Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s Portrait Exhibit is now open at the River Walk Artists Gallery. Stop by to see it today!
Debbie’s art, primarily watercolor paintings, often depicts scenes of daily life in our communities-and our region’s history. “With no surprise, farming, farming equipment and storage buildings have again made their way into my latest watercolor exhibit, Midwest Grain. Elevators, tracks and trains swarm with history, stories and memories good and bad. Every town big or small has (or had) a grain elevator. Good thing I like the color gray!”
Visitors were able to meet Artist Jeanne O’Neil at the Artist Reception on Saturday, November 11 at the River Walk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks. The exhibit will be open until December 16. Make sure to stop by and see it if you haven’t had a chance. Jeanne and her group North Country Fiddle and Dance even played music for the crowd at the reception. Click on the links to hear IMG_1013 and IMG_1008.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to exhibit a collection of silkscreen prints by artist, teacher and musician Jeanne O’Neil of East Grand Forks, Minnesota. Jeanne’s exhibition is now open through December 16 at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks. Meet the artist on Saturday, November 11, when Jeanne will be at the gallery to discuss her works from 3:00–5:00 P.M., accompanied by a live performance by her group, North Country Fiddle and Dance.
Jeanne Griffin O’Neil began her career in art as a mural artist in Ames, Iowa, where she painted over thirty murals and taught mural projects for teens and children. Since 1999, Jeanne has been teaching visual art in the Grand Forks Elementary School System, as an Artist-in-the-Classroom for the ArtWise program. Jeanne studied printmaking at Iowa State University, Jeannine Coupe-Ryding (now the Art Institute of Chicago), and at The University of North Dakota. Jeanne graduated with a degree in Honors from the University of North Dakota in the spring of 2006.
Jeanne’s prints on exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery make up the pages of a children’s book that is very close to her heart. Each print, or page, is moment in time, each occurring in the same, single summer’s day, as seen from a child’s point of view. From the rising of the sun and being called for breakfast, to exploring the magic of dandelions and fireflies, each illustration is combined with handset typography in rhyming verse.
“The making of the prints for this book spans many years. The images, with the exception of the cat drawings, came from a stack of drawings that I made of my children when they were small. Now, twenty some years after the first drawings were made, I am able to present, “A Summer Day.”
Alongside each framed print, the original sketches are displayed. A must-see for screen-printing artists, parents, grandparents and children alike, Jeanne’s skillful work transpires feelings of love in conjunction with the beauty of everyday occurrences. Visit our gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) to meet Jeanne on November 11. Her work will be on display until December 16. The gallery is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. For more information, please contact Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.
The final Art & Wine Walk of 2017 brought a number of visitors to our exhibit at the Riverwalk Artist Gallery in East Grand Forks. The exhibit, Past & Present Passages, Paintings and Drawings by Lucille Nelson and 30 Bowls in 30 Days, Pottery by Janet Johnson closed after the reception. The public was invited to meet the artists at the Artists’ Reception on Saturday, October 28.
Lucille Nelson’s exhibition, “Past and Present Passages,” was a selection of her works she has created since mid-2000. Lucille’s works evoke the feeling of being carried from your current place and time–transporting the viewer to a farmyard in the 1950s, to a lake in northern Minnesota or among children playing in a yard.
“When painting people, I really try to capture who they are,” Lucille recalls. “I’ve always felt as if something is guiding my hand.”
Self-taught, Lucille is an accomplished regional artist, and has been awarded several honors in regional art shows. Using a detailed technique to create landscapes, portraits and wildlife, Lucille’s art depicts feelings of nostalgia, serenity, nature and humanity.
Janet Johnson, of Malung, Minnesota, is a renowned ceramics artist and painter. She teaches, collaborates, hosts events and creates art from her studio in Roseau, River’s Edge Studio.
“After retiring from full-time teaching English and Visual Arts (Warroad Public School), I received an Arts Council grant to purchase a used kiln and electric wheel so I could catch up for all those years that I had little time to be personally creative. Since then, my pottery has improved greatly because I now have the time to practice.”
Recently, she challenged herself to finish a series of large bowls on her pottery wheel, forming thirty unique bowls in thirty days. Using 3–6 pounds of various types of clay, each bowl has different shaping, altering, trimming and glazing techniques. This timely collection is truly a diverse accomplishment by a single artist.
For more information about our exhibits and artists’ receptions, please contact Kat Allen, NWMAC Exhibition Specialist, at (701) 360-0805 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.