pioneer 90.1 out of East Grand Forks, Minnesota?  We then podcast the episode right here on our site or you can listen to it on

Tune in every Tuesday at 3:05pm and Ron talks with our latest guest!

If you would like to be a featured guest on our “Tuesday’s with Mara” show, and have been helped in some way by NWMAC, just drop us a line! or call 218-745-9111.

Call to Artists: Design Artist Needed!



Request for Proposals from Design Artists

Design artists should submit their design concept for the 3rd edition of the Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet, to our office by August 1, 2014.  The draft should be completed professionally on a computer, so our panel will be able to make a good selection.  Included with the draft should be a timeline for completion of the project by November 15, 2014 and the contract artist fee required to complete the job.  Please include your business card with contact information.  Only residents of the Minnesota counties Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau are eligible for this design contract.

Specifics for the Design

The front outside cover needs to include the text Artists of Northwest Minnesota as well as A Selection of Artists and Art Sites in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau Countiesand one featured image.

The inside cover will be a page devoted to credits for the booklet project.  The first page will be a title page.  The second page will be an introduction page.

The next group of pages should have two artists featured per page in alphabetical order.  Each artist will have one sample image, their name, home town, title of the piece if visual art, dimensions if visual art, contact number, email, website, and artist statement.

The last page of the booklet will be a map of arts sites in our counties. The back pages will be a list of arts organizations, arts sites, and businesses that showcase art  in our counties that relate to the map.  The back outside cover will be suggested by the design artist.

Our website features the 2nd edition of this booklet (shown above) at:




Submitted by: Barb Geer

Steel Magnolias opens on the Northland Community and Technical College Theater stage on Monday, July 21st and runs through Thursday, July 24th. Doors open at 6:30 pm and all shows begin at 7:00 pm.

SteelMagnolias1Be sure to bring your tissues! Guaranteed laughter is so rampant that you just might laugh until you cry. On the opposite side of the spectrum of emotions, tears will flow as the six friends deal with the mourning process.

Steel Magnolias is a comedy–drama play about the bond among a group of Southern women in northwest Louisiana. The story is based on Harling’s experience with his sister’s death. The title suggests the “female characters are as delicate as magnolias but as tough as steel”. The magnolia specifically references a magnolia tree they are arguing about in Act I, Scene 1.

SteelMagnolias7Robert Harling’s first play was met with immediate critical and popular acceptance in its premier production by New York’s WPA Theatre in 1987. Concerned with a group of gossipy southern ladies in a small-town beautyparlor in northwest Louisiana, the play is alternately hilarious and touching—and, in the end, deeply revealing of the strength and purposefulness which underlies the antic banter of its characters.

Ticket sales have already been brisk, so the word is out to get your tickets early! They may be purchased at Digi-Key’s East reception area, Hugo’s, and at the door if available.

Directed by: Barb Geer

Cast: Kari Conner (Truvy), Michele Christensen (Annelle), Brianna Helm (Clairee), Alyssa Novak (Shelby), Sherry Knott (M’Lynn), LoriAnn Walseth (Ouiser)