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Traveling Art Exhibit

Traveling Art Exhibit Visits Godel Memorial Library in Warren, MN

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council sponsors an annual Traveling Art Exhibit, which visits northwest Minnesota communities throughout the year. The exhibit includes 10 original pieces of art by regional artists, chosen from works submitted for our annual juried exhibit. The exhibit is currently in Warren at the Godel Memorial Library until June 28.

Artwork featured in the NWMAC Traveling Art Exhibit 2019

See below for the schedule for the year.

The 2019-2020 Traveling Exhibit Schedule*:

May 10–June 28, 2019  Godel Memorial Library, WarrenJune 29–August 31, 2019  East Grand Forks Campbell LibrarySeptember 1–Nov 2, 2019  Ada Public LibraryNov 3–Jan 4, 2020  Red Lake Falls Public Library**Jan 5– March 1, 2020  Roseau Public LibraryMarch 2–May 2, 2020  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.

**Tentatively scheduled

The 2019-2020 Artists and Artwork: 

Mary Magnuson, Red Lake Falls, “Twilight in the Taiga” (Painting)

Amber Lee, Hendrum, “Koi” (Watercolor)

Peggy Branden, Karlstad, “The Beast” (Wood Block Print)

Kathryn Rynning, Kennedy, “The Graduates” (Photograph)

James Blix, Thief River Falls, “Woodland Composition I” (Photograph)

Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, “At the Barn” (Photograph)

Christine Foster, Thief River Falls, “Ice House Morning” (Painting)

Jill Levene, Warren, “-42.22C,” (Mixed Media)

Ying Sriyota, Badger, “The Champion” (Painting)

Elliot Chapman, Crookston, “Grain Elevator” (Photograph)

You may contact us for more info about the Traveling Exhibit at (218) 745-9111 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.Updates can also be found on our website, www.nwartscouncil.org.

Parenthood Art Exhibit at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery in East Grand Forks

Come to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) Gallery in East Grand Forks at the Riverwalk Centre (movie theater mall) to see the new Parenthood Art Exhibit. This collection is meant to explore and celebrate parenthood and is open between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We have gathered art created by northwest Minnesota artists that is related to parenthood through its very creation (made by parents and their children), art that involves parenthood in its content, functional art that lives in the everyday of parenthood, and art that cracks open parenthood—and childhood—just a little bit more. 

Artist Therese Jacobson’s painting captures a scene with her daughter cooking with her granddaughter. Therese explained that this “is what parenting is all about. Children learn from involvement. This was a very meaningful, joyful and calm moment.”

Art Work in Parenthood Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, including a painting by Therese Jacobson.

Artists featured in the exhibit include Therese Jacobson of Alvarado, Trey Everett of Crookston, Susan Neufeld of Beltrami, Loreen Hanson of Thief River Falls, Jan Osborn of Thief River Falls, Paulette Christianson of Badger, Alicia Spilde of Karlstad, Peggy Brandon of Karlstad, Jill Levene of Warren, Irene Bertils of Crookston, Nick Reitzel of Karlstad, Barb Kota of Warroad, and Kelsey Brateng of Thief River Falls.

Parenthood Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks

The Parenthood Art Exhibit will be on display from May 5 through June 23 at the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue, East Grand Forks, MN 56721 (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery.) The gallery hours are Friday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 PM and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 PM. Before you make a special trip to East Grand Forks, just see this exhibit, double check that the gallery is open (email stephaniemolson@gmail.com). 

There will be an artists’ reception held on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. This is held in conjunction with the Art and Wine Walk. Light refreshments will be served. The Art and Wine Walk is located in downtown Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. Participating businesses feature an artist showcasing their work, while offering wine and appetizers. The Art and Wine Walk has a small participation cost if you want to attend the entire event. However, the public is welcome to come to our gallery to support the artists without choosing to participate in the official Art and Wine Walk. Take advantage of the opportunity to view the art on display and for sale at the Riverwalk Gallery. In addition, Riverwalk Artists is currently looking for members. Don’t miss an opportunity to join Riverwalk as an artist member right now!

Artwork in the Parenthood Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

For more information about this exhibit look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, 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.  This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.  To view more information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council look to our website or Facebook page.  Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.orgor call 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.  

Enhanced Artist Listing

We are offering visual, writing and performing artists an enhanced listing that goes beyond our artist booklet or artists who want to market themselves further. 

What’s included?

  • Your own page on our website that includes how to book you, buy your work or services.
  • Information about your art and what you are offering or selling to the public on a kiosk located in East Grand Forks in a public place. 
  • The opportunity to have a piece of art in an exhibit that features artists of our artist booklet.

This is a chance to go the extra step in promoting your art and services. Visual artists will have an image of their art included in the listing. Performing artists can include a video of their performance. The public will be able to view your information and look or listen to your work on our website and on a kiosk/computer station. They will also be able to read more about you and find out how to book your band for a show or purchase your book if you are an author.

Interested? If so, you need more information. The cost is $50. As always, you can use Paypal on our website donations page to pay.

Donations

Even if you have a listing in our artist booklet we need you to complete the forms to ensure that the information is up-to-date. Coordinate the drop off of your piece of art with Stephanie Olson, our Showcase Specialist. Her email is stephaniemolson@gmail.com.

We want to help you connect with the people who can hire you, show your artwork, or purchase your work!

Information Needed for Artists of Northwest Minnesota Enhanced Listing
• Briefly describe what merchandise you have to sell, group similar items by headings, this should not be a list of all your pieces for sale just an overview of what you have available.
• If you have items you have created for sale please list whether you are looking for local retail outlets, have your own studio store, or sell by personal contact, etc.
• If you are a visual artist who excels at public art pieces please provide a sample of your work and write a brief description
• If you are a literary or performance artist and have a presentation you regularly perform please provide a description. Include a link to a video on YouTube if you like.

Please reach out with any questions or to submit your information for the listing! keggerling@gmail.com or 218-745-9111.

NW Star Award Recipient George French

Northwest Star Award Winner is George French

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that George French of Crookston has been selected as the 2019 Northwest Minnesota Star Artist of the Year for his lifetime achievement in music, specializing in piano and organ.

French is an Associate Professor and Director of Music/Theater at the University of Minnesota Crookston and has been there for 39 years. Early in his career, he taught elementary and junior high school music.  He is the church organist at Trinity Lutheran church and part-time organist at First Presbyterian church. He has been involved with the Crookston Community Theater, directing and acting in musicals and plays, and is a member of the Kiwanis Club, Crookston Rotary and Masonic Lodge. 

French disclosed that he feels fortunate. “I never really feel like I go to work”.  He explained that “Arts are critical in the development of students; development of the person. The arts are part of the whole educational process that will fulfill a need in all people. The arts and arts organizations like the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council are terribly important, especially in a rural area.”

Asked if he had any advice for aspiring artists. He said, “Grab onto the opportunities when they come. Know your limitations, but you can grow and learn. Set new goals and aspirations.” 

Sandy Perkins explained, “George’s influence in the arts in the area of NW Minnesota and throughout the state is widely known and appreciated. His talents and influence are exceptional to all who know him and work with him.”

Reverend Gregory Isaacson shared, “George affirms people in their gifts and helps them to shine in their own performance.” Finally, former Chancellor at UMC Charles Casey praised French’s work at the college. “Each year it was amazing to watch George find and support the talents of the students coming to campus from across the country and around the world. Before long he would have them performing for the enjoyment of the campus, community, and region.”

The Northwest Star Artist Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. “Of the Year” Award winners are nominated by area residents. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. Funding for the Northwest Star comes from the McKnight Foundation.  

Congratulations George French on winning the Northwest Star Award!

NW Minnesota Art Exhibit 2019 Winners

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners. Student and adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered into the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit and competed for $2,300.00 in cash awards. The winners were recognized at the Northwest Minnesota Artist Reception in Badger, Minnesota on March 31. To view a video of the entire exhibit click here.

Some of the student entries in the exhibit

Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Badger Community Hall in Badger from March 20 to 31 by qualified juror and Region 2 Arts Council Grants Manager Holly Alcott. “I was completely humbled and joyfully impressed by the amount of talent. There were so many incredible creative works it was very difficult to choose the award winners. I applaud the creativity, talent, originality, and technical experience of all the artists that participated, both students and adults,” Alcott said.

NW Art Exhibit 2019

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1stPlace $500 Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada in fine craft mosaic “Seasons”

Elizabeth Rockstad of Ada won 1st place at the NWMAC NW Art Exhibit with her mosaic “Seasons”

2ndPlace $300 Andy Hall of Climax for photography “Snowy Pasque Flower”

2nd Place Winner Andy Hall with “Snowy Pasque Flower”

3rdPlace $200 Connie Nelson of Hallock in acrylic painting “Tail Light”

Connie Nelson won 3rd place for her acrylic painting “Tail Light.”

Merit $100 Debbie Aune of Gatzke in watercolor painting “Busy Streets on a Cold Day: Badger MN”

Debbie Aune with “Busy Streets on a Cold Day: Badger MN.”

Merit $100 Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla in pottery “Nesting Bowls: My Little Beauties”

Merit Award Winner Betsy Saurdiff with her pottery “Nesting Bowls: My Little Beauties.”

Merit $100 Irene Bertils of Crookston in drawing “Prayer”

Crookston resident Irene Bertils with her merit winning drawing “Prayer.”

Merit $100 Peggy Branden of Karlstad in print “The Beast”

Peggy Branden with her print “The Beast.”

Merit $100 Tammy Hansen of Newfolden in acrylic painting “Golden Hay Harvest”

Tammy Hansen of Newfolden with her merit award acrylic painting “Golden Hay Harvest.”

People’s Choice $100 Debbie Aune of Gatzke 

Student Winners

1stPlace $300 Logan Johnson of Crookston in sculpture “Because I Could”

Logan Johnson won 1st place and People’s Choice for his chess set “Because I Could.”

2ndPlace $150 Adriana Isum of Crookston in painting “Serenity”

Adrianna Isum of Crookston with her painting “Serenity.”

3rdPlace $100 Amber Lee of Hendrum for painting “Koi”

“Koi” by Amber Lee won 3rd place in the student category.

Merit $50 Madilyn Race of Goodridge for sculpture “Chowing Down”

“Chowing Down” by Madilyn Race

Merit $50 Elysa Christensen of Crookston in mixed media “Fifth Dimension”

Elysa Christensen won a merit award for “Fifth Dimension.”

Merit $50 Anissah Novacek of Greenbush for drawing “Live Aid”

“Live Aid” by Anissah Novacek of Greenbush

Merit $50 Phenix Glessing of Ada for tea set sculpture “Apple of My Eye”

“Apple of My Eye” by Phenix Glessing

Merit $50 Elliot Chapman of Crookston for a photography “Grain Elevator”

Elliot Chapman of Crookston with his photograph “Grain Elevator.”

People’s Choice $50 Logan Johnson of Crookston 

A dozen exhibit pieces of art were chosen to be included in the Traveling Art Exhibit, which will travel this next year to area libraries. Watch for the schedule to be announced and for it to arrive in your community.