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Birds Exhibit is Open — You won’t want to miss it

 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.

Birds Exhibit at NCTC

The exhibit is 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. 

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Birds: A NWMAC Exhibit

Visit the exhibit virtually here!

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!

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Artist Ross Hier

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.

Outdoor Concert in Fosston

OUTDOOR CONCERT WITH MIKE RENDAHL                                           SEPTEMBER 18TH

Singer and songwriter Mike Rendahl, a Fosston native, will perform an outdoor concert on Friday, September 18th at the East Polk Heritage Center grounds in Fosston.  The concert will begin at 6:30 PM.

Rendahl’s premier album “About Time” was released in January 2020 on all streaming services. Rendahl grew up in Fosston, where his passion for music began in the fields and forests that surrounded his northern Minnesota home.  Rendahl stated,

“When I sing and play, I feel like I go to a completely different place.  Nothing in my life has felt more honest and true.  Music is an amazing way to unite people under the commonality of living this life.”

The delicious food from Bigfoot BBQ food truck will be available to serve you from 2 PM-6:30PM, so bring your appetite!

The concert will follow COVID-19 pandemic guidelines. Limited seating will be available and spaces for chairs will be marked. Please bring lawn chairs or blankets – family members can be seated together. Please wear a mask as you enter the seating area.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Tickets for the concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Children 5 and under are free.  Tickets must be purchased ahead of time to plan for seating arrangements.  They can be purchased at www.fclaa.org

Jeff Menten & Paul NYE Livestream concert

The Fosston Community Library and Arts Association is Sponsoring Acoustofiddle Livestream Concert on

Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 PM

Violinist Jeff Menten, Park Rapids, and Fingerstyle Guitarist Paul Nye, Walker, will be presenting a Livestream Concert on Thursday, August 20th at 7:00 p.m. on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. 

The concert is sponsored by the Fosston Community Library Arts Association, and made possible by a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, as part of a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund through the voters of Minnesota. 

Menten and Nye, who refer to their duo as “Acoustofiddle” have been performing together for nearly a decade and were part of Akeley’s Woodtick Musical Theater band for many years. 

The duo describes their music as “funky folk, punky polka, cool Celtic, caffeinated classical, and Gypsy jazz, with a bit of grassy blues.”  The music Menten and Nye will be presenting will cover a wide range of genres, including traditional, original, ethnic, and the duo’s arrangements of some pop covers.  Menten and Nye have regularly performed across the north country for several years until this year when the Covid-19 pandemic forced many music venues to close down, causing cancellations of live performances.  Many musicians have done performances on various social media platforms. 

The livestream concert will be videotaped live, courtesy of Calvary Church in Walker, which has allowed Menten & Nye not only the use of the facility, but also the video, audio and live-streaming software the church uses for online services. The concert will only be available online on YouTube Live and Facebook Live. Viewers can go online to www.paulnye.com for a link to the performance. The performance venue will be closed to the public, but the virtual online audience will be able to make comments through chat in realtime during the concert.  Menten and Nye will be reading some select comments throughout the show.  

Pre-concert streaming will be available at 6:30 p.m. on August 20th, with the concert starting at 7:00 p.m.   There is no charge for the concert, but viewers will be given an opportunity to tip the performers through PayPal or Venmo during the performance.  

Put this concert on your calendar!

Summer Arts Program

The Fosston Community Library and Arts Association to Hold

Children’s Summer Arts Program

Program cost is $20/child and includes 4 online classes and the supply kits for all classes. Registration closes on Wednesday, June 17th at 8 PM.  Kit pickup will be June 22nd from 5-7 PM at the Fosston Library Arts Center (403 Foss Ave N).

Thanks to generous donors, a limited amount of scholarships are available for children in need during this time.

The FCLAA will also be offering summer art classes for adults!

For more information, and to register, go to www.fclaa.org

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. 

March Madness Juried Art Show reception in Fosston Postponed until further Notice

MARCH MADNESS JURIED ART SHOW RECEPTION

This has been postponed until further notice

THURSDAY, MARCH 26TH from 5PM-7PM

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.