Podcast-Tuesdays with Mara 2019

Didn’t catch on Pioneer 90.1 FM this week?

No worries! We have this week’s installment ready here on our website. These interviews are for 2019, but also include December 11 and 18, 2018.

5.21.2019 Jane Anderson

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Executive Director Jane Anderson was featured in this week’s podcast. Jane filled Ron West in about their organization, their upcoming show Death of A Salesman and their summer schedule. Listen to their talk below and see the show!

TRFACT Director Jane Anderson

5.7.2019 Andy Hall

Photographer Andy Hall was Ron West’s guest this week. Andy is the owner of Sweetlight Gallery in Crookston where he has an exhibit called “The Fournet Experience” until May 25. Andy received 2nd place in the Annual NW Art Exhibit in Badger. He’s also offering some photography classes shortly. Listen to learn more!

2nd Place Winner Andy Hall with “Snowy Pasque Flower”

4.30.2019 Kim Hruba

Writer Kim Hruba spoke with Ron West this week about writing, a workshop “You’re Not Ready” about publishing that she offers, and the annual retreat that she hosts at the Lake of the Woods in September. Listen to the discussion to learn more!

Author Kim Hruba

4.23.2019 Sherri Kukowski

Mosaic Artist Sherri Kukowski was featured in this week’s podcast. Sherri is the Arts Advocate of the Year. She is also the instigator and creator of the Badger Community Heritage Wall. A piece of the wall is featured in the Minnesota State Art’s Board A Creative Investment exhibition, celebrating ten years of Legacy art and impact, which opens on April 26, 2019, at the Minnesota State Arts Board in Saint Paul, and will be on display through the fall. Listen to the podcast to learn about the wall, the exhibition and the award!

Mosaic Artist Sherri Kukowski and NWMAC’s Ex Dir Mara Hanel in Badger

4.9.2019 Jean Honl

Rosemaling Artist and Woodworker Jean Honl is the Artist of the Year. She spoke with Ron West this week about art, rosemaling, woodworking, her current exhibit at the gallery in East Grand Forks, and receiving the award. Listen to their conversation below!

Rosemaler and Woodworker Jean Honl is the Artist of the Year

4.2.2019 George French

University of Minnesota Crookston Associate Professor George French is featured in this week’s podcast. George received the Northwest Star Award for his lifetime achievement in music (specifically piano and organ music) from the NWMAC this past weekend. Listen to Ron West and George talk about the award and more!

Star Awardee George French

3.26.2019 Mara Hanel

NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel talked with Ron West about the NW Art Exhibit in Badger, the Artist Reception, Exhibit Award Winners, Of the Year Award Winners, the Fiber and Rosemaling Exhibit in EGF and more! Listen to their chat to learn about all that’s going on!

NWMAC Exec Director Mara Hanel

3.19.2019 Carolyn Meisel

Area Artist Carolyn Meisel spoke with Ron West this week about her art and Riverwalk Artists in East Grand Forks. Riverwalk Artists is looking for more artists to become members. Consider joining Riverwalk Artists, visit the gallery and listen to the podcast below!

3.12.2019 Kat Allen

Kat Allen was Ron West’s guest this week. Kat is the recent author and illustrator of Where I Fly: A Hockey Story and Where We Run: A Dogsledding Story. She’s busy speaking throughout the region. Listen to the discussion below!

Author and Illustrator Kat Allen

3.5.2019 Rob Burkel

In this week’s podcast Rob Burkel chats with Ron West about TRFACT (Thief River Falls Area Community Theater) and the Fargo-Moorhead Opera Young Artists who will be performing live on March 7 in TRF.  Rob Burkel is coordinating the event and school workshops with the Fargo Moorhead Opera. Listen below!

TRFACT’s Rob Burkel

2.26.2019 Andrew Youngblom

Thief River Falls Teacher Andrew Youngblom talked with Ron West this week about the NW Art Exhibit and teaching art to students. Listen to their chat below! And, submit your art to the exhibit!

2.19.2019 Fresh Voices

Maria Argueta, Monique Arguelles, Mallorie Zapata, and Chris Espericueta Jr. of Fresh Voices spoke with Ron West this week. Based in Crookston, Fresh Voices has been dedicated to the support, encouragement, and celebration of art of local Latino youth for over twenty years. The photography and written works that make up the Fresh Voices exhibit in our gallery right now was created by these and other high school students. Maria Argueta  is an educator and has been a part of Fresh Voices for the past several years. Listen to the interview below and stop by the gallery to see their art!

Maria Argueta, Monique Arguelles, Mallorie Zapata, and Chris Espericueta Jr. 

2.12.2019 Naomi Schliesman

Springboard for the Art’s Naomi Schliesman was Ron West’s guest this week. Naomi will be facilitating much of the Work of Art Training that NWMAC is holding in Warren. Naomi is the Artist Development Director for Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls. Listen to the podcast below and register to attend the training!

Naomi Schliesman will be teaching the Work of Art Workshops in Warren.

2.5.2019 Gretchen Weinrich

Gretchen Weinrich was Ron West’s guest this week. She talks about directing the upcoming TRFACT’s show Barefoot in the Park, Lincoln High School’s spring play and being in the NWMAC’s artist booklet. Listen to the podcast below!

Gretchen Weinrich

1.22.2019 Sheila Smith

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith spoke with Ron West this week about the 10 year anniversary of the Legacy Amendment, the We Are Water Exhibit and Reception, MCA, the arts and the current legislative session. Listen to their discussion below and stop by the We Are Water Reception at UMC on Friday, January 25!

Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Ex Director Sheila Smith

1.15.2019 Dariann Leigh

Karlstad resident and singer Dariann Leigh talked with Ron West about her music and performances in the region. Dariann received a grant from the NWMAC for in-ear monitors and a transmitter for performance. She released a Christmas song and video last month and her first album will be released soon. Listen to their discussion below!

Singer Dariann Leigh

1.08.2019 Mara Hanel

NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week about the many activities going on with the Arts Council, including upcoming grant deadlines, exhibits, arts awards and artist trainings. Listen to learn more!

12.18.2018 Patty Mickelson

Patty Mickelson, music director at Red Lake County Central School System, spoke with Rom about music and a grant they received from the NWMAC for a sound shell for their music. Listen to their chat below!

Red Lake County Music Teacher Patty Mickelson

12.11.18 Sarah Meisinger

Sarah Meisinger, owner of En Liten Svensk (Little Swedish) Shoppe in Roseau, spoke with Ron West this week. Sarah’s shop features and sells many works of area artists. They also hold events where artists demonstrate their craft. Listen below to learn more!

Sarah Meisinger is the owner of En Liten Svensk Shoppe in Roseau

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