The Saint Paul Art Crawl opens this Friday, April 26, and the Minnesota State Arts Board in partnership with the Regional Art Councils is proud to present, A Creative Investment, Celebrating 10 Years of Legacy Art and Impact. The exhibition highlights the breadth of arts engagement, featuring works by all ages – kindergartners to older adults – and all abilities, all supported by the state’s arts and cultural heritage fund. Thirty-five grantees, from 30 communities from around the state, with nearly 100 art pieces (painting, mosaics, textiles, pottery, sculpture, photography) are featured. Its theme is that all Minnesotans are creative, and all benefit from the arts.
There is an opening reception this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at the Arts Board. In addition, the exhibition is on the website. Works are categorized by community. Works from our region include the Badger Community Wall, In Progress –Fresh Voices from Crookston, and nine canvases from the We Are Water workshops.
We Are Water Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery at the River Walk Gallery in East Grand Forks until January 18
Stop by and see it today!
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) welcomes you to visit the We Are Water Art Exhibit, now on display at the NWMAC Gallery in East Grand Forks, Minnesota and later at the University of Minnesota Crookston.
Artworks were created by area residents during workshops that were held throughout the region this fall. Participants were encouraged to create using the theme “We Are Water” as inspiration. In a similar spirit to our Equality and Respect for All workshops, participants were provided a 12×12 canvas, supplies and instruction to create a piece of art around this theme. Water can be a source of recreation; it keeps us alive; it is used for daily life. Participants were encouraged to bring snippets or photographs or anything else they might want to use as material, medium, or inspiration. The workshops and exhibit are part of a larger We Are Water MN project that spans the state of Minnesota.
To view the We Are Water Art Exhibit, please visit the NWMAC Gallery at 211 DeMers Avenue in East Grand Forks (located within the Riverwalk Artists Gallery) through January 18. The gallery usually is open Thursday–Saturday, 2:00–8:00 P.M. and Sunday, 2:00–5:00 P.M. But before you go, please double check to make sure the gallery is open.
The exhibit will then move to the University of Minnesota Crookston on Friday, January 25 where there will be an artist’s reception and display of other works in the statewide We Are Water MNproject. Doors open at 5 pm that day with a social and refreshments at 6:30 pm and 7:00 pm program in Kiehle Auditorium. Free parking is available by Kiehle Auditorium. Come and meet the artists, view their artwork and learn about water. Ten years of Clean Water, Land and Legacy funding (Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008) will also be celebrated with special guest speakers.
About We Are Water MN: West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019. Other sites include St. Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council worked in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.
This exhibit is made possible with funding from The McKnight Foundation in Minneapolis and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment in Minnesota to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council.
If you are an artist interested in exhibiting a body of work with NWMAC, please contact Stephanie Olson at (218) 688-1256 or email NWArtsCouncil@gmail.com.
To learn more about the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council visit our website at http://www.northwestminnesotaartscouncil.org or Facebook page. 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 218-745-9111 to reach our office during regular business hours.
What is the We Are Water MN traveling exhibit?
West Polk County Soil and Water District in Crookston was selected to host the impressive We Are Water MN traveling exhibit from January 20 to March 4, 2019. Other sites include St Paul, Bemidji, Duluth, Austin, Northfield, Grand Rapids and Onamia. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is working in collaboration with leaders in Crookston to compliment this family friendly, interactive Humanities Commission exhibit with our own local art creations.
We Are Water MN explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit, public events and educator resources. Visitors reflect on local stories and the meaning and experiences of water in Minnesota with space to add their own stories. By creating relationships around water, we are creating networks that can promote positive social norms, and share a vision for and participate in water stewardship. The website on We Are Water MN shares stories from people in Minnesota relating to this theme. To read these stories visit https://mnhum.org/we-are-water-mn/