Podcast -Tuesdays with Mara 2013-2016

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Ron West talks with Executive Director Mara Hanel to learn about art happenings in the area and upcoming grant workshops and deadlines.


Scott Larson of Newfolden talks with Ron West about his artwork, which includes portraits of ballerinas.


Dale Mackowick of Fertile is Ron West’s guest on Pioneer 90.1 this week. Dale has an exhibit of his oil paintings at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks.


George French is Ron West’s guest. George directs the music and theater department at the University of Minnesota-Crookston. He is also involved in Save the Carnegie. Listen to the podcast for details!


Ross Hier is Ron West’s guest on Pioneer 90.1. Ross is a long-time employee of the Minnesota DNR and a wildlife artist. The current exhibit at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks includes some of Ross’s art.



Ron West talks to Courtney Olson, a Crookston artist and graphic designer. Courtney has five paintings displayed in the current exhibit, Creative Artworks of Crookston, at the Riverwalk Artist’s Gallery in East Grand Forks.


South African performer Lorraine Klaasen talks with Ron West about her music, current residency and upcoming concert in Thief River Falls.



Executive Director Mara Hanel talks with Ron West about the grants deadline, the exhibit of Crookston artists at the River Walk Gallery, and the upcoming residency workshops starting Nov 6 and community concert Nov 12 by South African performer Lorraine Klaasen and her band.


Choir Teacher Renee Jensen talks with Ron West about how the Stephen-Argyle Schools have benefitted from grants from the NWMAC and gives an update on upcoming arts events in the area.


Jesse Adelman talks with Ron West about the Haunted Woods in Red Lake Falls and the drama and acting students from Lafayette High School who have been given an opportunity to participate in the haunted woods experience.


Christine Foster is Ron West’s guest this week. Christine’s artwork tells the stories of abuse survivors who have not only survived but have experienced hope and freedom.


Megan Sugden of Kittson County Skies talks about her photography and exhibit at Far North Spirits in Hallock.



KayDell Super is Ron West’s guest this week. She discusses Middle River Community Theatre’s Goose Festival production of “Interruptions.”

Interruptions Poster


Paula Foley, Warroad Public School Superintendent, talks about the mural in their cafeteria that 6th grade students and Artist Victor Yepez visioned, brainstormed,  and painted.



Alicia Spilde of Karlstad talks about her art. Her piece “Northwoods Carnival” is currently in the traveling art exhibit.




Ron West talks about concerts at Fun in Flatlands, Ada on September 10, Heritage Days in Fosston on September 9 and Jean Honl’s rosemaling exhibit at the River Walk Gallery in East Grand Forks through September 25.


Jodi Peterson, teacher at Norman County West and featured artist at the River Walk Gallery, talks about her art.



Ashley Anderson, Community Ed Director at WAO discusses Summer Arts Safari “Alice in Wonderland.”


Jane and Emma Anderson of the Thief River Area Community Theater talk about the show Bye Bye Birdie.



Pam Hetteen talks about the Riverview Park Concerts taking place in Roseau this summer.



Paul Tandberg talks about the play Over the River and Through the Woods showing until July 21, 2016 at Northland Community College. Ron West talks about the entertainment at the upcoming Marshall County Fair.



Bonnie Nordvall talks about Warroad Summer Theatre’s production of Mary Poppins.  This exciting musical is available for audience enjoyment until July 17, 2016.

WST Mary Poppins


Kim HrubaKim Hruba of Red Shoes Writing talks about how she became and author and about her Artists Retreat coming up in September!


Stephen, MN Arts CenterBerta Bergeron, a NWMAC Board member takes time out of her day to sit with Ron West and talk about her involvement on the board as well as all the fun and exciting things happening with Stephen Community Arts!


Wavra_10_cornerAfter a short break, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s weekly feature is back on Pioneer 90.1 this time with Klondike Carvings, Joe Wavra. Joe’s unique works are being displayed now at Riverwalk Artists Gallery and Shop in East Grand Forks, Mn.


Executive Director, Mara Hanel is this week’s guest! Listen in!


Therese Masters Jacobson, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s exhibit specialist is this week’s guest talking about the traveling art exhibit and the artist exhibits coming up!


BeauBakken+Mara_1Beau Bakken, our Artist of the Year sits down with Ron West of Pioneer 90.1 to talk about his art and where he comes from!


BarbGeer_1Barb Geer is on this week talking about her much deserved, Star Artist of the Year award! Barb has been a driving force in the arts for many years and her work is much appreciated.


Mara Hanel, Executive Director for Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, talks about the Annual Spring Art Exhibit! It’s ongoing through May 18th in Roseau at the Public Library!


Shelley Grove of Warroad Summer Theatre talks about what’s cooking in the North Country! Listen in!


Jayne Flaagan is our weekly guest on Pioner 90.1. Ron West catches up with Jayne to talk a bout what’s going on in the world of publishing and what she’s been working on.


Mara Hanel, Executive Director for Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is this week’s guest and she discusses the upcoming arts events as well as Arts Advocacy Day 2016!


Therese Jacobson is this week’s guest talking about the exhibits in our gallery space at River Walk Artists Gallery as well as other events happening in Northwest Minnesota.


Ron Woolever talks with Ron West and they’re both from Crookston, MN! Ron is one of 2 artists to be featured this month at our exhibit space in the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery.


Ken Carlson, Executive Director for Arts Midwest talks about what the program does and how it impacts, positively, the community it comes to with the Arts Midwest World Tour Fest.


Jane Anderson, Executive director for TRFActs talks about their upcoming auditions and what’s in store for the future!  Listen in!


Le Vent du Nord Visits Thief River Falls
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Le Vent du Nord

Olivier Demers from Le Vent du Nord of Quebec takes time in their very busy schedule to talk with Ron West of Pioneer 90.1.   The group has had an amazingly fast week in Wahpeton thanks to the weather and NWMAC is pleased Olivier was willing to be interviewed!  Listen in on what we can expect when they visit Thief River Falls next week!


Mo Regalado, Marketing and Promotions Specialist talks about what is going on with the Arts Council this month!


Irene Bertils of Crookston makes her debut on our weekly podcast.  She is the latest featured artist of the New Year at our Gallery Space in River Walk Artists Gallery.  Let’s hear how she’s doing…


Mara Hanel, Executive Director for Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is this weeks guest!  She talks about the upcoming grants deadlines!


Elwyn Ruud is this weeks guest.  Elwynn is a recently retired teacher with a specialty in grant writing.  She is a brand new board member on NWMAC Board representing Kittson County.  Listen in!


Aliza Olson-Novacek is this week’s guest…she talks about her stint on the Arts Council Board and other matters…like being spotlighted on Prairie Public as a fiber artist 01-25-16!


Therese Masters Jacobson is our guest this week and as NWMAC’s Gallery Specialist and Artist Liaison, she tells us what we can expect in the New Year!


Jane Anderson of Thief River Falls, Mn and TRFACTs joins this week’s installment and talks about being on the NWMAC Board, TRFACTs and her life in TRF, MN!


Julie Elick of Roseau, MN and “Artists on Main” makes an appearance on this weeks installment!  Listen in and maybe you should join her welding class!


Mara Hanel, Executive Director for Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is this week’s guest.  She discusses the state of Arts Affairs!


NWMAC is back with Deb Aune’s student’s of Greenbush-Middle River who are participating in the Student Art Exhibit at our gallery space in the Riverwalk Artist’s Gallery and Shop in East Grand Forks, Mn.  Listen in!


After a brief respite, NWMAC is back on Pioneer 90.1’s show!  Ron West talks with East Grand Forks resident and UND college student, Karlee Westrem.  Karlee talks about her experiences and how she got involved in the arts!


NWMAC’s Specialist Therese Jacobson is this weeks guest!  She talks about what’s happening at Riverwalk Artists Gallery and Shop and the Art’s Council’s Galley!


Jolene Juhl of Greenbush, a fused glass artist, talks about her art and River Walk Artists Juried Art Exhibit.  Her new pieces sound fascinating…and include sand blasting!


Ella the DoggyJayne Flaagan of East Grand Forks talks with Ron West about her family, her writing and her plans for the future.


Executive Director Mara Hanel talks about the latest grant application deadline 10-15-2015.


This week, Ron West talks with Yonnie from Baladino, who are visiting Northwest Minnesota this week as part of an artist residency program.  There is a FREE public workshop on 10-08-2015 at 2p at Northland Community and Technical College Commons.  Concert is 10-10-2015 at 7pm at Lincoln High Schol School Auditorium.  Thanks to Arts Midwest World Tour Fest for being instrumental in making this happen!Baladino


Janet Johnson from Roseau is this weeks guest…she talks her “Collaborations” exhibit, Malung Community Center and more!  Lots of information so you better get a pen!


Barb Geer is this week’s guest and she talks about Goosefest and “Blithe Spirit”!  Barb is absolutely infectious!!  Listen in!


Mara Hanel talks about our partnership with Arts Midwest Worldfest and the latest group coming into Thief River Falls, Mn.  The group is from Isreal and their name is Baladino…listen in!!


Executive Director, Mara Hanel talks about her grant writing workshop on September 10, 2015! Sign up today!


Betty Pikop is this week’s guest and she talks ALL about what is happening over the at the Stephen Arts Center.


After another quick break, Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s weekly update with Pionner 90.1 was back on air!  This week’s guest is Nicholas Jackson, who recently did an illustration workshop for us.  Listen in on how he goes about his craft!

N. Jackson Paul and Babe


Quilter Jan Anderson talks about her experience as an exhibitor at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Quilts of Northwest Minnesota.  Her work will be on display at the exhibit through the end of August.


Marketing and Promotions Specialist, Mo Regalado is this weeks guest.  Mo talks about what is going on…and Ron makes fun of her!  It’s a great relationship!


Poet Dale Jacobson of Alvarado, Mn talks with Ron West of Pioneer 90.1 about how he got started in poetry and how it has been with him through the years.


Mo Regalado, NWMAC’s Marketing and Promotions Specialist is also a radio personality at TRF Radio (99.3FM KKDQ) in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.  As such, she brings in guests from time to time and decided to interview Jane Anderson of TRFACT.org to talk about Seussical, The Musical…a children’s production to be put on August 4-6, 2015.


After 1 week off, we get back into it!  Mara Hanel, Executive Director of Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is talking with Ron this week about all the things that are happening in the 7 county service area.  Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants deadlines are August 1, 2015.


Paul Koch is a former pastor of Wannaska Lutheran Parish in rural northwestern Minnesota, near Roseau and a published author.  He has written a series of Christian faith-based stories called the “Advent Adventures.”


Kristin Eggerling of Hallock, Mn is this weeks guest.  Kristin is an author, mother and advocate.  Her book titled, Breath of Wilderness – The Life of Sigurd Olson is available now.  Great interview with many thanks to Ron West of Pioneer 90.1!


Henry Boucha has quite a storied career in Hockey even if his career was cut short because of an eye injury.  He is one of our Northwest Minnesota Arts Councils featured authors at our latest exhibit.  This is a great interview that you don’t want to miss!


Jeanne Cooney grew up in Hallock, Mn and has recently moved back part-time.  She is one of the authors taking part in NWMAC “Authors of Northwest Minnesota” exhibit taking place at the Riverwalk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks, Mn.


Monique Arnesen is channelling her inner “Sybil” in Warroad Summer Theatre’s rendition of “The 39 Steps”.   (She plays an amazing 3 characters…but wait till you hear about the two Clowns playing 21 characters!!) www.warroadsummertheatre.com


New Artist to Riverwalk Arts Gallery and Shop, Kat Allen talks about her influences, her type of art and what she likes about being back in the Upper Midwest!


2015 Arts Advocates of the Year, Jim and Jan Strandlie of Thief River Falls.  They are a hoot…and this is one fun interview!  Listen in as to why they are very deserving of this honor!


2015 Star Artist of the Year Karen Engevik of Black Horse Pottery & Tile in Roseau takes time out of her busy day to talk art, horses and of course, pottery!


LaVonne Forsberg talks about her art on Pioneer 90.1!  She is the featured artist at River Walk Arts Gallery in East Grand Forks this month and her artist reception is May 09, 2015.


Sheila Smith is the Executive Director for Minnesota Citizens for the Arts and she talks about an exciting new report which will be unveiled at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Annual Spring Art Exhibit Reception, May 04.


Mark Johnson fills in for Ron West and has an incredible interview with Jeanne O’Neil from North Country Fiddle and Dance! Great interview and lots of great music!  Listen in!


Carolyn Meisel of River Walk Artist Gallery talks about who she is, where she came from  and how she got involved in the arts.  She also talks about the RWAG juried art exhibit coming up!


Therese M. Jacobson, NWMAC’s Gallery Specialist is talking about what’s going on at the gallery, different events and more!


Jenee Provance from Warroad Summer Theatre talks about their latest production, Escanaba in Love and what she does for WST…and maybe a name change since they’re not only a Summer Theatre group!


Marketing/Promotions specialist Mo Regalado talk about what is happening at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council!


Janet Johnson of Malung Community School in Roseau, Minnesota takes time out of her day to talk with Ron about events happening there; being on the Mn Citizens for the Arts Board and being under the weather. The show much go on!   jej@wiktel.com


Mara Hanel, Executive Director of NWMAC talks about what is happening in the listening area including art exhibits, workshops and more!


Mo Regalado is this weeks guest.  She talks deadlines, shows and how to get yourself known using a FREE workshop given by MnArtists.org.


This weeks guest is Mary Ann Laxen of East Grand Forks, Mn.  She’s our representative for Polk County here at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  An amazing woman!  Listen in!


Mara Hanel is on with Ron West talking about all the deadlines coming up! $50,000 in Arts Legacy Grants up for grabs! Check it out!


Jane Anderson from TRF Acts! is this week’s guest! They have so much going on, you may want to grab a pen and pencil to get it all down!  It’s a two parter…

Part 1

Part 2


Wow! Amazing interview with Jessica Pribula this week on the show!  2014 Artist of the Year and has so much going on!


Therese Masters Jacobson is this weeks guest on Pioneer 90.1! She has so much information to share, you really need to listen in!!


NWMAC Board Member Kay Rosengren is this weeks featured guest.  Learn more about her, why she got involved with us, and what made her cry! 😉


NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel discusses upcoming events including application deadlines!  Listen in!


Marketing and Promotions Specialist Mo Regalado is the guest this week talking about as much as she can…all with a smile on her face!


Mara is interviewed by Mark Allan from AM 1230 KTRF in Thief River Falls.  A lot of information on this one…well worth the time to listen.


Executive Director Mara Hanel talks about the Regional Arts Councils, including the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council!  It’s been a while since Mara and Ron have had a chance to get talk, so a lot of information will be dispensed!


Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Board Member Faye Auchenpaugh is this week’s guest.  Find out about Faye, why she got involved in the arts and how she ended up back in Thief River Falls!


Jennifer Patterson talks with Rom this week.  Jennifer lives in Alvarado and makes jewelry based on quilt patterns and travels the United States selling her polymer clay jewelry.  www.quiltedinclay.com


This week features exiting interviews with Betsy Saurdiff’s Art Students from Grygla!  Listen in…


Jenee Provance is this weeks featured guest.  She talks with Rom about her past experiences and what is happening at Warroad Summer Theatre, including their latest play, Miracle on Christmas Lake II.


On this weeks episode, Rom talks with two high school students from Goodridge/Grygla.  11th graders, Daylyn Kainz and Benji Wilebski talk about their art, their influences and what they plan on doing in the future!


This week Mara joins Rom on Pioneer 90.1!  They catch up on what’s going on…and what’s happening in the future!  Listen in…


Janet Johnson is the featured guest this week on Pioneer 90.1 with Rom.  Janet is from Williams, Mn but now makes her home in Mahlung, Mn just south of Roseau.  Janet talks about her art influences and more!  Listen in!


Bruce D. Flaig of Fertile, Minnesota is this weeks guest on NWMAC’s “Tuesday’s with Mara” brought to you in conjunction with Pioneer 90.1!  Bruce is a Minnesota Native and has lived ALL over the world!  Tune in on how he hones his craft!


Rom of Pioneer 90.1 talks with Jeffrey Galle from Warroad Summer Theatre about their exciting upcoming year, their 35th Anniversary and they’re looking for Director’s!  You could be one!  Listen in…


Artist Betsy Saurdiff is not just an artist, she’s also a teacher!  Listen to what inspires her as she and Rom talk on this weeks edition of “Tuesday’s with Mara.”


Rom interviews KayDell Super of Middle River and the Middle River Community Theater’s production of “Mind Over Matt” and Goosefest happenings this weekend.


Rom’s guest for this week is our very own Therese Masters-Jacobson.  She talks traveling art, River Walk Artists and stepping out of the “art” box!  Listen in!


Mara Hanel, NWMAC Executive Director is on the line with Rom…they discuss the latest grant deadlines, projects and more on this weeks edition of ‘Tuesday’s with Mara’.


Chris Lane, NWMAC’s featured artist at River Walk Artists Gallery this month talks with Rom about who he is and what he does!  Great interview!  Listen in!


Kim Hruba from www.redshoeswriting.com visits with Rom this week and discusses her work and the writers retreat she’s organizing for the Lake of the Woods area!  Listen in!


On this weeks edition, Rom speaks with Brett Lysne of Moorhead, Mn.  Brett is a pen and ink artist and his work is being featured at the River Walk Artists Gallery for the NWMAC.


Rom talks with Northwest Minnesota Arts Council featured Artist, Candace Osborn of Ada, Mn.  Candace will be showcasing her “felted wool” art pieces at River Walk Artists Gallery through the  month of August.


Mara Hanel, Executive Director for NWMAC joins Rom to talk about what is happening with the Arts Council, an upcoming arts grant deadline and more!


Barb Geer once again chats with Rom Ogaard about the Steel Magnolia’s play!  It’s pretty entertaining!


Rom’s guest is Trey Everett of Crookston, Minnesota.  Trey is an author, an artist, pastor and family man.  He is the featured artist of the month at River Walk Artists Gallery.  Learn more about him and what he does!


Rom talks with Monique Arnesen of Warroad.  She is directing “Little Shop of Horrors” with Warroad Summer Theatre!  Learn more about her and the production!


Rom talk with Mara Hanel, Executive Director of NWMAC about what is happening at the Arts Council this summer!


Rom talks with Gretchen Weinrich, director of The Fantastiks!, a theater production put on by the Thief River Falls Community Arts Council!  The last night of production is June 25, 2014 at 7pm at Northland Community and Technical College, Thief River Falls Campus.


Rom talks with special guest, Karlee Westrem from East Grand Forks about her very first gallery show at River Walk Artist Gallery!  Karlee is a recent high school graduate and has big plans for the future.  Listen in!


Rom talks with special guest, Jessica Pribula, an upcoming artist out of the East Grand Forks, Minnesota area.  She was selected as the Northwest Minnesota artist of the year!


Mara Hanel and Rom talk the latest events and news going on with Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.


Rom and Barb Geer talk “Forever Plaid!” A two part interview!  Whew!

Part 1

Part 2


Rom talks with Shelley Grove with Warroad Summer Theatre about the new “Love, Sex, and the IRS”, their newest play!


Rom and Mo discuss the winners of the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Spring Art Exhibition, the new featured artist at River Walk Artists’ Gallery in East Grand Forks and “Forever Plaid” the newest play put on by the Thief River Falls Community Theater Group.


Rom talks with LaVonne Forsberg of Thief River Falls, the Northwest Star Artist of the Year for 2014! She was nominated for her devotion and dedication to the arts.  LaVonne has been a fixture in the arts community in Thief River Falls and Northwest Minnesota and has many works displayed through out the region.  She runs a framing business in Thief River Falls with her husband.


Rom Ogaard and Kaydell Super of Middle River, Minnesota talk about her “Arts Advocate of the Year” Award she will be receiving this Sunday at the NWMAC Sprint Art Exhibit.


Don’t let tax day get you down! Mara and Rom discuss the Northwest Minnesota Spring Art Exhibit April 16-27 in Middle River at the American Legion.  A reception will be held on April 27 at 2pm to recognize artists and more!


Mara and Rom discuss what happened at Arts Advocacy Day, the upcoming Art Exhibit in Middle River and the folks who were selected for arts awards.


Mara and Rom Ogaard of Pioneer 90.1FM talk about the latest news happening with Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, who we serve and what we do!


Rom Ogaard of Pioneer 90.1FM talks with Director Ben Johnson of Warroad Summer Theater about his production, “Greater Tuna”!


Mara and Rom discuss all the exciting things going on at NWMAC including 2014 Art Exhibit entries, Grants and more!


Regional Artist Lynne King of Alvarado, Mn talks with Rom about her artistic medium, photography.  She will be a featured artist at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks, Mn.


Mara talks about the upcoming NWMAC Spring Art Exhibit in Middle River, the new Art Exhibit happening over at River Walk Artists Gallery and more!


Rom interviews Therese Masters Jacobson about what is going on at River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks, Mn.


Mark and Mara discuss the latest happenings at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.


Rom Ogaard and Loren Younggren of Hallock, Mn discuss Loren’s passion for photography and his great concept of taking one, really great photo a month.


Rom Ogaard and Mo Regalado discuss grant application deadlines and the website.


Anthony Diaz talks about how his art impacts his life with Rom this week.  He’s a guitarist from Crookston, Mn and has a bright future on the horizon!


Mara and Rom discuss arts grants with deadlines approaching.


Mara and Rom discuss holiday gifts available through NWMAC and the Community Supported Arts Program.

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council interview’s air on a weekly basis on Pioneer 90.1 FM, East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls, every Tuesday at 3:

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