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Midwest Grain: Watercolor Paintings by Debbie Aune

New Exhibit Now Open!

Midwest Grain

Watercolor Paintings by Debbie Aune

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to exhibit Midwest Grain, a collection of watercolor paintings by Debbie Aune, which feature familiar landmarks to all of us living in northwest Minnesota: grain elevators. A longtime artist of Gatzke, Minnesota, Debbie grew up on a small farm in northern Minnesota, and recalls her early fascination with these historical structures.
“As a small child a trip in the old, crusty, dirty truck to the local elevator was quite the trip. In my early teens I would most likely be found in the dusty combine riding with Mom, and then at age seventeen-it was my job to turn all the fields upside down in preparation for the next year. Dirt was fun!”

Debbie’s art, primarily watercolor paintings, often depicts scenes of daily life in our communities-and our region’s history. “With no surprise, farming, farming equipment and storage buildings have again made their way into my latest watercolor exhibit, Midwest Grain. Elevators, tracks and trains swarm with history, stories and memories good and bad. Every town big or small has (or had) a grain elevator. Good thing I like the color gray!”

Debbie’s exhibition is now open through March 31, 2018 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

Meet the artist on Saturday, February 24, when Debbie will be at the gallery to discuss her works during the Art & Wine Walk, at 1:00 P.M.

“My hope in painting these grain elevators of Northwest Minnesota, besides the obvious farming flashbacks and sense of nostalgia, is to show the charm and curious attraction of these big gray monuments. Their form, the perspective, the subtle changes of gray, their rust, the interlacing spouting and conveyors-it’s all a kick to paint! I have a connection with this dirt we call earth and the galvanized steel, iron and wood that rises from it. Paris, Melbourne and Rome will have to wait. “
To view Debbie’s art, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenuein East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) now through March 31, 2018. The gallery is open ThursdaySaturday, 2:00-8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00-5:00 P.M.
All of Debbie’s art featured at the gallery is for sale and can be purchased by contacting the artist at (218)689-2363. For more information about Debbi’s exhibit, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Upcoming Grant Deadlines — Apply Today

Grant Deadlines March 1

Arts Legacy GRANTS up to $10,000.00, Arts Project GRANTS up to $3,000.00                                                     

The Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven county service region.  Funding for the grants comes from the Minnesota State Legislature through the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.  This grant programs have substantially less reporting requirements than Legacy grants.

Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

To learn more about these grant programs and start an application visit www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org, click on the Current Grants Forms under the Grants Tab. The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Executive Director Mara Hanel 218-745-9111 can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it.

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Contact Mara for support and to review your application.  Mara can also provide a copy of the application and guidelines for you to review prior to starting your on-line application.

Artist Project Grants: Artists must be 18 years and older and reside in the seven-county Northwest Minnesota area at least six months out of the calendar year. Individual Artist Grants provide financial assistance for the exhibition, performance, or production of a specific creative work, mentoring with a more experienced artist, participation in not-for-credit arts experiences.

What is a typical project?  Often, grant proposals are to buy items that directly relate to your art like upgrading an instrument or replacing worn out visual art equipment.  Sometimes proposals are to attend a workshop that is important for your artistic growth then create a new body of work as a result of that learning.  Some grants are to allow artists to create a new body of work, then promote and showcase the result.

What is hard to get funded?  It is difficult to receive funding for items that are part of daily life like computers, printers, cameras, cell phones, etc.  It is also difficult to receive funding to travel to destinations for art training that have the appearance of a vacation.  It is difficult to receive funds to start a new arts medium since your current work sample is important to the application process and must show work within the medium you are applying.

Can I pay myself while I work on my project?  Yes, the McKnight Foundation, encourages established artists to be able to use grant funds to pay themselves to work on the project.  If awarded a grant however careful tracking needs to occur on the form provided.  If awarded all receipts for expenses need to accompany the final report or full or partial funding will be returned including the completed time tracking form.

Support for our Fellowship program comes from the McKnight Foundation. The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis awards the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council $70,000 annually to provide grants and services to artists. Please see the McKnight page on our website that provides a summary and links to this programming. To see if you quality for this grant visit the grants link at www.NorthwestMinnesotaArtsCouncil.org/grants or call 218-745-9111 or email mara@nwrdc.org

Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.  Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

Individual adult artists can apply for an Arts Legacy Grant of up to $10,000 if their project has a very strong community focus.  Performing artists, visual artists, media artists, creative writing artists are all welcome to apply.

Tree Spirits: Works in Wood by Regional Artists

Now Open at Riverwalk Artists Gallery in East Grand Forks

Tree Spirits

 

Works in Wood by Regional Artists

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to exhibit woodworking pieces of art–all exceptionally carved, chipped, formed, sawed or turned–by regional artists from Northwest Minnesota.

Artists being featured at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks include Candace Osborn of Ada, Cliff Nelson of Crookston, Dick Grega from Warren, Jim Johanneck from Red Lake Falls, Matt Kroulik of Stephen, and Matt Noel from Stephen.

Wooden sculptures and functional pieces of art have been created since ancient times. Whether the artist has used a traditional or innovative technique to create a simple, intricate or abstract design, each piece ends up with it’s own distinct look.  This natural and renewable art medium is truly unique.

 

“Every finished piece I create is different,” explains Jim Johanneck–a wood sculptor and turner from Red Lake Falls, “because every piece of wood I start with is different in the first place. Even if I create two pieces from the same type of wood, they end up looking entirely different. No piece can be copied, and every piece is truly one of a kind.”

We may not have a grand Redwood forest in our region, and certainly not a rainforest of diverse species of trees, but that hasn’t stopped our regional artists from acquiring different types of wood for their art from all over the world. Matt Noel of Stephen was even given wood from a palm tree to experiment with. Many of the artists have found that our region and lack of trees has actually inspired them to use wood as their medium.

“Growing up on a farm in northern Minnesota gave me an appreciation for nature and wildlife,” recalls artist Candace Osborn of Ada, whose detailed carvings of people and various animals show her creative dedication and amazing technical and anatomical skills as an artist.

All of the works can be viewed at the NWMAC Gallery now through February 11, 2018. If you or someone you know would like to meet our featured artists, please join us for a  Gathering at the Gallery on Sunday, February 11 from 2:00 – 3:00 P.M. as we close out our show. We are located at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks, within the Riverwalk Artists gallery. Regular hours are 2-8 P.M. Thursday–Saturday, and 2–5 P.M. on Sundays.

For more information about this show or how to exhibit with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen, the Exhibition Specialist at (701)360-0805, or the main office at (218)745-9111. You can also email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com with your inquiries or to sign up for our newsletter.

ARTic Lights & Libations: Looking for area artists to sell their art

ARTic Lights & Libations

Downtown Hallock

Saturday, December 16 from 5 – 8pm

Head north for a night of fun and experience Hallock’s holiday lights, art and spirits. Area artists will be selling art at various businesses throughout the town (Zedge Beauty Lounge, Younggren Photography, Bean and Brush, Kittson County Enterprise, and Bakken Boots). Artist include Connie Nelson, Rock Bakken, Megan Sugden (Kittson Co Skies), Loren Younggren, Alicia Spilde, Alaina Terwee (YaYa), Caylie Nicholson and more. The Art’s Council will also be selling art from our community supported art collection. Visit Revelation Ale and Far North Spirits for locally produced libations. Hop on the Tour of Lights at the transportation hub Revelation Ale. Transportation provided by C&M Ford for the Tour. Shamrock Lanes will be hosting Rock N Bowl for the kids.

Are you an artist or do you know someone who might be interested in selling their art during this event? The organizers are welcoming additional artists. Please contact Alaina Terwee at yayaclay1@gmail.com.