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Artist Story: Dean Brateng Weaving

This blog post was written by Sarah Meisinger, owner of En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe in Roseau. It features area Artist Dean Brateng who’s work is available for purchase at Sarah’s shop in Roseau. To learn more about the shop see their website here.

(A wonderful variety of colors and sizes.)

Dean and Pat Brateng emit the down-to-earth, hometown friendliness that inspired me to open a Scandinavian Shoppe in Roseau.  Dean has been weaving longer than I’ve been alive and it shows in the craftsmanship and the quality of his beautifully woven rugs and bags.

For our Artist feature this month, we are featuring Dean’s weaving and a bit of his story.

 (A unique and durable woven bag!)

Dean was first introduced to the art of weaving by his Aunt Lillie Peterson of Roseau.  Dean’s Aunt Lillie was a well-known rug weaver and had many customers throughout Northwestern Minnesota.

When Dean was a young boy, his mother would drop him off at Aunt Lillie’s house while she ran errands in town.  It was during these times spent with his Aunt, that Dean began to learn about loom weaving.  Aunt Lillie would put Dean to work cutting materials along with other tasks and it was then that Dean’s lifelong interest in weaving began.

  (Dean at his loom weaving a beautiful Scandinavian inspired design.)

Years later when Aunt Lilly went into the nursing home, Dean inherited her loom.  As the story goes, the loom was Dean’s if he agreed to keep the loom in the family.  And today, Dean and Pat have created a loyal customer base and their rugs can be found in countless homes.

A key collaborator in the weaving process is Dean’s wife, Pat.  I have thoroughly enjoyed hearing Pat’s stories about how generous the community is when it’s time to get rid of clothing, especially old denim jeans.  The Brateng’s have often come home to their farm in rural Wannaska to large boxes and bags of jeans sitting on the front porch or in the yard.  Because of their reputation for rug weaving, many folks are aware that Dean and Pat will know exactly what to do with the items… they will re-purpose the clothing and create something lovely and useful.  I asked Pat if she finds it a little odd to come home to other peoples’ clothing and she only smiled, laughed and said they’re “used to it.”

We are very pleased to carry the Brateng’s weavings and appreciate that when they’re not farming, gardening and doing a variety of other tasks (they are busy!) Dean and Pat are creating rugs and bags for the En Liten Svensk (A Little Swedish) Shoppe!

NWMAC Featured Artist: Jessica Pribula

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Councils is pleased to announce that the 2014 Artist of the  Year will have her own show at our gallery through March 1, 2015.

Jessica Pribula: Artist of the Year

Jessica Pribula: Artist of the Year


JPribula_1Jessica Pribula is a master at her craft.  She really enjoys the meditative process that comes while weaving.  She began exploring paper weaving at University of North Dakota where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers.  She has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Central Washington University.


You can find out more about Jessica at her website, www.JessicaPribula.com

A reception for “Jessica Pribula: Artist of the Year” will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the gallery.

The NWMAC art gallery is located at River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery in the River Cinema Mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, Mn.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 2pm -8pm and Sundays from 2pm -5pm.

For more information or a private showing, call the Arts Council Office at (218) 745-9111 or contact the Arts Council Gallery Coordinator, Therese Jacobson at tmjacobson@gmail.com.