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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.

Winter Fantasy Art Exhibit

NWMAC Sponsors

Winter Fantasy Art Show

The Winter Fantasy Art Exhibit is the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council’s current exhibit at our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College.

Join us as our artists help you to escape into other worlds that lead into the magic, myths and fantasy of winter. Visit our exhibit and let your mind explore as you go on an adventure in our winter fantasy wonderland.

NWMAC Winter Fantasy Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

The show was exhibited on January 12  in the lobby of the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Thief River Falls as a part of Ice Fest 2020. The exhibit then moved to our gallery at Northland Community and Technical College through February.

Join us for an Artist Reception on Friday, February 28 from 6 to 8PM. Meet the artists and take in the exhibit. Refreshments will be served.

NWMAC Winter Fantasy Exhibit at NCTC

For more information about the exhibit or our other exhibits look to our website at www.NWArtsCouncil.org, call our office at (218)-745-9111 or contact Kelsey at (218) 688-0078 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com

Cloth Mache Dragon series by Katelyn Crowe of Warroad

Artists with work in this exhibit include: 

  • Katelyn Crowe of Warroad: Cloth Mache Dragons series 
  • Kendra Olson of Thief River Falls: Character series 
  • Jodi Peterson of Ada: Glass Ornaments 
  • Shantelle Carey of Thief River Falls: An Individual Exploration of Spirituality (rabbit skin) and her “Bean” series 
  • Heather Sabian of Crookston: Leather Sculpture Series 
  • Lia Hanson of Thief River Falls – Joys of Ember
  • Loren Younggren of Hallock – Winter Photography Scenes
  • Coby SkjervenWee Folk Sculptures
Artwork by Artist Heather Sabian
Winter Fantasy Exhibit. Photos by Loren Younggren.
Winter Fantasy Exhibit featuring work by Shantelle Carey and Kendra Olson.