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NW Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit Will be Held Aug 13-26 in Warroad

The Northwest Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit will be held 

August 13 – 26 in Warroad

Reception and Program on August 26 to 

Honor Exhibit and Of the Year Award Winners

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce the NW Annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad from August 13 to 26. The exhibit will be Downtown Warroad at the Discovery Development Hub, 201 Lake Street NE and will be open for the public to view art on 

August 13 from 9am – 1pm

August 16-20 MWF from 9 am – 4pm, Tues & Thurs 4-7pm

August 21 Noon to 3pm

August 23-25  from 9am – 4pm

August 26 Noon to 5:30pm

Adult and student artists from our 7 county- service region (Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake Falls) have entered 120 pieces of art, including photography, sculpture, drawings, and paintings, into this exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards. Exhibit cash award winners will be chosen while the exhibit is on display by a qualified juror. They will be recognized and receive their check at the reception. Attendees will be able to vote for People’s Choice!

There will be a reception on August 26 at Allison Park Pavilion in Warroad that is free of charge and open to everyone. Mingling, food, and live music begins at 5:30 pm and the program at 6 pm. Please come early to view the art. The Exhibit opens at noon that day and there’s plenty to do in Warroad!

Of the Year Awards will be presented to Don KaKaygeesick of Warroad for the NW Star Award — Lifetime Achievement, Connie Nelson of Hallock for Artist of the Year, and Annethea Novacek of Greenbush for Artist Advocate of the Year.

The Exhibit and Reception are open to the public and free to attend. Many pieces of art are for sale and the public is encouraged to shop. Purchases can be marked as sold and picked up on August 26 at the reception. The reception is a wonderful day of celebrating the arts in our region. Please join us!

More information will be coming about the award winners and the event. Stay tuned!

Funding for these awards is provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature.

North Country Fiddle and Dance is back with a Concert and Dance!

Saturday, July 24 at 7:30 PM

Concert with Four Mile Portage from Duluth

East Grand Forks Heritage Center, 

219 20th St. N.E. East Grand Forks, MN

Traditional tunes full of energy and spirit, songs full of harmony and feeling, with clogging demonstrations sprinkled throughout the performance. The concert will be followed by a clogging workshop. Tom Maloney on banjo, guitar and vocals, and Brandy Forsman on fiddle, bass and vocals.

Donations at the door

For additional info visit their website at

Sponsored by North Country Fiddle and Dance and East Grand Forks Heritage Village, made possible in part by a grant provided by the  NW Minnesota Arts Council through funding from the MN State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund. 

Looking for Theater? TRFACT opens Anything Goes on July 20

After nearly two years out of the spotlight, the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater (TRFACT) is pleased to announce that they are once again opening the doors to the public with a classic musical comedy set aboard a luxury ocean liner set in the 1930s.  With music by Cole Porter, lavish period costumes and large-cast choreographed numbers, Anything Goes is sure to please audiences of all ages.

Performances are scheduled for July 20-22 at 7 p.m. each day at the Northland Community and Technical College Theater. Tickets are now on sale at Hope Pediatrics located at 219 Brooks Avenue North in Thief River Falls and will also be available at the door each evening of performance starting at 6 p.m.

According to TRFACT Executive Director Jane Anderson, “The last year and a half has been challenging for everyone, to be certain.  The Theater has persevered by producing concerts and radio shows that have been broadcast on Pioneer 90.1 fm and on our Facebook page.  But actually stepping back on stage has been like ‘coming home.’  We have missed our staff and volunteer performers, and the board determined that we would start with our youth programs–a very wise decision.  We are thrilled to be back and hope local theater lovers take opportunity to come out and support our teens as they present this show.

Anything Goes includes a madcap script with some of the greatest music written by Cole Porter, including the title song “Anything Goes” as well as standards like “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “De-Lovely” and “Blow Gabrielle!”  

The cast is comprised of youth in grades 6th-12th and features Javyn Eidelbes as Reno Sweeney, Odin Mooney as Billy Crocker, Brynn Olson as Hope Harcourt, Liam Stavos as Sir Evelyn Oakley,  Alex Nomeland as Moonface Martin, Jilliana Klemetson as Erma,  Henry Kahlhamer as Elisha Whitney and Olivia Mooney as Mrs. Harcourt. 

Also included in the cast are Amellia Ballard, Annabelle Simoneau Jordin Kading and Alaina Lunsetter as the Angels, Danielle German as Casey/FBI Agent, Andraya Bakken as Betty, Audrey Bienek as Estelle, Justin Timm and Hailee Eidelbes as Sailors, Logan Ballard as the Captain,  Olivia Wojahn as the Purser, Sarah Hahn as the Deck Stewardess, Anita Foster as a Reporter, Amelie Heaton as the Minister,   Charlie Sieckert and Emma Westerman as Luke and John, Riley Poppitz as a Photographer, McKenna Carr as an FBI Agent, Shelby Hensrud as the Old Lady in the Wheelchair and a Passenger, Maddie David as the Cook, and Maddie Poissant and Karena Bakken as Passengers and Public Enemy Soloists.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

For more information on the Thief River Falls Area Community Theater, please visit or join us on Facebook.

Kolling Card Minne-Mural Online Coloring Adventure At the Lake

Join Kolling Cards Minne-Mural™   Online 

 Coloring Art and Activity Adventure

Sign up now for Free Online Event featuring “At the Lake”

Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Poster

Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. participation as one of the world’s leading Minne-Mural™ Coloring Artists is an important contribution.  Let’s have some FUN!

For those of you who are near East Grand Forks MN:  

The Campbell Library (at 422 4thSt NW ) 218-773-9121 will have a limited number of complimentary “At the Lake” Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Posters with colored pencils to be given away. Contact the library for more info.

As always, you can register for the free online zoom event at   No purchase is required to join the event but you can ask for Minne-Murals™ at your favorite specialty store!

This adventure is for all ages — It’s a great family-friends activity. And, it will offer relaxed, fun social interaction; creative activity with “space” for reflection

Learn While Having Fun:

You’ll discuss tips on how to use color and light and shadow and lots more.  Plan to learn coloring tips and techniques.  Create wall art when you color your Minne-Mural™ Coloring Art Poster.

– coloring art tips and techniques –

-interesting info about the night sky and related topics

-special program features and door prizes-

-show and tell of your Minne-Mural™  Coloring Art experiences.

If you can send a pic of your Minne-Mural™  Coloring Art —  (completed or underway) we will include it in the program; otherwise plan to share it that eve!

You will need access to intenet/wifi and a computer/tablet or phone preferably with a camera and mic.  If you are not techie, a patient and experienced “Zoom Master” will help you get connected.  

Color on!  

Arts Midwest Webinar: Art to Bridge Divides

WEBINAR Art to Bridge Divides

Tuesday, June 15 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Join Arts Midwest and Welcoming America on June 15 for a talk on arts’ role in bridging our cultural divisions as part of America Talks & The National Week of Conversation.

Register here

Hear how these arts leaders have deployed creativity as a healing tool and learn how you can connect across the divisions in your own life.
(read more about the panel)

Closed captioning will be available for this webinar. 

June 13 -16 – The first 100 people to register for Art to Bridge Divides will receive a code for a free screening of the film, The Reunited States, a powerful and urgent documentary that follows four everyday heroes on the difficult journey of bridging our political and racial divides. Codes will be valid from June 13 through June 16.

This event is part of America Talks and the annual National Week of Conversation. Interested in attending similar events or learning more about our growing coalition of bridging organizations? #ListenFirst

Check out recent news coverage about their collective efforts in USA TODAYThe Washington PostYahoo News, and 200+ local media outlets.