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Of the Year Awards

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.

Of the Year Award Winners include:

NW Artist of the Year Jean Honl

Jean Honl of Roseau will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for fine craft of rosemaling. 

Jean has been rosemaling for over 45 years. Her work is currently exhibited in our gallery in East Grand Forks. 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.

NW Arts Advocate of the Year Winner Sherri Kukowski

Sherri Kukowski of Badger will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. 

Ms. Kukowski is a mosaic artist and a strong advocate for the arts. She created the Heritage Wall at the Badger Community Center — a 26 ‘ X 12 ” glass mosaic public art installation showcasing rural life in northern Minnesota. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

NW Star Award Winner George French

George French of Crookston will receive the Northwest Star Award.

Mr. French is a musician, specializing in piano and organ, and head of the music and theater departments at the University of Minnesota Crookston. He has directed numerous theater productions and is a dedicated and active volunteer in his communityThis award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award.

These awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit Reception on Sunday, March 31in Badger at the Badger Community Center at 111 North Main Street, Badger, MN  56714. Refreshments will be served at 2:15 pm with the program beginning promptly at 3:00 pm. Local entertainment will be featured during the program. In addition, the 2019 Creative Minnesota survey results for our region will be presented, followed by a brief discussion of the impact of the arts and culture in the region. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. For more information about the Arts Exhibit see our website: http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org/2019/03/2019-nw-annual-art-exhibit/

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.

Artist Demonstration painting without a brush

Learn + Be Inspired

March 23

10 am to 2 pm

101 Main Avenue North, Roseau

Painting by Janet Johnson

Janet Johnson, regional artist & owner of River’s Edge Studio, is offering a glimpse in to to her creative process!  Stop by En Liten Svensk Shoppe to chat with Janet, enjoy coffee, sweet treats & a close-up view of an artist at work! 

RWAG – Two Friends: Collaborations

TWO FRIENDS: COLLABORATIONS

Janet Johnson: Karen Monson

September 26th – October 25th

NWMAC Exhibit Gallery, East Grand Forks

Artist Reception: October 10, 2015

1p – 5p

Last Art & Wine Walk

JanetJohnson+CollaborationsWall(Warren, Mn) – The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) proudly announces an exhibit of mixed-media artworks by Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota, and Karen Monson, formerly of Greenbush, MN. Their exhibit, Two Friends: Collaborations will be open from Saturday September 26th through Sunday, October 25th in our East Grand Forks gallery in Riverwalk Centre Mall.

Janet Johnson, is a renaissance woman of the arts. A proficient ceramics artist and painter, Janet retired from teaching Visual Arts and English in Warroad, MN in 2013, and participated for 8 years in the statewide Arts Best Practice and Quality Teaching networks, where she met Karen Monson. Janet also served on the panel for the development of the ArtsConnectEd program.

She is currently developing an art space, workshops, and events in a rural school building purchased by Malung Township to use as a community center.  She works closely with the Region 1 Arts Council, and strongly supports the arts at the Roseau County Fair, while also organizing and teaching group lessons with a friend.

Collaboration_ WhatSayestThou_2Karen Monson’s ties to Greenbush began with her parents, Dr. Lloyd Klefstad, and her mother, Helen, who established the first clinic in the Greenbush area and rebuilt the hospital. Monson, instructor emerita at the Perpich School in visual arts, says, “I am inspired by nature and the physical qualities of a variety of mediums.  Playfulness is important. … This series of work with Janet has been joyful, challenging and enlightening.  It has been a no holds barred visual conversation.  We have played, conversed, wondered and interacted in a realm both of us consider, on some level, sacred–our life in art and as friends.”

Two Friends: Collaborations will be displayed in the NWMAC gallery inside River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery from Saturday, September 26 to Sunday, October 25, 2015.

Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 3:00 to 7:00 pm, and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall. Park in the large lot to the north and enter the mall door: we are the first door on the right.

We welcome private showings, and are happy to answer any questions. For more information or a private showing, call the arts council office at 218-745-9111; or you may contact the gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email: tmjacobson16@gmail.com.