First Friday is an arts-related event held each month on the first Friday of the month. These recurring local cultural and social events promote artists and arts events throughout the country for the purpose of showcasing and exhibiting art, introducing residents and visitors to artists and the arts in your area and the opportunity to sell or purchase and collect art. These self-guided events may also feature promotions at individual businesses who may extend their hours of operation. First Fridays may be as simple as individual artist studios opening up for a Friday evening or a coordinated city-wide art crawl.
The NWMAC would like to help promote any First Friday events in our region. We will do this by adding your event to a region-wide map and sharing the information on our website, Facebook, Instagram, Explore Minnesota website, and in our newsletters. Are you interested in participating? Or do you have questions? Contact our Promotions Specialist, Kristin Eggerling at email@example.com.
At this time, we are planning to begin our promotions for the May 1, 2020 First Friday. The Entry Due Date is the first Friday of the prior month. So, to be included in the May 1 map you will need to let NWMAC know that you are participating ASAP.
When are First Fridays in 2020? Dates include May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, and December 4. (these are also the dates to let us know your plans for the next month)
Do I have to commit to each First Friday? No. You may be interested in holding a First Friday event only once, periodically, or every first Friday. It’s your choice.
What if I want to open my studio for a First Friday, but no one else in my community wants to hold events? The NWMAC will promote all First Friday events in our region. One event in a community is fine.
Is there a cost to participate? There is no cost to be listed on our map or for our promotions.
The Winter Fantasy Art Exhibit is the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s current exhibit at our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College.
Join us as our artists help you to escape into other worlds that lead into the magic, myths and fantasy of winter. Visit our exhibit and let your mind explore as you go on an adventure in our winter fantasy wonderland.
The show was exhibited on January 12 in the lobby of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls as a part of Ice Fest 2020. The exhibit then moved to our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College through February.
Join us for an Artist Reception on Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8PM. Meet the artists and take in the exhibit. Refreshments will be served.
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls
October 1- November 30
Artist Reception is Thursday, November 7 from 6-8 PM
Works featured by area artists Christine Foster and Stephanie Olson
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of painted portraits, stories and mixed media by Christine Foster and a jingle dress-inspired sculpture by Stephanie Olson. The art installation, Hope & Freedom: Survivors and Thrivers of Abuse, is now open through November 30 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland College and Technical School in Thief River Falls.
“I had a vision to paint the stories of women who are survivors of mental, sexual, physical and/or spiritual abuse. I want to help victims who are in abuse situations currently or have been abused in the past to know that they are not alone, as well as to know that there is hope. I have incorporated both images and words in each woman’s portrait story. The story will share the pain along with the healing journey.”
Christine Foster is an artist and teacher from Thief River Falls, MN. She received a $5,000 Artist Project Grant from NWMAC to create art in 2016 for her showcase, Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, which features paintings of women who have previously been abused and have since found help and redemption. The exhibit also features each woman’s story next to her painted portrait.
“Each woman has shared their life story with me through written form or conversation. They decided what imagery, symbols, colors and words will best speak of their life. Women did or did not want part of her portrait included. I left it up to each woman’s discretion as to how she would like her story portrayed. Each portrait story is a cooperative effort between the woman, the artwork and myself.
I envisioned using a variety of windows to display the portrait stories. Windows are a symbol of the access to our souls. The degree of openness will depend upon each woman and their healing journey.”
Thief River Falls Artist Stephanie Olson will display her jingle cone dress-inspired sculpture in this exhibit.
“The idea for this sculpture came to me in a dream. I am usually a painter, so it was unusual. But I decided to try, to see what could work.”
Influenced by traditional indigenous skirts, this sculpture was made of jingle cone beads, metal wire, hand-dyed cotton twine, leather lacing, feathers, and red paint to raise awareness and support for missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Each jingle cone bead was sponsored, meaning each bead represents an effort toward the cause of supporting funds and increased awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women. Each jingle cone bead also bears a name, either the name of the sponsor or a name they chose in honor or memory. This sculpture was able to raise over $500 for the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center.
“I am hopeful that this sculpture will continue to raise awareness for MMIW. It can also serve as a symbol for unity, for community intention.”
A disproportionate number of Native American women and girls are missing or murdered each year. This national epidemic has started to receive more attention. In Minnesota, the state recently launched a Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Task Force to study the issue and make recommendations to address the problem. You can learn more about this issue at this powerful exhibit.
Meet Christine and Stephanie at the Artist Reception on Thursday, November 7 from 6 to 8 PM.
The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 PM and at other times when events are held at the college. Enter through Door B. Visitor parking is free in front of the business office.
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 Kelsey 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. 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 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.
Come out to Laketrails Base Camp on Oak Island for a weekend of rest, relaxation, and art. This rustic island is the perfect getaway to rejuvenate and reconnect with your artistic projects and goals.
When: September 5-8, 2019
The Plan: The group will meet up in Warroad, MN, leaving at noon on Thursday, and carpool from there. When you get to Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle, you’ll take a boat out to Laketrails. Once on the island, you’ll have dinner and an opening circle to get to know each other. After that, the weekend is yours. You’ll have time and space to do your art and enjoy nature. Meals and snacks are provided during your stay on the island. There is an optional social hour on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, the retreat concludes with brunch. Boats leave the island at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Canadian guests will meet up in Sprague.
How “rustic” is it?
Oak Island is about 10-15 minutes by boat from Young’s Bay Resort at the Northwest Angle. Laketrails Base Camp is far from posh, but quite comfortable. Some wi-fi is available. The communal buildings and cabins have electricity, but plan to spend part of your time unplugged. You won’t need to bring your own toilet paper, and no-flush toilets are conveniently located near the “Early Bird” cabin, the “Night Owl” cabin, and the communal spaces. Sleeping cabins have an open-space layout, with bunks and single beds with mattresses. Participants are housed according to their sleeping preference – early bird or night owl. There are showers (which are pretty nice considering) but use water sparingly (or jump in the lake.) There are canoes and a sauna for your enjoyment and lots of glorious nature. It’s an island at the end of the earth — in the best sense!
How “rustic” do I need to be? Must be able to get in and out of a boat and navigate uneven terrain.
Please note that the nearest emergency medical facilities are at least 2 hours away.
Cost: $300.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, paddle boats, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature.
Register: Fill out the online form below and pay with PayPal or fill out this registration form and mail, along with your deposit or full payment, to: Red Shoes Writing Solutions, 33145 593rd Ave., Warroad, MN 56763.
A non-refundable deposit of $100 is due upon registration. Balance is due by August 7th, 2019. Refunds are at the discretion of Laketrails Base Camp and Red Shoes Writing Solutions. If you have any questions, contact Kim Hruba, firstname.lastname@example.org or (218) 469-0204.