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Aliza Novacek-Olson, Fellowship Grant Awardee

Aliza Novacek-Olson is a fiber artist by medium and a folk artist by style. She was awarded a Fellowship Grant to provide demonstrations and workshops in the fiber arts to various community groups. Her goal was to impart awareness of fiber arts, as well as to display and preserve techniques of traditional methods used to create folk art from textiles. She utilizes primitive techniques and machines/tools used by our ancestors.

Aliza’s grant allowed her to travel around the region to demonstrate different types of folk art and to provide workshops to teach a fiber art technique to different communities and audiences. She doesn’t limit herself to one method of folk art. Her folk art techniques include spinning on both a traditional spinning wheel and the great wheel, processing and carding of natural animal fibers, weaving on a triangle and a peg loom, Nålbinding (a primitive needle binding technique), knitting on a circular knitting machine, and wet felting.

As a part of the grant, Aliza was also able to upgrade some of her equipment, purchase supplies and accessories and attend workshops herself to learn some new techniques to grow her skills in the fiber arts.


Interested in applying for a Fellowship Grant yourself? The deadline for artist project applicants is coming soon — January 15.

Click here for more information.

Support for our Fellowship program comes from the McKnight Foundation.


Northwest Traveling Art Exhibit at Red Lake Falls

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to sponsor the Traveling Art Exhibit which is visiting northwest Minnesota communities this summer and fall. This month the exhibit is visiting the Red Lake Falls Library. This year’s Traveling Art Exhibit includes original artwork by fourteen regional adult and high-school artists, and began its journey at the NWMAC’s juried Regional Exhibit held at Roseau City Library, Roseau MN in April and May of this year.

Artwork selected for this exclusive traveling exhibit is a collection of diverse subjects in a variety of visual media including: acrylic painting, photography, pencil drawing, watercolor painting, glass mosaic, and mixed media. Pieces were chosen for originality, distinctive style, and presentation.










Artists selected this year to participate in the Traveling Art Exhibit are:

Adults: Margaret Ehling of Red Lake Falls; Irene Bertils of Crookston; Judy Szklarski of Stephen; LaVonne Forsberg, Loreen Hanson, Alberta Johnson, and Bert Foster of Thief River Falls; Alicia Spilde of Karlstad; Ann Novacek of Greenbush; Janet Johnson of Malung; and Students: Jessica Lynn Ross, Fisher H.S.; Breana Pruneda, and Izabel VonRueden of Climax-Shelly H.S.; and Kylee McFadden, Marshall County Central H.S.





The Traveling Art Exhibit is now on display at the Red Lake Falls Public Library, 105 Champagne Ave SW, Red Lake Falls, MN 56750 from September 14th through October 19th. (Note that the exhibit will be in Red Lake Falls one week longer than earlier advertised to accommodate visitors.) Call 218-253-2992 for library hours. The exhibit is scheduled to visit the following libraries through the summer and autumn:

Red Lake Falls Public Library Sep 14 – Oct 19
Warren Godel Memorial Library Oct 19- Dec 7



Mn State Arts Board Volunteer Opportunity


10268652_708280975895127_4962875581680897715_nHave you ever wondered how the Minnesota State Arts Board decides which applications to fund?  Have you ever wanted to help make those decisions?  Then you might be interested in serving as a volunteer advisor to the Minnesota States Arts Board!

The Arts Board uses a very rigorous, citizen-driven process to review grant applications, and to select artists to commission or work to purchase for the state’s permanent art collection.  Each year, approximately 250 individuals serve as volunteer advisors in the board’s ten grant programs and in the Minnesota Percent for Art in Public Places program.   Advisors read proposals, discuss them in a public meeting, and assign scores for each proposal.  The scores help determine which proposals will be recommended to the board for approval.

The amount of time and tasks required vary, depending on the program in which the volunteer serves.  Advisors must have experience or expertise in a particular area of the arts, arts funding, or nonprofit or public administration. 

If you’d like to nominate yourself or someone you know to serve as an advisor, please complete and submit our volunteer form.

Fosston: Traveling Mini Art Exhibit

059The Mini Art Exhibit is now residing at the Fosston Public Library through October 2nd.
The Mini Art Exhibit features works from our Regional Art Exhibit held annually in the spring.  2014 saw the exhibit take place in Middle River, Minnesota.
On display, you will find 15 pieces of original art from both amateur and professional artists.  The pieces include pottery, sculpture, paintings, pen and ink and much more!
The art exhibit will travel to:
  • Roseau Public Library October 3-November 7
  • Warren Godel Library November 7-December 3

Artists include:

Adult artists: Susan Neufeld, Beltrami; Alberta Johnson, and Jan Osborn, Thief River Falls; Mollie Rae Miller, Roseau; Annethea Novacek, Greenbush

Student Artists: Brandi Lee, Halstad; Jaydn Rosell, Climax;  Elijah Neufeld, Beltrami; Skye Tillotson, Ada; Samantha Kraulik, Wannaska; Caleb Richardson, Thief River Falls;  Kiara Anderson, St. Hilaire; and Bryan Sanchez, Julie Ibanez, and Brooke Panzer, all of Crookston.



Featured Artists: Drawn + Needled!

10414516_877029658991091_137525728504845841_nThe Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce a new showcase opening in our East Grand Forks gallery this week titled Drawn and Needled. The drawings of Brett Lysne of Moorhead, MN, and needle felting of Candace Osborn of Ada, MN will be featured from August 6 to August 31, 2014.



Brett Lysne is a visual artist who works in drawing, printmaking, artist books, and writing. Born in Fargo and raised in Crookston, Brett attended college at the University of Minnesota, Morris for studio art with an emphasis in printmaking. He earned his MFA in printmaking and drawing from Washington State University, and has participated in artist residency programs in Washington, Vermont, Finland, Minnesota, and at North Dakota State University in Fargo. Currently he lives in a farmhouse near Moorhead, MN. Lysne’s exhibited work features “text-based drawing projects” created out of his “desire to clarify and organize complex memories, sentiments, and connections,” he writes.


isc_90x90.2160183985_30z2Candace Osborne grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota which she says, “gave me an appreciation for nature and wildlife, as well as a love of domestic animals.”  She showed artistic ability “probably as soon as I could hold a pencil.”  Candace pursued both art and nature in college, earning a degree that lets her teach both Biology and Art. She taught in Nebraska before moving back to Ada with her family. Candace says, “Drawing led to painting, sculpting clay led to carving, and the combined skills have emerged in felting.” Her needle felted animals and nature scenes are skillfully reproduced with wool in miniatures of authentic wildlife.


The Drawn and Needled exhibit, opening August 6th, will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk, Saturday, August 16th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the Riverwalk mall near the Blue Moose Restaurant, across Demers Avenue from Cabella’s in East Grand Forks. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information call the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, or email: tmjacobson16@gmail.com.