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Northwest Star Award Presented to Donald Kakaygeesick of Warroad

Northwest Star Award Winner is Donald Kakaygeesick

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NW Star Award Winner Donald Kakaygeesick of Warroad

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Donald Kakaygeesick of Warroad has been selected as the 2021 Northwest Minnesota Star Artist of the Year for his lifetime achievement in art. Kakaygeesick received his award at a program in Warroad on August 26.

Donald has had a long history of representing Warroad and Roseau County in the arts field. He was born in 1959 and comes from a long line of Ojibwe artisans and a well-known family of artists along with his brothers Robert, John and his sister Karen. The Kakaygeesick name is synonymous with Warroad history, culture and art. In high school, Donald designed the Warroad Warrior logo for the public school. He has experience with many mediums including acrylic, oils, watercolor, and carving.

According to Warroad teacher and NWMAC Board Member Jaimie Snowdon, “Not only has Donald contributed to the world of art but he has also been a leader and teacher in the Ojibwe culture and history. These skills were taught to him by his father, mother and elders in the Warroad community. Donald has spent his life passing on the traditions of making wigwams, teepees, how to process wild rice, drumming, dancing and sweat lodge ceremonies to name a few. In all of these activities, art is intertwined. With the passing of his brother Robert last fall, Donald is stepping into that elder role for Warroad and the whole region.”

Donald’s art can be viewed at the Warroad Library and Museum. He paints in the well-known Indigenous style called, “Woodland School of Art.” This visionary style emphasizes outlines and X-ray views of people, animals, and plant life. 

Asked about the impact of art, Kakaygeesick said, “You can make a big impact with your art. Artwork can bring change. If you have the talent, you can make changes in everything.” As for advice for aspiring artists, he shared, “Learn your skills. No one will be perfect. Don’t be afraid to express yourself. You might think it’s trash, but sometimes you find out that everyone else loves it.”

Henry Boucha shared, “I would like to thank the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council for recognizing one of our Indigenous peoples for this outstanding NW Star award. I congratulate my cousin Donald KaKayGeesick with this Lifetime Achievement Award and his dedication to the Anishinaabe/Ojibwa culture and traditions of our people.  As long as I can remember, The KaKayGeesick Family, our Guides and Medicine people, have stood strong traditionally, and culturally through the assimilation of our people. The degradation of the Anishinaabe society, and our way of life on Lake of the Woods. Experiencing racism, prejudice, and discrimination throughout their lifetime, they have maintained our language, culture and traditions whereas most of us assimilated and left our traditions and culture behind. Amazingly, when we were ready to come home, they were there to greet us and teach us what they knew. AHO!

The Northwest Star Artist Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. Of the Year Award winners are nominated by area residents. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. Funding for the Northwest Star comes from the McKnight Foundation.  

Congratulations Donald Kakaygeesick on winning the Northwest Star Award!

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Arts Advocate Ann Novacek, Artist of the Year Connie Nelson, and NW Star Award Winner Donald Kakaygeesick

Artist Advocate of the Year Ann Novacek, Artist of the Year Connie Nelson, NW Star Award Winner Donald Kakaygeesick at the NWMAC Awards Presentation in Warroad.

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit is Open in Warroad

The Northwest Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit will be held 

August 13 – 26 in Warroad

Reception and Program on August 26 to 

Honor Exhibit and Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce the NW Annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad from August 13 to 26. The exhibit will be Downtown Warroad at the Discovery Development Hub, 201 Lake Street NE and will be open for the public to view art on 

August 13 from 9am – 1pm

August 16-20 MWF from 9 am – 4pm, Tues & Thurs 4-7pm

August 21 Noon to 3pm

August 23-25  from 9am – 4pm

August 26 Noon to 5:30pm

Adult and student artists from our 7 county- service region (Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake Falls) have entered 120 pieces of art, including photography, sculpture, drawings, and paintings, into this exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 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 reception. Attendees will be able to vote for People’s Choice!

There will be a reception on August 26 at Allison Park Pavilion in Warroad that is free of charge and open to everyone. Mingling, food, and live music begins at 5:30 pm and the program at 6 pm. Please come early to view the art. The Exhibit opens at noon that day and there’s plenty to do in Warroad!

Of the Year Awards will be presented to Don KaKaygeesick of Warroad for the NW Star Award — Lifetime Achievement, Connie Nelson of Hallock for Artist of the Year, and Annethea Novacek of Greenbush for Artist Advocate of the Year. 

The Exhibit and Reception are open to the public and free to attend. Many pieces of art are for sale and the public is encouraged to shop. Purchases can be marked as sold and picked up on August 26 at the reception. The reception is a wonderful day of celebrating the arts in our region. Please join us!

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1st Place $500 Debbie Aune of Gatzke in oil painting “Daddy and Son”

2nd Place $300 Heather Sabian of Crookston for sculpture “Skin Hunger”

3rd Place $200 Dennis Kinkead of Hallock in sculpture “Alarmed Dragon”

Merit $100 Nick Reitzel of Karlstad in oil painting “Track of the Wolf Pack”

Merit $100 Richard Jensen of Crookston in sculpture “Crow Mother”

Merit $100 Summit Kuehn of Roseau in painting “Princessa Eagle”

Merit $100 Nancy Vraa of Red Lake Falls in folk/traditional fine craft “Home Spun Origin”

Merit $100 Glen Heppner of Warroad in oil painting “Jordan”

Student Winners
1st Place $300 Kansas Jensen of Goodridge in acrylic painting “Covid Gothic”
2nd Place $150 Aubree Bonham of Fertile in mixed media “No Evil”
3rd Place $100 Alexis Jalbert of Ada for sculpture “Sushi”
Merit $50 Brennon Collins of Greenbush for hand-colored intaglio print “Lake Lounging”
Merit $50 Eskyla Manriquez of Ada in sculpture “Air Jordan 1 Chicago Black Toe”
Merit $50 Macrina Herbel of Fertile for drawing “Vignette”
Merit $50 Donavin Hagen of Goodridge for printmaking “Bandit”
Merit $50 Riley Saurdiff of Grygla for drawing “Pencil Pachyderm”

Funding for these awards is provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature.

Elemental: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Space –NWMAC Exhibit at NCTC is Open

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Announces

elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space

An Art Exhibit at NCTC in Thief River Falls

Open Until September 27

Poetry, Writing, Illustration

Featuring the work of chalk artist Zack Rowatt

elemental exhibit at NCTC in Thief River Falls

Warren, MN. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce our current exhibit, elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space is open at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls until September 27. This exhibit features a number of pieces of chalk art from Roseau artist Zack Rowatt, as well as poetry, writing, and illustration around the theme of the elements from area writers and illustrators.

The elements provide the foundation for the physical world. Illustrator Therese Jacobson of Alvarado whose work is featured in this exhibit explained, “The elements – earth, air, fire, water, space – are where we begin. One’s natural inclination is to seek inner peace through all of our encounters with the world, to satisfy our need for air, to plant our feet on the earth, to warm ourselves, to drink pure water.” 

Rowatt’s individual pieces of chalk art are accompanied by detailed information about the natural and historical background. Viewing these pieces of art and reading the descriptions provides the audience with a natural resource education. For example, you might learn why the water isn’t clear, the age of rocks or why they look the way they do, what a bog is, or about Glacial Lake Agassiz. 

Artist Zack Rowatt at elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

Rowatt revealed, “As an artist I have been working the past 2 ½ years to better understand the environment around me and capture special moments and sights as I see them. I studied geology and earth science in school and upon its completion found that I didn’t want the application of the knowledge that I had gained to go towards anything but the simple praise of its magnificence.” Rowatt spoke about his artistic process, “The work that I produce is done so in one of two ways, outside in the elements in plein air or inside from photograph.” He went on to recount his desire and process to capture what he sees in a meaningful and personal way, “…sitting down by a river, taking a nice break on a strenuous hike or relaxing atop a large pile of boulders, to focus on the land around and build up a memory and a story with one’s hands is quite a thrill when it comes together.”

Zack Rowatt’s chalk art in the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC. Exhibit: elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space

The writings, poetry or illustrations in this exhibit are from Dale Jacobson of Alvarado, Therese Jacobson of Alvarado, Catherine Stenzel of Beltrami Island Forest, Alexandria Maxwell of Warroad, Kristin Eggerling of Hallock, Rock Bakken of Hallock, Kim Hruba of Warroad, Cindy Kolling of Gully, Glenda Long Eggerling of Ames, Iowa and Judi Jerde of Inver Grove Heights.

elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space

Alexandria Maxwell explained, “As a poet, my medium is words. I love the way words play, and I love to manipulate language to express my thoughts, both existential and elemental. My works are deeply rooted in nature, in exploring the essence of life. What does it mean to be fully alive, to be fully human?

Artist Cindy Kolling

According to Catherine Stenzel, “Survival isn’t possible without the elements that constantly surround and support us. But how often do we stop to notice this with gratitude for the obvious?” Catherine spoke of her writing process, it “comes in the form of a boulder of inspiration that I chip away until I have a sculpted poem; I keep the draft I’m working on with me at all times, as I do multiple revisions. Poetry is always a work in progress. Even after I have a “final” version, when I take out the poem for submission for something like our exhibit, I revise yet again, even if only a word or two.”

To visit the exhibit virtually click here.

Twenty-seven of Rowatt’s pieces of art are available to purchase. All are framed chalk pastel originals.    

Here’s the list with title, sizes and prices:   

  • Frenzied Many…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Archaean Architecture…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Where it Takes Its Time…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Rapid River Rapids…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Rapid River Refuge…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Wave Washed…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Sidling Sands… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Outcrop Overlook… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60, 
  • Des Moines Lobe Lodgment…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75, 
  • Precambrian Presence…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Bogs and Swamps and Not a Mire Around…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • The Path of Least Resistance and the Ground You Stand On…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Left for the Lichen…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Window to the Soul… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $50,
  • Residue, Reclamation, Revival… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $30,
  • Bay Boulders…9×12”  $25,
  • Wet-times Inlet…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • No Trespassing ‘cept for Deer…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75, 
  • Shrouded Stream… 9 x 12” $25, Plain to See… 9×12” $25,
  • It’s A Shore Thing… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Borrow-Pit Beach Day 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Meander Merits…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Field Fringe…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60, 
  • Bedload Bedlam…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Characteristic Vegation… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $50,
  • VE…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $30.

The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The summer gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30-4:30 PM, Friday from 7:20- 2:30 pm and at other times when events are held at the college. Regular hours  — Monday to Friday, 8:30-5:00 will resume once school begins. Enter through Door A. Visitor parking is free 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 treyeverettcreates@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.

NW Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit Will be Held Aug 13-26 in Warroad

The Northwest Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit will be held 

August 13 – 26 in Warroad

Reception and Program on August 26 to 

Honor Exhibit and Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce the NW Annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad from August 13 to 26. The exhibit will be Downtown Warroad at the Discovery Development Hub, 201 Lake Street NE and will be open for the public to view art on 

August 13 from 9am – 1pm

August 16-20 MWF from 9 am – 4pm, Tues & Thurs 4-7pm

August 21 Noon to 3pm

August 23-25  from 9am – 4pm

August 26 Noon to 5:30pm

Adult and student artists from our 7 county- service region (Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake Falls) have entered 120 pieces of art, including photography, sculpture, drawings, and paintings, into this exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 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 reception. Attendees will be able to vote for People’s Choice!

There will be a reception on August 26 at Allison Park Pavilion in Warroad that is free of charge and open to everyone. Mingling, food, and live music begins at 5:30 pm and the program at 6 pm. Please come early to view the art. The Exhibit opens at noon that day and there’s plenty to do in Warroad!

Of the Year Awards will be presented to Don KaKaygeesick of Warroad for the NW Star Award — Lifetime Achievement, Connie Nelson of Hallock for Artist of the Year, and Annethea Novacek of Greenbush for Artist Advocate of the Year.

The Exhibit and Reception are open to the public and free to attend. Many pieces of art are for sale and the public is encouraged to shop. Purchases can be marked as sold and picked up on August 26 at the reception. The reception is a wonderful day of celebrating the arts in our region. Please join us!

More information will be coming about the award winners and the event. Stay tuned!

Funding for these awards is provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature.

“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.

Expect:

  • 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