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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

2015 Annual Spring Art Exhibit Winners



APRIL 22 – MAY 04


Northwest Minnesota Arts Council 2015 Annual Spring Art Exhibit

RECEPTION: MAY 04, 2015 – 5:00 PM

The list of winners is here!  Juror Kimberly Forness Wilson of Grand Forks was kind enough to take on the monumental task of judging all the great art we received.  Judging took place the morning of April 23rd and we can’t wait to see all of the winner’s and hand out their cash awards at our Art Exhibit Reception May 04, 2015 starting at 5:00 PM.


Kimberly Forness Wilson is “an award-winning multi-media healing artist,” whose art is exposed in several private and public collections over the world (from Saudi Arabia to the Hawaiian Islands), including Rochester’s Ronald McDonald House. Among her many recognitions she has received the NoVac’s 2012 “Artist of the Year” Award, the Mayor’s Choice Award—Grand Forks (ND), and several Manhattan Arts International Awards. She has a studio in Grand Forks, North Dakota.



PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Rock Bakken, Hallock – $100.00

Rock Bakken, People's Choice Award Winner
Rock Bakken, Adult People’s Choice Award Winner


1ST PLACE: Nick Reitzel, Karlstad – $500.00

1st Place: Nick Reitzel, Karlstad “Our Sins Are Forgiven” – Mixed Painting

2ND PLACE: Deb Aune, Gatke – $300.00

2nd Place: Deb Aune, Gatzke “Sandra’s Dolls” – Watercolor Painting

3RD PLACE: Rock Bakken, Hallock – $200.00

3rd Place: Rock Bakken, Hallock “Lake Bronson” – Acrylic Painting

ADULT MERIT AWARDS: (each Adult Merit winner receives $100.00)

Irene Bertils, Crookston

Irene Bertil, Crookston This Is What Love Is! - Charcoal Drawing
Irene Bertil, Crookston
“This Is What Love Is!” – Charcoal Drawing

Timothy Bhajjan, Crookston

Timothy Bhajjan, Crookston “Sun Dance” – Watercolor

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy & Jan Osborn, Thief River Falls

Left Top: Kathryn Rynning, Crookston -” Old Men with Stories”, Photograph                                    Right Bottom: Jan Osborn, TRF – “Sunset at the Rainbow”, Pastel drawing

Loren Youngren, Hallock

Loren Youngren, Hallock “Till the Cows Come Home” – Photograph


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD:  Peyton Svegdahl, Strathcona – $50.00

Peyton Svegdahl, Student People’s Choice with Mara Hanel, Executive Director NWMAC

1ST PLACE: Macy Larson, Euclid – $300.00

1st Place: Macy Larson, Euclid I Came In Like, "Oh Yeah!" - Sculpture
1st Place: Macy Larson, Euclid
“I Came In Like, “Oh Yeah!” – Sculpture

2ND PLACE: Samantha Kraulik, Wannaska – $150.00

2nd Place: Samantha Kraulik, Wannaska Stomp - Charcoal Drawing
2nd Place: Samantha Kraulik, Wannaska
“Stomp” – Charcoal Drawing

3RD PLACE: Abbigail Brekken, Crookston – $100.00

3rd Place: Abbigail Brekken, Crookston “Share A Little Happiness” – Mixed Media


Student Merit Awards: (Each Student Merit Winner receives $50.00)

Jessica Ross, Fisher

Jessica Ross, Fisher  “Prisma Tigris” – Acrylic Painting

Peyton Svegdahl, Strathcona

Peyton Svegdahl, Strathcona “Bubbles and Dots” – Glass Plate

Jennifer Koste

Jennifer Koste “Bob Marley” – Plaster Sculpture

Cassandra Houston-Johnson

Cassandra Houston-Johnson “Monks” – Ceramic Sculpture

Daylyn Kainz, Goodridge

Daylyn Kainz, Goodridge “Black Beauty” – Acrylic painting

North Country Fiddle and Dance! May 09, 2015

North Country Fiddle and Dance
Saturday, May 9,  2015

East Grand Forks Senior Center

7:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Community Barn Dance!

Music By: Sam Timmreck – Banjo, Twin Cities
Aaron Blum – Guitar, Twin Cities
Matt Edwards – Fiddle, Twin Cities
Calling: Jeanne O’Neil, East Grand Forks


East Grand Forks Senior Center -538 Rhinehart Dr. S.E.  EGF
North American folk and barn dances ; longways reels, circles, simple squares.

All are welcome – singles, couples, families. No need to know how! All will be taught.  Come join in!

Donations at the door

This activity made possible in part by a grant provided by the
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund.