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Tiny Art Exhibit is Open at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC — Check it out!

Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit

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Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls

May 21 – July 26, 2021 

Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit, NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

Warren, MN. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) is pleased to announce Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit featuring 133 pieces of art from all over our region.

The exhibit is open now through July 26, 2021 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. 

Showcase Specialist Trey Everett explained, “It’s fun to dream up themes for future art exhibits. Our current show, Miniature Magnificence: A Tiny Art Exhibit, came about as I was thinking of how to encourage people to submit artwork. Teaching art and hosting creative workshops over the years I’ve learned that the smaller the canvas the less anxiety and fear people seem to have  around creating artwork. “What if,” I thought, “the only requirement for an exhibit was that the art had to be very small?” It worked!  People were so enthusiastic.”

Tiny Art Exhibit at NWMAC Gallery at NCTC

There are 133 individual pieces of art not counting about 80 to 100 chicken eggs. The exhibit includes four pieces from an artist from Michigan. Everett reached out to folk artisans and happily a number of artists accepted the challenge. “We have beautiful and thought-provoking Hardanger embroidery, needle felted wool, etched depression era eggs, alcohol ink paintings, batik, embroidery with tin on leather and wool, straw craft, pin cushion and so on. This was a fun exhibit to set up and I greatly enjoy interacting with the amazing creative people in this region.” 

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Artist Jeremy Haug

Marshall County Artist Jeremy Haug created the etched depression era eggs. He explained, “Eggs are inspiration. Years ago, I heard that artists either add or subtract to make art. Pinching pennies through the pandemic, I didn’t want to splurge on paints or dyes for Easter eggs and started playing around with scratching off the outer layer, subtracting from the egg instead of adding the paint. The shape of the egg lends itself well to the simple designs I’ve been drawing since I was a kid. While etching the eggs the calcium dust that scratches off sparkles in the sunshine; I figure something good is happening.” 

Area students also entered work into this exhibit. According to Goodridge-Grygla Teacher Betsy Saurdiff, “Students created a series of five mini paintings and chose their favorite for the show. By working in a series, they were able to develop their ideas further.”

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Debbie Aune, Art Teacher from Greenbush said, “We were ALL OVER  this real art show! I personally have had enough virtual. I made it a requirement for my craft class and my painting class. It was a crash course in watercolor; I gave the kids one hour to finish two small paintings! The urgency made it happen.”

Finally, Artist Cindy Kolling of Gully on her drawings, “These pen & ink drawings are part of a multi-step process that goes into much of my art. I want to make new art that invites viewers to expand their participation in life by developing and sharing appreciation and to consider our local world with fresh insight.”

For a virtual visit to the exhibit view our video here.

Watch our Artist Spotlight with Fosston artists Heidi Danos, Jason Steinbrenner, Steph Anderson and Michael McColl here.

A number of these pieces are available for purchase.

Jeremy Haug, Depression Era Eggs3 for $20
Rosalyn Watnemo, Star Hardanger Embroidery Ornament$15
Rosalyn Watnemo, Heart Hardanger Embroidery Ornament$15
Rosalyn Watnemo, Red Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Rosalyn Watnemo, Green Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Rosalyn Watnemo, White Hardanger Embroidery Card$10
Kristin Eggerling, Temptation$35 (Sale of are donated to NWMAC)
Heidi Danos, Cora$45
Betsy Saurdiff, Blue and Green Vase$8
Betsy Saurdiff, Pink and Green Vase$8
Besty Saurdiff, Whistle Baby Loon$12 SOLD
Jason Steinbrenner, Cells$40
Jason Steinbrenner, Waste Not
$50
Jason Steinbrenner, Collision of Color
$45
Jason Steinbrenner, Viking Spirits Ship
$40
Jason Steinbrenner, Surf the Sun
$45
Jason Steinbrenner, “War, Bloody War”
$60
Ross Hier, Brook Stickleback$40
Ross Hier, Common Snipe Tail Feather$25
Ross Hier, Pasque Flower Blossoms$25
Ross Hier, Channel Catfish Fingerling$40
Ross Hier, Wood Duckling Study$30
Ross Hier, Northern Lights$30
Ross Hier, Orange-bordered Blue Butterfly 
$35
Ross Hier, Eye of the Rooster$50
Lynette Ross, Untitled Series of Four$20 Each
Elizabeth Kitchell-Rockstad, Retro Flower$135
Elizabeth Kitchell-Rockstad, Desert Sun$135
Rebecca Przybylaki, Cockatiel$100
Rebecca Przybylaki, Bald Eagle $100 
 Rebecca Przybylaki, Downy Woodpecker $100
Rebecca Przybylaki, Great Horned Owl $100
Jade Reese, StudentRog$40
Ty Christian, StudentDogty$40
Victoria Hickey, StudentUntitled $40
Bella Burkel, StudentCatabell $40
Kai Melby, StudentMuck $40
Billie Sikorski, StudentDillie$40
Paris Sondreal, StudentParat$40
Jaxon Janousek, StudentJaneousebuck $40
Zach Blawat, StudentZdog $40
Paris Sondreal, StudentOrange Kitty $40
Tessany Blazek, StudentBlazat$40
Connie Nelson, Lost Ball$25
Connie Nelson, The Ball$25
Anonymous, Read$35 (Sale of art donated to NWMAC)
Dani Perez, My Best Friend$50
Aliza Novacek-Olson, Lyle the Lumberjack$85
Aliza Novacek-Olson, BuBear $70
Therese Masters Jacobson, Winter Snowflake$5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Autumn Leaf $5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Summer Apple $5
Therese Masters Jacobson, Spring Blossom $5
Stephanie Olson, Hamsa for You$35
Stephane Olson, Cropland$35
Rachel Gustafson, Big Shot$20
Rachel Gustafson, Tree of Life $20
Rachel Gustafson, Loose Ends $20
Michael McColl, Untitled Series of Four$25 Each

The NWMAC Gallery is located at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. The summer gallery hours are Monday-Thursday from 7:30-4:30 PM, Friday from 7:20- 2:30 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. No masks are required.

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 treyeverettcreates@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.

Tending the Creative Soul May 12 — Time Management

Our topic this month for Tending the Creative Soul is Time Management! We’re stretched in soooooo many directions with our busy lives and with all those important (?) things to do. So the question is how do we make time for our creative process? Do we need to schedule time? Isn’t the creative process spontaneous? Do scheduling and spontaneity work together?

Bring your snack and beverage of choice and your questions and ideas for our Zoom gathering Wednesday, May 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us05web.zoom.us/j/84609984953…Meeting ID: 846 0998 4953
Passcode: VJq4Yw

Questions? Email Trey at Treyeverettcreates@gmail.com.

Nominate Artists and Arts Advocates for Of the Year Awards! Deadline extended

Nominations Open for Of the Year Awards Until May 17 — Deadline Extended

Northwest Artist of the Year $500 

Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year $500

Northwest Star Award for $5,000

Warren, Mn – Applications are open for nominations for the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Of the YearAwards. Three awards are given each year to recognize artists and arts advocates within our region who stand out in terms of artistry or volunteerism in the arts. Often people serve in both roles. 

NWMAC Director Mara Hanel presenting Of the Year Awards

Our Arts Advocate of the Year award is $500.00 and often goes to a local leader who lives in the area where the artist reception will be held.  But anyone is eligible to be nominated. Arts includes all disciplines.

Our Artist of the Year award can be given to any discipline artist including visual, performing, or creative writing who are emerging or at a mid-way point in their artistic endeavors. It is a cash award of $500.00 to use however they see fit. 

Artists can only receive our Northwest Star Award once, as a lifetime achievement award. This award is for $5,000.00 and can be a wonderful gift to those who have chosen a hard career path related to artistic expression.

Our deadline for nominations is May 17. It has been extended this year due to a later reception date. Please consider nominating someone who you view as a deserving candidate from our seven-county service area in northwestern Minnesota. Persons who believe their nominee would qualify for this award and have questions should contact the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council office at (218) 745-8886 or email director@NWArtsCouncil.org for more information. The nomination form is on our website.

Awards will be presented at the Northwest Minnesota Arts Exhibit reception will be held in Warroad on August 26th. Stay tuned for more information. Funding for Northwest Star and Northwest Artist of the Year comes from The McKnight Foundation. Funding for Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year comes from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Peonies & Players: A Photography Exhibition Featuring the Work of Kathryn Rynning and Scott DCamp

The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce Peonies & Players: A Photography Exhibit featuring the work of Kathryn Rynning and Scott DCamp.

NWMAC Peonies & Players Photography Exhibit

This exhibit allows you to follow Kathi’s life changing trip through the People’s Republic of China in search of peonies and experience athletic moments through Scott.

The exhibit is open from Wednesday, January 13 until February 28 at the NWMAC Gallery at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. You can also view the exhibit virtually here.

Scott resides in Thief River Falls. His years as an athlete and of professional photography work are evident as he captures the perfect moment in his series of athletes in action. He explains, “Photography goes hand-in-hand with my career as a print journalist and it has been a part of my life for more than 20 years. What began in college as a required class in black and white photography has evolved into a passion. I have an appreciation for all types of photography, but I truly love sports.”

Photography by Scott DCamp

Scott’s photos in this collection were all taken since 2017, when he was promoted to sports editor of the Thief River Falls Times. These photos represent a sampling of his work during his first four years as sports editor.

Photographer Scott DCamp — Walkoff Celebration

“For this show, I chose photos that show emotion and action. 
There are challenges that are unique to each sport such as depth of field and lighting. Much like the athletes competing, I improve as the season moves along and do my best work in the postseason. “

Photographer Kathryn Rynning

Kathryn lives in Kennedy, Minnesota. When asked about how this collection came to be Kathryn explained, “this photo exhibit was the culmination of a lifetime of desires. As a child I admired my grandmother’s peony garden and helped her care for it. I also read many books by Pearl S Buck about China and thought I could go there as a missionary, like my mother’s cousin who served in Nepal. Well, that didn’t quite work out, but….”

About her photography journey, “Of my parents 6 children, I was the one most often wanting to take photos on the family brownie camera, a dinosaur next to my camera of today. I am in retirement with a little more time to go back to those desires of my youth. I have a lovely camera with a micro lens, and printer, so I am in control of the color, size, cropping, etc. of my work. My passion for flowers is satisfied as a volunteer gardener for my church and our community garden and of course my flower gardens at home. Thus, I often grow my photo subjects. I have been very fortunate to travel, and always wondering what is over the next hill, has given me many subjects as well. Thus, a journey to China/Tibet to look for peonies in the wild was a fulfillment of many dreams.”

You won’t want to miss this photography 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.

First Friday — The NWMAC Can help Promote your event

First Friday is an arts-related event held each month on the first Friday of the month. These recurring local cultural and social events promote artists and arts events throughout the country for the purpose of showcasing and exhibiting art, introducing residents and visitors to artists and the arts in your area and the opportunity to sell or purchase and collect art. These self-guided events may also feature promotions at individual businesses who may extend their hours of operation. First Fridays may be as simple as individual artist studios opening up for a Friday evening or a coordinated city-wide art crawl.

The NWMAC would like to help promote any First Friday events in our region. We will do this by adding your event to a region-wide map and sharing the information on our website, Facebook, Instagram, Explore Minnesota website, and in our newsletters. Are you interested in participating? Or do you have questions? Contact our Promotions Specialist, Kristin Eggerling at keggerling@gmail.com.

At this time, we are planning to begin our promotions for the May 1, 2020 First Friday. The Entry Due Date is the first Friday of the prior month. So, to be included in the May 1 map you will need to let NWMAC know that you are participating ASAP.

Use our online grant system to submit the information about your event.

When are First Fridays in 2020? Dates include May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4, October 2, November 6, and December 4. (these are also the dates to let us know your plans for the next month)

Do I have to commit to each First Friday? No. You may be interested in holding a First Friday event only once, periodically, or every first Friday. It’s your choice.

What if I want to open my studio for a First Friday, but no one else in my community wants to hold events? The NWMAC will promote all First Friday events in our region. One event in a community is fine.

Is there a cost to participate? There is no cost to be listed on our map or for our promotions.