Here’s what’s going on with the NWMAC and the arts in northwest Minnesota!
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 10!
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is updating our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet and will be printing 3,000 copies of our 5th edition this winter. This is a marketing booklet that will be distributed throughout our region.
We are looking for a variety of creative people and artists to provide information for this booklet, but we’d love to include bands, musicians, performing artists, or writers. The cost for a listing for individuals is $20. In addition to the listing you will receive 20 booklets, which makes the listing practically free! The booklet helps those who are listed reach out to the general public and is a means to help the public “get in touch with them” to purchase art, book them, or have them provide a service. The booklet will include visual artists, fine crafters, performing artists like musicians, dancers, actors, creative writers, fine art photographers, creative videographers, serious graphic artists, interior design artists, landscape artists, journalists, screenwriters, history writers, editors, artistic architects, very unique artsy floral designers, theater directors, choreographers, accompanists, bands, folk musicians, and more.
While our approach will be inclusive, criteria will be applied related to selection. Things like tattoo, taxidermy, kit crafters, pre-existing patterns from a book crafters, and purchased ceramics that are just painted don’t fit as nicely unless they are over the top excellent in technique or if they are preserving a fine artistic tradition like Rosemaling, for instance. Please contact us if you have questions.
Arts organizations, dance studios, stores with local art, local suppliers of supplies and materials for artists, coffee shops that have open mic or live bands often, etc. will be included in the back of the booklet.
If you would like to be listed, please print out an entry form, fill it out and mail to us. Here is the form:
There is also an entry form for businesses. It also costs $20 for businesses/groups that want to have a logo or picture in the booklet. Here is the form for businesses: NWMAC Groups Application form 2017 edition.
We are also considering briefly listing very artistic local festivals in this edition. These festivals would need to have a very strong history of existence – since we print every three years + an “arts budget” of a certain amount to qualify. If you think your festival qualifies and you are interested in being listed, please contact Mara at email@example.com.
To see the 4rd edition booklet that was published three years ago, click here.
Please spread the word to other creative and artistic residents in our region!
Coronavirus is impacting every aspect of our lives. Are you creating art that speaks directly to what is happening in the world today — social distancing, shelter in place or anxiety around a new virus?
For example, artistic photographs of families playing games; paintings related to events not occurring; or journaling on coronavirus and then creating poetry, writing songs, painting, drawing, or capturing photos specifically based on your journal entry.
This can be a time to create art directly related to your feelings during this time of hardship, anxiety, sickness, isolation, or very challenging change. Stay tuned — if this creates a body of work to show, the NWMAC may create a future exhibit around this theme — and stay safe!
What are you creating?
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 2020 Annual Art Exhibit will take place in Warren from August 12 to 26. The exhibit will be at the Warren Recreation Center at 120 E Bridge Ave (the large building south of the City Office and west of the WAO High School) and will be open for the public to view art on
August 12, 13, 17, 19, 25, 26 from 10 am – 8 pm
August 20 from 10 am to noon — it’s Crazy Days in Warren
Please note: on August 26 exhibit closes early at 4:00 pm for the Artists’ Award Ceremony Reception.
The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the exhibit! We ask that you practice social distancing and wear a mask.
43 adult and 37 student artists from our 7 county service region — Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, and Red Lake counties — have entered 110 pieces of art into this exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards. Exhibit cash award winners are chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror. This year our juror is Visual Artist Kim Wilson from Grand Forks. The artists will be recognized and receive their check at an Artist Reception at the close of the exhibit. Unfortunately, this year due to COVID-19, the reception will be limited to the artists.
Some of this art is available to purchase! Follow us on Facebook to see it.
To visit the exhibit virtually watch this video. It includes the award winners.