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NW Minnesota Art Exhibit 2019 Winners

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.

Some of the student entries in the exhibit

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.

NW Art Exhibit 2019

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1stPlace $500 Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada in fine craft mosaic “Seasons”

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

2ndPlace $300 Andy Hall of Climax for photography “Snowy Pasque Flower”

2nd Place Winner Andy Hall with “Snowy Pasque Flower”

3rdPlace $200 Connie Nelson of Hallock in acrylic painting “Tail Light”

Connie Nelson won 3rd place for her acrylic painting “Tail Light.”

Merit $100 Debbie Aune of Gatzke in watercolor painting “Busy Streets on a Cold Day: Badger MN”

Debbie Aune with “Busy Streets on a Cold Day: Badger MN.”

Merit $100 Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla in pottery “Nesting Bowls: My Little Beauties”

Merit Award Winner Betsy Saurdiff with her pottery “Nesting Bowls: My Little Beauties.”

Merit $100 Irene Bertils of Crookston in drawing “Prayer”

Crookston resident Irene Bertils with her merit winning drawing “Prayer.”

Merit $100 Peggy Branden of Karlstad in print “The Beast”

Peggy Branden with her print “The Beast.”

Merit $100 Tammy Hansen of Newfolden in acrylic painting “Golden Hay Harvest”

Tammy Hansen of Newfolden with her merit award acrylic painting “Golden Hay Harvest.”

People’s Choice $100 Debbie Aune of Gatzke 

Student Winners

1stPlace $300 Logan Johnson of Crookston in sculpture “Because I Could”

Logan Johnson won 1st place and People’s Choice for his chess set “Because I Could.”

2ndPlace $150 Adriana Isum of Crookston in painting “Serenity”

Adrianna Isum of Crookston with her painting “Serenity.”

3rdPlace $100 Amber Lee of Hendrum for painting “Koi”

“Koi” by Amber Lee won 3rd place in the student category.

Merit $50 Madilyn Race of Goodridge for sculpture “Chowing Down”

“Chowing Down” by Madilyn Race

Merit $50 Elysa Christensen of Crookston in mixed media “Fifth Dimension”

Elysa Christensen won a merit award for “Fifth Dimension.”

Merit $50 Anissah Novacek of Greenbush for drawing “Live Aid”

“Live Aid” by Anissah Novacek of Greenbush

Merit $50 Phenix Glessing of Ada for tea set sculpture “Apple of My Eye”

“Apple of My Eye” by Phenix Glessing

Merit $50 Elliot Chapman of Crookston for a photography “Grain Elevator”

Elliot Chapman of Crookston with his photograph “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.

Fiber Works & Rosemaling Exhibit Is Open. Artists Reception is May 4

Works by Artist Cathy Forgit of Fertile MN and Jean Honl of Roseau.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to present the Fiber Works and Rosemaling Exhibit featuring artists Cathy Forgit and Jean Honl.  Meet these artists at the Artist Reception on May 4 from 1-4PM. We will have light refreshments, and Jean will also be demonstrating her rosemaling. This is held in conjunction with the Art and Wine Walk.

Cathy Forgit of Fertile, Minnesota shares pieces that harken back to the “olden days”: coverlet patterns from the past, hides from primitive sheep once used to keep the sleeping warm, striking block patterns, and one wool rug spun from the wool of her own sheep. 

Jean Honl of Roseau, Minnesota not only decorates functional pieces with rosemaling, she constructs those pieces herself. She has her own woodshop where she builds pieces such as the chair on display in the gallery. And then she adorns them with rosemaling, a traditional Norwegian style. 

Cathy Forgit’s Fiber Works

Working in these different mediums, Forgit and Honl have brought the bright and bold colors many of us have been missing this time of year! Come visit the Fiber Works and Rosemaling Exhibit at the NWMAC gallery now through May 4.  The gallery is located at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721(located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery.)The gallery hours are Friday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M.and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. (But before you go, please double check to make sure the gallery is open.)

The Art and Wine Walk is located in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Participating businesses feature an artist showcasing their work, while offering wine and appetizers. The Art and Wine Walk has a small participation cost if you want to attend the entire event. However, the public is welcome to come to our gallery to support the artists without choosing to participate in the official Art and Wine Walk. Take advantage of the opportunity to view the art on display and for sale at the Riverwalk Gallery. In addition, Riverwalk Artists is currently looking for members. Don’t miss an opportunity to join Riverwalk as an Artist member right now, going into this busy art and wine walk season!

For more information about this exhibit 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 Stephanie Olson 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.  To view more information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council look to our website or Facebook page.  Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.orgor call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.  

Fresh Voices Exhibit

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) invites you to visit the Fresh Voices Exhibit, now on display at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, Minnesota.  

Based in Crookston, Minnesota, Fresh Voices has been dedicated to the support, encouragement, and celebration of art of local Latino youth for over twenty years. Come view a selection of their most recent photographs and written works.  

The Fresh Voices Exhibit will be shown now through March 1 at the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery.) The gallery hours are Friday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. (But before you go, please double check to make sure the gallery is open.) 

Please join us for the Fresh Voices artists reception and meet the artists on

Monday, February 18 from 6:00-8:00PM

Traveling Art Exhibit

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Hallock

The NWMAC sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 15 original pieces of art by regional adult artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently at the Hallock Public Library until April 27.

Hold On by Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, MN
The 2018-2019 artists & artwork includes:

Margaret Anderson, Lancaster, “Great Blue Heron,” Painting

Paulette Christianson, Badger, “Tranquility,” Drawing

Margaret Ehling, Red Lake Falls, “Where the Wild Things Are,” Mixed Media

LaVonne Forsberg, Thief River Falls, “Apple Blossoms,” Painting

Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Lighthouse,” Photography

Loreen Hanson, Thief River Falls, “Weathering the Storm,” Painting

Therese Jacobson, Alvarado, “Stippled Squirrels,” Drawing

Jill Levene, Tabor, “Bernadette,” Drawing

Stephanie Olson, Thief River Falls, “Grandmothers,” Painting

Janet Osborn, Thief River Falls, “The Forgotten,” Drawing

Kay Rosengren, Hallock, “Etude,” Painting

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “Tibetan Herding Family,” Photography

Betsy Saurdiff, Grygla, “Monochromatic Blue Platter,” Ceramics

Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, “Hold On,” Mixed Media

Judy Szklarski, Argyle, “Washington’s Pacific,” Painting

At the Lighthouse by Bert Foster, Thief River Falls MN

The 2018-2019Traveling Exhibit Schedule:

May 11–June 28, 2018  Godel MemorialLibrary, Warren
June 29–August 31, 2018  East Grand Forks Campbell Library
September 1–Nov 2, 2018  AdaPublic Library
Nov 3–Jan 4, 2019  Red Lake Falls Public Library
Jan 5– March 1, 2019  RoseauPublic Library
March 2–April 27, 2019  Hallock Public Library

You may contact us for more info about the Traveling Exhibit at (218) 745-9111 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

We Are Water Exhibit

We Are Water Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery at the River Walk Gallery in East Grand Forks until January 18

Stop by and see it today!

We Are Water Exhibit

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) welcomes you to visit the We Are Water Art Exhibit, now on display at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, Minnesota and later at the University of Minnesota Crookston.

Artworks were created by area residents during workshops that were held throughout the region this fall. Participants were encouraged to create using the theme “We Are Water” as inspiration. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants were provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants were encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  The workshops and exhibit are part of a larger We Are Water MN project that spans the state of Minnesota.

To view the We Are Water Art Exhibit, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) through January 18. The gallery usually is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. But before you go, please double check to make sure the gallery is open.

The exhibit will then move to the University of Minnesota Crookston on Friday, January 25 where there will be an artist’s reception and display of other works in the statewide We Are Water MNproject. Doors open at 5 pm that day with a social and refreshments at 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm program in Kiehle Auditorium.  Free parking is available by Kiehle Auditorium. Come and meet the artists, view their artwork and learn about water. Ten years of Clean Water, Land and Legacy funding (Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008) will also be celebrated with special guest speakers.

About We Are Water MN: West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019. Other sites include St. Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council worked in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.

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.

If you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Stephanie Olson at (218) 688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

To learn more about the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council visit our website at http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org or Facebook page. 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.

We Are Water Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks

H20 RR by Steven Reynolds

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.  

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html