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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:

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.

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.

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 given by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts Executive Director Sheila Smith, 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.

Fiber Works & Rosemaling Exhibit Is Open

Works by Artist Cathy Forgit of Fertile MN and Jean Honl of Roseau.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to present the Fiber Works and Rosemaling Exhibit featuring artists Cathy Forgit and Jean Honl. 

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. 

Cathy Forgit’s Fiber Works

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 11.  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.) Details on the artists reception will be forthcoming. 

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.  

Annie Fitzgerald to perform in Fosston March 2

Join us as we welcome Annie Fitzgerald to the Fosston Library Arts Theater on March 2 at 7:00 pm! 

General Admission tickets are $10 and can be purchased in person at Generations for Him in Fosston.  Out of town guests can purchase tickets online at www.fclaa.org (select  “Annie Fitzgerald Tickets” under the Events tab).

Annie Fitzgerald has been described by Jamsphere as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit.” Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun on June 1st, 2018. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. Since her first release In Good Time, Fitzgerald spent time a part of the NYC Indie scene, started a family, and welcomed a move back to her home state of Minnesota and a newfound sense of space to create. You & Me & the Sun explores connection, vulnerability, love, and sparks in the span of time navigating the balance between motherhood & her life as a songwriter.

North Country Fiddle & Dance Community Dance

Come dance to the music of The O’Neil Family Band on March 2

Teaching and calling: Jeanne O’Neil 

Reels, simple squares, circles, and more. All dances taught, no experience needed. 

All are welcome; singles, couples, families. 

Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 7:30 to 10 pm

Community Room at East Grand Forks Senior Center, 538 Rhinehart Drive S.E., East Grand Forks

Free-will Donations at the door

For more info contact Jeanne O’Neil oneil@rrv.net or( 218) 773- 3850

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