Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery Opens at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce that our new exhibition space will be located at NCTC in Thief River Falls.
NWMAC will have exhibits in the gallery for much of the year with the Northland Visual Art Department taking over the space at the end of each term. “It’s a win-win opportunity for Northland and the Arts Council,” explained NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel. “We appreciate this space to promote the arts and artists in our region and look forward to connecting with the public in a new venue.”
The gallery will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30-5 PM and at other times when events are held at the college. To visit the gallery enter through Door B near the library. Visitor parking is free in front of the business office.
According to Northland TRF Academic Dean Mike Curfman, “It is great for Northland and the Thief River Falls Community that the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is going to be using the Northland Art Gallery as their new home for shows and exhibitions. We believe it is a great venue to showcase the many talents that people in our region have and look forward to this collaboration with the NWMAC. It is exciting to be able to put these talented artists’ works on display here in Thief River Falls.”
For more information about our exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com. Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements. Email director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.
In Recognition of Domestic Violence Month
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls
October 1- November 30
Artist Reception is Thursday, November 7 from 6-8 PM
Works featured by area artists Christine Foster and Stephanie Olson
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of painted portraits, stories and mixed media by Christine Foster and a jingle dress-inspired sculpture by Stephanie Olson. The art installation, Hope & Freedom: Survivors and Thrivers of Abuse, is now open through November 30 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland College and Technical School in Thief River Falls.
“I had a vision to paint the stories of women who are survivors of mental, sexual, physical and/or spiritual abuse. I want to help victims who are in abuse situations currently or have been abused in the past to know that they are not alone, as well as to know that there is hope. I have incorporated both images and words in each woman’s portrait story. The story will share the pain along with the healing journey.”
Christine Foster is an artist and teacher from Thief River Falls, MN. She received a $5,000 Artist Project Grant from NWMAC to create art in 2016 for her showcase, Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, which features paintings of women who have previously been abused and have since found help and redemption. The exhibit also features each woman’s story next to her painted portrait.
“Each woman has shared their life story with me through written form or conversation. They decided what imagery, symbols, colors and words will best speak of their life. Women did or did not want part of her portrait included. I left it up to each woman’s discretion as to how she would like her story portrayed. Each portrait story is a cooperative effort between the woman, the artwork and myself.
I envisioned using a variety of windows to display the portrait stories. Windows are a symbol of the access to our souls. The degree of openness will depend upon each woman and their healing journey.”
Thief River Falls Artist Stephanie Olson will display her jingle cone dress-inspired sculpture in this exhibit.
“The idea for this sculpture came to me in a dream. I am usually a painter, so it was unusual. But I decided to try, to see what could work.”
Influenced by traditional indigenous skirts, this sculpture was made of jingle cone beads, metal wire, hand-dyed cotton twine, leather lacing, feathers, and red paint to raise awareness and support for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Each jingle cone bead was sponsored, meaning each bead represents an effort toward the cause of supporting funds and increased awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women. Each jingle cone bead also bears a name, either the name of the sponsor or a name they chose in honor or memory. This sculpture was able to raise over $500 for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center.
“I am hopeful that this sculpture will continue to raise awareness for MMIW. It can also serve as a symbol for unity, for community intention.”
A disproportionate number of Native American women and girls are missing or murdered each year. This national epidemic has started to receive more attention. In Minnesota, the state recently launched a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Task Force to study the issue and make recommendations to address the problem. You can learn more about this issue at this powerful exhibit.
Meet Christine and Stephanie at the Artist Reception on Thursday, November 7 from 6 to 8 PM.
The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 PM and at other times when events are held at the college. Enter through Door B. Visitor parking is free in front of the business office.
For more information about our exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Kelsey at (218) 688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com. This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council. Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements. Email director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.
ARTIST RECEPTION ON JUNE 18, 5PM-7PM
The Sorenson Gallery, located at the Fosston Library Arts Center, is currently showing beautiful stained glass mosaic pieces created by artist, Dee Dee Narum. Her exhibit will be up through the end of June and can be seen during regular library hours. Dee Dee’s mosaics are available for purchase.
There will be a reception on June 18th, from 5pm-7pm, where you can enjoy some refreshments and meet Dee Dee. Dee explains how she got started creating stained glass mosaics, “After taking a traditional stained glass class, I had a large amount of left over small bits and pieces of glass and someone suggested mosaics.
I love working in anything that is “bits and pieces”, that is why stained glass mosaics is a favorite medium. I love the stained glass look with the flexibility of mosaics. I’m able to repurpose old windows, frames and doors to use as a base.
I’ve been working in mosaics for over a decade and I never get tired of the new ideas I can find.
My bits and pieces love also extends to quilting which I see as a very similar style in a different medium.”
Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners Announced
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners. Student and adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered into the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit and competed for $2,300.00 in cash awards. The winners were recognized at the Northwest Minnesota Artist Reception in Badger, Minnesota on March 31. To view a video of the entire exhibit click here.
Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Badger Community Hall in Badger from March 20 to 31 by qualified juror and Region 2 Arts Council Grants Manager Holly Alcott. “I was completely humbled and joyfully impressed by the amount of talent. There were so many incredible creative works it was very difficult to choose the award winners. I applaud the creativity, talent, originality, and technical experience of all the artists that participated, both students and adults,” Alcott said.
Exhibit Awards include:
1stPlace $500 Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada in fine craft mosaic “Seasons”
2ndPlace $300 Andy Hall of Climax for photography “Snowy Pasque Flower”
3rdPlace $200 Connie Nelson of Hallock in acrylic painting “Tail Light”
Merit $100 Debbie Aune of Gatzke in watercolor painting “Busy Streets on a Cold Day: Badger MN”
Merit $100 Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla in pottery “Nesting Bowls: My Little Beauties”
Merit $100 Irene Bertils of Crookston in drawing “Prayer”
Merit $100 Peggy Branden of Karlstad in print “The Beast”
Merit $100 Tammy Hansen of Newfolden in acrylic painting “Golden Hay Harvest”
People’s Choice $100 Debbie Aune of Gatzke
1stPlace $300 Logan Johnson of Crookston in sculpture “Because I Could”
2ndPlace $150 Adriana Isum of Crookston in painting “Serenity”
3rdPlace $100 Amber Lee of Hendrum for painting “Koi”
Merit $50 Madilyn Race of Goodridge for sculpture “Chowing Down”
Merit $50 Elysa Christensen of Crookston in mixed media “Fifth Dimension”
Merit $50 Anissah Novacek of Greenbush for drawing “Live Aid”
Merit $50 Phenix Glessing of Ada for tea set sculpture “Apple of My Eye”
Merit $50 Elliot Chapman of Crookston for a photography “Grain Elevator”
People’s Choice $50 Logan Johnson of Crookston
A dozen exhibit pieces of art were chosen to be included in the Traveling Art Exhibit, which will travel this next year to area libraries. Watch for the schedule to be announced and for it to arrive in your community.