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Artist Story: Dean Brateng Weaving

This blog post was written by Sarah Meisinger, owner of En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe in Roseau. It features area Artist Dean Brateng who’s work is available for purchase at Sarah’s shop in Roseau. To learn more about the shop see their website here.

(A wonderful variety of colors and sizes.)

Dean and Pat Brateng emit the down-to-earth, hometown friendliness that inspired me to open a Scandinavian Shoppe in Roseau.  Dean has been weaving longer than I’ve been alive and it shows in the craftsmanship and the quality of his beautifully woven rugs and bags.

For our Artist feature this month, we are featuring Dean’s weaving and a bit of his story.

 (A unique and durable woven bag!)

Dean was first introduced to the art of weaving by his Aunt Lillie Peterson of Roseau.  Dean’s Aunt Lillie was a well-known rug weaver and had many customers throughout Northwestern Minnesota.

When Dean was a young boy, his mother would drop him off at Aunt Lillie’s house while she ran errands in town.  It was during these times spent with his Aunt, that Dean began to learn about loom weaving.  Aunt Lillie would put Dean to work cutting materials along with other tasks and it was then that Dean’s lifelong interest in weaving began.

  (Dean at his loom weaving a beautiful Scandinavian inspired design.)

Years later when Aunt Lilly went into the nursing home, Dean inherited her loom.  As the story goes, the loom was Dean’s if he agreed to keep the loom in the family.  And today, Dean and Pat have created a loyal customer base and their rugs can be found in countless homes.

A key collaborator in the weaving process is Dean’s wife, Pat.  I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing Pat’s stories about how generous the community is when it’s time to get rid of clothing, especially old denim jeans.  The Brateng’s have often come home to their farm in rural Wannaska to large boxes and bags of jeans sitting on the front porch or in the yard.  Because of their reputation for rug weaving, many folks are aware that Dean and Pat will know exactly what to do with the items… they will re-purpose the clothing and create something lovely and useful.  I asked Pat if she finds it a little odd to come home to other peoples’ clothing and she only smiled, laughed and said they’re “used to it.”

We are very pleased to carry the Brateng’s weavings and appreciate that when they’re not farming, gardening and doing a variety of other tasks (they are busy!) Dean and Pat are creating rugs and bags for the En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe!

TARP — Teaching Artist Roster Program Apply Today

Take Advantage of this Fantastic Opportunity Right in Our Region

Are you a local artist interested in teaching residencies in the schools in our area?

NWMAC is looking for Teaching Artists who reside in our seven county service area for our roster!

Apply by August 15 to participate in this round of our training series.  Go to our on-line system, register, and complete the Teaching Artist Roster application.  Training dates will be in September and October at our office in Warren.
The deadline to apply is August 15, 2018.  There is an info session on August 7 at 3 pm at our office to learn more about this program. See below for more information. Or NWMAC Teaching Artist Roster Program Aug 2018
Please contact our office with any questions you have about this program.

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.