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Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit is Open 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!

Exhibit Awards include:

Adult Winners

1st Place $500 Debbie Aune of Gatzke in oil painting “Daddy and Son”

2nd Place $300 Heather Sabian of Crookston for sculpture “Skin Hunger”

3rd Place $200 Dennis Kinkead of Hallock in sculpture “Alarmed Dragon”

Merit $100 Nick Reitzel of Karlstad in oil painting “Track of the Wolf Pack”

Merit $100 Richard Jensen of Crookston in sculpture “Crow Mother”

Merit $100 Summit Kuehn of Roseau in painting “Princessa Eagle”

Merit $100 Nancy Vraa of Red Lake Falls in folk/traditional fine craft “Home Spun Origin”

Merit $100 Glen Heppner of Warroad in oil painting “Jordan”

Student Winners
1st Place $300 Kansas Jensen of Goodridge in acrylic painting “Covid Gothic”
2nd Place $150 Aubree Bonham of Fertile in mixed media “No Evil”
3rd Place $100 Alexis Jalbert of Ada for sculpture “Sushi”
Merit $50 Brennon Collins of Greenbush for hand-colored intaglio print “Lake Lounging”
Merit $50 Eskyla Manriquez of Ada in sculpture “Air Jordan 1 Chicago Black Toe”
Merit $50 Macrina Herbel of Fertile for drawing “Vignette”
Merit $50 Donavin Hagen of Goodridge for printmaking “Bandit”
Merit $50 Riley Saurdiff of Grygla for drawing “Pencil Pachyderm”

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

Elemental: Earth, Air, Fire, Water, Space –NWMAC Exhibit at NCTC is Open

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Announces

elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space

An Art Exhibit at NCTC in Thief River Falls

Open Until September 27

Poetry, Writing, Illustration

Featuring the work of chalk artist Zack Rowatt

elemental exhibit at NCTC in Thief River Falls

Warren, MN. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce our current exhibit, elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space is open at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls until September 27. This exhibit features a number of pieces of chalk art from Roseau artist Zack Rowatt, as well as poetry, writing, and illustration around the theme of the elements from area writers and illustrators.

The elements provide the foundation for the physical world. Illustrator Therese Jacobson of Alvarado whose work is featured in this exhibit explained, “The elements – earth, air, fire, water, space – are where we begin. One’s natural inclination is to seek inner peace through all of our encounters with the world, to satisfy our need for air, to plant our feet on the earth, to warm ourselves, to drink pure water.” 

Rowatt’s individual pieces of chalk art are accompanied by detailed information about the natural and historical background. Viewing these pieces of art and reading the descriptions provides the audience with a natural resource education. For example, you might learn why the water isn’t clear, the age of rocks or why they look the way they do, what a bog is, or about Glacial Lake Agassiz. 

Artist Zack Rowatt at elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

Rowatt revealed, “As an artist I have been working the past 2 ½ years to better understand the environment around me and capture special moments and sights as I see them. I studied geology and earth science in school and upon its completion found that I didn’t want the application of the knowledge that I had gained to go towards anything but the simple praise of its magnificence.” Rowatt spoke about his artistic process, “The work that I produce is done so in one of two ways, outside in the elements in plein air or inside from photograph.” He went on to recount his desire and process to capture what he sees in a meaningful and personal way, “…sitting down by a river, taking a nice break on a strenuous hike or relaxing atop a large pile of boulders, to focus on the land around and build up a memory and a story with one’s hands is quite a thrill when it comes together.”

Zack Rowatt’s chalk art in the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC. Exhibit: elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space

The writings, poetry or illustrations in this exhibit are from Dale Jacobson of Alvarado, Therese Jacobson of Alvarado, Catherine Stenzel of Beltrami Island Forest, Alexandria Maxwell of Warroad, Kristin Eggerling of Hallock, Rock Bakken of Hallock, Kim Hruba of Warroad, Cindy Kolling of Gully, Glenda Long Eggerling of Ames, Iowa and Judi Jerde of Inver Grove Heights.

elemental: earth, air, fire, water, space

Alexandria Maxwell explained, “As a poet, my medium is words. I love the way words play, and I love to manipulate language to express my thoughts, both existential and elemental. My works are deeply rooted in nature, in exploring the essence of life. What does it mean to be fully alive, to be fully human?

Artist Cindy Kolling

According to Catherine Stenzel, “Survival isn’t possible without the elements that constantly surround and support us. But how often do we stop to notice this with gratitude for the obvious?” Catherine spoke of her writing process, it “comes in the form of a boulder of inspiration that I chip away until I have a sculpted poem; I keep the draft I’m working on with me at all times, as I do multiple revisions. Poetry is always a work in progress. Even after I have a “final” version, when I take out the poem for submission for something like our exhibit, I revise yet again, even if only a word or two.”

To visit the exhibit virtually click here.

Twenty-seven of Rowatt’s pieces of art are available to purchase. All are framed chalk pastel originals.    

Here’s the list with title, sizes and prices:   

  • Frenzied Many…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Archaean Architecture…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Where it Takes Its Time…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Rapid River Rapids…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Rapid River Refuge…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Wave Washed…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Sidling Sands… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Outcrop Overlook… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60, 
  • Des Moines Lobe Lodgment…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75, 
  • Precambrian Presence…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Bogs and Swamps and Not a Mire Around…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • The Path of Least Resistance and the Ground You Stand On…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Left for the Lichen…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Window to the Soul… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $50,
  • Residue, Reclamation, Revival… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $30,
  • Bay Boulders…9×12”  $25,
  • Wet-times Inlet…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • No Trespassing ‘cept for Deer…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75, 
  • Shrouded Stream… 9 x 12” $25, Plain to See… 9×12” $25,
  • It’s A Shore Thing… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $75,
  • Borrow-Pit Beach Day 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Meander Merits…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Field Fringe…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60, 
  • Bedload Bedlam…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $60,
  • Characteristic Vegation… 9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $50,
  • VE…9×12” (12 x 16” matte) $30.

The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The summer gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30-4:30 PM, Friday from 7:20- 2:30 pm and at other times when events are held at the college. Regular hours  — Monday to Friday, 8:30-5:00 will resume once school begins. Enter through Door A. Visitor parking is free 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 treyeverettcreates@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.

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 northcountrydance.org

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 www.trfact.org or join us on Facebook.