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Art Exhibit Entries Needed

FosstonExhibitStudent2-GabeHanson-PeopChoicGabe Hanson, People’s Choice Northwest Art Exhibition 2013 Fosston, Mn.




Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition

Warren, Mn (February 2, 2014)- The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce the 2014 Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition will be Wednesday, April 16 through Sunday, April 27 in Middle River at the Middle River Community Center.  Every year, artists from all around the area participate in this event.

Last year’s show in Fosston was featured on Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s website, Facebook page and was broadcast on YouTube. Over $1600.00 of prize money was awarded to participants.


Rock Bakken, 1st Place Adult Exhibitor Northwest Art Exhibition, 2013 Fosston, Mn.




Adult artists, high school and college students with permanent residency in the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau are invited to participate.  Each participant can enter up to two pieces of artwork.  The work must have been completed within the last five years and must not have been accepted into a previous Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit.  Exhibit rules, restrictions and entry forms can be found on under the “Art Exhibit” tab or by contacting Mara at (218) 745-9111.  She can also be reached by email at if you have any questions or need more information.

Due to reduced funding at the Arts Council, there is a small entry fee.  The fee is $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults.  This program is sponsored in part by funding to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council by the McKnight Foundation and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state.  All eleven councils work together with fiscal agents of the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.

Entries for the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition must be received by February 28, 2014.


Mara Wittman

Executive Director, NW MN Arts Council

109 S. Minnesota St.

Warren, Mn. 56762

(218) 745-9111


Therese Jacobson ‘In Common Hours’

Lanesboro, Minn. – ‘In Common Hours’ features acrylic paintings by Therese Masters Jacobson, opening at Lanesboro Arts Center Exhibition Gallery on Saturday, February 8, with a reception from 6-8 p.m.  Exhibit runs through April 6, 2014.


‘Misty Mailbox’  acrylic painting, 30” x 24” by Therese Masters Jacobson


Courtesy of: Sara Baskett

Program Marketing Director

Lanesboro Arts Center

Lanesboro, Minn. – ‘In Common Hours’ features acrylic paintings by Therese Masters Jacobson at Lanesboro Arts Center.  The exhibit runsFebruary 8 – April 6, 2014, with an artist reception on Saturday, February 8 from 6-8 p.m.  The reception and the exhibit are free and open to the public.  The title of the show, ‘In Common Hours’, is a phrase taken from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, whose literary work is a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings. Jacobson’s artworks depict what one encounters in daily activities rather than extraordinary moments . . . yet those daily things surmount ordinariness to the one experiencing them.

“Anything, anyone, any day, season, color or mood can be a good subject for a painting,” Jacobson adamantly says.  From Alvarado, Minnesota (northwest corner of the state, near Grand Forks, ND), Therese Masters Jacobson indulges herself by painting in acrylics, a medium that she finds allows for texture and depth (unattainable with the watercolors she worked with for many years).  She limits her palette to only primary colors plus white, mixing any other colors she needs herself, and never using black.  “It deadens the palette,” she says.  Her mother pressed crayons into her hands at the age of two.  She has been creating art of all kinds since then – using oils, watercolors, inks, charcoal, colored pencils, and now acrylics.  She paints people, landscapes of all seasons, horses, birds, flowers, musical instruments and books.  “The Impressionists showed me that anything can be a good subject for a painting, and have been the greatest influence on my style.  The works of Henri Matisse, Mary Cassatt, and Vincent van Gogh, among others, have guided my hand.”  Originally from Chicago, Jacobson has been showing her work regularly in the Grand Forks, ND / East Grand Forks, Minn. region.  She is a member of the River Walk Artists in East Grand Forks, Minn., and has exhibited solo and group shows including A Year on the Plains (solo exhibit, Campbell Public Library, East Grand Forks) and Mayor’s Choice Award Solo Exhibit (Grand Forks City Hall).

The exhibit is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Providing year-round arts programming for more than thirty years, Lanesboro Arts Center’s mission is to serve as a regional catalyst for artistic excellence and educational development in providing diverse art experiences for people of all ages.  For more / 507-467-2446 / info@lanesboroarts.orgHandicapped accessible and free to the public, the exhibition gallery is located at 103 Parkway Ave N. in Lanesboro, Minnesota; gallery hours through March are Tues-Sat 10-5, and beginning in April also open on Sundays 11-3.

Winter Holiday Exhibit

HolidayExh1aThe annual Winter Holiday Exhibit is now open to the public in the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery of River Walk Artists shop & gallery. Make a point of coming to visit during the holidays! Bring your out-of-town guests and family to see these seasonal, sometimes whimsical, sometimes poignant works from around the region!

Included in the exhibit celebrating the season and holidays are works by Hallock, MN, photographer Loren Younggren; needle-felter Candace Osborn of Ada, MN; Fosston, MN, photographer Dean Vikan; painters from East Grand Forks, MN, including acrylic artists Erin Nelson, and Karlee Westrem; and watercolorist Phyllis Kalliokoski; and Maryann Laxen, watercolorist and photographer; potters from Red Lake Falls, MN, Robin & Lorrie Foster; and mitten-maker and porcelain ceramist Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla, MN.

CSA-possibles111213Each artist who entered their work to this exhibit qualifies for a drawing to win a share of Community Supported Art (CSA) (see photograph for some of the artwork choices). The winner will be announced at the River Walk Artists Holiday Open House (date TBA).

The Art Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Walk Mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721, just north of Cabella’s and east of the Blue Moose Restaurant. Park in the large lot to the north, and come in the mall door: we are the first door on the right!

For more information, call the art council office at 218-745-9111, or contact art council gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email:

CSA Reception 11/10/13

MaraTreyJanetSherriRobinOn Sunday, November 10, 2013, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council held a reception for this year’s new artists and shareholders of Community Supported Art 2013. It was a great kick-off to the holiday season! Pictured left to right are NWMAC director Mara Lunde Wittman (holding artist Jessica Pribula’s silk scarf), Trey Everett (pen & ink drawing), Janet Johnson (ceramics), Sherri Kruger (mosaic stones), and Robin Foster (pottery).

This year’s CSA box contains 7 different items for only $225! Call us today while supplies last! 218-745-9111, or email Mara.