Category Archives: Exhibit and Showcase

Fall Painting Exhibit

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited that the works of two members of Artists Unlimited, an art group from far northwestern Minnesota, are currently being featured together in the Arts Council’s gallery. Margaret Anderson of Lancaster, MN, and Margaret Ehling of Red Lake Falls, MN have been selected to exhibit their works together for three weeks this fall.

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Marge Anderson’s watercolors and pastel artworks highlight a gentle view of nature, winning her the top award in 2012’s Regional Exhibit in Kennedy, MN. Many of her landscapes feature snapshots from well-known locations, like her “Superior Shore,” or “Voyageur Autumn.” One senses peace imparted through Marge’s works, a serenity the artist surely intends.

Contrasting with Marge, Margaret Ehling paints with acrylic, occasionally using collage, creating appealing organic and cosmic scenes which are often abstracted, but sometimes on the edge of a walk through nature. Using a vibrant palette expertly, Margaret’s visual designs draw viewers in for a closer look at details. Her works are brightly fun yet mature–not in an explicit manner, but in being well-developed artistically.

This is one fantastic exhibit, with two amazing artists, but only three short weeks. Be sure to see this one! The exhibit runs October 24 through November 8, 2013 during gallery hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 2 – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 – 5 p.m.

The Art Council Gallery is located within River Walk Artists shop & gallery, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN, in the mall across the street from Cabella’s, and The Blue Moose Restaurant. For information or private showings call Therese at 218-965-4216, or the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111. Email inquiries may be sent to Mara: mara@nwrdc.org

Camp Art with COMPAS

CampArt3aThe Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is delighted to present an exciting exhibit of student artworks created during summer “Camp Art” in Hallock, MN.  The exhibit in our East Grand Forks gallery features whimsical papier-mache hand-puppets, amusing animated videos, glazed hand-formed ceramic animals and cups, charming landscapes and sand paintings, sparkling glass mosaic stepping stones, and nature-themed decorated fabric bags.

The Camp Art Exhibit will be on display in the Arts Council gallery, located within the River Walk Artists gallery and gift shop, September 25th through October 20th, including the final Art & Wine Walk on October 19th.  Admission is free.

Teacher Shannon Christenson first coordinated Camp Art in 2010, inviting students on summer break to spend a week creating art. Bringing in professional artist-teachers from COMPAS, Camp Art was hugely successful. The program, which has grown from 30 participants to over 70, has been primarily funded with a grant from the NWMAC with funding from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota.

This year’s artworks were made with visiting COMPAS artists John Akre, who taught computer animation; Malia Burkhart whose focus is puppetry, and Sarah Nassif who incorporates nature and botany into screen printing techniques. Works from the past three summer’s art camps with other COMPAS teaching artists are included in the exhibit.

COMPAS is a statewide, non-profit arts organization in Minnesota that connects visual artists, writers, and performers with schools, festivals, seniors’ organizations, nursing facilities, and other groups to bring creativity into peoples’ lives. A main feature of COMPAS, is their juried roster of artists.  The artists are trained in providing high quality artist residency experiences.  Professional COMPAS artists work alongside students, teachers, and others to bring art to people of all ages. To learn more about COMPAS, go to: http://compas.org/about.  For more information about how to use our grant to bring a COMPAS artist into your northwest Minnesota school call NWMAC at 218-745-9111.  Grants cover 90 – 100% of the residency costs.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery and River Walk Artists are located together in the River Walk Mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, across the street from Cabella’s on the south. The galleries are just inside the north entrance, next to the parking lot. For more information, call the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at 218-745-9111 or gallery coordinator, Therese, at: 218-965-4216.

Maggi Adams Exhibit

MaggiAdamsExh4The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council [NWMAC] is pleased to announce the opening of the Maggi Adams (formerly of Roseau) exhibit at our gallery in the River Walk Artists gallery and gift shop. Maggi Adams’ fourteen original pieces of art are on loan from the Roseau Area Library.

The work on display is a series of paintings that are found within the children’s book “Iggam’s Dreams”.  “Iggam’s Dreams” was created by Roseau Friends of the Library after Maggi passed away in 2002 as a way of bringing together her life’s work.  This exhibit is a wonderful show for children or small groups of children since it compliments a book that is about telling stories from your dreams.

Maggi Adams, lived from 1967 – 2002 in Roseau, MN and wrote countless feature stories for the local weekly newspaper. Her husband William Adams, was editor-publisher of the Roseau Times Region until their retirement at the end of 1983.  Maggi  and Bill were favorites for many readers.  She painted from her tower studio while Bill wrote children’s stories to accompany the pictures.

“Iggam’s Dreams” was published in 2003 with grant assistance by the NWMAC. The NWMAC helped to offset the costs of framing the pieces with a grant.  Other of Maggi’s work is included in “P is for Pioneer, An ABC Picture Book,” published with the help of grants from NWMAC and the State of Minnesota’s Legacy Amendment.

Maggi Adam’s original artwork, on loan from the Roseau Area Library, may be viewed in the Northwest Minnesota Art Council Gallery (inside River Walk Artists) from August 23 – September 22, 2013. The exhibit will be featured during the Art and Wine Walk on September 21, 2013.  The book of 14 paintings and stories, “Iggam’s Dreams” is available for purchase at the River Walk Artists Gallery and Gift Shop.   Also for sale will be Roseau Friends of the Library books “Up North” and “P is for Pioneer”.

The Art Council Gallery and River Walk Artists are located in the River Walk Mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, Minnesota, across the street from Cabella’s on the south. The galleries are just inside the north entrance, next to the parking lot. For more information on this exhibit, call 218-399-0162, or 218-965-4216.  For more information, on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council call 218-745-9111 or like us on Facebook at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.

 

Bakken Exhibit

 

Bakken-8-072113The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the opening of an exhibit of paintings and drawings by well-known regional artist Rock Bakken at its gallery in East Grand Forks. Bakken, of Hallock, Minnesota, won first place at this year’s NWMAC Regional exhibition held in Fosston in April, and received the People’s Choice Award.

 

Wildlife is the central focus of Mr. Bakken’s artwork, rendered with acrylics in the finest detail. His “Twilight Buck” appears to meet the viewer eye to eye, while Minnesota birds, game, and flora–including the state flower, a Showy Lady Slipper—surround viewers in other paintings. Bakken’s showcased works also include several fine drawings.

 

Mr. Bakken will be the NWMAC gallery’s featured artist during the next Art & Wine Walk, Saturday, August 17th. His works will be showcased from July 24th through August 18th  in the NWMAC gallery which is located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the River Walk mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

 

For more information call the gallery at: 218-399-0162, or email: tmjacobson16@gmail.com

Photography Exhibit

LThornExhbt-061613dThe Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to announce the opening of an exhibit of photographs by Lance Thorn at its gallery in East Grand Forks. Thorn is a past recipient of a grant through the NWMAC.

For this exhibit, Thorn chooses to depict scenes from around Fertile, Minnesota, focusing on subjects ranging from the obscure to the majestic. A glimpse of highway becomes a secret road. His series of “Cloudscapes”–taking the viewer into the air–is simply breathtaking.

Saturday, July 20th, Lance Thorn will be the NWMAC gallery’s featured artist during the Art & Wine Walk. The Lance Thorn Photography Exhibit may be viewed from June 16 through July 21, 2013 in the NWMAC gallery which is located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the River Walk mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Call 218-399-0162 or 218-745-9111 for more information.