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Birds Exhibit is Open — You won’t want to miss it

 Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and

Other Regional Artists

at

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls

March 2 – April 29, 2021 

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce Birds – An exhibit featuring the work of Ross Hier of Crookston, Stephanie Anderson of Fosston, Doug Dallman of Thief River Falls, Sherri Kruger of Badger, Zach Rowatt of Roseau, Travis Hanel of Warren, Ivy Baille of Fosston, Rock Bakken of Hallock, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla, Kathryn Rynning of Kennedy, Janet Johnson of Roseau, Karen Monson of Plymouth, and Cindy Kolling of Gully.

Birds Exhibit at NCTC

The exhibit is open from March 2 through April 29, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. It includes paintings, stained glass mosaic sculpture, fiber and mixed media, bird houses, pen and ink, photography, pottery, chalk pastel, and watercolors. Like art, birds reveal a spot of beauty with their plumes and songs and allow us to escape the stressful and mundane. These artists have captured the simplicity, as well as the complexity of birds. 

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Birds: A NWMAC Exhibit

Visit the exhibit virtually here!

The exhibit features a large body of work of Crookston Artist Ross Hier. Ross’s love of nature from a young age led him to a career as a wildlife biologist. He retired after 35 years with the Minnesota DNR Wildlife Section. A self-taught artist, he thoroughly enjoys the versatility of transparent watercolors. Nature provides him with unlimited subject material. Many of his subject ideas arose after observing some interaction in nature, landscape, or creatures. “I am drawn more to days when life wasn’t so driven by technology and was lived at a slower pace.“

In 2019 Ross experienced “a wonderful birding expedition in Ecuador. I observed 33 species during my 13-day adventure and when I returned home, I set out on a personal project to paint all 33 of them. Thus far, I have completed 15 of those 33 species; these watercolors are on display at this exhibit. It is an extreme challenge to capture the vibrant, often neon-esque colors of hummingbirds with watercolor pigments. Also, mimicking blurred wing-movement is very difficult. I have learned much on the project and continue to revel in memories of the ‘amazing 33 species.’”

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Artist Ross Hier

You won’t want to miss this extensive and multifaceted exhibit!

The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 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.  

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 email NWArtsCouncil@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.

A number of these pieces are available for purchase.

Work by Ross Hier

  • Last Open Water, 8×10, $60
  • Phantom Giants in the Fog, 12×16, $100
  • End of Day, 8×10, $50
  • High Plains Matinee (Crow Scouts Watching Sage Grouse), $225
  • The ‘bill Hunters, 8×10, $80
  • In Close, 8×10, $60
  • Blue Shadows Shanty, 11×14, $100
  • Through the Gap, 8×10, $50
  • Frozen Waters (Last to Leave), 8×10, SOLD
  • Wraith of the Post-burn Kingdom, 11×14, $150
  • The Fence Line Thicket, 11×14, $150
  • Feeding Movement-Bluebills, 8×10, $60
  • Robin-N-Hood (’51 Studebaker), 18×18, $250
  • Morning Traffic-Saskatchewan, 8×10, $75
  • Ricebed Relic, 11×14, $110
  • Restless, 16×20, $180
  • Killdeer Chicks, 10×13, $100
  • Scaup Memories, 11×14, $85
  • Headin’ to the Salad Bar, 8×10, $50
  • The Regular Crowd, 16×20, $175
  • Moon Dancer, 11×14, $80
  • Heavy Fog Warming, 10×13, $75
  • Sudden Squall, 8×10,$50
  • Just Banded- American Woodcock Chick, 10×13, $55
  • Pasture Pass, 8×10, $60
  • Breaking Weather, 8×10, $80
  • Giant Petrel Study, 10×13, $70
  • Snowy Sheathbill, 11×14, $150
  • Three King Penguins, One Sheathbill and the Petrel, 24 x 30, $325
  • Pool with a View-Chinstrap Penguins, 16×20, $180
  • Two Snowy Petrels, 11×14, $130
  • Giant Petrel Chick, 9×11, $100
  • Sheathbill and Whale Bones, 10×13, $85
  • Northern Giant Petrel Study, 10×13, $65
  • Traffic Control at Grytviken Whaling Station-South Georgia Island (King Penguins), 16×20, $200
  • Corsage for a Pasque Flower, 16 x20, $165
  • Sign of a Woodland Drummer, 11 x 14, $110
  • Tallgrass Cinema, 6 x 12, $60
  • Showy Trillium and Ruffed Grouse Feather, 9 x 12, $65
  • American Kestrel Tail Feather, 8 x 10, $40
  • Rich Soil, 11 x 14, $110Purple Phantom, 11 x 14, $130

Works for sale by other regional artists:

  • Rock Bakken Winter Perch, Acrylic, 23 x 27, $875 plus tax; Emerald and Red, Acrylic, 23 x 27, $875 plus tax
  • Zack Rowatt Pallet Wood Screecher, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50; Birdbath, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50; Congregation, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50
  • Betsy Saurdiff Flat-backed Birds, Porcelain with sgraffito, 10 x 13, $65; My Sister’s Crow, Porcelain, carved through underglaze, 9.5 x 2, $60; Lovebirds, Porcelain, sgraffito through underglaze, 9 x 2, $58
  • Kathryn Rynning Fall Lift Off, Photography, 18 x 22, $95; Lady, I Was Here First, Photography, 23 x 22, $95; Hiding in the Florida Mangroves, Photography, 12 x 15, $35; Wait Until You See the Real Show, Photography, 14 x 17, $40; Red Breasted Robin, Photography, 10 x 12, $25; My Swan Song, Photography, 12 x 13, $30; Nature’s Camo, Photography, 10 x 12, $25; Angelic Peacock, Photography, 12 x 22, $95; Catching a Ride, Photography, 11 x 13, $25
  • Sherri Kruger Bauble of Love, Stained Glass Mosaic Sculpture, 39 x 39 x 27, $1,500
  • Janet Johnson, Karen Monson What Sayest Thou, Mixed Media, $250
  • Doug Dallmann Bird Houses Mixed Media including: wood, old door knobs, handles, telephone insulators, collectibles, salvaged tin. 24 x 5 x 5  to  36 x 5 x 5 Southwest (Tall) $150; Southwest (Short) $125; Floral (Tall) $150; Floral (Short) $125; Picnic Table (Tall),$150; Picnic Table (Short) $150.

Bakken: The Artistry of Father and Son at the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

Bakken: The Artistry of Father and Son

An Art Exhibition Featuring Rock Bakken and Beau Bakken

at the

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery

at NCTC in Thief River Falls

October 1- November 30, 2020

Artist Reception is Saturday, October 24 from 2 to 5 pm

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of artwork by father and son regional artists Rock and Beau Bakken. The art exhibit installation, Bakken: The Artistry of Father and Son will open October 1 and run through November 30 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. 

Beau Bakken Artist

Mara Hanel, Director of the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council comments, “We have had our Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit for twenty-one years now, and there is rarely a year that Rock or Beau Bakken of Hallock do not show their paintings. I’m proud to say that both father and son have won 1st prize in our annual exhibit. Rock also has won people’s choice so often, that we always anticipate that he will garner many votesI am excited that we will feature their art in our gallery at NCTC this fall.”

Artist Rock Bakken
Artist Rock Bakken

Visitors to the gallery will see why Rock Bakken is well known in the area for his detailed drawings and paintings of animals and birds. He places them in landscapes that depict our area and forests of the north, in a style that is popular, especially with men who enjoy high quality wildlife art. Rock takes his originals and creates high quality prints and greeting cards that are available for purchase at his store Bakken Boots in Hallock and at arts and craft fairs throughout the valley. Our gallery will feature his originals for sale, so if you are a business looking to buy art, this showcase will interest you. Rock also has created portraits and is available for commission.

Artist Beau Bakken

Mara goes on to say, “Then you have Rock’s son Beau, who is a talented artist also. Beau was selected to receive our prestigious Artist of the Year award. He is known for his large mural paintings in Hallock, Kennedy, Red Lake Falls and other towns in the Red River Valley. My husband owns six large movie posters created by Beau, that we are putting on display for this show only. Come see our private collection that features the movies of Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, My Fair Lady, Saving Private Ryan, Tommy Boy, and A Bug’s Life. His attention to detail while recreating the movie posters, for our private commission, is amazing.”

Artist Beau Bakken
Beau Bakken art

This show will feature several of Beau’s large acrylic paintings, with many for sale. They are different than his father’s — often depicting parks and street scenes from foreign locations, in a painting style that is expressive and loose.

The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 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.  

Please join us for an Artists Reception on Saturday, October 24 from 2 to 5pm!

“The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep”  Winter Wolf Image 30 x 40 inches, original acrylic, $2,500.

Rock and Beau have a number of pieces of art for sale.

Rock’s include:

The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep Winter Wolf Image 30 x 40 inches, original acrylic, $2,500.

Layers of Color Prairie Sunrise image, 11 x 14 inches, original acrylic, $235.

Red Sky in Morning Red sunrise image, 5 x 16 inches, original acrylic, $125.

Forty Shades of Green  Coastal Ireland Image, 23 x 30 inches, original acrylic, $775.

Bison Skull, framed pencil  drawing limited edition print, 19 x 20, $120.

Whitetail Deer, framed pencil drawing limited edition print, 16 x 20, $120.

Here are some pieces of Beau’s artwork for sale:
Barcelona, Spain  People walking in city alley, original acrylic, $500.

Busy Market Vendor selling veggies, original acrylic, $750.
Duluth, MN Downtown Duluth, original acrylic, $400.

Pond Near Louve Ducks in pond with green chairs, original acrylic, $500

Toulouse, France  City scene with people and woman on bike, original acrylic, no dimensions, $600.

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 email NWArtsCouncil@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. 

Northwest Artist of the Year Award Given to Rob Burkel

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce that Rob Burkel of Thief River Falls has been awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Burkel is a talented actor in our area. 

Artist of the Year Rob Burkel

Rob Burkel has served as Thief River Falls Area Community Theater’s (TRFACT) board President, and directed, produced, acted in numerous theatrical productions in Thief River Falls and the area. He’s also been a TRFACT Radio Readers Theater cast member and a Lincoln High School Speech Team Coach and One Act Play Director. He sits on the Northwest Regional Library Board and has been the force behind bringing the Fargo-Moorhead Opera to Thief River Falls the past 2 years.

According to TRFACT Director Jane Anderson, Burkel is “the backbone of our local theater. His decades of hard work, phenomenal talent and dedication to theater arts, make him truly deserving of this award. In every capacity, Rob is an asset to the theater. Rob’s greatest contribution to the theater is his ability to act and bring characters to life.”

Director Teresa McGriff described Burkel as “one of the most prepared actors I have ever worked with. He’s not afraid to roll up his sleeves and pitch in. He’s a real team player — upstanding but kind and fun as well. People want to be in shows with him because he is fun to work with. Audiences want to come and see him in shows, as well, because he is well-liked and respected. When auditions are held, he is one of the ones I hope to see walking into the room and that is one of the highest compliments a director can give.”

Fellow actor Scott Pream said,” Rob’s insight into his character portrayal is only topped by his willingness to help his fellow actors become the best they can be. He is a great leader willing to help in any way he can.”

When asked about the impact of the arts on individuals or society, Burkel explained that “theater and art are at their best when they force you to think. If forcing you to think makes you uncomfortable, even better. Art should change who you are going forward and make you a better person. There should be a balance between that and fun and silly. There’s a role for humor, too.”

The Northwest Artist of the Year Award is given each year to recognize artists within our seven-county region who stand out in terms of artistry. This 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. “Of the Year” Award winners were nominated by area residents and comes with a cash award of $500.00. Funding for the Northwest Artist of the Year comes from the McKnight Foundation. 

Congratulations, Rob Burkel on being named the Artist of the Year!

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. Many times people serve in both roles. Of the Year Award winners were nominated by area residents.

2020 Of the Year Award Winners include:

Rob Burkel of Thief River Falls will be awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award for theater arts. Rob has been involved in theater in the Thief River Falls area for 30 years. His dedication and talent is well known and admired. 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 Artist of the Year Rob Burkel in The Boys Next Door

Bruce Piersol of Red Lake Falls will be awarded the Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year Award. Mr. Piersol is a musician and a strong advocate for the arts. He has performed and organized numerous musical groups bringing music to people who otherwise might not be able to experience it. Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500 and includes arts from all disciplines.

NW Arts Advocate of the Year Bruce Piersol

Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls will receive the Northwest Star Award. Mr. Wavra is a self-taught wood carver, creating life-size animals, Vikings, and trolls with a chainsaw. His carvings can be found throughout the area. This award comes with $5,000. Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once as a lifetime achievement award.

NW Star Award Winner Joe Wavra

These awards will be presented on Tuesday, August 18 in Red Lake Falls. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our celebration of these wonderful artists and leaders in our area will be limited to close friends and family.

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.