The 23rd Annual Juried Art Exhibition at the MacRostie Art Center August 7-29, 2015 in Grand Rapids, MN features a collection of local and regional artworks juried by Colleen Sheehy.
Sheehy is the Director and CEO of the Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND, and holds a doctorate in American Studies. Under her leadership, the Plains Art Museum completed a major capital campaign, installed a newly commissioned mural by famed pop artist James Rosenquist, and opened the Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity in 2012.
Colleen Sheehy has selected 32 artworks by 28 different artists in both two- and three-dimensional categories. Open to artists from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, and South Dakota, this annual event celebrates variety and rewards excellence among regional artists.
MacRostie Art Center 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition
I was pleased to have my antler basket sculpture, “Antler Intrigue” selected for this prestigious show. And even more pleased and honored to have won the 1st place 3-D $500 monetary award!
Non-Timber Forest Products Exhibit
I also had several pieces in the Non-Timber Forest Products Show (NTFP) that was taking place in Grand Rapids, MN at the Old Central School, August 1-7th during the Tall Timber Days celebration. I was also going to demonstrate basketweaving, but was out of town at The SeatWeaver’s Guild, Inc. 8th Annual Gathering in Nashville, IN.
Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) include things like maple syrup, balsam boughs, mushrooms, and birch bark which come from the forest and have a variety of artistic, culinary, and commercial uses. The Itasca County area has a history steeped in the forest industry, but as the economy diversifies the percentage of people involved directly or indirectly in forest and natural resource sector grows smaller. Conscientious management and stewardship of these resources continues to be vitally important.
The Woodland Committee’s goal is to engage the public’s imagination, curiosity, and interest in the world of forestry through the arts. Working with local artisans, they will produce a temporary exhibit of artwork that utilizes NTFPs to showcase the talents of Itasca area artists, highlight non-timber uses of our natural forest resources, and excite the public’s interest and imagination around traditional and fine crafts.
A series of demonstrations took place throughout Tall Timber Days (August 1 and 2) and during the First Friday Art Walk (August 7). Demonstrators included Ken Wagner (rustic furniture), Belva Shelhamer (wood carving), John Beltman (spring-pole lathe), and John Zasada (birch bark weaving).
Additional artists will had work on display in the exhibit including antler baskets and other woven pieces by Angora artist Cathryn Peters and students from a birch bark weaving class at MacRostie Art Center with master craftsman Vladimir Yarish.