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.
Here are some current and upcoming exhibits (including calls for art)!
Birds: An Exhibit Featuring the Work of Ross Hier and Other Regional Artists at
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.
An Art Exhibition FeaturingRock Bakken and Beau Bakken
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery
at NCTC in Thief River Falls
October 1- November 30, 2020
Artist Reception is Saturday, October 24 from 2 to 5 pm
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce an exhibition of artwork by father and son regional artists Rock and Beau Bakken. The art exhibit installation, Bakken: The Artistry of Father and Son will open October 1 and run through November 30 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls.
Mara Hanel, Director of the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council comments, “We have had our Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit for twenty-one years now, and there is rarely a year that Rock or Beau Bakken of Hallock do not show their paintings. I’m proud to say that both father and son have won 1st prize in our annual exhibit. Rock also has won people’s choice so often, that we always anticipate that he will garner many votes! I am excited that we will feature their art in our gallery at NCTC this fall.”
Visitors to the gallery will see why Rock Bakken is well known in the area for his detailed drawings and paintings of animals and birds. He places them in landscapes that depict our area and forests of the north, in a style that is popular, especially with men who enjoy high quality wildlife art. Rock takes his originals and creates high quality prints and greeting cards that are available for purchase at his store Bakken Boots in Hallock and at arts and craft fairs throughout the valley. Our gallery will feature his originals for sale, so if you are a business looking to buy art, this showcase will interest you. Rock also has created portraits and is available for commission.
Mara goes on to say, “Then you have Rock’s son Beau, who is a talented artist also. Beau was selected to receive our prestigious Artist of the Year award. He is known for his large mural paintings in Hallock, Kennedy, Red Lake Falls and other towns in the Red River Valley. My husband owns six large movie posters created by Beau, that we are putting on display for this show only. Come see our private collection that features the movies of Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, My Fair Lady, Saving Private Ryan, Tommy Boy, and A Bug’s Life. His attention to detail while recreating the movie posters, for our private commission, is amazing.”
This show will feature several of Beau’s large acrylic paintings, with many for sale. They are different than his father’s — often depicting parks and street scenes from foreign locations, in a painting style that is expressive and loose.
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.
Please join us for an Artists Reception on Saturday, October 24 from 2 to 5pm!
Rock and Beau have a number of pieces of art for sale.
The Woods are Lovely, Dark and Deep Winter Wolf Image 30 x 40 inches, original acrylic, $2,500.
Layers of Color Prairie Sunrise image, 11 x 14 inches, original acrylic, $235.
Red Sky in Morning Red sunrise image, 5 x 16 inches, original acrylic, $125.
Forty Shades of Green Coastal Ireland Image, 23 x 30 inches, original acrylic, $775.
Here are some pieces of Beau’s artwork for sale: Barcelona, Spain People walking in city alley, original acrylic, $500.
Busy Market Vendor selling veggies, original acrylic, $750. Duluth, MN Downtown Duluth, original acrylic, $400.
Pond Near Louve Ducks in pond with green chairs, original acrylic, $500
Toulouse, France City scene with people and woman on bike, original acrylic, no dimensions, $600.
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.
There will be an artists’ reception for the artists who are participating in the March Madness Juried Art Show, currently in the Sorenson Gallery, on Thursday, March 26th from 5PM-7PM. There is so much talent right here in our region. Stop by to see the many great pieces of local art, to chat with the artists, and to enjoy refreshments.
Apply for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit — Open Now
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce their latest “Call for Entries” for the 2020 Annual Art Exhibit. The deadline to submit your art work is February 29, 2020!
This year, the annual Art Exhibit will be in Red Lake Falls in April after Easter. Stay tuned for specific dates!
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. The Artist Reception will be held on April 29 at 5PM in Red Lake Falls. The specific location will be announced soon.
Click for more information, including the exhibit entry rules and directions. If you would like the application mailed to you, please contact our office 218-745-9111 or email Mara. The application must submitted no later than February 29, 2020. There is a teacher spreadsheet available by emailing Mara. Teachers can also submit a Word file with student work samples to ease the process.
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