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We Are Water Workshops — RSVP Today!

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is hosting We Are Water workshops, led by area artist Trey Everett.  

Please RSVP today for a We Are Water workshop held in a variety of locations throughout our region. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants will be provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants are encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration.  Completed artwork will be put on display in the NWMAC Gallery in November and will also be included in a catalogue of the exhibit.

This is a fun interactive activity for a group of people who gather monthly for a meeting.  Does your group or club have an October meeting that you would like to combine with an outing to explore the topic of We Are Water on canvas?   You must RSVP so we have enough art supplies and canvas.

44 canvas pieces will be exhibited at our gallery in November and December and will move to the University of Minnesota Crookston in mid-January.  There will be a reception on Friday, January 25 at UMC. There will be a catalog related to pieces in the show.

Here are the We Are Water workshops scheduled so far (we will update this list as additional public workshops are scheduled):
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Tuesday, October 2 in Stephen from  79 pm at Arts on 5th (completed with 8 participants!)
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Thursday, October 11 in Thief River Falls at the River Walk Public House from 7-9 pm (this class is completed with 17 participants)
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Wednesday,  October 17 in Red Lake Falls at the Red Lake Falls Library (this class has sufficient participants to take place)
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Tuesday, October 23 in  Hallock at the  Hallock Public Library
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Monday, October 29 in East Grand Forks at the Campbell Library
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Tuesday, October 30 in Greenbush at the  Greenbush Public Library
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Thursday, November 15 in Crookston at UMC in the Prairie Room
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Monday, November 19 in Gully
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All times 5:30-7:30PM unless otherwise noted.
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Please contact Mara (director@nwartscouncil.org) to sign up or schedule additional workshops! RSVP at least 3 business days before the class. If there are less than 5 people registered the class will be cancelled.

What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?

West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019.  Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia.  The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.  Art creation workshops are offered in October and November 2018 that will bring together citizens, in our seven county region, creating a canvas that depicts what they think of when they hear We Are Water.   

We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme.  To read these stories visit  https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/

Visit West Polk Soil and Water District’s website to watch for more on this exhibit coming to Crookston at https://www.westpolkswcd.com/we-are-water.html

Riverwalk Art Gallery Exhibit: Inklings by Jill Levene

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to exhibit Inklings by Jill Levene of Middle Sister Made.

Inklings by Jill Levene at Middle Sister Made

July 19–August 26, 2018

NWMAC Gallery / River Walk Artists Gallery

211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks

These original pen and ink drawings by Artist-Printmaker Jill Levene are balanced not just in their black and white composition, but in their dreaminess that is not without weight.  Like a daydream that verges on deep thought, her work draws you deeply in, but warmly.

Levene’s  Inklings features animals and the natural world, and the “wildness” of the subject matter is met with the formality and familiarity of their titles:  drawing of a fox titled Roxanne, a stand of trees titled Friends on the Cloquet, and more.

To view Jill’s art, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (located within the River Walk Artists Gallery) now through August 26, 2018. The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. All of Jill’s art featured at the gallery is for sale and can be purchased by contacting the artist at (309)251-2680.

Meet the artists at the Artist’s Reception, Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm.

Artist Ivy Bailie will also be available at the reception. Her work will join Jill’s and will be exhibited through September. Come enjoy a glimpse of the world through an artist’s eye, one shared by Ivy Bailie through her paintings of landscapes, florals, and even abstractions.  Moving through medium as well as subject matter, Ivy demonstrates a close attention to light and shadow as well as color.  Her artistry continues off the paper as she also skillfully mats and frames each piece.

The Juggler by Ivy Bailie

 

Ivy’s works offer original perspectives, and viewers might be moved to consider new angles in their own lives.  As Ivy concludes her Artist’s Statement, we should all take moments to “look at [our] world through artist eyes.”

Visual Art by Ivy Bailie

August 11 – September 2018

NWMAC Gallery / River Walk Artists Gallery

211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks

Hike in a Misty Forest by Artist Ivy Bailie

For more information about this exhibit, or if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Stephanie Olson at (218)688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

 

 

River Walk Gallery Exhibit: Paintings by Judy Szklarski

Current Exhibition:

PAINTINGS
BY JUDY SZKLARSKI

Now open through July 14, 2018

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of paintings and other works by Judy Szklarski, a long-time artist of Argyle, Minnesota. Judy’s art exhibit is now open at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks through July 14, 2018. Judy grew up in rural Stephen, Minnesota. She started painting in 1990, primarily using pastels, acrylic, oils and watercolor. Thirty-four pieces of her artwork will be featured in the gallery–quite a collection! Over the years, she finds that landscapes–especially sky and water scenes–are her biggest inspiration and subject matter in her art. “I take a picture of the sunset almost every night,” Judy explains. “I am inspired by the beauty that is around me.”

Judy also enjoys painting older buildings, such as barns and sheds, from around the region. “Old buildings always get torn down, and when I paint them, it is a way to keep them alive. It is vey nostalgic.” Judy also likes to create abstract paintings, and has recently been showcasing more of her photography art. Married to Mike Szklarski, their children are Tiffany Schantz and Brandon Szklarski. An Artist’s Reception will be held for Judy on Saturday, June 9, from 3:00–5:00 P.M. and Saturday, July 11. Please join us in viewing Judy’s artwork and celebrating all her accomplishments!

The NWMAC Gallery is located at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery), open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. For more information about this exhibit, commissioning a portrait, or, if you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Campbell Library in East Grand Forks

NWMAC sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 15 original pieces of art by regional adult artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently in East Grand Forks at the Campbell Library until August 31. See below for the schedule for the year.

2018-2019  Traveling Exhibit Schedule*:

May 11–June 28, 2018   Godel Memorial Library, Warren
June 29–August 31, 2018   East Grand Forks Campbell Library
September 1–Nov 2, 2018   Ada Public Library
Nov 3–Jan 4, 2019   Red Lake Falls Public Library
Jan 5– March 1, 2019   Roseau Public Library
March 2–April 27, 2019   Hallock Public Library

*The start and end dates at each location are approximate, depending on weather, venue hours and other circumstances that may occur to prohibit travel. For specific library hours, please contact each location before planning your visit, especially if you are planning on bringing a group.

2018-2019 Artists & Artwork:

Margaret Anderson, Lancaster, “Great Blue Heron,” Painting

Paulette Christianson, Badger, “Tranquility,” Drawing

Margaret Ehling, Red Lake Falls, “Where the Wild Things Are,” Mixed Media

LaVonne Forsberg, Thief River Falls, “Apple Blossoms,” Painting

Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Lighthouse,” Photography

Loreen Hanson, Thief River Falls, “Weathering the Storm,” Painting

Therese Jacobson, Alvarado, “Stippled Squirrels,” Drawing

Jill Levene, Tabor, “Bernadette,” Drawing

Stephanie Olson, Thief River Falls, “Grandmothers,” Painting

Janet Osborn, Thief River Falls, “The Forgotton,” Drawing

Kay Rosengren, Hallock, “Etude,” Painting

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “Tibetian Herding Family,” Photography

Betsy Saurdiff, Grygla, “Monochromatic Blue Platter,” Ceramics

Alicia Spilde, Karlstad, “Hold On,” Mixed Media

Judy Szklarski, Argyle, “Washington’s Pacific,” Painting

 

You may contact us for more info about the Traveling Exhibit at (218) 745-9111 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.

NWMAC Gallery’s Portrait Exhibit by Regional Artists: Reception May 19

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Portrait Exhibit is now open at the River Walk Artists Gallery. Stop by to see it today!

 

Traditionally, a portrait is a representation of a person, with a focus on his or her face–giving the viewer hints not only to the lifestyle and qualities of the individual, but also a snapshot of the time and culture wherein he or she lived. With further artistic depth, the viewer may also get a glimpse of the experiences the person represented may have enthralled in or endured. A single portrait may have the power to become a statement for an entire generation, or contrarily, it can simply be a personal moment captured in time. Whether public or private–a portrait can reveal, but it can also disguise. A portrait can enlighten, but can also leave viewers mystified, wanting to know more.

One thing is for certain–whether drawn, painted, photographed, sculpted, carved, commissioned or caught by accident–without the art of portraiture, the identity of humanity today and throughout history would be harder to trace or understand. It would be hard to look to the past and understand who we are and where we’ve been. Perhaps one of the most important subject matters in fine art, portraits also remind us to really look at one another, rather than just consider each other with a passing glace.  If you could choose one portrait to represent who you are–what would it look like?

“The works of art on display at the NWMAC gallery feature many subjects–the young, the elder, and everywhere in between. Subjects range from self-portraits, loved ones, those we’ve lost, and those we’d like to know better. A must see collection–each representation tells a story. Each portrait is a unique work of art.” – Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist.

An Artists’ Reception will be help for all the portrait artists on Saturday, May 19, starting at 1:00 P.M. during the Art & Wine Walk Event! Please join us in viewing the artwork and meeting the artists!

 

The NWMAC Gallery is located at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery), open ThursdaySaturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. For more information about this exhibit, commissioning a portrait, 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.