Category Archives: Exhibit and Showcase

Winter Holiday Exhibit

HolidayExh1aThe annual Winter Holiday Exhibit is now open to the public in the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery of River Walk Artists shop & gallery. Make a point of coming to visit during the holidays! Bring your out-of-town guests and family to see these seasonal, sometimes whimsical, sometimes poignant works from around the region!

Included in the exhibit celebrating the season and holidays are works by Hallock, MN, photographer Loren Younggren; needle-felter Candace Osborn of Ada, MN; Fosston, MN, photographer Dean Vikan; painters from East Grand Forks, MN, including acrylic artists Erin Nelson, and Karlee Westrem; and watercolorist Phyllis Kalliokoski; and Maryann Laxen, watercolorist and photographer; potters from Red Lake Falls, MN, Robin & Lorrie Foster; and mitten-maker and porcelain ceramist Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla, MN.

CSA-possibles111213Each artist who entered their work to this exhibit qualifies for a drawing to win a share of Community Supported Art (CSA) (see photograph for some of the artwork choices). The winner will be announced at the River Walk Artists Holiday Open House (date TBA).

The Art Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Walk Mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721, just north of Cabella’s and east of the Blue Moose Restaurant. Park in the large lot to the north, and come in the mall door: we are the first door on the right!

For more information, call the art council office at 218-745-9111, or contact art council gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email:

Holiday Exhibit Invitation

2012 Winter Holiday Exhibit
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s annual Holiday Exhibit 2012

You can be part of a festive holiday destination this year, and maybe even win a box of CSA!  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is inviting all regional artists to submit their winter or holiday themed artwork for our Winter Holiday Exhibit.

All media are being accepted! The exhibit will be displayed in our Art Council gallery located in East Grand Forks throughout the holidays from November 6, 2013 through January 12, 2014.

One prize will be awarded for participation! Submissions will qualify artists for our drawing to win a box of Community Supported Art, seven (7) pieces of original art by regional Minnesota artists! (See the article here.)

Artists of all ages are invited to submit suitable works for this exhibit. Artist’s name and contact information must be included on the back or bottom of each piece submitted. All artwork must be framed [with the exception of gallery-wrap canvasses], and be ready to hang. Sculptures must stand securely.

Artwork may be delivered to public libraries in the towns of Ada, Fosston, Hallock, Roseau, and Thief River Falls by Saturday, November 2nd, or to the River Walk Artists gallery, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, by Sunday, November 3, 2013. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m, and Sunday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call gallery coordinator Therese @ 218-965-4216,  or email Director Mara Wittman, or call her at: 218-745-9111.

We hope you will join in the holiday fun!

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.


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:

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:  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.