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Regional Exhibit Awards in Fosston

AdultArt4The annual regional exhibit of juried art at the Fosston Library Arts Center ended Sunday, April 21st with the awarding of Artist of the Year and Arts Advocate of the Year at the Awards Reception for artists. Featuring 130 original works of art by 95 adult and student artists from the seven counties of northwest Minnesota, the creations on display included watercolor, oil, and acrylic paintings; charcoal and pencil drawings; crayon works; sculpture; ceramics; photography; mixed media, and more.

Jane-5The Northwest Star Artist Award was received by Jane Anderson of Thief River Falls for her decades of volunteered talent with Thief River Fall’s community theater. Jane performed two numbers for Sunday’s program to rousing applause.


MaraBernadetteRic Sorenson of Fosston received the Arts Advocate of the Year Award in absentia. His wife, Bernadette, accepted the award on his behalf. Ric contributed to the arts community for forty years as a teacher, regional arts council member, and state arts advocate.



Prizes awarded included first place in adult category to Rock Bakken of Hallock for his painting of horses “Power and Glory.” Bakken also received the People’s Choice award in the adult category.


2013 Exhibit Awards

Adult Winners

1st Place $500 Acrylic painting by Rock Bakken of Hallock
2nd Place $300 Watercolor painting by Christine Foster of Thief River Falls
3rd Place $200 Sculpture by Katie Hruby-Schmidt of Fisher
Merit Award $100 Mixed media by Margaret Ehling of Red Lake Falls
Merit Award $100 Photograph (b&w) by Jill Green of McIntosh
Merit Award $100 Drawing by Barb Pinc of Plummer
Merit Award $100 Photograph (color) by Bert Foster of Thief River Falls
Merit Award $100 Acrylic painting by Corissa Kruse of Thief River Falls


Student Winners

1st Place $300 Charcoal drawing by Chandler Blanton of Greenbush
2nd Place $150 Mixed media 2D by Luise Benkert of Warroad
3rd Place $100 Acrylic painting by Rebecca Sistad of Fosston
Merit Award $50 Book art sculpture by Alissa Fife of Warroad
Merit Award $50 Photograph (b&w) by Jackie Lee of Warroad
Merit Award $50 Photograph (color) by Haley Warnecke of Halstad
Merit Award $50 Pastel drawing by Hillary Cudmore of Fosston
Merit Award $50 Print by Kaley Quanrud of Williams


FosstonExhibitStudent2-GabeHanson-PeopChoicThe People’s Choice Award in the student category was given to Gabriel Hanson of Fosston for his drawing of Albert Einstein.


Congratulations to all!

Workshop Exhibition


WrkshpExhbt1-041211The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council  has been sponsoring an on-going workshop for artists of all media from Springboard for the Arts titled Work of Art: the business of art. This month, the participating artists brought samples of their work for an exhibition in the NWMAC gallery at River Walk Artists in East Grand Forks.
Featured artists are:

  • Linnea Barton                    cut paper and textiles
  • Irvin Johnson                     stained glass
  • Phyllis Kalliokoski            watercolor
  • Eryn Killough                     jewelry
  • Lynne King                         photography
  • Cindy Kolling                     printmaking/cards/books
  • Mary Ann Laxen                clay sculpture
  • Jeanne Griffin O’Neil        intaglio prints
  • Candace Osborn                 needle felting, and oil painting
  • Jessica Pribula                   batik, textiles, printing
  • Kathleen Richert               watercolor
  • Mike & Linda Rositas       metalwork
  • Betsy Saurdiff                     ceramics
  • Therese M. Jacobson         acrylics

WrkshpExhbt3-041211The Workshop Exhibit is on display until June 16th, and will be featured during the Art and Wine Walk, Saturday, June 15th, from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Exhibit hours: Wednesdays – Saturdays, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m; Sundays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Gallery open by appointment by calling the NWMAC office at 218-745-9111, or the River Walk Artists’ gallery during regular hours at: 218-399-0162.

Student Art Showcase

StdntShwcse1-031313The newest installation in the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery is a collection of artworks by high school students from Greenbush-Middle River and East Grand Forks.

Student Showcase includes acrylic paintings, charcoal drawings, watercolor paintings, and oil paintings by students in grades ten through twelve, taught by teachers Deb Aune (GMR) and Erin Nelson (EGF), who both exhibited their work here last summer together.

StdntShwcse3-031313Subject matter ranges from wild animals to self-portraits, and a few floral impressions as well.  The students’ mastery of simple graphite and charcoal captures contrasts in animal dispositions, while bright colors exude floral and facial expressions.

The exhibit Student Showcase will be available for public viewing until April 14th.  Located in the River Walk Centre in East Grand Forks, the gallery is within the River Walk Artists gallery, 211 Demers Avenue. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday 2 p.m. to 8 p.m, and Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Call 218-399-0162 or 218-965-4216 for more information.

CSA Distribution Event

The second distribution event of Community Supported Art is Sunday, March 17, 2013. Final pieces of artwork will be available to purchasers of shares at a meet-and-greet with the artists at Melody’s Cafe in Warren, Minnesota.

JO'NeilPrintYou will want to be at this event to purchase your own share of CSA works!! New artwork at this event are lino-cut prints by Jeanne O’Neil of East Grand Forks; matted and framed, Hardanger embroidery by Renee Jensen of Stephen; and etched/printed self-portraits by John Leopold of Thief River Falls. Earlier artworks are still available, too!

Appetizers and beverages will be served. Festivities begin at 4:00 p.m. and conclude  about 5:00 p.m. RSVP: 218-745-9111, or email by Friday, March 15th.

Boxes of Community Supported Art are available for sale to new buyers    interested   in purchasing a share. If you are interested  in purchasing a share contact Mara at 218-745-9111, or email Therese at



Gravestones and Clay Exhibit

The NWMAC gallery is proud to present an exhibit of artworks, Gravestones and Clay, from January 16th to March 4th  by two accomplished women who both hail from Crookston, Minnesota.

Heather Sabian is a painter, sculptor, and sketch artist, who creates grave stone paintings. Using her own technique Heather gathers botanical designs, embellishing them with acrylic paint after mounting them onto wood panels.  Her works evoke quiet peacefulness while inviting the viewer to explore deeper in each piece.

Jenn Steinbrink’s Krazy Kiln is the source of many ceramic items used everyday in homes near and far. But every day can be whimsical, as the name Krazy Kiln suggests. Jenn produces tumblers, pie plates, mixing bowls, and pitchers along side her amazing wine goblets, loopy wine racks, stocky vases, and carved-rimmed pasta dishes, all completed with a rich glazing unique to Krazy Kiln.

A reception for the artists will be held on March 1st from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the gallery in conjunction with the River Walk Artists. Refreshments will be served. Music will be provided by Tom and Jeanne O’Neil.

The Gravestones and Clay Exhibit is on display at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery, within River Walk Artists Gallery and Gift Shop, Riverwalk Centre, 211 Demers Ave. East Grand Forks, MN.

Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday: 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

For more information contact the Arts Council office at 218-745-9111.