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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.

Give to the Max Day is November 16!

Give to the Max Day is set for Thursday, November 16, 2017!

GiveMN links donors with organizations that are working to make Minnesota a better place. Its online giving website, GiveMN.org, enables charitable giving any time and any place, allowing people to donate with ease and enthusiasm. GiveMN brings innovation, energy and fresh ideas to Minnesota generosity.

Consider donating to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council promotes, stimulates and supports arts activities in Northwest Minnesota.  We provide arts services, award grants, advocate for the arts, and help to promote art appreciation and participation through our 7 county service region.

NWMAC services Polk, Pennington, Marshall, Kittson, Red Lake, Norman and Roseau counties in Northwestern Minnesota.

Funding for our programs comes primarily from The Minnesota State Legislature.  We, along with the other 10 regional arts councils, work with the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing and grants.

We also receive funding from the McKnight Foundation.  This allows our organization to help artists grow and prosper through their continued financial support and leadership training.  Their funds help to promote and showcase our artists’ art.

We are always looking for ways to partner and grow and to diversify our Arts Council and our funding. To give to the Arts Council click here

Silkscreen Prints by Jeanne O’Neil at NWMAC Gallery

Silkscreen Prints by Jeanne O’Neil

November 2–December 16, 2017

NWMAC Gallery / Riverwalk Artists Gallery

211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks


Meet the artist at the Artist’s Reception
Saturday November 11, 3:00–5:00 P.M.


The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to exhibit a collection of silkscreen prints by artist, teacher and musician Jeanne O’Neil of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Jeanne’s exhibition is now open through December 16 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks. Meet the artist on Saturday, November 11, when Jeanne will be at the gallery to discuss her works from 3:00–5:00 P.M., accompanied by a live performance by her group, North Country Fiddle and Dance.

Jeanne Griffin O’Neil began her career in art as a mural artist in Ames, Iowa, where she painted over thirty murals and taught mural projects for teens and children. Since 1999, Jeanne has been teaching visual art in the Grand Forks Elementary School System, as an Artist-in-the-Classroom for the ArtWise program. Jeanne studied printmaking at Iowa State University, Jeannine Coupe-Ryding (now the Art Institute of Chicago), and at The University of North Dakota.  Jeanne graduated with a degree in Honors from the University of North Dakota in the spring of 2006.

Jeanne’s prints on exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery make up the pages of a children’s book that is very close to her heart. Each print, or page, is moment in time, each occurring in the same, single summer’s day, as seen from a child’s point of view. From the rising of the sun and being called for breakfast, to exploring the magic of dandelions and fireflies, each illustration is combined with handset typography in rhyming verse.

“The making of the prints for this book spans many years. The images, with the exception of the cat drawings, came from a stack of drawings that I made of my children when they were small. Now, twenty some years after the first drawings were made, I am able to present, “A Summer Day.”

Alongside each framed print, the original sketches are displayed. A must-see for screen-printing artists, parents, grandparents and children alike, Jeanne’s skillful work transpires feelings of love in conjunction with the beauty of everyday occurrences. Visit our gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) to meet Jeanne on November 11. Her work will be on display until December 16. The gallery is open ThursdaySaturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. For more information, please contact Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.


Artist Reception at Riverwalk Gallery

The final Art & Wine Walk of 2017 brought a number of visitors to our exhibit at the Riverwalk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks. The exhibit, Past & Present Passages, Paintings and Drawings by Lucille Nelson and 30 Bowls in 30 Days, Pottery by Janet Johnson closed after the reception. The public was invited to meet the artists at the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, October 28.

Kat Allen, Janet Johnson and Lucille Nelson



Lucille Nelson’s exhibition, “Past and Present Passages,” was a selection of her works she has created since mid-2000. Lucille’s works evoke the feeling of being carried from your current place and time–transporting the viewer to a farmyard in the 1950s, to a lake in northern Minnesota or among children playing in a yard.

Janet Johnson and Lucille Nelson

“When painting people, I really try to capture who they are,” Lucille recalls. “I’ve always felt as if something is guiding my hand.”

Self-taught, Lucille is an accomplished regional artist, and has been awarded several honors in regional art shows. Using a detailed technique to create landscapes, portraits and wildlife, Lucille’s art depicts feelings of nostalgia, serenity, nature and humanity.

Janet Johnson, of Malung, Minnesota, is a renowned ceramics artist and painter. She teaches, collaborates, hosts events and creates art from her studio in Roseau, River’s Edge Studio.

Artists Janet Johnson and Lucille Nelson


“After retiring from full-time teaching English and Visual Arts (Warroad Public School), I received an Arts Council grant to purchase a used kiln and electric wheel so I could catch up for all those years that I had little time to be personally creative. Since then, my pottery has improved greatly because I now have the time to practice.”


Recently, she challenged herself to finish a series of large bowls on her pottery wheel, forming thirty unique bowls in thirty days. Using 3–6 pounds of various types of clay, each bowl has different shaping, altering, trimming and glazing techniques. This timely collection is truly a diverse accomplishment by a single artist.


For more information about our exhibits and artists’ receptions, please contact Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.