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.

9.17.2019 NWMAC Ex Director Mara Hanel

NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week about upcoming grant deadlines, a grant writing workshop on Oct 1, the upcoming Rural Arts Summit in Grand Rapids Oct 3-5 and a stipend the NWMAC provides, as well as other happenings. Listen to learn more!

9.10.2019 Jamie Bakken

Director of the Peder Englestad Pioneer Village and local teacher Jamie Bakken is featured on this week’s podcast with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West. Jamie told Ron all about the Village Art Festival in Thief River Falls taking place this Saturday September 14. The day will be full of arts activities, including music, visual artists, and arts classes. Listen to the podcast to learn more!

9.3.2019 Jerry Amiot

Jerry Amiot of the Polk County Historical Society spoke about Pioneer Day, which takes place in Crookston on September 8. The O’Neil Family, the Woodpicks and Double the Trouble will perform. Demonstrations include a spinning wheel and blacksmithing. Listen below to learn more!

8.27.2019 Karie Kirschbaum

Gary, MN Mayor Karie Kirschbaum was this week’s guest with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West to talk about the Gary Pines. The NWMAC funded some of the wooden animal carvings in the Pines. Listen to their conversation to learn more! And, make a trip to Gary to see the Gary Pines.

8.20.2019 John Hess

John Hess spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week about Grinding Day, which takes place on August 25 at Old Mill State Park. Listen to learn all about it!

8.13.2019 Michelle Roise

Michelle Roise was Ron West’s guest this week. Michelle has organized a nature journaling presentation and workshops with Sandra Muzzy at the Oxbow on August 22 and 23. This is a pre-Chautauqua event in Huot at the Old Crossing Treaty Park. There are workshops for children and for adults. There is still space in the workshops so consider signing up!

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8.6.2019 Cheryl Peters

Viking resident Cheryl Peters spoke with Ron West this week about Viking Good Old Days, which starts on August 16. The Woodpicks will be playing at the event on August 17. Listen to learn more!

7.30.2019 Annie Fitzgerald

Crookston Singer Songwriter Annie Fitzgerald was Ron West’s guest this week. They spoke about her career, music and the grants she received from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council. Listen to their conversation and some of her music below.

Singer Songwriter Annie Fitzgerald

7.23.2019 Eric Mickelson

Eric Mickelson talked with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West about the 3rd Annual Freedom Festival taking place in Goodridge on Saturday, July 27. The NWMAC provided funding for some of the entertainment. Listen to their chat below and attend the event!

7.16.2019 Morgan Anderson

Marshall County Fair Social Media Director and Photographer Morgan Anderson was Ron West’s guest this week. She filled Ron in on the highlights of the fair which takes place July 24-28. The NWMAC sponsored some of the events on the free stage. Listen to the conversation and plan to attend the Marshall County Fair.

7.9.2019 Bonnie Nordvall

Warroad Summer Theatre Artist Director Bonnie Nordvall spoke with Ron West this week about their show Tarzan the Stage Musical, which opens on July 10. She also filled Ron in about the theater. Listen to their chat and see the show!

6.25.2019 Pam Hetteen

Pam Hetteen of Roseau was this week’s interview and podcast. Pam talked about the concert series in Roseau and all the scheduled performers. Listen to their discussion and plan to attend one of the concerts!

Roseau Concert Series Summer 2019

6.18.2019 Don Merkens

Don Merkens of the Norman County Fair spoke with Ron West this week about the fair, its schedule and the activities sponsored by the NWMAC. Listen to hear more!

Don Merkens

6.11.2019 Shannon Christenson

Kittson Central Kindergarten teacher Shannon Christenson was Ron West’s guest this week. She filled him in about Camp Art that will be held in Hallock June 24-27. Students K-8th can still sign up for Camp Art (call 612-210-1159). The theme this year is “Moving with Art” and features break dance, theater, and drumming. Listen to the conversation to learn more!

Kittson Central Teacher Shannon Christenson

6.4.2019 Alicia Spilde

Mixed Media Artist and Illustrator Alicia Spilde of Karlstad is featured in this week’s podcast. She talked with Ron West about her art, her piece that is in the Parenthood Exhibit at our gallery in East Grand Forks, and her We Are Water artwork at the Minnesota State Arts Board’s Exhibition A Creative Investment, Celebrating 10 Years of Legacy Art and Impact. Listen to their chat below!

Alicia Spilde pictured with her art in the NW Minnesota Art Exhibit

5.28.2019 Elizabeth Rockstad

Ada Mosaic Artist Elizabeth Rockstad spoke with Ron West about teaching art, her studio in Ada, mosaics, receiving first place in the recent NW Art Show in Badger and being on the Teaching Artist Roster (TARP). Listen to learn more!

Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada won 1st place at the NWMAC NW Art Exhibit with her mosaic “Seasons”

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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