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Tiny Art Exhibit is Open at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC — Check it out!

Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit

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Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls

May 21 – July 26, 2021 

Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit, NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

Warren, MN. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit featuring 133 pieces of art from all over our region.

The exhibit is open now through July 26, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. 

Showcase Specialist Trey Everett explained, “It’s fun to dream up themes for future art exhibits. Our current show, Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit, came about as I was thinking of how to encourage people to submit artwork. Teaching art and hosting creative workshops over the years I’ve learned that the smaller the canvas the less anxiety and fear people seem to have  around creating artwork. “What if,” I thought, “the only requirement for an exhibit was that the art had to be very small?” It worked!  People were so enthusiastic.”

Tiny Art Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

There are 133 individual pieces of art not counting about 80 to 100 chicken eggs. The exhibit includes four pieces from an artist from Michigan. Everett reached out to folk artisans and happily a number of artists accepted the challenge. “We have beautiful and thought-provoking Hardanger embroidery, needle felted wool, etched depression era eggs, alcohol ink paintings, batik, embroidery with tin on leather and wool, straw craft, pin cushion and so on. This was a fun exhibit to set up and I greatly enjoy interacting with the amazing creative people in this region.” 

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Artist Jeremy Haug

Marshall County Artist Jeremy Haug created the etched depression era eggs. He explained, “Eggs are inspiration. Years ago, I heard that artists either add or subtract to make art. Pinching pennies through the pandemic, I didn’t want to splurge on paints or dyes for Easter eggs and started playing around with scratching off the outer layer, subtracting from the egg instead of adding the paint. The shape of the egg lends itself well to the simple designs I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. While etching the eggs the calcium dust that scratches off sparkles in the sunshine; I figure something good is happening.” 

Area students also entered work into this exhibit. According to Goodridge-Grygla Teacher Betsy Saurdiff, “Students created a series of five mini paintings and chose their favorite for the show. By working in a series, they were able to develop their ideas further.”

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Debbie Aune, Art Teacher from Greenbush said, “We were ALL OVER  this real art show! I personally have had enough virtual. I made it a requirement for my craft class and my painting class. It was a crash course in watercolor; I gave the kids one hour to finish two small paintings! The urgency made it happen.”

Finally, Artist Cindy Kolling of Gully on her drawings, “These pen & ink drawings are part of a multi-step process that goes into much of my art. I want to make new art that invites viewers to expand their participation in life by developing and sharing appreciation and to consider our local world with fresh insight.”

For a virtual visit to the exhibit view our video here.

A number of these pieces are available for purchase.

Jeremy Haug, Depression Era Eggs3 for $20
Rosalyn Watnemo, Star Hardanger Embroidery Ornament$15
Rosalyn Watnemo, Heart Hardanger Embroidery Ornament$15
Rosalyn Watnemo, Red Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Rosalyn Watnemo, Green Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Rosalyn Watnemo, White Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Kristin Eggerling, Temptation$35 (Sale of are donated to NWMAC)
Heidi Danos, Cora$45
Betsy Saurdiff, Blue and Green Vase$8
Betsy Saurdiff, Pink and Green Vase$8
Besty Saurdiff, Whistle Baby Loon$12 SOLD
Jason Steinbrenner, Cells$40
Jason Steinbrenner, Waste Not
$50
Jason Steinbrenner, Collision of Color
$45
Jason Steinbrenner, Viking Spirits Ship
$40
Jason Steinbrenner, Surf the Sun
$45
Jason Steinbrenner, “War, Bloody War”
$60
Ross Hier, Brook Stickleback$40
Ross Hier, Common Snipe Tail Feather$25
Ross Hier, Pasque Flower Blossoms$25
Ross Hier, Channel Catfish Fingerling$40
Ross Hier, Wood Duckling Study$30
Ross Hier, Northern Lights$30
Ross Hier, Orange-bordered Blue Butterfly 
$35
Ross Hier, Eye of the Rooster$50
Lynette Ross, Untitled Series of Four$20 Each
Elizabeth Kitchell-Rockstad, Retro Flower$135
Elizabeth Kitchell-Rockstad, Desert Sun$135
Rebecca Przybylaki, Cockatiel$100
Rebecca Przybylaki, Bald Eagle $100 
 Rebecca Przybylaki, Downy Woodpecker $100
Rebecca Przybylaki, Great Horned Owl $100
Jade Reese, StudentRog$40
Ty Christian, StudentDogty$40
Victoria Hickey, StudentUntitled $40
Bella Burkel, StudentCatabell $40
Kai Melby, StudentMuck $40
Billie Sikorski, StudentDillie$40
Paris Sondreal, StudentParat$40
Jaxon Janousek, StudentJaneousebuck $40
Zach Blawat, StudentZdog $40
Paris Sondreal, StudentOrange Kitty $40
Tessany Blazek, StudentBlazat$40
Connie Nelson, Lost Ball$25
Connie Nelson, The Ball$25
Anonymous, Read$35 (Sale of art donated to NWMAC)
Dani Perez, My Best Friend$50
Aliza Novacek-Olson, Lyle the Lumberjack$85
Aliza Novacek-Olson, BuBear $70
Therese Masters Jacobson, Winter Snowflake$5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Autumn Leaf $5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Summer Apple $5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Spring Blossom $5
Stephanie Olson, Hamsa for You$35
Stephane Olson, Cropland$35
Rachel Gustafson, Big Shot$20
Rachel Gustafson, Tree of Life $20
Rachel Gustafson, Loose Ends $20
Michael McColl, Untitled Series of Four$25 Each

The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The summer gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30-4:30 PM, Friday from 7:20- 2:30 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. No masks are required.

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 treyeverettcreates@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.

Virtual Artist Spotlight + Bird Expert

Please join us on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm for a live virtual event featuring Artist and Wildlife Biologist Ross Hier and Bird Expert and University of Minnesota Crookston Professor John Loegering. John and Ross will be talking about birds, birds in our area, and art!

We are holding this event in conjunction with our current exhibit — Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists.

This event will be live on FaceBook and YouTube. It will be recorded so you can watch it afterwards as well. Contact Trey Everett with questions at treyeverettcreates@gmail.com

To view the virtual artist spotlight click here.

Apply today for the NW MN Annual Art Exhibit– Deadline extended to May 17!

Deadline Extended! Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit — Applications Open Until May 17!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce our latest “Call for Entries” for the 2021 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your artwork is May 17, 2021!

To start your application, login here

This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad in August. The deadline for the Exhibit has been extended until May 17 due to later dates for the showcase. The application is open online for artists to submit work anytime until May 17. The Artist of the Year deadline will be extended until May 17, as well.  

Artists from our 7 county- service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible.  Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror. They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception.

Artists will drop off of art on Wednesday, August 11 in Warroad at the Discovery and Development Hub downtown Warroad. Prior arrangements can also be made to drop off art in Warren beforehand. Artwork will be judged by a qualified juror on Thursday, August 12.

The exhibit reception will take place on Thursday, August 26 with program at approximately 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at 4:45 pm.

Keep checking our website for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions.  If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-8886 or email director@NWArtsCouncil.org.  The application must be submitted no later than May 17, 2021.  

Seeking Folk Art & Fine Craft that is small and Interesting For Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery

Our next exhibit Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC will feature folk art and fine craft that is small and interesting. It will open mid-to-late May and run through most of the summer. Stay tuned for exact dates. 

We are looking for artwork 4″ x 4″ or smaller with an emphasis on, but not limited to, folk arts.

Send submissions by photo to treyeverettcreates@gmail.com by May 1.  Student art is also welcome. More information about mailing art or places and dates to drop it off will be provided in the future. Artists should reside in our service region in northwestern Minnesota. Our region covers the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.

Please consider participating in this exhibit! Share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors!

Birds Exhibit is Open — You won’t want to miss it

 Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and

Other Regional Artists

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Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls

March 2 – April 29, 2021 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce Birds – An exhibit featuring the work of Ross Hier of Crookston, Stephanie Anderson of Fosston, Doug Dallman of Thief River Falls, Sherri Kruger of Badger, Zach Rowatt of Roseau, Travis Hanel of Warren, Ivy Baille of Fosston, Rock Bakken of Hallock, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla, Kathryn Rynning of Kennedy, Janet Johnson of Roseau, Karen Monson of Plymouth, and Cindy Kolling of Gully.

Birds Exhibit at NCTC

The exhibit is open from March 2 through April 29, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. It includes paintings, stained glass mosaic sculpture, fiber and mixed media, bird houses, pen and ink, photography, pottery, chalk pastel, and watercolors. Like art, birds reveal a spot of beauty with their plumes and songs and allow us to escape the stressful and mundane. These artists have captured the simplicity, as well as the complexity of birds. 

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Birds: A NWMAC Exhibit

Visit the exhibit virtually here!

The exhibit features a large body of work of Crookston Artist Ross Hier. Ross’s love of nature from a young age led him to a career as a wildlife biologist. He retired after 35 years with the Minnesota DNR Wildlife Section. A self-taught artist, he thoroughly enjoys the versatility of transparent watercolors. Nature provides him with unlimited subject material. Many of his subject ideas arose after observing some interaction in nature, landscape, or creatures. “I am drawn more to days when life wasn’t so driven by technology and was lived at a slower pace.“

In 2019 Ross experienced “a wonderful birding expedition in Ecuador. I observed 33 species during my 13-day adventure and when I returned home, I set out on a personal project to paint all 33 of them. Thus far, I have completed 15 of those 33 species; these watercolors are on display at this exhibit. It is an extreme challenge to capture the vibrant, often neon-esque colors of hummingbirds with watercolor pigments. Also, mimicking blurred wing-movement is very difficult. I have learned much on the project and continue to revel in memories of the ‘amazing 33 species.’”

Watch a Virtual Artist Spotlight with Ross and guest Wildlife Biologist and Crookston Professor Dr. John Loegerling. Click here!

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Artist Ross Hier

You won’t want to miss this extensive and multifaceted exhibit!

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.  

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.

A number of these pieces are available for purchase.

Work by Ross Hier

  • Last Open Water, 8×10, $60
  • Phantom Giants in the Fog, 12×16, $100
  • End of Day, 8×10, $50
  • High Plains Matinee (Crow Scouts Watching Sage Grouse), $225
  • The ‘bill Hunters, 8×10, $80
  • In Close, 8×10, $60
  • Blue Shadows Shanty, 11×14, $100
  • Through the Gap, 8×10, $50
  • Frozen Waters (Last to Leave), 8×10, SOLD
  • Wraith of the Post-burn Kingdom, 11×14, $150
  • The Fence Line Thicket, 11×14, $150
  • Feeding Movement-Bluebills, 8×10, $60
  • Robin-N-Hood (’51 Studebaker), 18×18, $250
  • Morning Traffic-Saskatchewan, 8×10, $75
  • Ricebed Relic, 11×14, $110
  • Restless, 16×20, $180
  • Killdeer Chicks, 10×13, $100
  • Scaup Memories, 11×14, $85
  • Headin’ to the Salad Bar, 8×10, $50
  • The Regular Crowd, 16×20, $175
  • Moon Dancer, 11×14, $80
  • Heavy Fog Warming, 10×13, $75
  • Sudden Squall, 8×10,$50
  • Just Banded- American Woodcock Chick, 10×13, $55
  • Pasture Pass, 8×10, $60
  • Breaking Weather, 8×10, $80
  • Giant Petrel Study, 10×13, $70
  • Snowy Sheathbill, 11×14, $150
  • Three King Penguins, One Sheathbill and the Petrel, 24 x 30, $325
  • Pool with a View-Chinstrap Penguins, 16×20, $180
  • Two Snowy Petrels, 11×14, $130
  • Giant Petrel Chick, 9×11, $100
  • Sheathbill and Whale Bones, 10×13, $85
  • Northern Giant Petrel Study, 10×13, $65
  • Traffic Control at Grytviken Whaling Station-South Georgia Island (King Penguins), 16×20, $200
  • Corsage for a Pasque Flower, 16 x20, $165
  • Sign of a Woodland Drummer, 11 x 14, $110
  • Tallgrass Cinema, 6 x 12, $60
  • Showy Trillium and Ruffed Grouse Feather, 9 x 12, $65
  • American Kestrel Tail Feather, 8 x 10, $40
  • Rich Soil, 11 x 14, $110Purple Phantom, 11 x 14, $130

Works for sale by other regional artists:

  • Rock Bakken Winter Perch, Acrylic, 23 x 27, $875 plus tax; Emerald and Red, Acrylic, 23 x 27, $875 plus tax
  • Zack Rowatt Pallet Wood Screecher, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50; Birdbath, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50; Congregation, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50
  • Betsy Saurdiff Flat-backed Birds, Porcelain with sgraffito, 10 x 13, $65; My Sister’s Crow, Porcelain, carved through underglaze, 9.5 x 2, $60; Lovebirds, Porcelain, sgraffito through underglaze, 9 x 2, $58
  • Kathryn Rynning Fall Lift Off, Photography, 18 x 22, $95; Lady, I Was Here First, Photography, 23 x 22, $95; Hiding in the Florida Mangroves, Photography, 12 x 15, $35; Wait Until You See the Real Show, Photography, 14 x 17, $40; Red Breasted Robin, Photography, 10 x 12, $25; My Swan Song, Photography, 12 x 13, $30; Nature’s Camo, Photography, 10 x 12, $25; Angelic Peacock, Photography, 12 x 22, $95; Catching a Ride, Photography, 11 x 13, $25
  • Sherri Kruger Bauble of Love, Stained Glass Mosaic Sculpture, 39 x 39 x 27, $1,500
  • Janet Johnson, Karen Monson What Sayest Thou, Mixed Media, $250
  • Doug Dallmann Bird Houses Mixed Media including: wood, old door knobs, handles, telephone insulators, collectibles, salvaged tin. 24 x 5 x 5  to  36 x 5 x 5 Southwest (Tall) $150; Southwest (Short) $125; Floral (Tall) $150; Floral (Short) $125; Picnic Table (Tall),$150; Picnic Table (Short) $150.