A Lake of the Woods County Community Collboration Workshop

Artists, non-profits, community organizers, city planners and anyone interested in collaborating for creative Lake of the Woods communities!

Please come to a FREE Community Collaboration Workshop
from 6-8 p.m. at the Depot in Baudette, MN on June 19, 2012

This workshop is designed for people to come together and share arts project ideas with the goal of strengthening our Lake of the Woods communities through art.  Presenter Mark Turner will explore the value of coordinating arts events and activities with other regional partners and share concrete examples of collaborative efforts and cutting edge arts collaborative practices.

Participants will
–       Learn the benefits of resource optimization
–       Discover local collaborative partnerships
–       Discuss how different organizations can help cross promote a range of events
–       Plan creative community efforts and events with wide arts appeal

What: Community Collaboration Workshop
Date: June 19, 2012
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Location: The Depot in Baudette

Call Region 2 Arts Council at 218 751-5447 / 800 275-4557 or email staff@r2arts.org to register.  Registration Deadline: June 12, 2012.

Lake of the Woods Art Guild Sponsors Oil Painting Still Life Workshop May 18-20

Professional Artist, Ruth Ann Nordlund will teach an oil painting still life workshop May 18 – 20 at the Lake of the Woods School Art Room.

Cost is only $25.00 plus supplies for the entire weekend. The class is open to anyone ages 9th grade through adult and all skill levels. Class size will be limited to 15 and available on a first come first served basis.

Friday, May 18th  Optional pot luck at 5 pm; demonstration session 6 – 8 pm.  Saturday,  May 19th 9 am – 5 pm
Sunday, May 20th 12 pm – 4 pm

This workshop will be a fabulous skills-building opportunity for students to learn about Ruth Ann Nordlund’s methods and techniques in order to produce their own original creative works.  Students will set up a still life, including choosing objects, arrangement and lighting.  Following this, the students will begin to create their own painting with assisted support.  Instruction will be emphasizing the main principles of concepts, value, edges, and color and their relationship to the surface.  Students will discover the interaction between objects and how light travels across the painting.

Ruth Ann Nordlund is from Shevlin, MN where she operates a professional studio.  She was an art educator for over 20 years and studied at workshops in Taos, New Mexico and Norway.  She is a member of Women Artists of the West and Oil Painters of America.  Examples of her work can be viewed on her website: www.ruthannsart.com

Registration deadline is May 12.  To register for the class call 218-341-9692 or 218-634-1561, and mail a check for $25.00 payable to the Lake of the Woods Art Guild, 745 21st Ave SW, Baudette, MN  56623.  Please include your name, address, phone, and email address.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Get Inspired! Get Motivated! Get your Inner Artist Movin’ this March!

Are you ready to get your artistic mojo back this March?  Look at what local artists have to offer through Region 2 Arts Council “No-Risk” workshops!

March 9, 10 & 17     Rigid Heddle Weaving. Join local fiber artist Ann Kastl for a three-day workshop in which participants will learn to weave on a Rigid Heddle Loom.

NEW DATES:  March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14    Painting to Praxis – Translating Ideas into Paint with local painter Paula Swenson. The workshop will take participants through the creative process from conception to implementation, emphasizing painting, problem solving and self-expression, culminating in a May exhibition at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse in Bemidji.

March 24 & 31    Build a Solid Oak Butterfly Bench. Join master woodscraftsman Duane Shoup in his Shevlin woodshop for a two-day workshop in which each participant will build their own solid oak bench for indoor or outdoor use. 

March 24    Acrylic Painting, the Abstract Experience for Beginners. Join artist and facilitator Shannon Lucas Westrum at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in Bemidji for the opportunity to create abstract paintings by experimenting with techniques and mediums in a no-pressure environment.

NEW DATE:  March 24   Winter Retreat for Writers: Dreams as Portals for Creative Energy. Join Dr. CarolAnn Russell for this lecture, discussion and workshop. Stream of consciousness writing will be the medium for self-exploration and generation of future writing projects in all genres. 

March 26, April 2 & 9   Building a Bunraku-inspired Rod Puppet. Join puppeteer Margaret Burger of Fortuna Puppet Theatre on three Mondays from 6-8:30 p.m. and build a 16″ puppet, with a paper mache head, and a wood, wire, cloth, and foam body.

For registration dates, workshop fees, and more information, please click here.

Painting to Praxis Workshop this March, with Local Artist, Paula Swenson. Register today!

Local painter Paula J. Swenson will take participants through the creative process from conception to implementation and from completion of a painting to its exhibition.

Participants will learn the practices of painting and self-expression and how to find new ways to problem solve and stretch their imaginations.

The workshop will culminate in a May exhibit of participants’ work at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse in Bemidji, MN.

Dates:  Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st
Location: River of Time Studio on 1017 N. Plantagenet Road SE in Bemidji, MN.
Times: March 3rd from 11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.; all other dates: 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The registration deadline is February 24th, 2012. To register, send a check in the amount of $50.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Please note that there will be no refunds unless the workshops are cancelled. For more information call Region 2 Arts Council at 218-751-5447 or 800-275-5447.

Artist Mentor Grant Program Informational Meeting

Artist Mentor Grant Recipient Kiah Hartung's Recent Work

Are you an 8th-12th grade student  (in school or homeschooled) with talent and a passion for the arts?  The parent of an 8-12 grade student artist?  A teacher who wants to learn about a grant opportunity for students you know with a special arts talent?  An artist interested in mentoring a young  artist?

Come to an informational meeting about Region 2 Arts Council’s Artist Mentor grant program!

On February 21, Region 2 Arts Council is hosting a panel discussion to inform interested 8-12 graders, their parents, teachers, and local artists about the Artist Mentor grant program. Artist mentors and student grant recipients will speak candidly about the working together and the application process.  There will be time for questions.

WHAT: Artist Mentor Grant Program Informational Meeting
WHEN:
Tuesday February 21st from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
WHERE:
  Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji

Registration Deadline Feb 17th:  Contact staff@r2arts.org or 218-751-5447 / 800-275-5447.  Can’t make it to the meeting? Download a copy of the Artist Mentor Grant application here.  Contact Region 2 Arts Council with questions.  Applications are due April 11th.

Learn from Local Artists at these Winter Workshops

These Region 2 Arts Council supported “no-risk” workshops are sure to inspire creative expression, something everyone can use this time of year!

Jan 27 & 28       2012 Winter Retreat for Writers: Dreams as Portals for Creative Energy. Dr. Carol Ann Russell, poet and professor of creative writing and women’s studies at BSU, will guide participants in stream of consciousness writing will be the medium for self exploration. Discussions will focus on awakening the feminine part of the psyche through dream-work.

This two-day workshop takes place at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

  • January 27th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • January 28th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The registration deadline is January 24th.   To register, send a check in the amount of $100.00 made payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56619. Call 218-444-5606 with any questions.

Feb 3, 4 & 11       Painting with Yarn – Introduction to Tapestry Weaving with local fabric artist Kristin Majkrzak. Students will be provided a basic frame loom and yarn for weaving and will learn basic weaving techniques such as how to use color, create shapes, and finishing methods for your piece.

This three-day workshop takes place at Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.

  • Friday, February 3rd, from 6-9 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 4th, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 11th, from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-4 p.m.

The registration deadline is January 31st, 2012.   To register, send a check in the amount of $75.00 made payable to Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, P.O. Box 542, Bemidji, MN 56619. Call 218-444-5606 with any questions.

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31      Painting to Praxis – Translating Ideas into Paint with local painter Paula Swenson. This workshop will take participants through the creative process from conception to implementation, emphasizing painting, problem-solving and self-expression, culminating in a May exhibition at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse in Bemidji.

This five-day workshop will take place at Swenson’s River of Time Studio at 1017 N. Plantagenet Rd. SE in Bemidji.

  • March 3rd, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • March 10, 17, 24, and 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The registration deadline is February 24, 2012.   To register, send a check in the amount of $50.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org with any questions.

Acrylic Painting Workshop: an abstract experience for beginners

Looking for a creative outlet involving paint, canvas, brushes, and an easel?  Sign up now for Acrylic Painting- an abstract experience for beginners!

Shannon Lucas Westrum of Wildflower Design Studios will teach a number of different techniques and mediums in a no-pressure creative environment. Students will be provided an easel, canvas, palette, paints and brushes for their use and will take home their canvas at the end of the day.

The workshop will take place on January 21st at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue NW, Bemidji, MN, from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. with a break for lunch and then from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The registration deadline is January 12th.   To register, send a check in the amount of $40.00 made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, at 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN 56601. Call 218-751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447 or email staff@r2arts.org  with any questions.

Click here for other upcoming R2AC sponsored workshops!

Grant Writing Workshop Tuesday, Dec. 6 in Baudette

Individual Artists, Non-Profit Organizations, and Schools:
Do you have an arts-related project in mind that needs funding?

Come to the Baudette Depot on Tuesday December 6, 2011 for a Region 2 Arts Council drop-in session and grant-writing workshop!

Drop-In:  5:30 and 6:00 p.m. Pick up application materials for any R2AC grants and discuss which grants best support your project ideas. 

Grant-writing workshop: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  Discuss grant writing strategies and take a closer look at grant-specific requirements.

The following grants will be highlighted in this workshop:

Arts and Cultural Heritage Grants
Deadline: January 17, 2012

Providing opportunities for arts, arts access, arts education, and cultural heritage activities.
Individual artists can apply for grants up to $3,000 and organizations can apply for grants up to $6,000.

Individual Artist Grant
Deadline: February 7, 2012

Supporting individual artists in creating and promoting their art.
  Individual artists can apply for grants up to $1,000.

Community Arts Support Grants
Deadline: February 15, 2012

Fostering the development and sustainability of new and existing arts organizations.
Based on their annual expenses, organizations can qualify to receive between $4,000 – $12,000 to be paid over two years.

Please RSVP for the grant writing workshop by calling or emailing Region 2 Arts Council, 218-751-5447 / 1-800-275-5447 / staff@r2arts.org.

R2AC grant applications are available at the Region 2 Arts Council Office, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, MN  56601 and for download. Contact our office at any time for assistance in the application process.

Projects funded through R2AC’s grants programs should have primary impact on and accessibility to residents of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods, and Mahnomen Counties.

These grants are funded in whole or in part by an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota Voters on November 7, 2008.

“No Risk” Workshop Funding Available

Duane Shoup in his "Make a Rustic End Table" No-Risk Workshop, Spring 2011

The Region 2 Arts Council invites individuals and organizations from our five-county area (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties) to propose workshop ideas to R2AC for direct funding.

No-Risk Workshop funding makes high quality arts workshops affordable for participants and a worthwhile undertaking for artist presenters.

The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult artists and be open to the public.  Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves.  Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited, so the sooner you contact us, the better.

Please call our office at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail staff@r2arts.org if you have questions or wish to request a workshop application sent in the mail.  Of course you may also download an application form from our website today!

Encourage creativity in our communities; apply for a No-Risk Workshop grant today!

“No Risk” Workshop Funding Available

Are you an artist living in the five counties of Region 2 with talent to share?  Are you an arts enthusiast wanting to bring some new talent to our region in the form of a workshop? Maybe it’s time to consider applying for  “No-Risk” Workshop funding from Region 2 Arts Council.

The concept is this: No-Risk Workshop funding makes high quality arts workshops affordable for participants and a worthwhile undertaking for artist presenters.  Even better, there’s no financial risk involved if the workshop needs to be canceled.  It’s a win-win all the way around!

R2AC invites individuals and organizations from our five-county area (Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties) to propose workshop ideas to R2AC for direct funding.   Please download an application form from our website at r2arts.org/workshops/.

The workshop must focus on learning experiences for adult artists and be open to the public.  Any group that wants to bring in an artist to do a workshop is eligible, as are regional artists who wish to present a workshop themselves.  Proposals are considered on an ongoing basis, but funds are limited, so the sooner you contact us, the better.

Please contact R2AC at 218-751-5447 or 1-800-275-5447 or e-mail staff@r2arts.org if you have questions or wish to request a workshop application sent in the mail.