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RWAG: FUNctional Art!

Functional Art

July 1 – August 2nd

Artists Reception:

Jul 11, 2015 1:00pm – 5:00pm 

Riverwalk Artists Gallery


The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is excited to announce the opening of a Functional Arts Exhibit, Wednesday, July 1st. Functional art is creative work which may be used in and around the home. The functional pieces showcased were made by artists of northwest Minnesota and will be on display in our cool gallery in East Grand Forks’ Riverwalk Centre Mall.

FunctArt_062915b_Showcased pieces in this Functional Art show include textiles, pottery, glass, and wood items. Rugs woven of sheep’s wool or bison roving created by Carol Johnson of Lake Bronson, Cathy Forgit of Crookston, and Aliza Olson of Roseau are being shown.

Betsy_PorcelainBowlNewly created porcelain and ceramic bowls, plates and mugs by Robin and Lorrie Foster of Red Lake Falls, and Betsy Saurdiff of Grygla are included, as are ceramic pieces by Mary Ann Laxen of East Grand Forks. Jolene Juhl of Greenbush is presenting her newest fused glass plates.

A hand-painted desk by Lois Edman of Alvarado makes its debut in this show.Bag+Bowl+Pendants

The artists will be featured Saturday, July 11th, 1:00-5:00 pm during the Art and Wine Walk, at the NWMAC gallery, 211 Demers Avenue in Riverwalk Centre (River Cinema) Mall, East Grand Forks, across the street from Cabela’s and next to Mamma Maria’s Restaurant.

The Functional Art Exhibit will be on display in the NWMAC gallery inside River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery from Wednesday, July 1 to Sunday, August 2, 2015. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 3:00 to 7:00 pm, and Sunday, 2:00 to 5:00 pm. The Arts Council gallery and River Walk Artists shop & gallery are located in the River Cinema mall. Park in the large lot to the north and enter the mall door: we are the first door on the right.

RWAG: Featured Artists-Janet Johnson & Bruce D. Flaig


The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce the opening of Natural Renditions, the new exhibit of artworks by native Minnesotans at our East Grand Forks gallery. New ceramic work by Janet Johnson of Malung, Minnesota, has been paired with nature photography by Bruce D. Flaig, of Fertile, MN. These touching works will be featured throughout the month of October from Wednesday, the1st until Friday, the 31st, 2014.

FlaigJohnson_9aJanet Johnson grew up in northern Minnesota, and recently retired from teaching Visual Art and English classes in grades 7 – 12 in Warroad. Janet exposed her students to many mediums and opportunities to show their work, and she developed her own community and artistic skills, too. Janet has served on the statewide Arts Best Practice and Quality Teaching networks to help art teachers better connect and collaborate. She has also participated in the NWMAC Community Supported Art program, works with the Region 1 Arts Council, and strongly supports arts at the Roseau County Fair. Janet is a skilled ceramist who recently received a grant from the NWMAC to furnish her studio with a new kiln and potter’s wheel.

FlaigJohnson_7aMinnesota native Bruce D. Flaig has degrees in chemistry, physics and meteorology; however his passion is photographing nature in all its forms. Although he’s lived in seven states and two foreign countries, Flaig says he “has photographed in a bunch more” for over twenty years. His work has been published in many magazines including Birder’s World, Bird Watcher’s DigestWild Bird, Ranger Rick, and Outdoor Photographer. While his collection of images now numbers over 60,000, the Arts Council gallery will be featuring eleven framed prints and a video of a collection of Bruce’s finest works.


FlaigJohnson_4FlaigJohnson_2aThe Natural Renditions exhibit will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk, Saturday, October 18th, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the Riverwalk mall near Mamma Maria’s Restaurant, across Demers Avenue from Cabela’s in East Grand Forks. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Sundays, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.  For more information call the Arts Council office at: 218-745-9111, or email: tmjacobson16@gmail.com.