Warren, Minnesota (May 06, 2014) - The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council awarded $2450.00 dollars in prize money to adult and student artists’ at their annual Spring Art Exhibition. The exhibition was held at the American Legion, Post 444 in Middle River, Minnesota April 16-27, 2014. 100 artists from the 7 county service area participated in this year's event.
Executive Director of NWMAC, Mara Wittman was on hand at the exhibition reception April 27, 2014 to present certificates to the winners. Beau Bakken of Hallock took 1stplace in the Adult category for his acrylic painting, “Barcelona Spain” and was awarded $500.00. The Adult People’s Choice Award went to Deb Aune of Gatzke for her painting, “Dad Loves His Wood Stove”. She was awarded $100.00.
In the Student category, Bryan Sanchez of Crookston came in 1st place for his mixed media drawing, titled “Cultural Self Portrait”. He was awarded $300.00. The Student People’s Choice Award went to Brooke Panzer of Crookston for her sculpture, “Horsehair Potter”. She received $50.00.
Many other artists, both adult and student, were recognized for their dedication to their art
1st Place: $500 Beau Bakken of Hallock “Barcelona, Spain” acrylic painting
2nd Place: $300 Deb Aune of Gatzke “Dad Loves His Wood Stove” painting
3rd Place: $200 Loren Younggren of Hallock “Blizzard Dolly” photograph
MERIT: $100 Mollie Rae Miller of Roseau “Primal” painting
MERIT: $100 Jan Osborn of Thief River Falls “Settler’s Cabin at Old Mill” drawing
MERIT: $100 Irene Bertils of Crookston “Arizona Dusk” pastel
MERIT: $100 Kathryn Rynning of Kennedy “Norway’s Mother” photograph
MERIT: $100 Robin Foster of Red Lake Falls “Dragonfly in B & W” sculpture
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: $100 Deb Aune, Gatzke “Dad Loves His Wood Stove” painting
1st Place: $300 Bryan Sanchez of Crookston “Cultural Self Portrait” mixed media drawing
2nd Place: $150 Morgan Anderson of Middle River “Seahorse” drawing
3rd Place: $100 Travis Tabatt of Goodridge “Tree” print-making
MERIT: $50 Kyle Caputo of Crookston “Addictions” drawing
MERIT: $50 Courtney Boutain of Goodridge “What’s Up Bear” drawing
MERIT: $50 Julie Ibanez of Crookston “Burst of Brightness” painting
MERIT: $50 Brooke Panzer of Crookston “Horsehair Pottery” sculpture
MERIT: $50 Emilie Tykward of Grygla “Envy” sculpture
PEOPLE’S CHOICE STUDENT: $50 Brooke Panzer, Crookston “Horsehair Potter” Sculpture
This program is sponsored in part by funding to the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council by the McKnight Foundation and the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment. The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council is one of eleven regional arts councils in the state. All eleven councils work together with fiscal agents of the Minnesota State Arts Board to provide arts services, staffing, and grants.
The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council services Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties and was pleased to have so many adults and students from the service area participate in this event! The Arts are alive and well in Northwest Minnesota!