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Northwest Star Award Presented to Donald Kakaygeesick of Warroad

Northwest Star Award Winner is Donald Kakaygeesick

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NW Star Award Winner Donald Kakaygeesick of Warroad

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Donald Kakaygeesick of Warroad has been selected as the 2021 Northwest Minnesota Star Artist of the Year for his lifetime achievement in art. Kakaygeesick received his award at a program in Warroad on August 26.

Donald has had a long history of representing Warroad and Roseau County in the arts field. He was born in 1959 and comes from a long line of Ojibwe artisans and a well-known family of artists along with his brothers Robert, John and his sister Karen. The Kakaygeesick name is synonymous with Warroad history, culture and art. In high school, Donald designed the Warroad Warrior logo for the public school. He has experience with many mediums including acrylic, oils, watercolor, and carving.

According to Warroad teacher and NWMAC Board Member Jaimie Snowdon, “Not only has Donald contributed to the world of art but he has also been a leader and teacher in the Ojibwe culture and history. These skills were taught to him by his father, mother and elders in the Warroad community. Donald has spent his life passing on the traditions of making wigwams, teepees, how to process wild rice, drumming, dancing and sweat lodge ceremonies to name a few. In all of these activities, art is intertwined. With the passing of his brother Robert last fall, Donald is stepping into that elder role for Warroad and the whole region.”

Donald’s art can be viewed at the Warroad Library and Museum. He paints in the well-known Indigenous style called, “Woodland School of Art.” This visionary style emphasizes outlines and X-ray views of people, animals, and plant life. 

Asked about the impact of art, Kakaygeesick said, “You can make a big impact with your art. Artwork can bring change. If you have the talent, you can make changes in everything.” As for advice for aspiring artists, he shared, “Learn your skills. No one will be perfect. Don’t be afraid to express yourself. You might think it’s trash, but sometimes you find out that everyone else loves it.”

Henry Boucha shared, “I would like to thank the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council for recognizing one of our Indigenous peoples for this outstanding NW Star award. I congratulate my cousin Donald KaKayGeesick with this Lifetime Achievement Award and his dedication to the Anishinaabe/Ojibwa culture and traditions of our people.  As long as I can remember, The KaKayGeesick Family, our Guides and Medicine people, have stood strong traditionally, and culturally through the assimilation of our people. The degradation of the Anishinaabe society, and our way of life on Lake of the Woods. Experiencing racism, prejudice, and discrimination throughout their lifetime, they have maintained our language, culture and traditions whereas most of us assimilated and left our traditions and culture behind. Amazingly, when we were ready to come home, they were there to greet us and teach us what they knew. AHO!

The Northwest Star Artist Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. Of the Year Award winners are nominated by area residents. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. Funding for the Northwest Star comes from the McKnight Foundation.  

Congratulations Donald Kakaygeesick on winning the Northwest Star Award!

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Arts Advocate Ann Novacek, Artist of the Year Connie Nelson, and NW Star Award Winner Donald Kakaygeesick

Artist Advocate of the Year Ann Novacek, Artist of the Year Connie Nelson, NW Star Award Winner Donald Kakaygeesick at the NWMAC Awards Presentation in Warroad.

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Awards Announced

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is excited to announce the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners. Student and adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered into the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit and competed for $2,300.00 in cash awards. The winners were recognized at the Northwest Minnesota Artist Reception in Warroad on August 26.

“Covid Gothic” by Kansas Jensen won 1st place in the student category

Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the Discovery Development Hub, 201 Lake Street NE, Warroad from August 13 to 26 by qualified juror and Region 2 Arts Council Grants Manager Holly Alcott. “I humbly thank you for the opportunity to experience all these beautiful works of art. What an amazing amount of talent in one room, both by adults and students. I was completely blown away by some of the works that obviously came from and spoke to our shared struggles against the COVID pandemic this last year. To all of you, those who received awards and those who did not, know that the decisions were very difficult because the art works in this exhibit were of great originality and quality. You should all be proud of your work – well done!” Alcott said.

“Daddy and Son” by Debbie Aune won 1st place in the Adult Category

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1st Place $500 Debbie Aune of Gatzke in oil painting “Daddy and Son”

2nd Place $300 Heather Sabian of Crookston for sculpture “Skin Hunger”

3rd Place $200 Dennis Kinkead of Hallock in sculpture “Alarmed Dragon”

Merit $100 Nick Reitzel of Karlstad in oil painting “Track of the Wolf Pack”

Merit $100 Richard Jensen of Crookston in sculpture “Crow Mother”

Merit $100 Summit Kuehn of Roseau in painting “Princessa Eagle”

Merit $100 Nancy Vraa of Red Lake Falls in folk/traditional fine craft “Home Spun Origin”

Merit $100 Glen Heppner of Warroad in oil painting “Jordan”

People’s Choice $100 of Irene Bertils of Crookston

Student Winners

1st Place $300 Kansas Jensen of Goodridge in acrylic painting “Covid Gothic”

2nd Place $150 Aubree Bonham of Fertile in mixed media “No Evil”

3rd Place $100 Alexis Jalbert of Ada for sculpture “Sushi”

Merit $50 Brennon Collins of Greenbush for hand-colored intaglio print “Lake Lounging”

Merit $50 Eskyla Manriquez of Ada in sculpture “Air Jordan 1 Chicago Black Toe”

Merit $50 Macrina Herbel of Fertile for drawing “Vignette”

Merit $50 Donavin Hagen of Goodridge for printmaking “Bandit”

Merit $50 Riley Saurdiff of Grygla for drawing “Pencil Pachyderm”

People’s Choice $50 Kansas Jensen and Aubree Bonham

Fifteen exhibit pieces of student and adult art were chosen to be included in the Traveling Art Exhibit, which will travel this next year to area libraries. Watch for the schedule to be announced and for it to arrive in your community.

                          

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.

Lake of the Woods Artists’ Retreat

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, kim@redshoeswriting.com or (218) 469-0204.

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.