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Acting Workshop in Hallock Free for All Ages! May 19

Acting Workshop

FREE    FREE   FREE

 Saturday, May 19th, 2018

Hallock City Hall, 163 3rdSt. SE, Hallock, MN

Open to ages 12 to 99

Call 612-414-2032 or email Seife014@umn.eduto sign up!

Sod House Theater of Minneapolis will offer a free acting workshop led by professional theater artist Luverne Seifert and Darcey Engen in Hallock on May 19th.

1:00 to 2:30pm A Kick in the Pants: Physical Comedy Routines and play reading. You will begin with a vocal and physical warm-up with Darcey Engen. They will then introduce stage techniques of physical comedy: slaps, kicks, trips, falls, fixed points and awkward timing decisions. Participants will develop a 1 to 2 minute comedy routine that they will develop and perform. No preparation necessary. Dress to move comfortably. You will then read a portion of the script. 

During the workshops they will also hold an information session and call for actors, musicians and volunteers to participate in their performance of “An Enemy of the People,” a site-specific performance that will take place in Hallock, JULY 23 through JULY 26th.

NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY

They provide a playful and safe environment to learn skills for performance.

 

2018 Arts Expo

The 2018 Arts Expo

Thank you for attending and for the many representatives of all the arts organizations that spent their day with us

Arts Expo. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council hosted an Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls. The event included presentations from representatives from a variety of arts organizations. These representatives staffed tables to meet with attendees, answer questions and provide information about their organizations and services. The NW Art Exhibit was open during the Expo.

NWMAC Board Member Elizabeth Rockstad greeted guests at the Arts Expo and Art Exhibit Reception

Before the Expo opened, Craig Dunn of VSA Minnesota gave a presentation for artists with disabilities, arts leaders, or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. He was also available during the Expo to answer any questions. Vsamn.org

VSA Exec Director Craig Dunn

 

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

MCA (Minnesota Citizens for the Arts): Sheila Smith, Executive Director

Travis Hanel speaks with MCA Director Sheila Smith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springboard for the Arts:  Dominic Facio 

North Dakota Museum of Art (located on the UND campus in Grand Forks): Matthew Wallace, Deputy Director

Minnesota State Arts Board in St Paul: Sue Gens, Executive Director. MN Arts Online and the River Walk Artists Gallery: Therese Masters Jacobson

Minnesota State Arts Board Ex Dir Sue Gens and MN Arts Online Therese Masters Jacobson
Ben Owen, an Arts Board program officer, runs the State of Minnesota’s Percent for Art in Public Places program. Ben is a regular presenter and talks with artists around the state about how to take advantage of opportunities at the Arts Board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council in Warren: Executive Director Mara Hanel. Teaching Artist Roster Program Artist Stephanie Olson.

Playwrights’ Center: Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes. MN Fringe Festival: Dawn Bentley

Dawn Bentley of the Fringe Festival, Jane Anderson, MN Playwrights’ Center Julia Brown and Alayna Barnes.

Northern Clay Center: Kyle Rudy-Kohlhepp. Minnesota Music Coalition Ryan Lee.

Jerome Foundation in St. Paul:  Ben Cameron

MN Association of Songwriters:  Carl Unbehahn

MN Theater Alliance: Joanna Snedman

Nemeth Art Center: Board Member Dawn Rossback

Women’s Art Institute:  Anna Garski

Women’s Art Institute’s Anna Garski speaks with Artist and NWMAC Board Member Janet Johnson

Explore MN Tourism: Dave Bergman

 

Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Honor

“Of the Year” Award Winners

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards were presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA).

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Artist of the Year Scott Pream

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls was awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine.  Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.

 

 

 

Arts Advocate of the Year Betsy Saurdiff

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla was awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

 

 

 

NW Star Award Winner Jim Kent

Jim Kent of Crookston received the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District.  He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios.  He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event on April 28 to honor these very deserving award winners!

Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

NW 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 Thief River Falls, Minnesota on Saturday, April 28.

Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls from April 18 to 28 by qualified juror and North Dakota Museum of Art Director of Education Matthew Anderson. “What was most interesting to me was to be able to witness an artistic conversation between the generations of art makers. Many of the pieces in the student work were highly emotive while the adult work tended to be more contemplative.  The art conversation in this show also merges into the larger Conversation of Art that has been happening for hundreds of years. At the end of the day, all of the works are part of that larger dialogue and I hope all the artists continue to participate in the Conversation of Art.”

To view the entire exhibit watch the video here!

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1stPlace $500 Rock Bakken of Hallock for an acrylic painting “Hereford”

 

2ndPlace $300 Debbie Aune of Gatzke for a watercolor painting “East Grand Forks Grain”

 

3rdPlace Bert Foster of Thief River Falls for photography “At the Lighthouse” 

Merit $100 Margaret Ehling of Red Lake Falls for a painting “Where the Wild Things Are”

Merit $100 Cathy Forgit of Fertile for a textile “Norwegian Nights”

Merit $100 Lucille Nelson of Argyle for a drawing “Taking a Break”

Merit $100 Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla for pottery “Fiery Dragon Bowl”

Merit $100 Sherri Kruger of Badger for mixed media “Fiery Stump”

People’s Choice $100 Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls

People’s Choice Winner Andrew Youngblom

 

Student Winners

1stPlace $300 Trystan Jelle of Grygla in sculpture “Mosquito”

2ndPlace $150 Kristy Williamson of Greenbush for a print “The Tower”

3rdPlace $100 Teagan Carlstrom of Crookston for drawing “The Elephant”

Merit $50 Alexandra Overholser of Thief River Falls for drawing “Persevere”

Merit $50 Elysa Christensen of Crookston for sculpture “Grace”

Merit $50 Alexis Folden of Halstad for painting “Iceberg”

Merit $50 Madeline Everett of Crookston for drawing “Margaret Atwood”

Merit $50 Soravit Auchotananan of Ada for sculpture “Sky Inu”

People’s Choice $50 Teagan Carlstrom of Crookston

Approximately fifteen exhibit pieces of art were chosen to be included in the Traveling Art Exhibit, which will travel from May until November to area libraries. Watch for it to arrive in your community.