Working artists activate our communities and deepen the dimension and quality of our lives.
McKnight Artist Fellowships increase the exploratory opportunity, economic stability, and productive capacity of artists by providing $25,000 in unrestricted support for mid-career artists and discipline-specific artistic and professional development opportunities. For more information and a list of all fellowships visit this webpage.
McKnight Artists Fellowships include: (click on the links to learn more including deadlines and how to apply)
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to present the Fiber Works and Rosemaling Exhibit featuring artists Cathy Forgit and Jean Honl. Meet these artists at the Artist Reception on May 4 from 1-4PM. We will have light refreshments, and Jean will also be demonstrating her rosemaling. This is held in conjunction with the Art and Wine Walk.
Cathy Forgit of Fertile, Minnesota shares pieces that harken back to the “olden days”: coverlet patterns from the past, hides from primitive sheep once used to keep the sleeping warm, striking block patterns, and one wool rug spun from the wool of her own sheep.
Jean Honl of Roseau, Minnesota not only decorates functional pieces with rosemaling, she constructs those pieces herself. She has her own woodshop where she builds pieces such as the chair on display in the gallery. And then she adorns them with rosemaling, a traditional Norwegian style.
Working in these different mediums, Forgit and Honl have brought the bright and bold colors many of us have been missing this time of year! Come visit the Fiber Works and Rosemaling Exhibit at the NWMAC gallery now through May 4. The gallery is located 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 P.M.and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. (But before you go, please double check to make sure the gallery is open.)
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, going into this busy art and wine walk season!
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.
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.
360 XOCHI QUETZAL DEADLINE: August 7, 2016
for Free Winter Artist Residency in Central Mexico
360 XOCHI QUETZAL is a FREE artist residency located on Lake Chapala, Mexico. International writers, playwrights, visual artists, fiber artists, filmmakers, photographers, new media artists, dancers and musicians are all welcome to apply for a 1-month residency Dec 14, 2016 – Jan 13, 2017. Winter applications are due August 7, 2016 thru CAFÉ www.callforentry.org so apply today!
They also have a personal residency program for artists and writers who need longer periods of creative time (1 – 6 months). Spaces are still available for August – December. Write email@example.com for dates in 2016 – 2017.
More information on their new website: http://www.360xochiquetzal.com, visit the 360 Xochi Quetzal Group Facebook page, or follow on Twitter: @360XochiQuetzal