Podcast- Tuesdays With Mara 2021

Didn’t catch our podcast on Pioneer 90.1 FM this week?

No worries! We have this week’s installment ready here on our website. These interviews are for 2021.

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9.7.21 Jerry Amiot

Jerry Amiot spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West about all the arts activities happening at Pioneer Day this weekend in Crookston! The NWMAC provided funding for the event.

8.31.21 Dale Jacobson

Poet and published author Dale Jacobson spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week. Dale recently led some online writing sessions for the NWMAC via StreamYard to help people write for our current exhibit at NCTC — elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space. Dale also wrote a piece for the exhibit. Listen to their interesting discussion.

Poet Dale Jacobson

8.24.21 Mara Hanel

This week’s podcast features NWMAC Director Mara Hanel. Mara spoke about the annual NW Art Exhibit in Warroad, Of the Year Awards (Artist of the Year Connie Nelson, Artist Advocate Ann Novacek, and NW Star Award Donald Kakaygeesick), and openings for the NWMAC board (apply today!). Listen to learn more and visit the exhibit while you can!

NWMAC Director Mara Hanel

8.17.21 Charles Eickhof

Charles Eickhof of Crookston spoke about the feature length film Loon! that he and his cousin Kale Eickhof wrote, directed, acted in and produced. There’s a red carpet event in Crookston at the Grand Theater on Friday August 20 during Ox Cart Days. The NWMAC provided grant funding. Listen to the discussion and attend the premier!

8.10.21 Sarah Homme

Sarah Homme of Warroad spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West about the Allison Park Summer Series and the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit (opening later this week in Warroad).

8.3.21 Carol Ihle

Carol Ihle of the Zehlians spoke with Ron West about the upcoming Art & Wine Walk in Thief River. It takes place on August 12. Listen to hear all about it!

7.27.21 Eric Mickelson

Eric Mickelson was this week’s featured podcast. He spoke with Ron West about the Freedom Festival taking place in Goodridge. The NWMAC sponsored some arts activities at the festival. Listen to hear all about it!

7.20.21 Kim Hruba

Writer Kim Hruba of Warroad spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West. Kim started Lake of the Woods Artist Retreat. This year she is hosting a weeklong writing retreat in Warroad at the newly opened Hampton Inn in September. This is funded in part by a grant from the NWMAC. Listen to learn more about it and consider signing up!

7.13 Rosalyn Watnemo

This week our podcast features Roz Watnemo of Fosston. Roz spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West about her artwork in the Tiny Art Exhibit. Roz is a Hardanger embroidery fiber artist. Roz talked about her artistic process, her designs and embroidery books she authored and the world-wide embroidery business she formerly owned (Nordic Needle). Listen to hear all about it and stop by the exhibit to see it in person!

Rosalyn Watnemo’s artwork in the Tiny Art Exhibit

7.6.21 Mike Moore

Polk County Fair Secretary/Manager Mike Moore of Fertile spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week about the Polk County Fair (taking place this week). They discussed the entertainment that is funded by the NWMAC. Listen to hear all about the events at the fair!

Polk County Fair

6.29.21 Shannon Mortenson

This week’s podcast features Warren City Administrator Shannon Mortenson. Shannon spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Mark Johnson about Warren’s concert series funded by the NWMAC. Listen to hear all about it!

6.22.21 Don Merkens

Don Merkens spoke to Pioneer 90.1 Mark Johnson this week about the Norman County Fair in Ada. Don shared an update about the fair entertainment, like a puppet show on Youth Day and musical acts including bluegrass and polka that are funded by the NWMAC. Listen to hear all about it! And, head over to Ada this week for the fair.

Norman County Fair Board Member Don Merkens

6.15.21 Jason Steinbrenner

Fosston Artist Jason Steinbrenner spoke with Pioneer 90.1 Mark Johnson this week. Mark was filling in for Ron West. Jason has 4 pieces of art in our Tiny Art exhibit. Jason talked about his artistic process and the exhibit. Listen to learn more!

Artist Jason Steinbrenner’s artwork “War Bloody War” in the Tiny Art Exhibit

6.8.21 Jane Anderson

Thief River Falls Area Community Theater Director Jane Anderson is this week’s featured podcast. Jane spoke TRFACT activities this past year during COVID and what’s coming up with TRFACT performances. Listen to hear all about it!

TRFACT Director Jane Anderson

6.1.2021 Cheri Reese

Cheri Reese spoke with Ron West this week about the outdoor musical chimes in Centennial Park downtown Hallock. Listen to learn all about them and Hallock, as well!

Musical chimes in Hallock’s Centennial Park (shortly after installation)

5.18.2021 Emily Finney

Halstad Resident Emily Finney was featured on this week’s podcast. Emily and Ron West talked how the the world’s largest sugar beet sculpture in Halstad came to be (as Ron referred to as the “big idea for the big beet”), including the idea, the artist, the planning process, and the funding (which included a grant from the NWMAC) . It truly was a community effort. Listen to hear all about it!

World’s Largest Sugar Beet sculpture in Halstad

5.4.2021 Mara Hanel

This week NWMAC Director Mara Hanel and Ron West talk art and arts council news. Listen to hear about upcoming grant deadlines, events, and exhibits!

NWMAC Director Mara Hanel

4.27.21 Zack Rowatt

This week Roseau Artist Zack Rowatt spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West. Zack has artwork in the current NWMAC Bird Exhibit. He also received a quick turn around grant from NWMAC recently. Listen to learn more!

Birdbath by Zack Rowatt

4.13.21 Chris Wavra

Our featured artist in this week’s podcast was Chris Wavra. Chris is a potter. She received a grant from the NWMAC for a pottery wheel. Listen to hear all about it!

4.6.21 Ross Hier

This week Wildlife Biologist and Artist Ross Hier was the guest on the podcast. Ross has a large body of artwork in our current exhibit Birds: An Exhibit of Work by Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists. Ross has had his work in a number of our exhibits. Listen to learn more and visit the exhibit! You won’t regret it.

Ross Hier at Birds: An Exhibit of Work by Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists
Ross Hier speaking with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West

3.30.21 Ivy Bailie

Fosston Artist Ivy Bailie was featured in this week’s podcast. Ivy has a piece of art in our current exhibit — Birds: An Exhibit of Work by Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists. She has exhibited in a number of our past exhibits as well. Listen to here about her painting workshops and more!

Big Roo by Artist Ivy Bailie

3.23.21 Sherri Kruger

Badger Math Teacher and Mosaic Artist Sherri Kruger spoke to Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week. Sherri talked about her piece of art in the Bird Exhibit. She also filled Ron in about her motivation and training in art and the mosaic wall in Badger, as well as the impact of the NWMAC. Listen to learn more!

Artist Sherri Kruger’s piece “Bauble” in Birds: An Exhibit of Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists. This is for sale.

2.23.21 Jeanna Kujava

Kittson County Public Health and School nurse Jeanna Kujava is featured on this week’s podcast. Jeanna spoke about a Healing Arts Residency at Kittson Central, Lancaster and Karlstad highschools that she received a grant from the NWMAC to sponsor. Listen to hear all about it!

2.16.21 Connie Nelson

Hallock resident Connie Nelson spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week. Connie received a grant from the NWMAC to paint mural panels along Highway 75 in Hallock. Listen to hear more about the project or visit Hallock to see them in person!

Hallock Artist Connie Nelson

2.9.21 Mara Hanel

NWMAC Director Mara Hanel is featured on this week’s podcast. Mara spoke about the biennial plan and how to give your feedback, upcoming grant and other deadlines, our current exhibits at NCTC and Arts Advocacy Day. Listen to learn all the details!

NWMAC Director Mara Hanel

2.2.21 Kathryn Rynning

Kennedy photography Kathryn Rynning spoke with Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week. Kathryn’s photography is featured in our current exhibit — Peonies & Players: A Photography Exhibit. Her photography in this exhibit is of peonies that she took on a trip to China. Listen to the podcast to learn more and visit the exhibit!

Kathryn Rynning with her photography in NWMAC’s exhibit at NCTC

1.26.21 Victor and Azomali Obisakin

Crookston residents Victor and Azomali Obisakin are featured on this week’s podcast. Azomali is in 2nd grade and created art for the current NWMAC Black Lives Matter Exhibit at NCTC in Thief River Falls. Victor spoke about Black Lives Matter. Listen to the conversation and visit the exhibit!

Azomali Obisakin art

1.19.21 Scott DCamp

Photographer, TRF Times Sports Editor, and Northland Wrestling Coach Scott DCamp spoke to Pioneer 90.1’s Ron West this week. Scott’s photography is featured in NWMAC’s exhibit Peonies & Players: A Photography Exhibit. Scott’s part of the exhibit is of sports moments. Listen to the podcast and check out the exhibit!

Photographer Scott DCamp

1.5.21 Brandon LaPlante

Crookston sculptural artist Brandon LaPlante is featured on this week’s podcast. He recently received a grant from the NWMAC for an independent studio project that involves purchasing a shuttle bus, insulating it and creating a living and working space. Brandon is also a musician and he makes furniture. Listen to hear Brandon’s story and learn more about this project!

Artist and NWMAC grant recipient Brandon LaPlante

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