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“All in a Dark Sky” online Coloring Art Adventure

Mom, Need a little Space?
Let’s just Close off the Lights and Look Up!

Join Kolling Cards for the next

Kolling Cards Minne-MuralTM
online Coloring Art and Activity Adventure:

All in a Dark Sky

Friday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time

Your participation as one of the world’s leading Minne-MuralTM Coloring Artists is an important contribution. Let’s have some FUN!

As always, you can register for the Free online zoom event at https://kollingcards.com/shop No purchase is required to join the event but you can order home delivered Care Packs of 2 ($28), 4 ($44), or 6 ($52) (includes shipping) Minne- MuralTM Coloring Art Posters or ask for Minne-MuralsTM at your favorite specialty store!page1image1820416page1image5787136

It just keeps getting better for those of you who are near East Grand Forks — The Campbell Library (at 422 4th St NW ) 218-773-9121 will have a limited number of complimentary Dark Sky Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art Posters (with colored pencils and event info) to be given away. First come, first served as part of their April online program schedule which will include the All in a Dark Sky Minne-MuralTM online Coloring Art and Content Activity Adventure! You can register for the event through the library.

Start your Happy Mother’s Day Weekend!

The library will offer curbside service for pickup of your Minne-MuralTM when requested.

This activity is for all ages. This is a really great parent-child joint activity.

The “child” can be young or old… and if you can’t be right there with Mom, you can join her online and color along!

(it’s a free event- see details above)

The online Kolling Cards Coloring Art and Content All in a Dark Sky Minne-MuralTMActivity Adventure! will offer relaxed, fun social interaction; creative activity with “space” for reflection!

Learn while having fun…

You’ll discuss tips on how to use color and light and shadow and lots more. Plan to learn coloring tip and techniques and about the night sky. Create Awesome Wall Art when you color your Minne- MuralTM Coloring Art Poster.


  • coloring art tips and techniques
  • interesting info about the night sky and related topics
  • special program features and door prizes
  • “show and tell” of your Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art experiences.

If you can send a pic of your Minne-MuralTM Coloring Art — (completed or underway) we will include it in the program; otherwise plan to share it that eve!

You will need access to intenet/wifi and a computer/tablet or phone preferably with a camera and mic. If you are not “techy,” a patient and experienced “Zoom Master” will help you get connected. See you then & there!

See you online Friday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time!

Color on!page2image1827584

Kolling Cards Minne-Mural Online Coloring Art Adventure: Turtles

Meet the Ultimate Backpacker..Join Us! 

for the next Kolling Cards Minne-Mural™   Online  Coloring Art & Activity Adventure: Turtles

Friday: April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time         

Let’s have some FUN.


Pre-register for the Free online event at   https://kollingcards.com/shop    purchase is not required to join the event but you can order home delivered Care Packs of 2 ($28), 4 ($44), or 6  ($52) Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Posters or ask for Minne-Murals™ at your favorite specialty store.

and…it just keeps getting better: 

for those who are near East Grand Forks MN!          

You can register for this event through the Campbell Library (at 422 4th St NW ) 218-773-9121 


The library  will have a limited number of complimentary  “Turtles” Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Posters (with colored pencils and event info) to be given away- first come-first serve – as part of their April online program schedule which will include the “Turtles” Minne-Mural™  online Coloring Art and Content Activity Adventure!  

The library will offer curbside service for pickup of your Minne-Mural™  as needed. 

The “Adventure” is for all ages and will feature

– coloring art tips and techniques – 

lots of interesting info about turtles and related topics 

-special program features and door prizes-

-“show and tell” of your Minne-Mural™  Coloring Art experiences.

(If you can send a pic of your Turtles Minne-Mural™  coloring art either completed or underway, we will include it in the program—otherwise; plan to share it that eve.)

You will need access to intenet/wifi and a computer/tablet or phone preferably with a camera and mic.  If you are not “techy” we will have a patient and experienced “Zoom Master” to help you get connected.  See you there! 

The online Kolling Cards Coloring Art and Content “ Turtles” Minne-Mural™Activity Adventure with Your Artist Cindy Kolling of Gully,MN  will offer relaxed, fun social interaction; creative activity and nostalgic reflection.   We’ll discuss tips on color and light and shadow and lots more. 

Plan to learn lots of interesting “Turtle Stuff” that can be helpful when you color the Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Poster. 

As always, Your participation as one of the world’s leading Minne-Mural™ Coloring Artists will be an important contribution.    

Let’s have some FUN.

See you online Friday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. Central Time!

Color on!  

Apply today for the NW MN Annual Art Exhibit– Deadline extended to May 17!

Deadline Extended! Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit — Applications Open Until May 17!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce our latest “Call for Entries” for the 2021 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your artwork is May 17, 2021!

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This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad in August. The deadline for the Exhibit has been extended until May 17 due to later dates for the showcase. The application is open online for artists to submit work anytime until May 17. The Artist of the Year deadline will be extended until May 17, as well.  

Artists from our 7 county- service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible.  Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter.  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.

Artists will drop off of art on Wednesday, August 11 in Warroad at the Discovery and Development Hub downtown Warroad. Prior arrangements can also be made to drop off art in Warren beforehand. Artwork will be judged by a qualified juror on Thursday, August 12.

The exhibit reception will take place on Thursday, August 26 with program at approximately 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at 4:45 pm.

Keep checking our website for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions.  If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-8886 or email director@NWArtsCouncil.org.  The application must be submitted no later than May 17, 2021.  

Birds Exhibit is Open — You won’t want to miss it

 Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and

Other Regional Artists


Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls

March 2 – April 29, 2021 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce Birds – An exhibit featuring the work of Ross Hier of Crookston, Stephanie Anderson of Fosston, Doug Dallman of Thief River Falls, Sherri Kruger of Badger, Zach Rowatt of Roseau, Travis Hanel of Warren, Ivy Baille of Fosston, Rock Bakken of Hallock, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla, Kathryn Rynning of Kennedy, Janet Johnson of Roseau, Karen Monson of Plymouth, and Cindy Kolling of Gully.

Birds Exhibit at NCTC

The exhibit is open from March 2 through April 29, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. It includes paintings, stained glass mosaic sculpture, fiber and mixed media, bird houses, pen and ink, photography, pottery, chalk pastel, and watercolors. Like art, birds reveal a spot of beauty with their plumes and songs and allow us to escape the stressful and mundane. These artists have captured the simplicity, as well as the complexity of birds. 

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Birds: A NWMAC Exhibit

Visit the exhibit virtually here!

The exhibit features a large body of work of Crookston Artist Ross Hier. Ross’s love of nature from a young age led him to a career as a wildlife biologist. He retired after 35 years with the Minnesota DNR Wildlife Section. A self-taught artist, he thoroughly enjoys the versatility of transparent watercolors. Nature provides him with unlimited subject material. Many of his subject ideas arose after observing some interaction in nature, landscape, or creatures. “I am drawn more to days when life wasn’t so driven by technology and was lived at a slower pace.“

In 2019 Ross experienced “a wonderful birding expedition in Ecuador. I observed 33 species during my 13-day adventure and when I returned home, I set out on a personal project to paint all 33 of them. Thus far, I have completed 15 of those 33 species; these watercolors are on display at this exhibit. It is an extreme challenge to capture the vibrant, often neon-esque colors of hummingbirds with watercolor pigments. Also, mimicking blurred wing-movement is very difficult. I have learned much on the project and continue to revel in memories of the ‘amazing 33 species.’”

Watch a Virtual Artist Spotlight with Ross and guest Wildlife Biologist and Crookston Professor Dr. John Loegerling. Click here!

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Artist Ross Hier

You won’t want to miss this extensive and multifaceted exhibit!

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 A. Visitor parking is free and at this time in the large end lot.  

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 Trey Everett at (218) 280-4917 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation. 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 218-745-8886 to reach our office during regular business hours.

A number of these pieces are available for purchase.

Work by Ross Hier

  • Last Open Water, 8×10, $60
  • Phantom Giants in the Fog, 12×16, $100
  • End of Day, 8×10, $50
  • High Plains Matinee (Crow Scouts Watching Sage Grouse), $225
  • The ‘bill Hunters, 8×10, $80
  • In Close, 8×10, $60
  • Blue Shadows Shanty, 11×14, $100
  • Through the Gap, 8×10, $50
  • Frozen Waters (Last to Leave), 8×10, SOLD
  • Wraith of the Post-burn Kingdom, 11×14, $150
  • The Fence Line Thicket, 11×14, $150
  • Feeding Movement-Bluebills, 8×10, $60
  • Robin-N-Hood (’51 Studebaker), 18×18, $250
  • Morning Traffic-Saskatchewan, 8×10, $75
  • Ricebed Relic, 11×14, $110
  • Restless, 16×20, $180
  • Killdeer Chicks, 10×13, $100
  • Scaup Memories, 11×14, $85
  • Headin’ to the Salad Bar, 8×10, $50
  • The Regular Crowd, 16×20, $175
  • Moon Dancer, 11×14, $80
  • Heavy Fog Warming, 10×13, $75
  • Sudden Squall, 8×10,$50
  • Just Banded- American Woodcock Chick, 10×13, $55
  • Pasture Pass, 8×10, $60
  • Breaking Weather, 8×10, $80
  • Giant Petrel Study, 10×13, $70
  • Snowy Sheathbill, 11×14, $150
  • Three King Penguins, One Sheathbill and the Petrel, 24 x 30, $325
  • Pool with a View-Chinstrap Penguins, 16×20, $180
  • Two Snowy Petrels, 11×14, $130
  • Giant Petrel Chick, 9×11, $100
  • Sheathbill and Whale Bones, 10×13, $85
  • Northern Giant Petrel Study, 10×13, $65
  • Traffic Control at Grytviken Whaling Station-South Georgia Island (King Penguins), 16×20, $200
  • Corsage for a Pasque Flower, 16 x20, $165
  • Sign of a Woodland Drummer, 11 x 14, $110
  • Tallgrass Cinema, 6 x 12, $60
  • Showy Trillium and Ruffed Grouse Feather, 9 x 12, $65
  • American Kestrel Tail Feather, 8 x 10, $40
  • Rich Soil, 11 x 14, $110Purple Phantom, 11 x 14, $130

Works for sale by other regional artists:

  • Rock Bakken Winter Perch, Acrylic, 23 x 27, $875 plus tax; Emerald and Red, Acrylic, 23 x 27, $875 plus tax
  • Zack Rowatt Pallet Wood Screecher, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50; Birdbath, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50; Congregation, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50
  • Betsy Saurdiff Flat-backed Birds, Porcelain with sgraffito, 10 x 13, $65; My Sister’s Crow, Porcelain, carved through underglaze, 9.5 x 2, $60; Lovebirds, Porcelain, sgraffito through underglaze, 9 x 2, $58
  • Kathryn Rynning Fall Lift Off, Photography, 18 x 22, $95; Lady, I Was Here First, Photography, 23 x 22, $95; Hiding in the Florida Mangroves, Photography, 12 x 15, $35; Wait Until You See the Real Show, Photography, 14 x 17, $40; Red Breasted Robin, Photography, 10 x 12, $25; My Swan Song, Photography, 12 x 13, $30; Nature’s Camo, Photography, 10 x 12, $25; Angelic Peacock, Photography, 12 x 22, $95; Catching a Ride, Photography, 11 x 13, $25
  • Sherri Kruger Bauble of Love, Stained Glass Mosaic Sculpture, 39 x 39 x 27, $1,500
  • Janet Johnson, Karen Monson What Sayest Thou, Mixed Media, $250
  • Doug Dallmann Bird Houses Mixed Media including: wood, old door knobs, handles, telephone insulators, collectibles, salvaged tin. 24 x 5 x 5  to  36 x 5 x 5 Southwest (Tall) $150; Southwest (Short) $125; Floral (Tall) $150; Floral (Short) $125; Picnic Table (Tall),$150; Picnic Table (Short) $150.