Friday, April 8, 2011

It's here! Must see our visual artists!

Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition features many local artists


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Natalie J. Ostgaard

Shannon Gross checks out the student works at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition in the library on Wednesday.


Posted Apr 07, 2011 @ 12:08 PM

By Natalie J. Ostgaard, City Editor
The 12th annual Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibition, featuring approximately 200 pieces created by 140 adult and student artists from a seven-county region, had its opening day at Crookston Public Library Wednesday. Crookston was chosen as the site for this year's exhibit to coincide with the city's Legacy Destination Weekend April 15-17.
“This year, we accepted more pieces than usual – last year it was around 130 – because of the Legacy Weekend,” said Mara Wittman, Arts Council Director for the Northwest Regional Development Commission. “There were a lot of great entries and we wanted to give them the opportunity to be seen during what we expect to be a high-traffic time.”
A wide variety of art mediums are on display, including paintings, drawings, stained glass, photography, digital images, pottery, sculptures, computer art and mixed media pieces. Artists participating in the exhibit are professional and amateur adults as well as area high school students from the seven-county northwest Minnesota region of Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau. Some pieces are available for purchase through the artists.
The juried exhibit is free and open to the public. It will be on display at the library until April 17.  Viewing is allowed during regular library hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Patrick Luber, professor of sculpture at the University of North Dakota, is this year's juror. He has an extensive background in judging visual art shows. His choices for 16 exhibit awards will be announced at an artist reception, also free and open to the public, on Sunday, April 17 p.m. at the Crookston American Legion. Entertainment will be from 1:30-2 p.m. followed by the awards presentation. The Northwest Artist of the Year award will be presented to visual artist Sister Norma Jean Eide of Crookston and Northwest Arts Advocate of the Year award to Anita Poss of East Grand Forks. The two people’s choice exhibit award winners, voted on by people visiting the exhibit, will also be announced. Cash awards total $2,300 this year.

Adult artists  
Crookston: Twylla Altepeter, Irene Bertils, Calla Blokzyl, Mary Jane Doak, Carol Evenson, Trey Everett, Ross Hier, Aryanna Ostgaard, Heather Sabian.
Other towns – Ada: Doreen Grunewald. Alvarado: Jean Ranstrom. Argyle: Lucille Nelson. Badger: Paulette Christianson. Climax: Kayla Evenson. East Grand Forks: Phyllis Kalliokoski, Jessica Pribula. Erskine: Jessica Nelson. Fertile: Bruce D. Flaig, Jerome Fuglseth. Fisher: Katie Hruby-Schmidt. Lancaster: Margaret Anderson. McIntosh: Vassa Kraskoff. Gatzke: Debbie Aune. Hallock: Beau Bakken, Rock Bakken, Emily Winger, Loren Younggren. Karlstad: Nick Reitzel. Kennedy: Bernie Wilebski. Lake Bronson: Blair Berg. Maple Bay: Beth Mjelde. McIntosh: Laura Evans. Mentor: Sara Mercil. Nielsville: Bethany Vraa. Newfolden: Chris Lane. Oklee: Viola Kvasager. Perley: Jane Borgen. Plummer: Barb Pinc. Red Lake Falls: Margaret Ehling, Robin Foster, Lorrie Foster, Connie Stocker. Roseau: Janet Johnson. Thief River Falls: Christine Foster, Beth Iliff, Stacy Kleinwachter, Corissa Kruse, Judy Sorum. Warroad: Megan Schindler, Joan Tveit.

Student artists
Ada-Borup School: Krista Kappes.
Climax Shelly School: Megan Balderston, Ashley Elwood, Marya Hahn, Nora Hahn,  Miranda Martine, Katrina Meine, Ashley Pruneda, Eliza Zeneno.
Crookston High School: Monique Burgoz, Stephanie Ibanez, Shannon Kaiser,  Lauren Klinge, Brady Larson, Cyrina Ostgaard, Kelly Reitmeier, Michelle Stahlecker, Katelyn Stegman, Tamika Wold.
East Grand Forks Senior High School: Kelsey Hedlund, Lilly Potter.
Fertile-Beltrami School: Tabitha Tadych, Jacob Neufeld, Kennedy Fuglseth.
Greenbush-Middle River School: Trista Anderson, Bailey Bergerson, Jaeden Blawat, Mike Ellis, Middle River; Lynsi Emery, Erin Foss, Shelby Gjovik, Timm Ingle, Strathcona; Chelsea Jacobson, Mikaela Janicke, Sydney Langaas, Badger; Kati Larsen, TyLynn McKeever, Middle River; Paige Taggert, Mercedes Timm, Tyler Wilson.
Norman County West School: Rikki Armstrong, Lynette Delgado, Kaleb Folden, Isabella Hukriede, Crystal Ingvalson, Kayla Larson, Cody Larson, Hailey Orsland, Dylan Ostgaard, Halstad; Jared Porter, Lauren Purrington, Lindsay Ramirez, Daniel Vanderplaats, Michael Warnecke.
Red Lake County Central School: Ashley Bierman, Lael Erickson, Monkojay Wilson.
Roseau School: Mollie Rae Miller.
Thief River Falls School: Jordan Arveson, Kelly Fynboh, Kara Iliff, Kierstin Jenson, Evelyn Jesme, Elysha Keefe, Victor Marshall, Emily McGrath, Tracy Mehrkens, Thief River Falls; Ashley Myklebust, Kali Olstad, Andrew Sparby.
Warren/Alvarado/Oslo School: Christian Erickson, Katie Rehder.
Warroad School: Megan Anderson, Courtney Bethune, Abby Erickson, Megan Fish,  Jessica Forst, Jamiee Gaddie, Megan Gustafson, Lucas Halvorson,  Marguerita Huiras, Casy Knight Chapin, Quinton Lang,  Jackie Lee,  Kord Maurer, Kaitlin Montebello, Kaley Quanrud, Danica Scheef, Adam Srisourath, Kayla Whitaker.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council sponsors the arts program with funding from The McKnight Foundation and the Legacy Amendment. This year's co-sponsor is Valley Arts Council, which provides volunteers and knowledge that will help make the exhibit a success, said Wittman.

For more information on the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit contact Wittman at (218) 745-9111 or by email at

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