The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council opened a gallery the end of 2011 within the River Walk Artists’ shop in East Grand Forks. The end of 2012 heralds our first year of bringing exhibits of works created by northwest regional artists to the public.
During warmer weather, new exhibits were installed monthly, allowing some artists the opportunity to participate in the Art & Wine Walk as featured artists. From November to January, our second annual Holiday Exhibit took place showcasing works by twelve different artists. In 2013, from January to May, exhibits will run slightly longer than one month before we return to our warm-weather schedule of month-long installations.
Below is the list of 2012’s featured artists and their media.
May 1 – June 24, 2012 FUNCTIONAL ART Art & Wine Walk 06/16/12
Robin and Lorrie Foster pottery
Carole Wilson woven garments/textiles
Mary Jane Doak purses/upcycled materials
Cathy Forgit textiles
David Pirtle floor cloths
June 27 – August 6 EXPRESSIONIST ART Art & Wine Walk 07/21/12
Debbie Aune sculpture
Erin Nelson acrylic paintings
August 7 – September 9 REGIONAL ARTISTS Art & Wine Walk 08/18/12
Renee Jensen Hardanger embroidery
Karen Engevik pottery
Kathy Comstock ceramic-topped furniture
September 11 – October 14 FELLOWSHIP ARTISTS Art & Wine Walk 09/15/12
Jean Johnson Ranstrom oil paintings
Jerome Fuglseth wood carvings
October 15 – November 12 FELLOWSHIP GRANTS Art & Wine Walk 10/20/12
The Traveling Art Show has been bringing artwork by seven regional artists to ten local libraries throughout northwest Minnesota for seven months. The final venue for the exhibit is Warren’s Godel Library at 314 E. Johnson Avenue.
Beginning last May and continuing through December 19th, artwork from the 13th annual Regional Art Exhibit in Kennedy, MN, sponsored by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has been traveling on tour.
The traveling exhibit consists of varied artworks, including watercolors, photographs, a woodcut, and a mixed-media piece. Each artist offers a completely unique perspective. Photographer Bert Foster described his entry, Warm Reflections: “I was struck by the kaleidoscope of colors, shapes and textures I saw in a pool of thawing ice.”
Artists whose work may be viewed in the traveling exhibit include Annethea Novacek, Pat Ledin Dunning, Marge Anderson, Loren Younggren, Loreen Hanson, Bert Foster, and Paulette Christianson. Loren Younggren is a Merit Award winner in this year’s Regional Exhibit, and also shares the People’s Choice award.
Fosston Public Library May 16 – June 6
Greenbush Public Library June 6 – June 27
Hallock Public Library June 27 – July 18
Roseau Public Library July 18 – Aug 8
Crookston Public Library Augt 8 – Aug 29
Red Lake Public Library Aug 29 – Sept 2o
Thief River Falls P.L. Sept 20 – Oct 17
Climax Library Oct 17 – Nov 7
Ada Library Nov 7 – Nov 29
Warren Public Library Dec 3 – Dec 19
For more information on the final exhibit contact librarian, Dawn Korynta at 218-745-5465.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council serves the seven counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau. The annual art exhibit is sponsored with funds from the McKnight Foundation and from the Minnesota State Legislature.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s annual holiday exhibit is on display for your viewing pleasure November 14, 2012, to January 14, 2013 at our gallery in East Grand Forks, MN.
Featuring paintings, intaglio prints, glassware, jewelry, cards, and pottery created by artists from all around the northwest Minnesota region in a festive wintery setting, this artwork exhibit is a must-stop during the holiday season. From the gallery walls, to our decked out display cases, and our sparkling Christmas tree, you will enjoy the pleasure of stopping by for a visit to complete your holiday season.
Selected pieces of artwork are available for purchase by contacting participating artists.
On Sunday, November 18, 2012, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council sponsored the meeting of artists and art patrons for our first distribution of Community Supported Art packages. Patrons of the program arrived from around the region for the event which was facilitated by arts council director Mara Wittman at Melody’s Restaurant in Warren, Minnesota.
Patrons had pre-purchased boxes of CSA art by contacting the Arts Council office. The CSA boxes contained artwork created especially for Community Supported Art by participating artists. Each of nine artists made fifty pieces in their medium for the program. The NMAC has coordinated the sale of their works for CSA based on the model of Community Supported Agriculture.
Attending the distribution of their artworks were: fused glass maker Jolene Juhl of Greenbush MN, jewelry maker/artist Paula Kallinen of East Grand Forks MN, photographer Chris Lane of Newfolden MN, printmaker John Charles Cox of Thief River Falls MN, and potter Robin Foster of Red Lake Falls MN. The next phase of distribution will occur in the spring.
CSA boxes are still available and are suitable for businesses, sharing, splitting with a friend or family member, displaying in an office setting, or gift-giving for the holidays. For more information contact Mara Wittman at 218-745-9111, email her assistant at: email@example.com, or visit their website at:
The Holidays! What do you imagine when you hear these words? A warm fireside? Your family baking cookies? Teeth-chattering cold on an icy blue day? Many ideas, feelings, thoughts, and pictures come to mind. Create something new for our upcoming Holiday exhibit, or bring in something from recent years that relates to the Holidays theme. Only one piece per person, please.
All work must be completed and dropped off by November 8th at noon at our office in Warren or November 12th in East Grand Forks at our River Walk Centre Mall Gallery between 11 a.m.– 4 p.m.
If you submit a three-dimensional piece please bring the support system or case for its secure display. Poetry or prose should be displayed within a black frame. Visual art can be in any color or style of frame. We will create an exhibit catalog for the show and hold an opening night reception in late November (date TBA).
All ages may enter artwork. We reserve the right to not accept artwork if it does not meet the standards of the show. Work may not be larger than 3 feet square due to space limitations. This is an annual exhibit theme, so join the tradition!
Artists may receive partial reimbursement of their travel costs, if that is a hardship. If you wish to try and sell your piece, you may price it, include your contact information, and arrange your own sale.
Please put your name and contact information on the back of your artwork before you drop it off. When you drop off your piece, you will need to complete an entry form, so we have your contact information on record. We will also record your brief statement about why you think your piece should be part of “The Holidays” exhibit.
At the end of the exhibit, all pieces must be picked up by January 14, 2013.
If you have questions, contact mara or therese, or call 218-745-9111.