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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.