Category Archives: Exhibit and Showcase

Jayne Flaagan: Local Author Featured at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery

 

Jayne Flaagan and Ella

 

Looking for local reads?  Books by local author Jayne Flaagan are now on display at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery.  Her books make up an eight part series about Ella the dog.

Jayne Flaagan grew up in North Dakota and made the big move to Minnesota many years ago. She lives with her husband and her goofy dog named Ella. She also has three great children.

Books have always been a huge part of her life and reading to children is something that she feels is critical to every child’s learning experience. Between her jobs and raising her children, she estimates that she has probably read over a million books to children over the years!

Jayne Flaagan grew up on a farm with a Husky for a pet and she has many fond memories of him. When it was time to get a dog for her own family, she knew that it had to be a Husky. Huskies are fun, lovable and have lots of energy! Ella is the second husky that she and her family have had the joy of including in the family.

Ella has provided so much joy and entertainment for her own family that Flaagan decided she wanted to share Ella with other families. Thus, “Ella the Doggy” book series was born!

To view Jayne’s books, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721(located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery.)  The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M.and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. Jayne Flaagan’s website can be found at www.ellathedoggy.com and you can reach her atdjflaagan@gra.midco.net.

Jayne will also be featured on Tuesdays with Mara on Pioneer 90.1FM on Tuesday, November 6 at 3:05 pm.

For more information about this display, 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 Stephanie Olson at (218)688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  To view more information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council look to our website or Facebook page.  Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.orgor call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.

 

SKIN Exhibit is Now Open

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to announce a new exhibit, SKIN, is now on display at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.

What does “skin” mean to you?  Do you hear the noun, something we inhabit?  Or do you hear the verb, an act of peeling away?  Come to the NWMAC Gallery to see this contemplation manifested through art.

Several local artists are featured:  Heather Sabian of Crookston, Tracy Mehrkens of Thief River Falls, Kennedy Truscinski of Greenbush, and Mara Hanel of Warren.  Artistic mediums range from photography, pencil on paper, acrylic on goat skin, to muskrat hide.

To view the SKIN Art Exhibit, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721(located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) now through November 3, 2018.  The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M.and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M.

Save the date for an artists reception to be held Saturday, November 3 from 1-5PM. 

Artist Heather Sabian created the following video about the exhibit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q28R9DYBVjE

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Stephanie Olson at (218)688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Ada

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Ada

The NWMAC sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 15 original pieces of art by regional adult artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently at the Ada Public Library until November 2.

 The 2018-2019 artists & artwork includes:

Margaret Anderson, Lancaster, “Great Blue Heron,” Painting

Paulette Christianson, Badger, “Tranquility,” Drawing

Margaret Ehling, Red Lake Falls, “Where the Wild Things Are,” Mixed Media

LaVonne Forsberg, Thief River Falls, “Apple Blossoms,” Painting

Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Lighthouse,” Photography

Loreen Hanson, Thief River Falls, “Weathering the Storm,” Painting

Therese Jacobson, Alvarado, “Stippled Squirrels,” Drawing

Jill Levene, Tabor, “Bernadette,” Drawing

Stephanie Olson, Thief River Falls, “Grandmothers,” Painting

Janet Osborn, Thief River Falls, “The Forgotten,” Drawing

Kay Rosengren, Hallock, “Etude,” Painting

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “Tibetan Herding Family,” Photography

Betsy Saurdiff, Grygla, “Monochromatic Blue Platter,” Ceramics

Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, “Hold On,” Mixed Media

Judy Szklarski, Argyle, “Washington’s Pacific,” Painting

 

The 2018-2019 Traveling Exhibit Schedule:

May 11–June 28, 2018  Godel Memorial Library, Warren
June 29–August 31, 2018  East Grand Forks Campbell Library
September 1–Nov 2, 2018  Ada Public Library
Nov 3–Jan 4, 2019  Red Lake Falls Public Library
Jan 5– March 1, 2019  Roseau Public Library
March 2–April 27, 2019  Hallock Public Library

 

You may contact us for more info about the Traveling Exhibit at (218) 745-9111 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Student Art at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery

Come to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery to see an incredible selection of expressive self-portraits made by student artists who attended Camp Art in Warren, Minnesota.

Students created their self-portraits after spending the week learning about the color wheel and various painting techniques from artist Stephanie Olson.  The portraits are colorful and a joy to view.  Students’ ages range from first to seventh grade, and the gallery is proud to showcase their hard work.

To view the students’ art, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721(located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) now through September 22, 2018. The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M.and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M.

For more information about this exhibit 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 Stephanie Olson at (218)688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  To view more information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council look to our website or Facebook page.  Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.orgor call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.

We Are Water Workshops — RSVP Today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting We Are Water workshops, led by area artist Trey Everett.  

Please RSVP today for a We Are Water workshop held in a variety of locations throughout our region. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants will be provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants are encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  Completed artwork will be put on display in the NWMAC Gallery in November and will also be included in a catalogue of the exhibit.

This is a fun interactive activity for a group of people who gather monthly for a meeting.  Does your group or club have an October meeting that you would like to combine with an outing to explore the topic of We Are Water on canvas?   You must RSVP so we have enough art supplies and canvas.

44 canvas pieces will be exhibited at our gallery in November and December and will move to the University of Minnesota Crookston in mid-January.  There will be a reception on Friday, January 25 at UMC. There will be a catalog related to pieces in the show.

Here are the We Are Water workshops scheduled so far (we will update this list as additional public workshops are scheduled):
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Tuesday, October 2 in Stephen from  79 pm at Arts on 5th (completed with 8 participants!)
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Thursday, October 11 in Thief River Falls at the River Walk Public House from 7-9 pm (this class is completed with 17 participants)
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Wednesday,  October 17 in Red Lake Falls at the Red Lake Falls Library (this class has sufficient participants to take place)
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Tuesday, October 23 in  Hallock at the  Hallock Public Library
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Monday, October 29 in East Grand Forks at the Campbell Library
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Tuesday, October 30 in Greenbush at the  Greenbush Public Library
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Thursday, November 15 in Crookston at UMC in the Prairie Room
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Monday, November 19 in Gully
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All times 5:30-7:30PM unless otherwise noted.
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Please contact Mara (director@nwartscouncil.org) to sign up or schedule additional workshops! RSVP at least 3 business days before the class. If there are less than 5 people registered the class will be cancelled.

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.  Art creation workshops are offered in October and November 2018 that will bring together citizens, in our seven county region, creating a canvas that depicts what they think of when they hear We Are Water.   

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html