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RWAG: Paint Your Wagons!


Featuring: Brenda Baumer & John Rakowski

September 02, 2015 – September 20, 2015

ARTIST RECEPTION: September 19, 2015 

1PM – 5PM 

NWMAC’s Gallery located in Riverwalk Artists Gallery

(Warren, Mn) – Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is proud to feature work from East Grand Forks Resident Brenda Baumer and Erskine Resident John Rakowski as this month’s featured artists at their gallery in Riverwalk Centre Mall.


Brenda Baumer earned her degree in Social Psychology from Park University, choosing a career in the mental health management field. Upon retirement in 2014 Brenda began her journey as a self-taught artist with inspiration from artist Bob Ross, and encouragement from many friends and artists in the local community. Brenda’s paintings are created from memory and  imagination, evoking serene wooded scenes and landscapes. She is experimenting with new subjects. Brenda’s paintings have been shown in community exhibits. Brenda’s work was selected for the NWMAC Regional Exhibit in Thief River Falls, and one of her paintings was chosen to be included in the NWMAC Traveling Art Exhibit which is now visiting East Grand Forks’ Campbell Library.

JR_BuckboardJohn Rakowski grew up in a farming community and always had his hand in woodworking. He remembers when farming relied on horse-drawn wagons, and when as a child he made his own toys replicating tractors, trucks and farm villages. In high school John built furniture, including book shelves and a table. His adult career led him to be head of grounds maintenance at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, a career he misses; but in retirement he has returned to his first love of wood-working. John has spent twenty years building wooden models of the wagons and buggies he remembers, including buckboards, grain wagons, and Amish buggies. Several of his pieces have won blue ribbons at the Polk County fair.

10414516_877029658991091_137525728504845841_nPaint Your Wagons will be displayed in the NWMAC gallery inside River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery from Wednesday, September 2nd to Sunday, September 20, 2015. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday3:00 to 7:00 pm, and Sunday2:00 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.

We welcome private showings, and are happy to answer any questions. For more information or a private showing, call the arts council office at 218-745-9111; or you may contact the gallery coordinator at 218-965-4216, or email: tmjacobson16@gmail.com.

NWMAC Featured Artist: Jessica Pribula

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Councils is pleased to announce that the 2014 Artist of the  Year will have her own show at our gallery through March 1, 2015.

Jessica Pribula: Artist of the Year

Jessica Pribula: Artist of the Year


JPribula_1Jessica Pribula is a master at her craft.  She really enjoys the meditative process that comes while weaving.  She began exploring paper weaving at University of North Dakota where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fibers.  She has a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Central Washington University.


You can find out more about Jessica at her website, www.JessicaPribula.com

A reception for “Jessica Pribula: Artist of the Year” will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the gallery.

The NWMAC art gallery is located at River Walk Artists Shop and Gallery in the River Cinema Mall, 211 Demers Avenue, East Grand Forks, Mn.  Gallery hours are Wednesday through Saturday from 2pm -8pm and Sundays from 2pm -5pm.

For more information or a private showing, call the Arts Council Office at (218) 745-9111 or contact the Arts Council Gallery Coordinator, Therese Jacobson at tmjacobson@gmail.com.

RWAG: “Seaside Visions”


JUNE 04-29, 2014


Reception: June 21, 2014

1:00pm-5:00pm during the Art and Wine Walk




The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is very excited to bring the art of these two East Grand Forks residents.  Mentor and Student, together under one roof!  ‘Seaside Visions’ is their interpretation of what one would find in their environment at a seashell-strewn oceanside.

Exhibit7Erin Nelson teaches visual arts at East Grand Forks Senior High.  She has an appreciation of 70’s artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, and Jean Michael Basquait, as well as by the environment she dearly loves, the ocean. Many of her paintings incorporate the use of numerals or lettering into her designs. The paintings she selected for this exhibit are in honor of her grandmother who introduced her to the ocean’s beauty from her earliest childhood. Nelson adds, “I hope this collection gives the viewer a sense of that environment my Grandma taught me to love so much.”

Exhibit5Karlee Westrem is a 2014 graduate of East Grand Forks High and has been a student of Erin’s for several years.  Karlee received a mentorship grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council during the summer of 2013, and has participated in area student art exhibits, earning top scores. She says she has been inspired by her teacher, Mrs. Nelson, who introduced her to famous artists and styles of art, and experimented with color and design along side her mentor.

Exhibit1The ‘Seaside Visions’ exhibit and the artists will be featured during the Art & Wine Walk on Saturday, June 21st, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm in the NWMAC Gallery. Non-alcoholic beverages and refreshments will be served. To register for the Art & Wine Walk, visit the Blue Moose on the day of the event.

‘Seaside Visions’ is free and open to the public in the NWMAC gallery, located inside the River Walk Artists Shop & Gallery at the River Walk mall, across Demers Avenue from Cabella’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