Minnesota Artists

Laura Sidell, mcad.edu

For the second year, the Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids is collaborating with the Minneapolis College of Art & Design(MCAD) to create a significant opportunity for 15-18 year old students.  Between now and April 13th, the Nemeth is accepting art submissions for their upcoming student show.  The top sophomore or junior year student in the exhibit will receive a scholarship worth $3,400 that covers all costs associated with the MCAD Pre-College Summer Session.  This opportunity allows for a unique campus arts experience for students considering art as a career.  In addition to the first place scholarship, cash prizes will be offered to the top three artists in the exhibit.

As a nation, we've grieved together in the wake of the most recent school shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.   As a news source, Northern Community Radio has delivered NPR reporting of the aftermath to our listeners every day since.  In northern Minnesota, events such as these hit home in a particularly unsettling way.  It happened here, too.

MacRostie Art Center

We check in with Katie Marshall from the MacRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids every First Friday.  She was in the studio this morning telling Heidi and John and our listeners about all the great stuff happening in Grand Rapids this weekend.  In addition to the usual First Friday events, Winter Glow Festival kicks off today at 4pm in downtown Grand Rapids complete with Mr. and Mrs. Claus!

The Jaques Art Center has been bringing visual art experiences to the Aitkin area for 22 years.  This weekend kicked off their latest exhibit, Community Canvas, created by people who live in and love the Aitkin area.  We spoke with Barden Heft the President of the Jaques Board of Directors.  He told us the history of the Jaques Art Center, explained the Community Canvas project and talked about what the Jaques Art Center brings to Aitkin. 

The lacrosse seed was planted in Maxwell Kelsey's mind when he was just six years old.  Life continued to nourish that seed throughout his formative years, inspiring curiosity.   That seed of interest,over time, grew into a full-blown passion, cultivating a love and honor of the game. He played as a youth and coached as an adult. He now makes lacrosse sticks - the great lakes style lacrosse sticks - out of wood and animal hide, in the vein of the old method.

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