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2012 Winter Holiday Exhibit
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s annual holiday exhibit is underway!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s annual holiday exhibit is on display for your viewing pleasure November 14, 2012,  to January 14, 2013 at our gallery in East Grand Forks, MN.

Featuring paintings, intaglio prints, glassware, jewelry, cards, and pottery created by artists from all around the northwest Minnesota region in a festive wintery setting, this artwork exhibit is a must-stop during the holiday season. From the gallery walls, to our decked out display cases, and our sparkling Christmas tree, you will enjoy the pleasure of stopping by for a visit to complete your holiday season.

Selected pieces of artwork are available for purchase by contacting participating artists.

Winter Holiday Exhibit
Pottery, glassware, jewelry, intaglio prints, paintings and more!

Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday: noon – 8:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Closed Monday.

We are located in the Riverwalk Centre, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN, across the street from Cabella’s and the Blue Moose.

Call the gallery during hours for more information at: 218-399-0162, or contact


CSA Distribution Celebration

First CSA artists
CSA artists at our first distribution event, 11/18/12, at Melody’s Restaurant, Warren, MN.

On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council sponsored the meeting of artists and art patrons for our first distribution of Community Supported Art packages. Patrons of the program arrived from around the region for the event which was facilitated by arts council director Mara Wittman at Melody’s Restaurant in Warren, Minnesota.

Patrons had pre-purchased boxes of CSA art by contacting the Arts Council office. The CSA boxes contained artwork created especially for Community Supported Art by participating artists. Each of nine artists made fifty pieces in their medium for the program. The NMAC has coordinated the sale of their works for CSA based on the model of Community Supported Agriculture.

Attending the distribution of their artworks were: fused glass maker Jolene Juhl of Greenbush MN, jewelry maker/artist Paula Kallinen of East Grand Forks MN, photographer Chris Lane of Newfolden MN, printmaker John Charles Cox of Thief River Falls MN, and potter Robin Foster of Red Lake Falls MN. The next phase of distribution will occur in the spring.

Local businesses and artists provided bonus items for the first CSA boxes, including coupons from artist Julie Elick of Roseau, Quilter’s Eden of East Grand Forks, Studio 413 of Ada, and a book from Dale Jacobson.

Artwork in first of two distribution events for 1st annual CSA.

CSA boxes are still available and are suitable for businesses, sharing, splitting with a friend or family member, displaying in an office setting, or gift-giving for the holidays. For more information contact Mara Wittman at 218-745-9111, email her assistant at:, or visit their website at:

Buy A Share CSA Brochure

Please consider buying a share of art in our Community Supported Art program!  Below is a link to a brochure.  It gives general information and pictures most of the pieces of artwork that will be in your box.  Although … if you want a surprise you should not look at the brochure!  Patron Brochure 2012-2013

Call our office to reserve your share at 218-745-9111 and provide your contact information.  Our first reception is coming up on Sunday, November 18, 2012.  Shares cost $300.00 and you receive nine original pieces of art.

Add to your own collection, bring art to your workplace, or give away as unique gifts!

Community Supported Art

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to invite you to be a part of our first annual Community Supported Art program. You can assist artists in meeting art patrons and collectors, and help in building their businesses and contacts in the community by purchasing a SHARE of CSA!

What is a “share”?   Nine pieces of original art by nine regional artists of   northwest Minnesota.

What does it cost?   $300.

How many shares are there?  Only 50 shares exist.

Why should I buy a share?  You would be supporting the local art community and helping artists grow their businesses. You will also add to your own art collection, or gift others with original works of exquisite art.

Who is sponsoring this program? The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council  sponsors this program and others through grants from the McKnight Foundation and Minnesota’s Legacy Fund.

Who are the participating artists?  This year’s artists are John Leopold of Thief River Falls, Chris Lane of Newfolden,  Jenn Steinbrink of Crookston, Robin & Lorrie Foster of Red Lake Falls, Paula Kallinen of East Grand Forks, John Charles Cox of Thief River Falls, Jolene Juhl of Greenbush, Renee Jensen of Stephen, and Jeanne O’Neil of East Grand Forks.

How do I buy a share?  If you, a place of business, or someone you know is interested in purchasing a CSA share, you may call the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at 218-745-9111 or email Therese.  CSA shares will be available until all are sold.

Where do I go to get my share?  Artwork will be distributed at a reception in November and another in March whose locations will be announced soon, so prepare for an exciting season ahead!

  • 9 – Artists
  • 50 – Patrons/50 Shares
  • $300
  • 218-745-9111

CSA is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture and is patterned after the original CSArt program founded by Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis 20 years ago.

Holiday Art Exhibit 2012

The Holidays! What do you imagine when you hear these words? A warm fireside? Your family baking cookies? Teeth-chattering cold on an icy blue day? Many ideas, feelings, thoughts, and pictures come to mind.  Create something new for our upcoming Holiday exhibit, or bring in something from recent years that relates to the Holidays theme.  Only one piece per person, please.

All work must be completed and dropped off by November 8th at noon at our office in Warren or November 12th in East Grand Forks at our River Walk Centre Mall Gallery between 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.

If you submit a three-dimensional piece please bring the support system or case for its secure display.  Poetry or prose should be displayed within a black frame.  Visual art can be in any color or style of frame.  We will create an exhibit catalog for the show and hold an opening night reception in late November (date TBA).

All ages may enter artwork.  We reserve the right to not accept artwork if it does not meet the standards of the show.  Work may not be larger than 3 feet square due to space limitations.  This is an annual exhibit theme, so join the tradition!

Artists may receive partial reimbursement of their travel costs, if that is a hardship.  If you wish to try and sell your piece,  you may price it, include your contact information, and arrange your own sale.

Please put your name and contact information on the back of your artwork before you drop it off.  When you drop off your piece, you will need to complete an entry form, so we have your contact information on record. We will also record your brief statement about why you think your piece should be part of “The Holidays” exhibit.

At the end of the exhibit, all pieces must be picked up by January 14, 2013.

If you have questions, contact mara or therese, or call 218-745-9111.