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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.

Gallery Review 2012

IreneB+JoleneJExhibit102012The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council opened a gallery the end of 2011 within the River Walk Artists’ shop in East Grand Forks. The end of 2012 heralds our first year of bringing exhibits of works created by northwest regional artists to the public.

During warmer weather, new exhibits were installed monthly, allowing some artists the opportunity to participate in the Art & Wine Walk as featured artists. From November to January, our second annual Holiday Exhibit took place showcasing works by twelve different artists. In 2013, from January to May, exhibits will run slightly longer than one month before we return to our warm-weather schedule of month-long installations.

Below is the list of 2012’s featured artists and their media.

May 1 – June 24, 2012                    FUNCTIONAL ART              Art & Wine Walk   06/16/12
Robin and Lorrie Foster                      pottery
Carole Wilson                                        woven garments/textiles
Mary Jane Doak                                    purses/upcycled materials
Cathy Forgit                                           textiles
David Pirtle                                            floor cloths
June 27 – August 6                           EXPRESSIONIST ART                 Art & Wine Walk   07/21/12
Debbie Aune                                          sculpture
Erin Nelson                                            acrylic paintings
August 7 – September 9                  REGIONAL ARTISTS                 Art & Wine Walk   08/18/12
Renee Jensen                                         Hardanger embroidery
Karen Engevik                                       pottery
Kathy Comstock                                     ceramic-topped furniture
September 11 – October 14           FELLOWSHIP ARTISTS              Art & Wine Walk   09/15/12
Jean Johnson Ranstrom                       oil paintings
Jerome Fuglseth                                    wood carvings
October 15 – November 12            FELLOWSHIP GRANTS                Art & Wine Walk   10/20/12
Irene Bertils                                           drawings/paintings
Jolene Juhl                                             glassware
November 13 – January 14, 2013 HOLIDAY EXHIBIT
LaVonne Forsberg                                 watercolor painting
Lucille Nelson                                        acrylic painting
Mary Ann Laxen                                    photography
Jeanne O’Neil                                        prints
Phyllis Kalliokoski                                watercolor painting
Jessica Pribula                                      textiles, prints
Sandra Wogaman                                 bead jewelry
Jean Westman                                      jewelry
Paula Kallinen                                       cards/paintings
Carolyn Meisel                                      cards/beadwork
Jolene Juhl                                            glass ornaments, plates
Therese M. Jacobson                           acrylic paintings