The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council (NWMAC) recently awarded their Art Advocate of the Year Award to Jane Vigness of Climax, MN.
Jane is the public librarian at the Lake Agassiz Regional Library branch in Climax and is active in the Sandhill Historical Society as well as the Association of the French of the North (AFRAN). As an AFRAN board member, Jane helps to organize their Chautauqua & French-Canadian Metis Arts Festival near Red Lake Falls, MN in late August. Jane has written about the event, including AFRANS’s newsletters and an article in their book titled “Treaty at Old Crossing To Invite Enlightened Understanding.
Gayle Moen was recently awarded the Northwest Artist of the Year Award. Gayle lives in Shelly, MN and is a talented musician and choral director. She plays the piano and organ and directs with endless enthusiasm. Gayle is a teacher in the Crookston School District.
Gayle’s lifelong commitment to music includes teaching piano, giving vocal lessons, and working with numerous choral and local theater groups. Many of her students have gone on to have a career in music. Gayle became the church organist at the age of 12. She was the founder, director, accompanist and the arranger of the Inspirations, a traveling gospel concert choir for 37 years. Under her direction, the group released 9 albums. She now directs, accompanies and arranges the Praise Singers at Trinity Lutheran Church in Crookston. In addition, Gayle recorded a solo piano album.
Jill Adolphson, teacher and counselor at the Stephen-Argyle, MN public schools, talks about a recent artist residency at the school – dealing with photography.
NWMAC Executive Director Mara Hanel discusses the current NWMAC Spring Art Exhibition at Norman County West High School in Halstad, MN. She also shares details on upcoming workshops and a vacant position with the NWMAC.
Glass work artist Sue Suess of Roseau, MN and sketch artist Abi Kramer of Detroit Lakes, MN discuss their work and a current display of their artwork at the River Walk Artists Gallery and Gift Shop in downtown East Grand Forks, MN.
An open house reception will be held on Saturday, April 22nd at 1:00 pm at the gallery and is open to the public.