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Writing the elements with Dale Jacobson

Attention Writers, Poets and Illustrators!

We are looking for short work on the theme of the elements. We have created 3 videos with Writer Dale Jacobson to inspire you. This is the first of the 3. You can watch whenever is convenient for you. Then, take some time to write or illustrate.

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.

Call to Writers, Poets & Illustrators: Elements — earth, air, fire, water, space

Call to Writers, Poets, and Illustrators

For work on the subject of Elemental: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Space

Warren, MN. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce a call for writings and illustrations on the subject of the elements, including earth, air, fire, water, and space for an upcoming exhibit July 30 – September 27 at the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls.

All pieces of work (written and illustration) will be framed by the Northwest MN Arts Council in an 8.5 x 11 frame. If your work is larger than 8.5 x 11 (for example a longer piece of writing or poetry, a larger illustration, etc.) let Trey know and we will work with you. 

Possible subjects include — 

Earth: Stone, mountain, valley, cave, desert, forest, marsh, beach island, dirt, soil, solid, richness, variety, Gnomes (mythology), Tarot: coin or pentacle, oxen, feet, where you live and work, money, place in the world, atoms, molecules, passive 

Air: sky, cloud, wind, breath, gas, hurricane, tornado, oxygen, aerial, sylphs (invisible beings in mythology), tarot: sword, mind, thinking, intellect, language, concepts, ideas, prayer, head, eagle, active

Fire: spark, dawn, sunrise, solstice, dusk, sun, heat, flame, lightening, purification, desire, love, erotic, summer, noon, warm, dry, salamender (can burst into flames in mythology), Tarot: wand, making or doing, sexual or creativity energy, imagination.

Water: Ocean, river, lake, whirlpool, waterfall, flood, bubble, drown, swim, depths, storm, rain, steam, fog, ice, life, undines (water-based nymphs or mermaids in mythology), Tarot: cup, love, angel, ribcage or heart, positive, friendship, motion. 

Space: Emptiness, vastness, welcome, embracing, open, eternal, spirit, either, quintessence (Latin for fifth element), soul, nothingness, formless, presence).

We will be offering writing prompts and other inspirational guidance. Stay tuned for more information. Visit our website to learn more nwartscouncil.org.

For more information and to submit your work for consideration please email Trey Everett at treyeverettcreates@gmail.com with a sample of your written work or a photo of your illustration by July 12. Multiple pieces can be submitted. If accepted please email or mail your unframed written work(s) and please mail your unframed illustration(s) to Trey at 414 Houston Avenue Crookston MN 56716. Please ensure that the artwork is received by Friday July 16th to allow time for framing and preparing artist information cards. Include with your submission(s) the following: Name, where you are from, title of piece, sale price, how buyer can contact you, anything you can add about your creative process, inspiration,  etc.  

Interested in Applying for Grant Funding? There’s Still Time! June 1 Deadline Added

June 1 Deadline Added for Arts Legacy & Arts Project Grants

Deadline to apply is June 1 for Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants
Please consider applying and spread the word! To apply login to our grants system here.
Arts Legacy Grants and Arts Project Grants are open for a variety of projects. This year we are promoting public art projects. The deadline is June 1 for these grants. 
Also available on a first come-first served basis are Quick Turn Around Grants for $500. The NWMAC is currently awarding Quick Turn Around grants for COVID-19-related relief for artists in northwest Minnesota. These grants are for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic.


Emphasis on Public Art Projects — Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities can be for public art projects that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.

Tending the Creative Soul May 12 — Time Management

Our topic this month for Tending the Creative Soul is Time Management! We’re stretched in soooooo many directions with our busy lives and with all those important (?) things to do. So the question is how do we make time for our creative process? Do we need to schedule time? Isn’t the creative process spontaneous? Do scheduling and spontaneity work together?

Bring your snack and beverage of choice and your questions and ideas for our Zoom gathering Wednesday, May 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

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Questions? Email Trey at Treyeverettcreates@gmail.com.