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Artists of Northwest Minnesota Booklet is Available

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that the 4th edition of our Artists of Northwest Minnesota booklet is available for retail locations and others who are interested. This is a marketing booklet that will be distributed throughout our region.

The booklet includes information about a variety of creative people and artists, including visual artists, dancers, bands, musicians, performing artists, and theater directors, editors, writers and fine crafters. The booklet helps those who are listed reach out to the general public and is a means to help the public “get in touch with them” to purchase art, book them, or have them provide a service.

Arts organizations, dance studios, stores with local art, local suppliers of supplies and materials for artists, coffee shops that have open mic or live bands often, etc. are included in the back of the booklet.

Please let us know if you would like copies to distribute or for yourself.

director@nwartscouncil.org or 218-745-9111.

 

Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Honor

“Of the Year” Award Winners

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.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards were presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA).

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Artist of the Year Scott Pream

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls was awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine.  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.

 

 

 

Arts Advocate of the Year Betsy Saurdiff

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla was awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

 

 

 

NW Star Award Winner Jim Kent

Jim Kent of Crookston received the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District.  He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios.  He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Thank you to everyone who attended the event on April 28 to honor these very deserving award winners!

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.

2018 Of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is Pleased to Announce

“Of the Year” Award Winners

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.  We are proud to announce this year’s recipients are Jim Kent of Crookston, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla and Scott Pream of Thief River Falls!

These “Of the Year” awards and the NW Art Exhibit awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Saturday, April 28 in Thief River Falls at the Ralph Engelstad Arena (REA) at 2:30 pm. Please come starting at 9:30 am that day to view the 99 pieces of high quality regional artwork on display in the REA lobby and vote for people’s choice.  At 2:00 enjoy a snack and music entertainment in the cafeteria.  The program will begin promptly at 2:30 with the main focus being the recognition and celebration of artists and the arts in Northwest Minnesota.  Everyone is welcome to this free event.

In addition, there will be an Arts Expo starting with a VSA presentation by Craig Dunn at 11:00 in the Dakota Room. This is for artists with disabilities as well as Arts Leaders or other organizations trying to provide access to people with disabilities. Round table presentations representing numerous arts organizations will be held from noon to 2pm in the Imperial Room. See here for more information.

Of the Year Award Winners include:

Scott Pream of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Mr. Pream is an extraordinary actor who also works behind the scenes to help others shine.  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.

Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Ms. Saurdiff is an art teacher in the Goodridge School District. She is passionate about the visual arts, an accomplished artist who works primarily in ceramics and encourages art exploration in her community. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

Jim Kent of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Kent is a musician and previously a school teacher in the Crookston School District.  He is active in the Crookston arts community through the community theater, civic music league, Pirate Fine Arts Boosters and Community Oratorios.  He shares his music skills with his church, the school and the community. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

Please come on April 28 to show support for our artists.  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.

Accessibility and the Arts: Attend Both Events

Are you an artist with disabilities, an arts leader or an organization trying to provide access to people with disabilities?

Take advantage of these two upcoming events to learn about opportunities for artists and organizations related to accessibility & the arts

Introduction to Accessibility & the Arts

Arts Access For All Partners with Minnesota Access Alliance: A shared vision for full inclusion in the Arts

Thursday, April 19, 2018

10:00am to 12:00 pm (doors open at 9:45am)

East Grand Forks Campbell Library

422 4th Street Northwest

East Grand Forks, MN 56721

Are you looking for ways for your organization to implement accessibility? Take this opportunity to learn how to plan the implementation of accommodating people with various disabilities when visiting your museum, theater, cultural organization and events.

The facilitator, Sherry Shirek, is a passionate advocate with over 25 years of experience working in the field of disability. Sherry is the co-founder of Arts Access For All, a consortium that began in 2015 in the Moorhead/Fargo Metro region to bring together Arts and cultural leaders, staff, volunteers, community-based organizations, and people with disabilities to discuss ways to implement accommodations one step at a time.

Topics include:

  • Learn how to reach out and welcome people with disabilities into your Arts or Cultural organization
  • Learn some simple solutions to provide access and accommodations for people with disabilities
  • Learn where to find resources and what other organizations have done to implement accessibility
  • Examine your facility by using an ADA survey checklist and meet experts in the field that can help facilitate these surveys
  • Become a part of a larger community that is passionate and supports one another, shares information by in-person workshops, email discussion lists and Facebook groups.
  • Join together with arts leaders, program and education staff, docents and volunteers from a variety of community-based organizations, theaters, cultural centers, and museums

Cost: Free

Registration required. To complete your free registration form, go to: http://www.artsafa.org

Facilities and parking are wheelchair accessible. Perfumes or scented lotions are not permitted.  For questions or to request accommodations, please contact Sherry Shirek 701-781-3055 or sherrybeth7@gmail.com

Sponsored in part by the Minnesota State Arts Board

Doing, Collaborating & Attending: Resources to Expand Arts Participation by Artists and Non-Artists with Disabilities

Craig Dunn, Executive Director of VSA Minnesota, will be at the Arts Expo on Saturday, April 28 and will be speaking at 11:00  about how the organization helps people with disabilities participate in the arts both as artists and as arts consumers.  His presentation will  benefit both artists and arts administrators with and without disabilities by showing examples of collaboration, inclusion, accommodation and access.  Handouts will be available and questions will be encouraged and welcomed. Craig will be available throughout the event to discuss these issues.

Saturday, April 28

11:00 am

Ralph Engelstad Arena Dakota Room

Thief River Falls

Put both of these events on your calendar!

4th Annual Artists Retreat on Lake of the Woods

You’re invited to the 4th Annual Artists Retreat on Lake of the Woods!

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 work.

When: September 6-9, 2018

The Plan: Meet up in Warroad, MN 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, we conclude the retreat with a closing circle at 10:00 a.m. followed by brunch, leaving the island around noon.

For Canadian guests, the meet up will be in Sprague.

Don’t forget! To reach the Northwest Angle, we must travel through Canada. Bring a passport or passport card. Only one of these documents is required to cross the Canadian and U.S. borders. Canadians will need a passport as well to enter the United States at the Northwest Angle.

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. There is some wi-fi and 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 men’s cabin, women’s cabin and the communal spaces. Cabins have an open-space layout, with bunks and single beds with mattresses. 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.

What to pack: Sleeping bag or linens, pillow, two flashlights, comfortable clothing, good sturdy shoes (2 pairs recommended), swimsuit, alcoholic beverages for social hour (optional) and supplies for your art.

Cost: $300.00 USD which includes boat transportation, meals and snacks on the island, lodging, canoes, paddleboats, sauna, campfires, lots of peace and quiet, and beautiful nature. A $100 nonrefundable deposit due at time of registration with balance due by August 7th, 2018.

Register by May 1st and save $50!

Register: Go to www.redshoeswriting.com. Fill out the online form and pay with PayPal or download the registration form and mail, along with your deposit or full payment, to: Red Shoes Writing Solutions, 33145 593rd Ave., Warroad, MN 56763.