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Parenthood Art Exhibit at Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery in East Grand Forks

Come to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) Gallery in East Grand Forks at the Riverwalk Centre (movie theater mall) to see the new Parenthood Art Exhibit. This collection is meant to explore and celebrate parenthood and is open between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. We have gathered art created by northwest Minnesota artists that is related to parenthood through its very creation (made by parents and their children), art that involves parenthood in its content, functional art that lives in the everyday of parenthood, and art that cracks open parenthood—and childhood—just a little bit more. 

Artist Therese Jacobson’s painting captures a scene with her daughter cooking with her granddaughter. Therese explained that this “is what parenting is all about. Children learn from involvement. This was a very meaningful, joyful and calm moment.”

Art Work in Parenthood Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, including a painting by Therese Jacobson.

Artists featured in the exhibit include Therese Jacobson of Alvarado, Trey Everett of Crookston, Susan Neufeld of Beltrami, Loreen Hanson of Thief River Falls, Jan Osborn of Thief River Falls, Paulette Christianson of Badger, Alicia Spilde of Karlstad, Peggy Brandon of Karlstad, Jill Levene of Warren, Irene Bertils of Crookston, Nick Reitzel of Karlstad, Barb Kota of Warroad, and Kelsey Brateng of Thief River Falls.

Parenthood Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks

The Parenthood Art Exhibit will be on display from May 5 through June 23 at the NWMAC Gallery 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 PM and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 PM. Before you make a special trip to East Grand Forks, just see this exhibit, double check that the gallery is open (email stephaniemolson@gmail.com). 

There will be an artists’ reception held on Saturday, June 1 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM. This is held in conjunction with the Art and Wine Walk. Light refreshments will be served. 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!

Artwork in the Parenthood Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.

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.  

A Creative Investment, Celebrating 10 Years of Legacy Art and Impact

The Saint Paul Art Crawl opens this Friday, April 26, and the Minnesota State Arts Board in partnership with the Regional Art Councils is proud to present, A Creative Investment, Celebrating 10 Years of Legacy Art and Impact. The exhibition highlights the breadth of arts engagement, featuring works by all ages – kindergartners to older adults – and all abilities, all supported by the state’s arts and cultural heritage fund. Thirty-five grantees, from 30 communities from around the state, with nearly 100 art pieces (painting, mosaics, textiles, pottery, sculpture, photography) are featured.  Its theme is that all Minnesotans are creative, and all benefit from the arts. 

There is an opening reception this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Arts Board.  In addition, the exhibition is on the website. Works are categorized by community. Works from our region include the Badger Community Wall, In Progress –Fresh Voices from Crookston, and nine canvases from the We Are Water workshops.

To learn more visit: www.arts.state.mn.us

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.