Category Archives: Exhibit and Showcase

Area Student Art Hanging at Senator’s Office

Art created by area students is hanging at State Senator Mark Johnson’s office in St. Paul.

Pictured L to R: State Senator Mark Johnson, Sue Gens of the Minnesota State Arts Board and Legislative Assistant Rachel Bakke. The art was created by student artists Kristy Williamson of Gatzke, Amy Follette of Crookston, Elise Monson of Grygla and Spencer Wittman of Warren.

The art includes:

“The Tower” Black and White Print by Kristy Williamson who lives in Gatzke and attends Greenbush/Middle River School District.  Kristy created this linoleum print when she was in 8th grade and now she is a Senior. It is a limited edition.  All the letters in the words needed to be carved in mirror image for the print to be legible.  She received 2nd place in our art show this year for this print.  Here is her artist statement about the piece, “This piece is particularly close to my heart.  The most difficult part of this task was planning out all the words backwards. Linoleum printing is one of my most favorite mediums because how difficult it can be. I like a good challenge.”

“We All Fit Together” Painting of flag by Amy Follette who lives in Crookston and attends Crookston School District.  This painting was created as she pondered the meaning of the flag amongst protests this year and her desire to serve in the military in the next few years.  Here is her statement about the piece, “When I decided to create this piece when the controversy on whether or not to stand for the flag was big in the news. I also have recently fallen in love with cubism. So I thought that making a cubism painting of the American flag would be a great representation of our country. We are all different and have all different pieces of ourselves, but when we all come together we all fit with each other, we make each other whole. I tried to demonstrate this in my painting.”

“A String of Planets” Colorful print by Elise Monson who lives in Grygla and attends Grygla School District.  Students love to create art that shows something that captivates them and prompts their learning and in her case exploration.  Statement, “My intention was to just try and create the vision I had in my head.  I knew I wanted to have lots of shades and different textures.” 

“In Sight” Photograph by Spencer Wittman who lives in Warren and attends Warren/Alvarado/Oslo School District.  Passing time by being creative with photography.  Statement,  “This photograph explores my quiet patience, in my hunting stand, waiting and hoping for a deer.  There is pride and tradition around hunting within my family.  The aspect, that most of the time, nothing is in the scope … but at any point a deer might come into view, is what I hoped to capture.”  This piece was in the NW Art Exhibit last year.

 

NW Art Exhibit Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners. Student and adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered 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 Thief River Falls, Minnesota on Saturday, April 28.

Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls from April 18 to 28 by qualified juror and North Dakota Museum of Art Director of Education Matthew Anderson. “What was most interesting to me was to be able to witness an artistic conversation between the generations of art makers. Many of the pieces in the student work were highly emotive while the adult work tended to be more contemplative.  The art conversation in this show also merges into the larger Conversation of Art that has been happening for hundreds of years. At the end of the day, all of the works are part of that larger dialogue and I hope all the artists continue to participate in the Conversation of Art.”

To view the entire exhibit watch the video here!

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1stPlace $500 Rock Bakken of Hallock for an acrylic painting “Hereford”

 

2ndPlace $300 Debbie Aune of Gatzke for a watercolor painting “East Grand Forks Grain”

 

3rdPlace Bert Foster of Thief River Falls for photography “At the Lighthouse” 

Merit $100 Margaret Ehling of Red Lake Falls for a painting “Where the Wild Things Are”

Merit $100 Cathy Forgit of Fertile for a textile “Norwegian Nights”

Merit $100 Lucille Nelson of Argyle for a drawing “Taking a Break”

Merit $100 Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla for pottery “Fiery Dragon Bowl”

Merit $100 Sherri Kruger of Badger for mixed media “Fiery Stump”

People’s Choice $100 Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls

People’s Choice Winner Andrew Youngblom

 

Student Winners

1stPlace $300 Trystan Jelle of Grygla in sculpture “Mosquito”

2ndPlace $150 Kristy Williamson of Greenbush for a print “The Tower”

3rdPlace $100 Teagan Carlstrom of Crookston for drawing “The Elephant”

Merit $50 Alexandra Overholser of Thief River Falls for drawing “Persevere”

Merit $50 Elysa Christensen of Crookston for sculpture “Grace”

Merit $50 Alexis Folden of Halstad for painting “Iceberg”

Merit $50 Madeline Everett of Crookston for drawing “Margaret Atwood”

Merit $50 Soravit Auchotananan of Ada for sculpture “Sky Inu”

People’s Choice $50 Teagan Carlstrom of Crookston

Approximately fifteen exhibit pieces of art were chosen to be included in the Traveling Art Exhibit, which will travel from May until November to area libraries. Watch for it to arrive in your community.

 

NWMAC Gallery’s Portrait Exhibit by Regional Artists: Reception May 19

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Portrait Exhibit is now open at the River Walk Artists Gallery. Stop by to see it today!

 

Traditionally, a portrait is a representation of a person, with a focus on his or her face–giving the viewer hints not only to the lifestyle and qualities of the individual, but also a snapshot of the time and culture wherein he or she lived. With further artistic depth, the viewer may also get a glimpse of the experiences the person represented may have enthralled in or endured. A single portrait may have the power to become a statement for an entire generation, or contrarily, it can simply be a personal moment captured in time. Whether public or private–a portrait can reveal, but it can also disguise. A portrait can enlighten, but can also leave viewers mystified, wanting to know more.

One thing is for certain–whether drawn, painted, photographed, sculpted, carved, commissioned or caught by accident–without the art of portraiture, the identity of humanity today and throughout history would be harder to trace or understand. It would be hard to look to the past and understand who we are and where we’ve been. Perhaps one of the most important subject matters in fine art, portraits also remind us to really look at one another, rather than just consider each other with a passing glace.  If you could choose one portrait to represent who you are–what would it look like?

“The works of art on display at the NWMAC gallery feature many subjects–the young, the elder, and everywhere in between. Subjects range from self-portraits, loved ones, those we’ve lost, and those we’d like to know better. A must see collection–each representation tells a story. Each portrait is a unique work of art.” – Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist.

An Artists’ Reception will be help for all the portrait artists on Saturday, May 19, starting at 1:00 P.M. during the Art & Wine Walk Event! Please join us in viewing the artwork and meeting the artists!

 

The NWMAC Gallery is located at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery), open ThursdaySaturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. For more information about this exhibit, commissioning a portrait, or, if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

ARTS A’ FAIR at the Minnesota State Fair

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

Performance and Outreach Opportunity at the 2018 Minnesota State Fair for Minnesota performing arts organizations and individual performing artists

For the sixth consecutive year, the Minnesota State Fair will continue the Arts A’Fair Program in 2018 by presenting a variety of performing arts experiences representing Minnesota arts organizations and artists. Participating in this program allows you to promote your work with “Pop Up Performances” on the fairgrounds. Your act/number/vignette will be performed up to four times daily for three consecutive days. Each organization will be paid $1400 for the entire project. In addition, your organization will receive the opportunity to connect with your audiences before and after your performances at your performance location and will be promoted through various means by the fair’s marketing department.

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds (West End Market & new location in North End of fairgrounds)

When: Three consecutive days from August 23 through September 3, 2018 (exact three days and performances times to be determined).

  • Organizations/artists who were selected in the past are welcome to reapply with the same material or with something new.
  • Performers will have a designated outdoor performance area but should keep in mind the general atmosphere of the Fair.
  • Audiences are drawn to interactive, visually bold or acoustically dynamic performances.
  • Almost 2 million visitors attend the Minnesota State Fair each year! Expect all ages, cultures and tastes.

    Requirements for Performance Participation:

  • Each performance should be 10-15 minutes; set up/strike times should be kept to a minimum.
  • For ease of execution, only minimal props can be used.
  • Performers should be prepared to perform on grass or concrete, without an elevated stage or proscenium.

    Provided for performers:

  • Dressing room space (to be shared with other performers).
  • Sound system with wireless microphones and audio playback.
  • Gate admission to the fair on days of performance.
  • $10 State Fair food vouchers per performer per day.
  • Per diem reimbursement for performers who are located outside of the Twin Cities metro area.

Organizations/artists wishing to perform please provide:

  • Your organization’s name and mailing address, as well as a contact person and his/her phone number and email address. If applying as an individual artist, please provide your contact information, as well as an arts organization and contact person at that organization that will act as a reference for your work.
  • A description of the performance that you wish to submit for consideration, including props and/or wardrobe, if applicable. The application may be in the form of a written proposal (via email). You are encouraged to send photos, DVD, or video clips.
  • A description of your technical requirements, such as sound, performance surface, etc.
  • Performance dates that present a significant conflict for your organization (August 23 –September 3, 2018).

    Selection criteria:

  • Audience enjoyment (must be family-friendly)
  • Uniqueness
  • Ease of presentation at event
  • Diverse representation of genres, cultures and geography

    Application Deadline is May 1, 2018

    The proposals will be reviewed and selections made by the Minnesota State Fair. The organizations chosen to perform will be notified no later than May 31 and issued a letter of agreement.

    Please send proposals to: artsafair@mnstatefair.org OR

    Minnesota State Fair – Arts A’Fair 1265 Snelling Ave N
    St. Paul, MN 55108

    Minnesota State Fair Mission is To educate and involve our guests by providing a world-class showcase that is innovative, entertaining and fun.

    We strive to:

  • Showcase Minnesota’s finest agriculture, art and industry.
  • Present an unparalleled forum for knowledge and ideas.
  • Provide outstanding customer service.
  • Offer exceptional value.
  • Provide a safe, clean environment that is accessible to all.
  • Create unique experiences.

    For general information: artsafair@mnstatefair.org

    Dudley Voigt, Arts A’Fair Program Manager, dudleyvoigt@yahoo.com or
    Shannon Buchda, Minnesota State Fair, shannon.buchda@mnstatefair.org, (651) 288-4395

Call for Artists — Hallock Main Street Mania Art Crawl

Hallock’s Main Street Art Crawl

Friday, June 15

6pm – ?

The City of Hallock is celebrating its 135th anniversary June 14-17. There will be many fun activities happening all weekend, including an art crawl downtown.

Hallock’s Main Street Mania Art Crawl is looking for artists to participate. 

Artists from anywhere, YES! There will be tent space available… selling, showing, whatever is welcome.  A tent will will be left up for Saturday after the parade if some would like to set back up for the afternoon on the 16th.
Other activities include a painting class in the gazebo, music, food trucks and more. A lip-sync contest will begin at 7 pm, with music/dance after.
Please contact Alaina Clay Terwee at 218-988-2766 or yayaclay1@gmail.com if you are interested in showing or selling your work.
There will also be an art contest for artists ages 15 years and under. This will be held from 6:30 -8:30 pm that same evening. To register or for more information contact Alaina Terwee Clay at 218-988-2766 or yayaclay1@gmail.com.