The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce the opening of Natural Renditions, the new exhibit of artworks by native Minnesotans at our East Grand Forks gallery. New ceramic work by Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota, has been paired with nature photography by Bruce D. Flaig, of Fertile, MN. These touching works will be featured throughout the month of October from Wednesday, the1st until Friday, the 31st, 2014.
Janet Johnson grew up in northern Minnesota, and recently retired from teaching Visual Art and English classes in grades 7 – 12 in Warroad. Janet exposed her students to many mediums and opportunities to show their work, and she developed her own community and artistic skills, too. Janet has served on the statewide Arts Best Practice and Quality Teaching networks to help art teachers better connect and collaborate. She has also participated in the NWMAC Community Supported Art program, works with the Region 1 Arts Council, and strongly supports arts at the Roseau County Fair. Janet is a skilled ceramist who recently received a grant from the NWMAC to furnish her studio with a new kiln and potter’s wheel.
Minnesota native Bruce D. Flaig has degrees in chemistry, physics and meteorology; however his passion is photographing nature in all its forms. Although he’s lived in seven states and two foreign countries, Flaig says he “has photographed in a bunch more” for over twenty years. His work has been published in many magazines including Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s Digest, Wild Bird, Ranger Rick, and Outdoor Photographer. While his collection of images now numbers over 60,000, the Arts Council gallery will be featuring eleven framed prints and a video of a collection of Bruce’s finest works.
The Natural Renditions exhibit will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk, Saturday, October 18th, 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 Mamma Maria’s Restaurant, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’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: firstname.lastname@example.org.