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Local artists receive Merit awards

Dennis Kinkead, Hallock, received $100 merit award for this sculpture entitled “Landing Crow.” (Submitted photo)

WARREN, Minn. – The Northwest Minnesota Arts Council recently announced the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit Winners.
Student and adult artists residing in a seven-county region including Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Polk, Pennington, Roseau and Red Lake recently entered into the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit and competed for $2,300 in cash awards.
The winners were recognized at the Northwest Minnesota Artist Reception in Warren on Aug. 26.
Exhibit cash award winners were chosen while the exhibit was on display at the recreation center in Warren from Aug. 12 to Aug. 26 by qualified juror and visual artist Kim Wilson.
“Regional art shows are a celebration of its people, of their place, of current events, of historical times and past memories,” Wilson said. “All of those aspects are beautifully demonstrated in this show. In these times in this world of stress and strain; of worry and masks; of unexpected burdens; of unseen things, this show was a breath of fresh air! As I walked around I found myself joyfully overwhelmed with the variety of media and the high quality of work. It is obvious that artists in northwestern Minnesota approach their work with loving devotion and masterful commitment. Congratulations to all for a job well done!”

Adult Winners

First place: $500, Andrew Youngblom of Thief River Falls in painting “A Break from the Familiar” (Above)

Second place: $300, Debbie Aune of Gatzke for painting “Lunch Break”

Third place” $200, Candace Osborn of Ada in sculpture “Giraffe”
Merit: $100, Dennis Kinkead of Hallock in sculpture “Landing Crow” (Featured image)
Merit: $100, Rick Jensen of Crookston in sculpture “Treehouse”
Merit: $100, Irene Bertils of Crookston in painting “Proverbs 3:5-6”
Merit: $100, Alicia Spilde of Karlstad in mixed media “Spring Fever” (Pictured at top of article)
Merit: $100, Dennis Lee of Red Lake Falls in painting “Bee with Flower”
People’s Choice: $100,  Joe Wavra of Red Lake Falls and Irene Bertils of Crookston (tied)

Student Winners

First place: $300, Jordynn Johnsrud of Goodridge in painting “The Joker” (Above)
Second place: $150, Madison Cullen of Grygla in drawing “Khalid”
Third place: $100, Kansas Jensen of Goodridge for mixed media “Forgive Me”
Merit: $50, Casse Alten of Grygla for mixed media “Dexter”
Merit: $50, Anissah Novacek of Greenbush for drawing “Anissah”
Merit: $50, Raymond Tarale of Greenbush for mixed media “Kitten”
Merit: $50, Lauren Kvien of Greenbush for mixed media “Torn But Beautiful”

Merit: $50, and People’s Choisce: $50 Elise Monson of Grygla in drawing “Billie” (above)

Other local artists involved with the exhibit include:

Alaina Clay Terwee


Beau Bakken


Connie Nelson

Dennis Kinkead

Kathyrn Rynning

Peggy Branden

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