Coronavirus is impacting every aspect of our lives. Are you creating art that speaks directly to what is happening in the world today — social distancing, shelter in place or anxiety around a new virus?
For example, artistic photographs of families playing games; paintings related to events not occurring; or journaling on coronavirus and then creating poetry, writing songs, painting, drawing, or capturing photos specifically based on your journal entry.
This can be a time to create art directly related to your feelings during this time of hardship, anxiety, sickness, isolation, or very challenging change. Stay tuned — if this creates a body of work to show, the NWMAC may create a future exhibit around this theme — and stay safe!
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is sponsoring an Impact of Technology Art Exhibit at the NWMAC Art Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. Because of COVID-19, it may not be possible to view this exhibit in person. To experience the exhibit virtually, visit https://youtu.be/Cho2V0f7O-k.
Nothing impacts our daily lives more than technology. It connects us to people across the globe, makes life easier, improves efficiency, and aids communication. But we can’t ignore the negative effects on our society, as well. The following artists are showcasing their digital art. Some use the juxtaposition of diving into the deeper meaning of technology, while still using traditional methods.
Artists with work in this exhibit include:
Chris Kirchner of Warren, has created a sculpture series, which includes everyday technological devices that have been modified or contain concealed toy weapons. “These odd juxtapositions and larger than life size scale serves as playful metaphors, drawing attention to the absurdity of our often unfounded and irrational fears.”
Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls said that many of his pieces “investigates psychological states and exploring the digital frontier and finding one’s identity in the Information Age.” Andrew is the art teacher at Lincoln High School. Some of his students with pieces in the exhibition include: Devan Wagner – Unknown Statu(r)e & The Panoptical Maturation of Young Girls, Jadeann Forsberg – Absent Mind, Avery Highness – Cry About It, Can You?, & G.I.R.L.
Janet Swenson, a teacher from Kittson Central in Hallock, and her Advanced Computer Apps class are showcasing student videos where the objective of the assignment was to choose a poem that demonstrated their feelings about something important to them; to incorporate music, video & background into a short movie. Her students include: Kaitlin Driscoll – Hometown Forever, Mitchel Docken – Deer Hunting Time Is Here Again, Alex Lindegard – The Way Through the Woods,Grace Lamberson – The Joy of Cooking, Nick Gjerde – Winter’s Coldest Wintery Wind, and Matthew Stewart – Christmas Time. To view a compilation of clips from these videos, visit: https://youtu.be/-J0kkp2-4tE.
The NWMAC Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 8:30-5:00 P.M. and at other times when events are held at the college. To visit the gallery, enter through Door B near the library. Visitor parking is free in front of the business office. Please check if the college or gallery is open before visiting. For more information about the exhibit or our other exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, call our office at (218)-745-9111 or contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.
There will be an artists’ reception for the artists who are participating in the March Madness Juried Art Show, currently in the Sorenson Gallery, on Thursday, March 26th from 5PM-7PM. There is so much talent right here in our region. Stop by to see the many great pieces of local art, to chat with the artists, and to enjoy refreshments.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Art Exhibit will take place in Warren from August 12 to 26. The exhibit will be at the Warren Recreation Center at 120 E Bridge Ave (the large building south of the City Office and west of the WAO High School) and will be open for the public to view art on
August 12, 13, 17, 19, 25, 26 from 10 am – 8 pm
August 20 from 10 am to noon — it’s Crazy Days in Warren
Please note: on August 26 exhibit closes early at 4:00 pm for the Artists’ Award Ceremony Reception.
The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the exhibit! We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask.
43 adult and 37 student artists from our 7 county service region — Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, and Red Lake counties — have entered 110 pieces of art into this exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards. Exhibit cash award winners are chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror. This year our juror is Visual Artist Kim Wilson from Grand Forks. The artists will be recognized and receive their check at an Artist Reception at the close of the exhibit. Unfortunately, this year due to COVID-19, the reception will be limited to the artists.
Some of this art is available to purchase! Follow us on Facebook to see it.
To visit the exhibit virtually watch this video. It includes the award winners.
Traveling Art Exhibit Is Currently at Hallock Public Library
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. This year the exhibit includes 10 original pieces of art by regional artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is at the Hallock Public Library until April 28. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 the library is currently closed. We have created a video of the exhibit to all you to view it until the library re-opens. To view the video click here.
The 2019-2020 Artists and Artwork:
Mary Magnuson, Red Lake Falls, “Twilight in the Taiga” (Painting)
Amber Lee, Hendrum, “Koi” (Watercolor)
Peggy Branden, Karlstad, “The Beast” (Wood Block Print)
Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “The Graduates” (Photograph)
James Blix, Thief River Falls, “Woodland Composition I” (Photograph)
Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Barn” (Photograph)
Christine Foster, Thief River Falls, “Ice House Morning” (Painting)
May 10–June 28, 2019 Godel Memorial Library, Warren June 29–August 31, 2019 East Grand Forks Campbell Library September 1–Nov 2, 2019 Ada Public Library Nov 3–Jan 4, 2020 Red Lake Falls Public Library Jan 5– March 1, 2020 Roseau Public Library March 4–April 28, 2020 Hallock Public Library
*The start and end dates at each location are approximate, depending on weather, venue hours and other circumstances that may occur to prohibit travel. For specific library hours, please contact each location before planning your visit, especially if you are planning on bringing a group.
For more information about the Traveling Exhibit or our other exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, call our office at (218)-745-9111 or contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.