Please join us on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 pm for a live virtual event featuring Artist and Wildlife Biologist Ross Hier and Bird Expert and University of Minnesota Crookston Professor John Loegering. John and Ross will be talking about birds, birds in our area, and art!
We are holding this event in conjunction with our current exhibit — Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists.
This event will be live on FaceBook and YouTube. It will be recorded so you can watch it afterwards as well. Contact Trey Everett with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad in August. The deadline for the Exhibit has been extended until May 17 due to later dates for the showcase. The application is open online for artists to submit work anytime until May 17. The Artist of the Year deadline will be extended until May 17, as well.
Artists from our 7 county- service region can enter into this art exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards. Artists must reside in Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau, or Red Lake counties to be eligible. Both adult and student artists are encouraged to enter. 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 Artist Reception.
Artists will drop off of art on Wednesday, August 11 in Warroad at the Discovery and Development Hub downtown Warroad. Prior arrangements can also be made to drop off art in Warren beforehand. Artwork will be judged by a qualified juror on Thursday, August 12.
The exhibit reception will take place on Thursday, August 26 with program at approximately 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served at 4:45 pm.
Keep checking our website for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions. If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-8886 or email director@NWArtsCouncil.org. The application must be submitted no later than May 17, 2021.
Our next exhibit Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit at the NWMAC Gallery at NCTC will feature folk art and fine craft that is small and interesting. It will open mid-to-late May and run through most of the summer. Stay tuned for exact dates.
We are looking for artwork 4″ x 4″ or smaller with an emphasis on, but not limited to, folk arts.
Send submissions by photo to email@example.com by May 1. Student art is also welcome. More information about mailing art or places and dates to drop it off will be provided in the future. Artists should reside in our service region in northwestern Minnesota. Our region covers the Minnesota counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau.
Please consider participating in this exhibit! Share this opportunity with your friends and neighbors!
Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and
Other Regional Artists
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls
March 2 – April 29, 2021
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce Birds – An exhibit featuring the work of Ross Hier of Crookston, Stephanie Anderson of Fosston, Doug Dallman of Thief River Falls, Sherri Kruger of Badger, Zach Rowatt of Roseau, Travis Hanel of Warren, Ivy Baille of Fosston, Rock Bakken of Hallock, Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla, Kathryn Rynning of Kennedy, Janet Johnson of Roseau, Karen Monson of Plymouth, and Cindy Kolling of Gully.
The exhibitis open from March 2 through April 29, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. It includes paintings, stained glass mosaic sculpture, fiber and mixed media, bird houses, pen and ink, photography, pottery, chalk pastel, and watercolors. Like art, birds reveal a spot of beauty with their plumes and songs and allow us to escape the stressful and mundane. These artists have captured the simplicity, as well as the complexity of birds.
The exhibit features a large body of work of Crookston Artist Ross Hier. Ross’s love of nature from a young age led him to a career as a wildlife biologist. He retired after 35 years with the Minnesota DNR Wildlife Section. A self-taught artist, he thoroughly enjoys the versatility of transparent watercolors. Nature provides him with unlimited subject material. Many of his subject ideas arose after observing some interaction in nature, landscape, or creatures. “I am drawn more to days when life wasn’t so driven by technology and was lived at a slower pace.“
In 2019 Ross experienced “a wonderful birding expedition in Ecuador. I observed 33 species during my 13-day adventure and when I returned home, I set out on a personal project to paint all 33 of them. Thus far, I have completed 15 of those 33 species; these watercolors are on display at this exhibit. It is an extreme challenge to capture the vibrant, often neon-esque colors of hummingbirds with watercolor pigments. Also, mimicking blurred wing-movement is very difficult. I have learned much on the project and continue to revel in memories of the ‘amazing 33 species.’”
Watch a Virtual Artist Spotlight with Ross and guest Wildlife Biologist and Crookston Professor Dr. John Loegerling. Click here!
You won’t want to miss this extensive and multifaceted exhibit!
The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30-5 PM and at other times when events are held at the college. Enter through Door A. Visitor parking is free and 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 email NWArtsCouncil@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.
A number of these pieces are available for purchase.
Work by Ross Hier
Last Open Water, 8×10, $60
Phantom Giants in the Fog, 12×16, $100
End of Day, 8×10, $50
High Plains Matinee (Crow Scouts Watching Sage Grouse), $225
The ‘bill Hunters, 8×10, $80
In Close, 8×10, $60
Blue Shadows Shanty, 11×14, $100
Through the Gap, 8×10, $50
Frozen Waters (Last to Leave), 8×10, SOLD
Wraith of the Post-burn Kingdom, 11×14, $150
The Fence Line Thicket, 11×14, $150
Feeding Movement-Bluebills, 8×10, $60
Robin-N-Hood (’51 Studebaker), 18×18, $250
Morning Traffic-Saskatchewan, 8×10, $75
Ricebed Relic, 11×14, $110
Restless, 16×20, $180
Killdeer Chicks, 10×13, $100
Scaup Memories, 11×14, $85
Headin’ to the Salad Bar, 8×10, $50
The Regular Crowd, 16×20, $175
Moon Dancer, 11×14, $80
Heavy Fog Warming, 10×13, $75
Sudden Squall, 8×10,$50
Just Banded- American Woodcock Chick, 10×13, $55
Pasture Pass, 8×10, $60
Breaking Weather, 8×10, $80
Giant Petrel Study, 10×13, $70
Snowy Sheathbill, 11×14, $150
Three King Penguins, One Sheathbill and the Petrel, 24 x 30, $325
Pool with a View-Chinstrap Penguins, 16×20, $180
Two Snowy Petrels, 11×14, $130
Giant Petrel Chick, 9×11, $100
Sheathbill and Whale Bones, 10×13, $85
Northern Giant Petrel Study, 10×13, $65
Traffic Control at Grytviken Whaling Station-South Georgia Island (King Penguins), 16×20, $200
Corsage for a Pasque Flower, 16 x20, $165
Sign of a Woodland Drummer, 11 x 14, $110
Tallgrass Cinema, 6 x 12, $60
Showy Trillium and Ruffed Grouse Feather, 9 x 12, $65
American Kestrel Tail Feather, 8 x 10, $40
Rich Soil, 11 x 14, $110Purple Phantom, 11 x 14, $130
Works for sale by other regional artists:
Rock Bakken Winter Perch, Acrylic, 23 x 27, $875 plus tax; Emerald and Red, Acrylic, 23 x 27, $875 plus tax
Zack Rowatt Pallet Wood Screecher, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50; Birdbath, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50; Congregation, Chalk Pastels, 9 x 12, $50
Betsy Saurdiff Flat-backed Birds, Porcelain with sgraffito, 10 x 13, $65; My Sister’s Crow, Porcelain, carved through underglaze, 9.5 x 2, $60; Lovebirds, Porcelain, sgraffito through underglaze, 9 x 2, $58
Kathryn Rynning Fall Lift Off, Photography, 18 x 22, $95; Lady, I Was Here First, Photography, 23 x 22, $95; Hiding in the Florida Mangroves, Photography, 12 x 15, $35; Wait Until You See the Real Show, Photography, 14 x 17, $40; Red Breasted Robin, Photography, 10 x 12, $25; My Swan Song, Photography, 12 x 13, $30; Nature’s Camo, Photography, 10 x 12, $25; Angelic Peacock, Photography, 12 x 22, $95; Catching a Ride, Photography, 11 x 13, $25
Sherri Kruger Bauble of Love, Stained Glass Mosaic Sculpture, 39 x 39 x 27, $1,500
Janet Johnson, Karen Monson What Sayest Thou, Mixed Media, $250
Doug Dallmann Bird Houses Mixed Media including: wood, old door knobs, handles, telephone insulators, collectibles, salvaged tin. 24 x 5 x 5 to 36 x 5 x 5 Southwest (Tall) $150; Southwest (Short) $125; Floral (Tall) $150; Floral (Short) $125; Picnic Table (Tall),$150; Picnic Table (Short) $150.
Roots of the Red River Valley Through the Lens of Russell Lee January 9 – March 21, 2021 Heritage Hall
Hjemkomst Center 202 1st Avenue North Moorhead, MN 56560
Roots of the Red River Valley offers an intimate look at one of the region’s economic pillars in this photographic history of Polk County’s 1937 sugar beet harvest. The exhibition includes 84 images from acclaimed photographer Russell Lee, taken primarily near Fisher, Crookston, and East Grand Forks. In Roots of the Red River Valley, Lee’s images are ordered into three distinct categories highlighting the role of the farmer, migrant worker, and factory. The exhibition invites viewers to ponder the lives of rural and migrant laborers, particularly their relationships, families, and homes.
Russell Lee was born in Illinois in 1903. He attended Lehigh University in Pennsylvania and graduated with a degree in chemical engineering. He left his work in chemical engineering to take up painting, which in turn, led to his keen interest in photography. During the Great Depression, Lee was employed by the federal Farm Security Administration on a photographic documentation project. He joined a team under the direction of economist and photographer Roy Stryker that also included Dorothea Lange and Arthur Rothstein. Lee documented the human stories of segregation, the Great Depression, WWII, internment camps, and much more. His work with the Farm Security Administration brought Lee to the Red River Valley in 1937. Following his work with the FSA he enlisted in the military and served as a photographer with the Air Transport Command. He finished his career as the first instructor of photography at the University of Texas.