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Tiny Art Exhibit is Open at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC — Check it out!

Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit

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Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls

May 21 – July 26, 2021 

Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit, NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

Warren, MN. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit featuring 133 pieces of art from all over our region.

The exhibit is open now through July 26, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. 

Showcase Specialist Trey Everett explained, “It’s fun to dream up themes for future art exhibits. Our current show, Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit, came about as I was thinking of how to encourage people to submit artwork. Teaching art and hosting creative workshops over the years I’ve learned that the smaller the canvas the less anxiety and fear people seem to have  around creating artwork. “What if,” I thought, “the only requirement for an exhibit was that the art had to be very small?” It worked!  People were so enthusiastic.”

Tiny Art Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

There are 133 individual pieces of art not counting about 80 to 100 chicken eggs. The exhibit includes four pieces from an artist from Michigan. Everett reached out to folk artisans and happily a number of artists accepted the challenge. “We have beautiful and thought-provoking Hardanger embroidery, needle felted wool, etched depression era eggs, alcohol ink paintings, batik, embroidery with tin on leather and wool, straw craft, pin cushion and so on. This was a fun exhibit to set up and I greatly enjoy interacting with the amazing creative people in this region.” 

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Artist Jeremy Haug

Marshall County Artist Jeremy Haug created the etched depression era eggs. He explained, “Eggs are inspiration. Years ago, I heard that artists either add or subtract to make art. Pinching pennies through the pandemic, I didn’t want to splurge on paints or dyes for Easter eggs and started playing around with scratching off the outer layer, subtracting from the egg instead of adding the paint. The shape of the egg lends itself well to the simple designs I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. While etching the eggs the calcium dust that scratches off sparkles in the sunshine; I figure something good is happening.” 

Area students also entered work into this exhibit. According to Goodridge-Grygla Teacher Betsy Saurdiff, “Students created a series of five mini paintings and chose their favorite for the show. By working in a series, they were able to develop their ideas further.”

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Debbie Aune, Art Teacher from Greenbush said, “We were ALL OVER  this real art show! I personally have had enough virtual. I made it a requirement for my craft class and my painting class. It was a crash course in watercolor; I gave the kids one hour to finish two small paintings! The urgency made it happen.”

Finally, Artist Cindy Kolling of Gully on her drawings, “These pen & ink drawings are part of a multi-step process that goes into much of my art. I want to make new art that invites viewers to expand their participation in life by developing and sharing appreciation and to consider our local world with fresh insight.”

For a virtual visit to the exhibit view our video here.

Watch our Artist Spotlight with Fosston artists Heidi Danos, Jason Steinbrenner, Steph Anderson and Michael McColl here.

A number of these pieces are available for purchase.

Jeremy Haug, Depression Era Eggs3 for $20
Rosalyn Watnemo, Star Hardanger Embroidery Ornament$15
Rosalyn Watnemo, Heart Hardanger Embroidery Ornament$15
Rosalyn Watnemo, Red Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Rosalyn Watnemo, Green Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Rosalyn Watnemo, White Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Kristin Eggerling, Temptation$35 (Sale of are donated to NWMAC)
Heidi Danos, Cora$45
Betsy Saurdiff, Blue and Green Vase$8
Betsy Saurdiff, Pink and Green Vase$8
Besty Saurdiff, Whistle Baby Loon$12 SOLD
Jason Steinbrenner, Cells$40
Jason Steinbrenner, Waste Not
$50
Jason Steinbrenner, Collision of Color
$45
Jason Steinbrenner, Viking Spirits Ship
$40
Jason Steinbrenner, Surf the Sun
$45
Jason Steinbrenner, “War, Bloody War”
$60
Ross Hier, Brook Stickleback$40
Ross Hier, Common Snipe Tail Feather$25
Ross Hier, Pasque Flower Blossoms$25
Ross Hier, Channel Catfish Fingerling$40
Ross Hier, Wood Duckling Study$30
Ross Hier, Northern Lights$30
Ross Hier, Orange-bordered Blue Butterfly 
$35
Ross Hier, Eye of the Rooster$50
Lynette Ross, Untitled Series of Four$20 Each
Elizabeth Kitchell-Rockstad, Retro Flower$135
Elizabeth Kitchell-Rockstad, Desert Sun$135
Rebecca Przybylaki, Cockatiel$100
Rebecca Przybylaki, Bald Eagle $100 
 Rebecca Przybylaki, Downy Woodpecker $100
Rebecca Przybylaki, Great Horned Owl $100
Jade Reese, StudentRog$40
Ty Christian, StudentDogty$40
Victoria Hickey, StudentUntitled $40
Bella Burkel, StudentCatabell $40
Kai Melby, StudentMuck $40
Billie Sikorski, StudentDillie$40
Paris Sondreal, StudentParat$40
Jaxon Janousek, StudentJaneousebuck $40
Zach Blawat, StudentZdog $40
Paris Sondreal, StudentOrange Kitty $40
Tessany Blazek, StudentBlazat$40
Connie Nelson, Lost Ball$25
Connie Nelson, The Ball$25
Anonymous, Read$35 (Sale of art donated to NWMAC)
Dani Perez, My Best Friend$50
Aliza Novacek-Olson, Lyle the Lumberjack$85
Aliza Novacek-Olson, BuBear $70
Therese Masters Jacobson, Winter Snowflake$5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Autumn Leaf $5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Summer Apple $5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Spring Blossom $5
Stephanie Olson, Hamsa for You$35
Stephane Olson, Cropland$35
Rachel Gustafson, Big Shot$20
Rachel Gustafson, Tree of Life $20
Rachel Gustafson, Loose Ends $20
Michael McColl, Untitled Series of Four$25 Each

The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The summer gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30-4:30 PM, Friday from 7:20- 2:30 pm and at other times when events are held at the college. Enter through Door A. Visitor parking is free and at this time in the large end lot. No masks are required.

For more information about our exhibits 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 Trey Everett at (218) 280-4917 or treyeverettcreates@gmail.com . This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation. Please sign up for our e-newsletter on our website home page to see the latest news and grant announcements.  Email director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-8886 to reach our office during regular business hours.

Arts Advocate of the Year Sherri Kukowski

Sherri Kukowski is Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce this year’s recipient for the Arts Advocate of the Year Award is Sherri Kukowski of Badger. 

Kukowski is the junior high and high school math teacher in Badger, as well as the Math League coach, Prom Advisor, and Art Club Advisor. She is also a member of Badger Town and Country. Kukowski is a mosaic artist and the force behind the Badger Heritage Mosaic Wall, a handcrafted 26’ x 12’ mosaic art installation. Through the process of creating the Heritage Wall, she has realized the impact of the arts on the community. Community members who had never done any artistic work before continue to encourage each other. “It has been so fun. Young and old have worked together to create. Everyone has had a part.”

According to Badger Mayor James Rinde, “In early 2016 Sherri approached the city about a Badger Heritage Wall that would tell the story of Badger. The huge mosaic wall has brought together community members of all ages for the last three years and is far more than we ever imagined.”

Debbie Aune explained, “Sherri will advocate for art whenever she can. Sherri organizes, designs, fundraises, collaborates, writes grants, advocates and smiles tirelessly with sleeves rolled up. Sherri is a lovely manifestation of art advocacy.”

Resident Christine Modahl raved about Kukowski’s advocacy for the arts. “Sherri has a strong passion for art and enjoys sharing it with anyone anywhere. Her creativeness has gone miles in our community.  Starting out with becoming the Prom Advisor, she utilized her artistic talented mind and enthusiasm to get all the Juniors and Seniors involved, which created the perfect atmosphere to coordinate beautifully with each year’s theme. She moved on to start up the Badger Art Club in the school, which involves any and all teens wanting to learn about art. She organizes indoor art workshops for the students and gives her best effort to end the year with an annual field trip to educate them on different levels of art in Minnesota.”

Asked if she has any advice for aspiring artists, Sherri recommends that they be in touch with the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council. Education-wise and money-wise, the Arts Council helps so much. Regarding their art, she said, “keep playing with it. It will click. If one type of art isn’t working, take a break and try something else. Never quit.”

Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is given each year to recognize arts advocates within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” award winners were nominated by area residents. This award comes with a cash award of $500.00. Funding for the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Of the Year Awards

Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our seven county region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents.

Of the Year Award Winners include:

NW Artist of the Year Jean Honl

Jean Honl of Roseau will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for fine craft of rosemaling. 

Jean has been rosemaling for over 45 years. Her work is currently exhibited in our gallery in East Grand Forks. Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00.

NW Arts Advocate of the Year Winner Sherri Kukowski

Sherri Kukowski of Badger will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. 

Ms. Kukowski is a mosaic artist and a strong advocate for the arts. She created the Heritage Wall at the Badger Community Center — a 26 ‘ X 12 ” glass mosaic public art installation showcasing rural life in northern Minnesota. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

NW Star Award Winner George French

George French of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award.

Mr. French is a musician, specializing in piano and organ, and head of the music and theater departments at the University of Minnesota Crookston. He has directed numerous theater productions and is a dedicated and active volunteer in his communityThis award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

These awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, March 31in Badger at the Badger Community Center at 111 North Main Street, Badger, MN  56714. Refreshments will be served at 2:15 pm with the program beginning promptly at 3:00 pm. Local entertainment will be featured during the program. In addition, the 2019 Creative Minnesota survey results for our region will be presented, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information about the Arts Exhibit see our website: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/2019/03/2019-nw-annual-art-exhibit/

Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Winter 2019 west acres artist in residence is elizabeth rockstad

Studio 4:13 in Ada is excited to announce


Mosaic Artist Elizabeth Rockstad has been selected as the Winter 2019 West Acres Artist in Residence. She will have a studio space in Fargo’s West Acres Mall (JC Penney wing) and will be creating and interacting with the public, January 15th through March 2nd. Stop by the mall to see her work!

Nw MN Annual Art Exhibit

2019 ANNUAL ART EXHIBIT — DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28 TO APPLY!

Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit — Open Now

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce their latest “Call for Entries” for the 2019 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your art work is February 28, 2019!

This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Badger at the community center and runs from March 18 through March 31, 2019.

Artists from our 7 county service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards.  Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible.  Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter.  Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror.  They will be recognized and receive their check at the Artist Reception. The Artist Reception will be on Sunday, March 31.

Click for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions.  If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-9111 or email Mara. The application must submitted no later than February 28, 2019.  There is a teacher spreadsheet available by emailing Mara.  Teachers can also submit a Word file with student work samples to ease the process.

Here are some main pages on our website that you can click into from our navigation on the left.

Art Exhibit

NW MN Art Exhibit

NWMAC Art Exhibit Directions

NWMAC Art Exhibit Rules

We encourage you to enter with our on-line system!  Login in the upper right corner of our website.  And create a user or use your past Login.  The link below takes you directly to the Login.

ONLINE PORTAL

If you would like to use Paypal, you will find the link on our main donations page here

NWMAC is also accepting nominations for our “Of The Year” Awards.  Awards will be presented at the Artist Reception on March 31 in Badger. For more information, click here.