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Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul by Christine Foster

Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, Portrait Stories by Christine Foster

April 26–June 17, 2017

NWMAC Gallery / Riverwalk Artists Gallery

211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks

 Meet the artist at the Artist Reception, Sat., June 17 3:00-5:00 P.M.

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of painted portraits, stories and mixed media by Christine Foster. The art installation, Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, is now open through June 17, 2017 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks.


“I had a vision to paint the stories of women who are survivors of mental, sexual, physical and/or spiritual abuse. I want to help victims who are in abuse situations currently or have been abused in the past to know that they are not alone, as well as to know that there is hope. I have incorporated both images and words in each woman’s portrait story.  The story will share the pain along with the healing journey.”


Christine Foster is an artist and teacher from Thief River Falls, MN. She received a $5,000 Artist Project Grant from NWMAC to create art in 2016 for her showcase, Hope & Freedom: Mending the Soul, which features paintings of women who have previously been abused and have since found help and redemption. The exhibit also features each woman’s story next to her painted portrait.


“Each woman has shared their life story with me through written form or conversation.  They decided what imagery, symbols, colors and words will best speak of their life. Women did or did not want part of her portrait included. I left it up to each woman’s discretion as to how she would like her story portrayed.  Each portrait story is a cooperative effort between the woman, the artwork and myself.


I envisioned using a variety of windows to display the portrait stories.  Windows are a symbol of the access to our souls.  The degree of openness will depend upon each woman and their healing journey.”


An Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, June 17, starting at 3:00 P.M. in honor of Christine and her accomplishments. Join us in the NWMAC Exhibition Room in the Riverwalk Artists Gallery–located in the River Cinema Mall in East Grand Forks–for an eye-opening art experience that will illuminate the stories of abuse victims and survivors in our region.

Organizations interested in featuring Christine’s exhibit at their establishment, please contact NWMAC. If you are an artist who is interested in exhibiting with NWMAC, please contact Kat Allen, Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.



RWAG: Student Art Exhibit

Screen Shot 2015-11-17 at 10.14.43 PMThe Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is delighted to showcase the Autumn Northwest Minnesota Student Art Exhibit in our East Grand Forks gallery. The work of over thirty students attending four schools is being featured from November 15th through November 29th. Participating students and their art teachers submitted a variety of art styles and media reflecting their lessons from this school year’s first quarter.

2015StudentExhibit_13_CalacaDollsNineteen of Deb Aune’s high school students in Greenbush-Middle River created whimsical Calaca Dolls from found objects to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Students contributing sculptures to this exhibit are Jorden Hendricksen, Annabelle Chaplinski, Jonathan Mathews, Josh Koehmsted, Chris Koehmsted, Casey Ryan Gram, Callahan Stewart, Caitlin Wahl, McKenzie Lynn Berge, Emily Wicklund, Tyler Allen, Austin John Aune, Jordan Brandon, Nicholas Kaml, Shantelle Gustafson, and Kristy Raye Williamson.


High school pupils of Betsy Saurdiff in Goodridge-Grygla used pencil and colored pencil to create living figures and other objects in either realistic or textural styles. Participating students in this showcase are Benji Wilebski, Hannah Dietsch, Jeremy Wiskow, Jesse Wiskow, Kristin Farris, Samantha Kraulik, Olivia Tykward, Samantha Kraulik, Anthony Loken, Arman Duyar, and Ashley Moe.

2015StudentExhibit_1Crookston instructor Gary Stegman submitted a variety of 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional artworks his students created using acrylics, pencil, ceramic, or aluminum wire. Juniors and Seniors whose works are included are Alyssa Schultz, Gunnar Roed, Presley Chandler, and Marie Sandman.

2015StudentExhibit_6Students of Chris Kirchner at Warren-Alvarado-Oslo created paintings depicting loved ones, places, or things of importance in their lives. Participating students are Samantha, Jacob, Alexandra, Amanda, Fostyn, Rebecca, Courtney, and Ashton.

A reception for the artists and teachers will be held Sunday, November 29th, from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. at the gallery. The Northwest Minnesota Student Art Exhibit is free to the public at the Arts Council Gallery inside the River Walk Artists shop and gallery, 211 Demers Ave, located in the Riverwalk Theater Mall, East Grand Forks, MN. Gallery hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m, and Sunday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.  To arrange a private showing, or for information, please call the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, or T. Jacobson at 218-965-4216; or email NWMAC director Mara Wittman at mara@nwrdc.org.

Featured Artist: Deb Aune & “Midwest Living”

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is delighted to announce the opening of MIDWEST LIVING, an exhibit of artworks by longtime artist and resident of Gatzke, MN, Debbie Aune.

MidwestLiving_1Aune works predominantly in watercolor, but includes mixed media, soft sculpture, and welding in her choices of art media.

Deb Aune: Midwest Living

In preparation for the show Aune stated, “I wanted to paint what I’m sensitive to; the outdoors and the busy farming community that is so important to the traditions of Northern Minnesota.”

Deb Aune: Midwest Living

Her “Tired Dolls” sculptures are the embodiment of a lifelong passion for everyday walking, traveling, collecting anything odd and recycling, and they incorporate pieces of truck tread found along roadways.

Deb had this to say about her collection

This collection of works encompasses the spirit, strength, and beauty of my personal world right now as I continue living on the farm, teaching art intuitively and guiding children to find their inner strengths through and in art.

MIDWEST LIVING will be showcased March 6th through April 19th at the NWMAC gallery in East Grand Forks. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, March 14th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Sundays, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema Mall.

For more information or a private showing, call the arts council office at 218-745-9111; contact the gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email: tmjacobson16@gmail.com.