Become a Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Board Member
Would you like to be more involved in the arts in northwest Minnesota? Consider becoming an Arts Council Board Member! The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is looking to fill a number of open positions on our board.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has openings for representatives from these counties — Roseau, Kittson, Pennington, Red Lake and Norman. We are also looking for three at-large members who can be from any of our seven counties of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau. Board members will serve for a three-year term from this fall until Fall 2024 with the option to add an additional three-year term afterwards.
As part of the Arts Council, you will become familiar with arts groups and individuals who are making the arts happen throughout our seven-county service area in northwest Minnesota. You will also have the satisfaction of knowing that you have contributed to the vitality of the arts in our part of Minnesota.
The Arts Council meets five times a year usually in Warren or virtually and reviews and approves arts grants and arts policy and arts services for seven counties in Minnesota. You must be confident on a computer and have internet access to be a board member to communicate between meetings.
For more information and to receive a nomination form for yourself or a friend, contact Mara Hanel, NWMAC, at 218-745-8886; or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. General information on the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, including the nomination form, can be viewed at www.NWArtsCouncil.org in the About Us section.
The Northwest Minnesota Annual Art Exhibit will be held
August 13 – 26 in Warroad
Reception and Program on August 26 to
Honor Exhibit and Of the Year Award Winners
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is pleased to announce the NW Annual Art Exhibit will be in Warroad from August 13 to 26. The exhibit will be Downtown Warroad at the Discovery Development Hub, 201 Lake Street NE and will be open for the public to view art on
August 13 from 9am – 1pm
August 16-20 MWF from 9 am – 4pm, Tues & Thurs 4-7pm
August 21 Noon to 3pm
August 23-25 from 9am – 4pm
August 26 Noon to 5:30pm
Adult and student artists from our 7 county- service region (Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake Falls) have entered 120 pieces of art, including photography, sculpture, drawings, and paintings, into this exhibit and will be competing for $2,300.00 in cash awards. 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 reception. Attendees will be able to vote for People’s Choice!
There will be a reception on August 26 at Allison Park Pavilion in Warroad that is free of charge and open to everyone. Mingling, food, and live music begins at 5:30 pm and the program at 6 pm. Please come early to view the art. The Exhibit opens at noon that day and there’s plenty to do in Warroad!
Of the Year Awards will be presented to Don KaKaygeesick of Warroad for the NW Star Award — Lifetime Achievement, Connie Nelson of Hallock for Artist of the Year, and Annethea Novacek of Greenbush for Artist Advocate of the Year.
The Exhibit and Reception are open to the public and free to attend. Many pieces of art are for sale and the public is encouraged to shop. Purchases can be marked as sold and picked up on August 26 at the reception. The reception is a wonderful day of celebrating the arts in our region. Please join us!
More information will be coming about the award winners and the event. Stay tuned!
Funding for these awards is provided by the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota State Legislature.
Arts Grants Applications have August 1 Deadline — Apply Now
Arts Legacy grants of up to $10,000.00, Arts Project grants of up to $3,000.00 have an August 1 deadline! Artist Residency Grants for Schools Available
Applications are open for Arts Project Grants and Arts Legacy Grants. Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations. Applications are being accepted from our seven county Minnesota service area including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.
Arts Legacy Grants is a main category for funding artistic activity within the seven-county service region. Funding can be used for Arts Projects, Arts Equipment, General Support, Public Art Projects and Arts Events in northwest Minnesota.
Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small budget arts projects and the sponsorship of performances of touring companies and artists. These grants are a maximum of $3,000.00 with a required cash match.
Applications funded through these two very important grant opportunities include festivals, community theatre projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many other activities that improve the quality of life of people in our communities.
Schools in our seven-county region can also apply now for an Artist Residency grant of $2,100 plus an additional $400 if the residency needs supplies. Our teaching artist roster online is a great resource to view artists available to teach in our area. Go to our the main webpage and and click on teaching artist roster on the left navigation bar. Another resource to view artists available to enhance curriculum is COMPAS.
Also available on a first come-first served basis are Quick Turn Around Grants for $500. These grants can be used for missed gigs and income due to the pandemic. Use the Quick Turn Around application in the Individual Artist grants. See our website for more information and to apply!
The grant application process is completely online and NWMAC’s Director Mara Hanel can help walk you through the process of using the grants portal to get accustomed to it. Please contact her at director@NWArtsCouncil.org or call 218-745-8886.
We are looking for short work on the theme of the elements. We have created 3 videos with Writer Dale Jacobson to inspire you. You can watch whenever is convenient for you. Then, take some time to write or illustrate.
Northwest Minnesota Arts Council Gallery at NCTC in Thief River Falls
May 21 – July 26, 2021
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 exhibitis 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.”
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, pincushion and so on. This was a fun exhibit to set up and I greatly enjoy interacting with the amazing creative people in this region.”
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.”
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.
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 email@example.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.