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Dale Mackowick — Oil Painting Exhibit
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibit of Oil Paintings by Dale Mackowick in our East Grand Forks gallery. The exhibit opens Wednesday, December 7th and is open to the public until Sunday, January 15th, 2017. Mr. Mackowick, of Fertile, MN, is known for his establishment, Mac’s Cafe, and his large stagecoach mural that graced its wall. This exhibit features Mr. Mackowick’s Minnesota wildlife and portraits.
An army veteran of the Vietnam war, Dale Mackowick attended the Minneapolis School of Art for two years majoring in oil painting before being drafted. His art interest began in childhood when he received a kit containing drawing books and supplies, and continued throughout secondary school. Dale married his high-school sweetheart, Carol Austinson, before going overseas, then upon return they purchased their first business which grew into Mac’s Cafe. He painted his well-known mural for their establishment, but all the while, Dale longed to paint.
In 2005, when Mr. Mackowick retired and sold his cafe, he built a studio at home and returned to oil painting as he desired. Like Dale, his wife Carol is also a gifted oil painter and often joins him. Mr. Mackowick’s subjects embrace wildlife action scenes of bucks, wolves, moose, bears, and portraits created with high proficiency. Carol’s influence may be seen in his only floral, “Mom’s Garden.”
A reception for Dale Mackowick will be held Saturday, December 10th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit is available for viewing during gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sun., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall, East Grand Forks, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s. Parking is available in the large lot next to the Blue Moose.
Creative Artworks of Crookston
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to announce an exhibit of Creative ArtWorks of Crookston in our East Grand Forks gallery. Seven artists’ works come together for this unique group exhibition, showcasing some of the thriving creativity from the Crookston MN community, including award winners and area favorites.
Featured artists are:
Courtney Olson – acrylic Modern Impressionism
Irene Bertils – charcoal, acrylic, and pastel Realism
Jean Westman – silver Jewelry and copper 3D
Marti Newquist – watercolor Fantasy nature
Ross Hier – watercolor Realism
Tim Bhajjan – watercolor Portraiture
Trey Everett – pen & ink Graphic Illustration
A reception will be held Saturday, November 19th from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. in conjunction with River Walk Artists’ Fifth Anniversary Celebration. Musical group Penumbra will perform from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. with their unique style of acoustic guitars, vocals, and Latin percussion. A drawing will be held to award two gift baskets of artwork; entry forms are available at the gallery now. Refreshments will be served. Admission is free.
The exhibit will be available for viewing during gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sun., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall, East Grand Forks, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s. Parking is available in the large lot next to the Blue Moose.
Jean Honl — Rosemaling and Drawings
This exciting exhibit of rosemaled wood items and original drawings from Ms. Honl’s studio in northern Minnesota opened Wednesday, August 31, 2016 and will be open to the public through Sunday September 25th in our gallery in East Grand Forks.
Jean’s interest in rosemaling began over 40 years ago when she enrolled in a rosemaling class offered through adult education classes. She “fell in love with the beautiful scrolls and flowers prevalent in this folk art,” then her interest became more than a hobby. Jean traveled to the Norwegian American Museum in Decorah, Iowa three times to take rosemaling classes from the masters. Today, her beautiful works are found in many countries.
Jean creates most of the wooden pieces she rosemals in her woodworking shop. She makes functional pieces including grandfather clocks, large cupboards and deacon’s benches, as well as the smaller items in the exhibit. More than able in carpentry, she also built her kitchen cabinets and a corner cabinet. Adding to her creativity, Jean draws designs on matt board, incorporating her favored scrolls with sweet symmetrical faces, or natural themes.
A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 17th, in conjunction with the Art & Wine Walk. During the event, Ms. Honl will be demonstrating rosemaling on a 3-foot by 4-foot board. Her pieces in the gallery will be for sale, and include rosemaled trunks, clocks, jewelry boxes and more. She will also have framed drawings for sale.
Rosemaling and Drawings by Jean Honl will be available for viewing during gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sun., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The gallery is closed on Monday and Tuesday. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall, East Grand Forks, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s. Parking is available in the large lot next to the Blue Moose.
We welcome private showings, and are happy to answer questions. For more information call the gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email: email@example.com; or call the arts council office at 218-745-9111. Please visit the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council website at: http://www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org for more information.
Jodi Peterson — Beauty in Glass
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to present Beauty In Glass, an exhibit of glass art by Jodi Peterson, of Halstad and Moorhead, Minnesota. Peterson’s original decorative and functional artworks will be shown in our East Grand Forks gallery Wednesday, August 3, 2016, through Sunday, August 28, 2016. Her works include 2-dimensional wall pieces, 3-dimensional plates and dishes, and wearable art.
Ms. Peterson, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, Duluth with BFA and BAA degrees, earned her MLA degree at Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and has taught high school and middle school art for many years. As the Art educator in the Norman County West high school, she has helped her students participate in the NWMAC regional exhibit each spring.
Jodi writes about her focus on glass: “Glass is an exciting medium. I have been working with glass for over 15 years, and started Wolfnest Glassworks about the same time I fell in love with glass. I blow glass occasionally, but mostly slump, fuse and do flame worked pieces from beads to small sculpture. Slump glass is pacing glass on a mold/form and heating it up to a temperature that relaxes the glass into a mold. Fused glass is melting glass together at certain temperatures. Flame worked pieces are made using a torch and melting glass into the desired shape.”
Beauty In Glass is available for viewing during gallery hours: Wed. through Sat., 2:00 to 8:00 p.m., and Sun., 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall, East Grand Forks, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s. Parking is available in the large lot next to the Blue Moose.
2014 STAR ARTIST OF THE YEAR
APRIL 22 – MAY 31, 2015
Reception: May 09, 2015
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
2014 Star Artist of the Year celebrates the work of LaVonne Forsberg of Thief River Falls, Minnesota. LaVonne has worked many different mediums and this primarily focuses on her water color work paintings.
She began painting as a Rosemaler and decorative painter, then in 1982 began watercolor as her primary focus. She still enjoys working in other mediums such as oil, acrylic, collage and stained glass. She and her husband are currently working on stained glass windows for the twelfth church they have created windows for collaboratively.
Most of LaVonne’s art education has been on-going study with well-known European and American artists, helping her form her own style. Her work has been shown in several states, and galleries, group and individual shows, and her work may be found in other countries as well as across the United States.
2014 Star Artist of the Year will be on display April 22 through May 31, 2015 at River Walk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks, Mn. A reception will be held Saturday May 09, 2015 from 4:00pm to 6:00 pm in the Arts Council’s Gallery.
MARCH 6-APRIL 19, 2015
RECEPTION: SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2015
4:00 PM- 6:00 PM
Midwest Living is the latest exhibition at River Walk Artists Gallery. Deb Aune of Gatzke, MN works predominantly in watercolor, but includes mixed media, soft sculpture, and welding.
She completed her B.S. degree in Art Education at Bemidji State University and has been teaching art full time in the Greenbush-Middle River district since 1994.
This is Deb’s very first professional solo exhibit. Deb says she wanted to paint what she’s sensitive to and that includes farming and the outdoors. Her “Tired Dolls” sculptures are the embodiment of a lifelong passion for everyday walking, traveling, collecting anything odd and recycling, and they incorporate pieces of truck tread found along roadways.
Midwest Living will be on display March 6th through April 19th at River Walk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks. A reception for Deb Aune will be held Saturday, March 14th from 4pm-6pm.
OCTOBER 01-31, 2014
RECEPTION: GRAND CITIES ART & WINE WALK
OCTOBER 18, 2014 1P-5P
Natural Renditions is the new exhibit of artworks by native Minnesotans at our East Grand Forks gallery. New ceramic work by Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota, has been paired with nature photography by Bruce D. Flaig, of Fertile, MN. These touching works will be featured throughout the month of October from Wednesday, the1st until Friday, the 31st, 2014.
Janet Johnson grew up in northern Minnesota, and recently retired from teaching Visual Art and English classes in grades 7 – 12 in Warroad. Janet exposed her students to many mediums and opportunities to show their work, and she developed her own community and artistic skills, too. Janet has served on the statewide Arts Best Practice and Quality Teaching networks to help art teachers better connect and collaborate. She has also participated in the NWMAC Community Supported Art program, works with the Region 1 Arts Council, and strongly supports arts at the Roseau County Fair. Janet is a skilled ceramist who recently received a grant from the NWMAC to furnish her studio with a new kiln and potter’s wheel.
Minnesota native Bruce D. Flaig has degrees in chemistry, physics and meteorology; however his passion is photographing nature in all its forms. Although he’s lived in seven states and two foreign countries, Flaig says he “has photographed in a bunch more” for over twenty years. His work has been published in many magazines including Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Wild Bird, Ranger Rick, and Outdoor Photographer. While his collection of images now numbers over 60,000, the Arts Council gallery will be featuring eleven framed prints and a video of a collection of Bruce’s finest works.
The Natural Renditions exhibit will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk, Saturday, October 18th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the Riverwalk mall near Mamma Maria’s Restaurant, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s in 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 Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEPTEMBER 5-28, 2014
Reception During the Grand Cities Art and Wine Walk
September 20, 2014 1p-5p
Unseen Splendor brings you into a secret, more intimate place, where you see minute details of flowers, as captured by macro photography. Always seen as a natural form of beauty, flowers are typically viewed from a certain, comfortable distance. These images, primarily of so-called weeds, are meant to show the inherent beauty of seemingly unnoticed things in the world.
Formerly, a traditional media artist, Chris Lane has focused more on photography in recent years. He now owns a photography and graphic design business and creates artwork as frequently as his schedule allows.
JULY 12-31, 2014
Reception: July 19, 2014
During the #GrandCities #ArtandWineWalk
River Walk Artists Gallery 1pm-5pm
TREY EVERETT, PEN AND INK
TOM BROSSEAU, WOODCARVING
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to announce the opening of the new exhibit, Nibs and Knives featured in our East Grand Forks gallery fromJuly 12 to July 31, 2014. The pen & ink drawings of Trey Everett of Crookston, and the woodcarvings of Tom Brosseau of Thief River Falls, will be showcased.
JUNE 04-29, 2014
Reception: June 21, 2014
1:00pm-5:00pm during the Art and Wine Walk
ERIN D. NELSON & KARLEE WESTREM
MENTOR & STUDENT
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is very excited to bring the art of these two East Grand Forks residents. Mentor and Student, together under one roof! ‘Seaside Visions’ is their interpretation of what one would find in their environment at a seashell-strewn oceanside.
Erin Nelson teaches visual arts at East Grand Forks Senior High. She has an appreciation of 70’s artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Jean Michael Basquait, as well as by the environment she dearly loves, the ocean. Many of her paintings incorporate the use of numerals or lettering into her designs. The paintings she selected for this exhibit are in honor of her grandmother who introduced her to the ocean’s beauty from her earliest childhood. Nelson adds, “I hope this collection gives the viewer a sense of that environment my Grandma taught me to love so much.”
Karlee Westrem is a 2014 graduate of East Grand Forks High and has been a student of Erin’s for several years. Karlee received a mentorship grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council during the summer of 2013, and has participated in area student art exhibits, earning top scores. She says she has been inspired by her teacher, Mrs. Nelson, who introduced her to famous artists and styles of art, and experimented with color and design along side her mentor.
The ‘Seaside Visions’ exhibit and the artists will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk on Saturday, June 21st, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the NWMAC Gallery. Non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be served. To register for the Art & Wine Walk, visit the Blue Moose on the day of the event.
‘Seaside Visions’ is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the River Walk mall, across Demers Avenue from Cabella’s in 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 Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, or email: email@example.com
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to announce our latest featured artist at River Walk Artists Gallery and Shop in East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Cindy Kolling of Gully, Mn is showcasing her print and ink art through June 01, 2014. There will be an artist reception Saturday, May 03, 2014 at RWAG from 3:00-4:30pm.
Cindy creates stylized prints and coloring-book style detailed drawings, pulling inspiration from nature, history and heritage subjects. All of her art work is hand-drawn and hand-serigraphed on recycled paper. All of her works are elegantly matted and framed.
Cindy attended the 2013 workshop series, The Work of Art, a Springboard for the Arts Workshop co-sponsored by NWMAC, which taught artists how to manage their businesses and promote their art.
The “Nature Paused” exhibit is FREE and open to the public! We look forward to seeing you there! As always, the River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 2:00 pm to 8:00pm and on Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
If you would like to know more about our featured artist, Cindy Kolling, you can visit her website at www.kollingcards.com or by calling our offices at (218) 745-9111 or the RWAG.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce we will have 2 Featured Artists at River Walk Artists Gallery and Shop in East Grand Forks, Mn from March 26 through April 27, 2014. Sherri Kruger of Badger Minnesota and Lynne King of Alvarado, Minnesota will be sharing their artwork with us.
Everyone is invited to attend an artist reception at River Walk Artists Gallery Saturday March 29, 2014 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Light refreshments will be served.
Sherri Kruger is a glass artist creating wonderful mosaic items of every shape and size, out of stained glass, recycled metal and cement. She has participated in many shows and won just as many awards, including Best of Show at the Grand Cities Art Show in Grand Forks, North Dakota. She is a member of Artist’s on Main in Roseau and displays her works there and she is also the Art Club Advisor at Badger High School.
Lynne King hails from Muncie, Indiana but made Northwest Minnesota her home a few years ago. She is a photographer with a keen eye for landscapes that tell a story, wildlife, and birds. She also loves “old things” and is inspired by barns, houses and cars. As a former librarian, she is of the firm belief that a picture is worth a thousand words and a good story is hard to resist!
Both Artists have benefitted from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council by either receiving grant money or they have participated in workshops designed to help artists with their business.
We are happy to have both Sherri and Lynne as the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Featured Artists for March!
As always, the River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery is free and open to the public. They are open Wednesday through Saturday from 2:00 pm to 8:00pm and on Sundays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Student Art Showcase
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce our annual Student Art Showcase at the River Walk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks, Mn.
Our student showcase this year features art from two East Grand Forks High Schools, Sacred Heart High School and East Grand Forks Senior High. The students at Sacred Heart work under the tutelage of Jessica Gennet. The students at East Grand Forks High work under Erin Nelson and Josh Perkerewicz.
The reception will be held February 22, 2014 from 3:00pm to 5:00 pm at the galler.
The students are from grades 9th through 12th. Their art includes paintings, drawings and ceramic sculpture. Subject matter ranges from wild animals to self-portraits to impressionistic work and still like expressions. There are various forms of media which shows how in-tune these students are with their surroundings. There are amazing contrasts of color, texture, balance, movement, harmony, shape and form.
The Student Art Showcase will run through March 23, 2014 at the Arts Council Gallery inside the River Walk Artists Gallery and Shop located at 211 Demers Avenue, located inside the Riverwalk Theater Mall in East Grand Forks, Mn. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 2:00pm to 8:00 pm, and Sunday from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Loren Younggren, Hallock
Kittson County Scenes
January through February 2014
For Immediate Release:
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to present Kittson County Scenes, a new exhibit in the Arts Council gallery in East Grand Forks. Kittson County Scenes is a selection of of photographs by Loren Younggren of Hallock, Minnesota.
Younggren’s photographs depict seasonal, rural views of Minnesota’s most northwest county. “My goal is to take one good picture each month,” Younggren said, as he described the motivation behind his works. His eye for compositions, lighting, and subjects delivers a dramatic, yet painterly appearance to his works.
Younggren’s works are on display now through February 2014.
Admission is free to the public during regular gallery hours: Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by special arrangement.
The Arts Council Gallery is located within the River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery, 211 Demers Ave, East Grand Forks, inside the Riverwalk Cinema Mall. Parking is available in the north parking lot near the Blue Moose and Mamma Maria’s Restaurants.