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Artist and NWMAC Grant Recipient Brenda Baumer Exhibit

NWMAC grant recipient and artist Brenda Baumer and Riverwalk Artist Chuck Bush have an exhibit Minnesota Landscapes at the East Grand Forks Campbell Library, 422 4th Street NW,  until March 31. Stop in to see it before it’s too late!

2018 Arts Expo and Annual Art Exhibit

The NWMAC Invites You to Attend the 2018 Arts Expo & the Annual Art Exhibit

This year the annual Art Exhibit will be in Thief River Falls at the Engelstad Arena and runs from April 18 through April 28, 2018.

Annual Art Exhibit. Artists, adult and students, from our 7 county service region have entered into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2300.00 in cash awards. Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception on Saturday, April 28. The exhibit opens at 9:30 am that day with the reception at 2:00 pm. Exhibit and Of the Year Awards will be presented at 2:30 pm.

Arts Expo. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting an Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The event will include presentations from representatives from a variety of arts organizations. These representatives will also be staffing tables to meet with attendees, answer questions and provide information about their organizations and services.

Saturday, April 28 Schedule:

9:30                Art Show in Lobby (open all day)

10:00              Registration

11:00              VSA Presentation in Dakota Room:  For artists with disabilities as well as Arts Leaders or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities.

Noon-2:00     Round Table presentations in Imperial Room

2:00                 Artists’ Reception

2:30-3:30        Exhibit and Of the Year Awards Presentation

Organizations at the Arts Expo and their representatives include this amazing line-up!

  • MCA (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts): Sheila Smith, Executive Director
  • VSA Minnesota (The state organization on Arts and Disability):  Craig Dunn, Executive Director
  • Springboard for the Arts:  (office in Fergus Falls and St Paul) Dominic Facio

Foundations and Organizations that give grants to artists and arts organizations, cities, etc…

  • Minnesota State Arts Board in St Paul: Sue Gens, Executive Director
  • Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren: Mara Hanel, Executive Director
  • Playwright Center: Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes *
  • Northern Clay Center: Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp *
  • Jerome Foundation in St. Paul:  Ben Cameron

Playwright Center and Northern Clay administer McKnight Fellowships will be on hand to answer questions on these larger fellowships and talk about their own programming for residents of Minnesota.

A few more key arts organizations from the Twin Cities area!

  • Minnesota Music Coalition: Ellen Stanley
  • MN Assn of Songwriters:  Carl Unbehahn
  • MN Theater Alliance: Joanna Snedman
  • MN Fringe Festival: Dawn Bentley
  • Nemeth Art Center: Michael Dagen and Dawn Rossback
  • Women’s Art Institute:  Anna Garski

Local experts will speak on resources that serve the state:

  • MN Arts Online: Therese Masters Jacobson
  • Explore MN Tourism: Dave Bergman
  • Teaching Artist Roster Program Artists (in NW Minnesota): Misti Koop, Stephanie Olson


Midwest Grain: Watercolor Paintings by Debbie Aune

New Exhibit Now Open!

Midwest Grain

Watercolor Paintings by Debbie Aune

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to exhibit Midwest Grain, a collection of watercolor paintings by Debbie Aune, which feature familiar landmarks to all of us living in northwest Minnesota: grain elevators. A longtime artist of Gatzke, Minnesota, Debbie grew up on a small farm in northern Minnesota, and recalls her early fascination with these historical structures.
“As a small child a trip in the old, crusty, dirty truck to the local elevator was quite the trip. In my early teens I would most likely be found in the dusty combine riding with Mom, and then at age seventeen-it was my job to turn all the fields upside down in preparation for the next year. Dirt was fun!”

Debbie’s art, primarily watercolor paintings, often depicts scenes of daily life in our communities-and our region’s history. “With no surprise, farming, farming equipment and storage buildings have again made their way into my latest watercolor exhibit, Midwest Grain. Elevators, tracks and trains swarm with history, stories and memories good and bad. Every town big or small has (or had) a grain elevator. Good thing I like the color gray!”

Debbie’s exhibition is now open through March 31, 2018 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

Meet the artist on Saturday, February 24, when Debbie will be at the gallery to discuss her works during the Art & Wine Walk, at 1:00 P.M.

“My hope in painting these grain elevators of Northwest Minnesota, besides the obvious farming flashbacks and sense of nostalgia, is to show the charm and curious attraction of these big gray monuments. Their form, the perspective, the subtle changes of gray, their rust, the interlacing spouting and conveyors-it’s all a kick to paint! I have a connection with this dirt we call earth and the galvanized steel, iron and wood that rises from it. Paris, Melbourne and Rome will have to wait. “
To view Debbie’s art, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenuein East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) now through March 31, 2018. The gallery is open ThursdaySaturday, 2:00-8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 P.M.
All of Debbie’s art featured at the gallery is for sale and can be purchased by contacting the artist at (218)689-2363. For more information about Debbi’s exhibit, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Exhibition Proposals Welcomed

Augsburg University’s Gage Family Art Gallery and the Christensen Center Gallery feature eight exhibitions during the academic calendar year. They welcome exhibition proposals from artists at different stages in their careers and working in all types of media. An Exhibition Planning Committee reviews all proposals at least once a year. The proposal deadline for their 2018-19 gallery season is February 12, 2018.

All proposals should include the following information:

Artist statement
Proposal statement (optional)
Representative images (10-20 images) in PowerPoint or google slide format
(for each image please include on the slide the: title, date, medium, dimensions)
E-mail address

Email submissions to gallery@augsburg.edu by 11:00 am on Monday, February 12.

Questions?  Call 612-330-1524 or email gallery@augsburg.edu

Tree Spirits: Works in Wood by Regional Artists

Now Open at Riverwalk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks

Tree Spirits


Works in Wood by Regional Artists

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to exhibit woodworking pieces of art–all exceptionally carved, chipped, formed, sawed or turned–by regional artists from Northwest Minnesota.

Artists being featured at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks include Candace Osborn of Ada, Cliff Nelson of Crookston, Dick Grega from Warren, Jim Johanneck from Red Lake Falls, Matt Kroulik of Stephen, and Matt Noel from Stephen.

Wooden sculptures and functional pieces of art have been created since ancient times. Whether the artist has used a traditional or innovative technique to create a simple, intricate or abstract design, each piece ends up with it’s own distinct look.  This natural and renewable art medium is truly unique.


“Every finished piece I create is different,” explains Jim Johanneck–a wood sculptor and turner from Red Lake Falls, “because every piece of wood I start with is different in the first place. Even if I create two pieces from the same type of wood, they end up looking entirely different. No piece can be copied, and every piece is truly one of a kind.”

We may not have a grand Redwood forest in our region, and certainly not a rainforest of diverse species of trees, but that hasn’t stopped our regional artists from acquiring different types of wood for their art from all over the world. Matt Noel of Stephen was even given wood from a palm tree to experiment with. Many of the artists have found that our region and lack of trees has actually inspired them to use wood as their medium.

“Growing up on a farm in northern Minnesota gave me an appreciation for nature and wildlife,” recalls artist Candace Osborn of Ada, whose detailed carvings of people and various animals show her creative dedication and amazing technical and anatomical skills as an artist.

All of the works can be viewed at the NWMAC Gallery now through February 11, 2018. If you or someone you know would like to meet our featured artists, please join us for a  Gathering at the Gallery on Sunday, February 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. as we close out our show. We are located at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks, within the Riverwalk Artists gallery. Regular hours are 2-8 P.M. Thursday–Saturday, and 2–5 P.M. on Sundays.

For more information about this show or how to exhibit with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen, the Exhibition Specialist at (701)360-0805, or the main office at (218)745-9111. You can also email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com with your inquiries or to sign up for our newsletter.