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International Woodcarvers Festival PLUS

Advanced Woodcarvers Class 2012

In it’s almost-30 years, the Lake Bronson Woodcarver’s Fest has always brought people together sharing the wonder of the Creative Arts. The 2012 International Woodcarver and Arts Festival at Lake Bronson State Park again brought artists, and lovers of creativity of all kinds together, both amateur and professional. Young and young-at-heart enjoyed the fest’s annual gathering for the Arts which were represented in many ways.

Quilting: Triangle Magic

Wood sculptures of real and fantasy subjects filled the competition tables. But this fest also included workshops on quilting,  painting with fabric, music making, cookie-ornament decorating, animal track casting, a fused-glass workshop, and, (yes) even wood carving.

Events specially planned relating to the history and nature of the area took place, including re-enactments in traditional garb of the past, and visits by the Monarch Man and chain-saw woodcarver, Joe Wavra. Entertainment was provided by vocal musical groups, including Scott Torgerson, the Overtones, and the Houskers with Ashley Hewitt.

The Overtones

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is happy to have helped sponsor this annual summer event in a relaxed venue, offering many people the opportunity to enjoy the Arts locally.


WORK OF ART: Business Skills for Artists

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is partnering with Springboard for the Arts to bring a series of valuable business workshops, Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists, to artists of the northwest MN region.  The goal of the series is to assist artists of every creative media in professional development and to attain success in the arts. The workshop series will take place at Campbell Public Library in East Grand Forks beginning on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, at 5:00 p.m.

Each workshop in the series will help artists develop targeted skills in growing a successful business, from managing time, to pricing artwork, to using technical media for promotional needs. Each month a new area will be discussed.

Come be a part of this dynamic learning opportunity, once a month beginning Wednesday September 12, 2012.

Dates, time, and topics of workshops are listed below.

For more information call the Arts Council at 218-745-9111, or contact

Springboard for the Arts presents Work of Art: Business Skills for Artists. 

Description: A series of ten workshops to help artists in building their business toward success. Develop your skills in time management, promotion, marketing, pricing your work, knowing your legal rights and responsibilities, and much more.

Where: Campbell Public Library, East Grand Forks (handicap accessible)

Time: Sign-in: 5:45. Workshop: 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Dates and Topics:

  • Wed Sep 12 Career Planning for Artists
  • Wed Oct 10 Time Management for Creative People
  • Wed Nov 14 Your Promotional Toolkit
  • Wed Dec 12 Marketing for Artists
  • Wed Jan 16 Legal Considerations for Artists (Note: 3rdWed!)
  • Wed Feb 13 Recording and Financial Management for Artists
  • Wed Mar 13 Simple Business Plans for Artists
  • Wed Apr 10 Pricing Your Work: Getting Paid for What You Do
  • Wed May 15 Funding for Artists (Note: 3rdWed!)
  • Wed Jun 12 Social Media for Artists

Contact: or  call the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111

Community Supported Art

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce our first annual Community Supported Art program, a plan that assists artists in meeting art patrons and collectors, and to help in building their businesses and contacts in the community. CSA is modeled after Community Supported Agriculture and is patterned after the original CSArt program founded by Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis 20 years ago.

In CSA, nine artists each receive a stipend to create 50 pieces of original artwork, called “shares”. The shares are then offered to the public in which fifty buyers will each receive nine pieces of artwork. Shares will be sold for $300 beginning on September 12, 2012.

The first artists selected include John Leopold of Thief River Falls, Chris Lane of Newfolden, and Jenn Steinbrink of Crookston, whose work will be included in the first of three collections of artwork to be distributed. NMAC expects shares to sell quickly.

If you, a place of business, or someone you know is interested in purchasing a CSA share, you may email Therese, or call the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at 218-745-9111 beginning on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. Names will be placed on the patron’s list in order received. To hold your place in the queue, payment is required within five days. CSA shares will be available until all are sold.

Artwork will be distributed at three receptions during the autumn and winter on dates to be announced, so prepare for an exciting season ahead!

  • 9 – Artists
  • 50 – Patrons/50 Shares
  • September 12, 2012
  • $300
  • 218-745-9111


Hallock Camp Art

Kittson Central School district is once again sponsoring summer Camp Art July 16 – 20, 2012.  Teresa Cox of the Walker Art Center will help students problem-solve through painting and sculpture; self-taught guitarist Charlie Maguire will instruct in songwriting; and Sharra Frank will direct students through the creation of mixed-media mosaics.

Children who have finished kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to participate in the week’s art camp activities. Students in junior and senior high will have the opportunity to work with artists of choice for one-hour evening classes. Students’ fees are $15 each, with a maximum of $30 per family. Adults may attend evening classes for just $10, but parents whose children are enrolled in the Camp Art program may attend evening classes free.

As in past years, Camp Art will finish with an art show for the community on Thursday evening showcasing everyone’s fine work. For more information, contact Shannon Christenson at the school at 218-843-3682.

Community Dance

The North Country Fiddlers invite you to come March 24th: simple North American folk dances taught and called to live fiddle/banjo style music. All are welcome: families, singles, couples. No previous dance experience needed. Squares, reels, circle mixers and more. Special guest band will be Ogg Creek String Band from Fargo/Moorhead. Saturday, March 24th, 2012, at East Grand Forks’ Eagles Dinner Club. For information, call: 218-773-3850