Category Archives: Exhibit and Showcase

Black Lives Matter 12×12 Canvas Art Creation Zoom Workshop

Looking for a chance to create some art? Teaching Artist and NWMAC Showcase and Training Specialist Trey Everett will be leading a Zoom workshop to inspire and guide you in creating a 12 x 12 canvas with the theme of Black Lives Matter. This canvas will then be included in the Black Lives Matter exhibit at NCTC in Thief River Falls.

When: Saturday, December 12 10:30 to noon.

Don’t consider yourself to be an artist? No problem! This is open for anyone who interested. No experience or skill needed! We can provide you with a canvas, too. You will be responsible for other art supplies used, like paint, pencil, collage, etc.

Can’t make it during this time? This zoom class will be taped and available for anyone to watch at a later time. Artwork for the exhibit will need to be done by January 4 so there’s plenty of time to complete it! Email Trey to request a canvas and to RSVP! We will also be accepting other art and art forms for this exhibit. Reach out to Trey with any questions!  trey.crxpres@midconetwork.com or 218-280-4917.

EXHIBITS

Here are some current and upcoming exhibits (including calls for art)!

Call for Entries: Black Lives Matter Exhibit

Call for Entries

Deadline December 1

In Honor of MLK Day and Black History Month

Black Lives Matters Art Exhibit

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls

January 8 – February 28, 2021 

Warren, Minnesota – The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce a call for entries for an exhibition of artwork that honors Black Lives Matter. Our country, and much of the world, is aware of Black Lives Matter. In honor of Martin Luther King Day and Black History Month, it is especially timely that we come together to create art that reflects the spirit of BLM. 

Artists and creatives in NW Minnesota are invited to create artwork that reflects the theme Black Lives Matter. Artwork may consist of painting, drawings, mixed media, carvings, film, fiber, poems, songs, as well as a host of other mediums. We welcome a variety of art forms!

Artwork must be submitted for jury via photo in an email. It will only be accepted, if it supports the Black Lives Matter movement. Inquire beforehand if you have questions about this. Please email photo of artwork along with your name, contact information, title of artwork, size of artwork, and medium to Trey Everett at trey.crxpres@midconetwork.com by December 1. If selected, artists may drop off art work at their choice of three locations, Crookston on December 14, Warren on December 15, or Thief River Falls on December 17. Times and exact locations of drop-off will be given at a later date. 

The art installation, Black Lives Matter will be open from January 8 through February 28, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland College and Technical School in Thief River Falls. Please visit our website for more information: www.NWArtsCouncil.org.

Bakken: The Artistry of Father and Son at the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

Bakken: The Artistry of Father and Son

An Art Exhibition Featuring Rock Bakken and Beau Bakken

at the

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery

at NCTC in Thief River Falls

October 1- November 30, 2020

Artist Reception is Saturday, October 24 from 2 to 5 pm

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of artwork by father and son regional artists Rock and Beau Bakken. The art exhibit installation, Bakken: The Artistry of Father and Son will open October 1 and run through November 30 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. 

Beau Bakken Artist

Mara Hanel, Director of the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council comments, “We have had our Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit for twenty-one years now, and there is rarely a year that Rock or Beau Bakken of Hallock do not show their paintings. I’m proud to say that both father and son have won 1st prize in our annual exhibit. Rock also has won people’s choice so often, that we always anticipate that he will garner many votesI am excited that we will feature their art in our gallery at NCTC this fall.”

Artist Rock Bakken
Artist Rock Bakken

Visitors to the gallery will see why Rock Bakken is well known in the area for his detailed drawings and paintings of animals and birds. He places them in landscapes that depict our area and forests of the north, in a style that is popular, especially with men who enjoy high quality wildlife art. Rock takes his originals and creates high quality prints and greeting cards that are available for purchase at his store Bakken Boots in Hallock and at arts and craft fairs throughout the valley. Our gallery will feature his originals for sale, so if you are a business looking to buy art, this showcase will interest you. Rock also has created portraits and is available for commission.

Artist Beau Bakken

Mara goes on to say, “Then you have Rock’s son Beau, who is a talented artist also. Beau was selected to receive our prestigious Artist of the Year award. He is known for his large mural paintings in Hallock, Kennedy, Red Lake Falls and other towns in the Red River Valley. My husband owns six large movie posters created by Beau, that we are putting on display for this show only. Come see our private collection that features the movies of Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, My Fair Lady, Saving Private Ryan, Tommy Boy, and A Bug’s Life. His attention to detail while recreating the movie posters, for our private commission, is amazing.”

Artist Beau Bakken
Beau Bakken art

This show will feature several of Beau’s large acrylic paintings, with many for sale. They are different than his father’s — often depicting parks and street scenes from foreign locations, in a painting style that is expressive and loose.

The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 PM and at other times when events are held at the college. Enter through Door A. Visitor parking is free and at this time in the large end lot.  

Please join us for an Artists Reception on Saturday, October 24 from 2 to 5pm!

“The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep”  Winter Wolf Image 30 x 40 inches, original acrylic, $2,500.

Rock and Beau have a number of pieces of art for sale.

Rock’s include:

The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep Winter Wolf Image 30 x 40 inches, original acrylic, $2,500.

Layers of Color Prairie Sunrise image, 11 x 14 inches, original acrylic, $235.

Red Sky in Morning Red sunrise image, 5 x 16 inches, original acrylic, $125.

Forty Shades of Green  Coastal Ireland Image, 23 x 30 inches, original acrylic, $775.

Bison Skull, framed pencil  drawing limited edition print, 19 x 20, $120.

Whitetail Deer, framed pencil drawing limited edition print, 16 x 20, $120.

Here are some pieces of Beau’s artwork for sale:
Barcelona, Spain  People walking in city alley, original acrylic, $500.

Busy Market Vendor selling veggies, original acrylic, $750.
Duluth, MN Downtown Duluth, original acrylic, $400.

Pond Near Louve Ducks in pond with green chairs, original acrylic, $500

Toulouse, France  City scene with people and woman on bike, original acrylic, no dimensions, $600.

For more information about our exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Trey Everett at (218) 280-4917 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation. Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-8886 to reach our office during regular business hours. 

NW Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners. 37 student and 43 adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered 110 pieces of art into the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit and competed for $2,300.00 in cash awards. The winners were recognized at the Northwest Minnesota Artist Reception in Warren, Minnesota on August 26.

Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Recreation Center in Warren from August 12 to 26 by qualified juror and Visual Artist Kim Wilson. 

According to Wilson, “Regional art shows are a celebration of its people, of their place, of current events, of historical times and past memories. All of those aspects are beautifully demonstrated in this show. In these times in this world of stress and strain; of worry and masks; of unexpected burdens; of unseen things, this show was a breath of fresh air! As I walked around I found myself joyfully overwhelmed with the variety of media and the high quality of work. It is obvious that artists in northwestern Minnesota approach their work with loving devotion and masterful commitment. Congratulations to all for a job well done!

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1st Place $500 Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls in painting “A Break from the Familiar”

2nd Place $300 Debbie Aune of Gatzke for painting “Lunch Break”

3rd Place $200 Candace Osborn of Ada in sculpture “Giraffe”

Merit $100 Dennis Kinkead of Hallock in sculpture “Landing Crow”

Merit $100 Rick Jensen of Crookston in sculpture “Treehouse”

Merit $100 Irene Bertils of Crookston in painting “Proverbs 3:5-6”

Merit $100 Alicia Spilde of Karlstad in mixed media “Spring Fever”

Merit $100 Dennis Lee of Red Lake Falls in painting “Bee with Flower”

People’s Choice $100 Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls and Irene Bertils of Crookston (tied)

Student Winners

1st Place $300 Jordynn Johnsrud of Goodridge in painting “The Joker”

2nd Place $150 Madison Cullen of Grygla in drawing “Khalid”

3rd Place $100 Kansas Jensen of Goodridge for mixed media “Forgive Me”

Merit $50 Casse Alten of Grygla for mixed media “Dexter”

Merit $50 Elise Monson of Grygla in drawing “Billie”

Merit $50 Anissah Novacek of Greenbush for drawing “Anissah”

Merit $50 Raymond Tarale of Greenbush for mixed media “Kitten”

Merit $50 Lauren Kvien of Greenbush for mixed media “Torn But Beautiful”

People’s Choice $50 Elise Monson of Grygla

To watch a video of the exhibit click here.

1st place Artist Andrew Youngblom for A Break from the Familiar
2nd Place Artist Debbie Aune for Lunch Break
3rd Place Artist Candace Osborn for Giraffe
Merit Artist Dennis Kinkead for Landing Crow
Merit Artist Rick Jensen for Treehouse
Merit Artist Irene Bertils for Proverbs 3:5-6
Merit Artist Dennis Lee for Bee with Flower
Merit Artist Alicia Spilde for Spring Fever
1st Place Student Jordynn Johnsrud for The Joker
2nd Place Student Madison Cullen for Khalid
3rd Place Student Kansas Jensen for Forgive Me
Student Merit Casse Alten for Dexter
Student Merit Anissah Novacek for Anissah
Student Merit Elise Monson for Billie
Student Merit Raymond Tarala for Kitten
Student Merit Lauren Kvien for Torn But Beautiful

Thank you to our juror, Visual Artist Kim Wilson from Grand Forks!