How do we *really* know that spring is coming? Because it's almost time to open the galleries at the NAC!
Dear friends of the NAC;
Since taking the position of Executive Director earlier this year, I've had such fun getting to know our members, our supporters and this vibrant arts community. I am amazed by the energy and inspiration we have right here in our region. There is so much potential for growth and many opportunities to share our passion for arts and culture. I am looking forward to sharing this upcoming season with you all. Let me tell you a bit about what's coming up...
We will start our season with the powerful traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations." This nationally recognized, award-winning exhibit is made in partnership with the Minnesota Humanities Center, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
At the same time, we will exhibit Walk for Hope & Peace by Rochester artist kyong juhn. In 2018, kyong walked from Rochester to Bemidji, the same distance her mother walked when she escaped from North Korea to Busan, South Korea. Her photographs of the places and people she met on her journey will touch your heart.
Our annual Youth Art Exhibit will highlight the works of bright, creative young people in our region. This exhibit is held in partnership with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and a special workshop for young artists interested in applying to art colleges or programs will be offered by MCAD admissions counselor, Christopher Alday.
The beautiful work of Georgia Johnson Mrazkova will be in our main gallery throughout June and July. Mrazkova is an award-winning Minneapolis artist and MCAD graduate. Her colorful paintings are nostalgic and evocative, offering reflections of psychological states. You won't want to miss this show!
Ely artist Andy Messerschmidt brings bold colors and lines to his drawings on MDF fibreboard (image to the left is "Born in the Twilight of Action"). Andy's work explores historical and religious architectural schematics. In these pieces you will find recurring mysticisms that navigate the chasm between altar and painting. A must-see exhibit!
A special exhibit that will be open June through September is "Weaving Community Together: An Artists Collaboration." This unique exhibit will be process oriented with interactive elements for all our visitors!
We’re pleased to facilitate this exciting collaboration between visual artist Luisa Fernanda Garcia-Gomez and our own local expert handweaver, Bruce Engebretson, that will explore the rich connective tissue between art, textile design, and tapestry. In early June we will begin by hanging Luisa’s draft textile designs, from which Bruce will select templates for a new tapestry to be woven on his antique Aubusson loom right in our gallery space. As the tapestry takes shape, Luisa will respond with new designs on paper that will be hung in the gallery progressively, all summer long. Visitors to the NAC will be invited to join in on a community tapestry taking shape on the same loom. Luisa will also guide guests to contribute to an interactive wall of artistic expression, rounding out the formation of our "community tapestry". Take note, fans of design and fiber: this your opportunity to try your hand at handweaving!
New this season, we will have the ARTS Explorers Corner where both youth and the young-at-heart can interact with our exhibits in an exploratory, creative way. We hope you all come to enjoy these arts activities that bring our exhibits to life.
Back by popular demand: Our 2nd SAT HAP events will be featuring musicians, poets, and other artists every 2nd Saturday from 4:30-6 pm in our gallery space.
Check out our season calendar on our updated website www.nemethartcenter.org or follow us on Facebook for announcements of all events.
We hope you join us many times spring through fall, as it will truly be a spectacular season of exhibits and events!
Our exhibits and events remain FREE to the public. All of this is made possible through the generous support of our members, sponsors and with grants from the Region 2 Arts Council and others. If you'd like to become a member, or volunteer with us this season, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come, be a part of something great this summer!
Thank you and hope to see you soon.
Exclusive Patron's Dinner by Amy Thielen, local cookbook author, tv cook, and James Beard Award-winning author of the culinary memoir "Give a Girl a Knife.” Amy and her husband Aaron Spangler (visual artist and founding member of the Nemeth Art Center board) will open up their newly built Hazelbrush Test Kitchen at their home near Park Rapids to 20 guests for the dinner party of the season. Expect five courses of delicate, decadent, delicious French dishes--fresh shellfish, market vegetables, local pastured pork, French cheeses, and warm pastries issued from Amy’s Italian wood-burning oven—wine will be provided by Russ Fay, owner and head buyer of The Cork Dork, our favorite boutique wine shop in Minneapolis. Joining Amy will be some of the area's best chefs including Erin (Andrus) Haefele of The Green Scene in Walker; Megan Handke, executive chef of Wonewok Conference Center, and Denese Jokela of Necce's Italian Ristorante. Dress code: full glam or full glamp, your choice. Date: Friday, November 30, 2018. Tickets are limited and going fast. This tax-deductible donation comes with two free memberships to the Nemeth Art Center.
The Patron's Dinner is now sold out! Thank you.
Some words from our Board Member Michele Theiman
I had lived in Park Rapids for nearly 10 years before I really understood what a gem we have in the Nemeth. As someone who has lived in some larger cities, I’ve had opportunity to see good art – old and historic art, new and modern art, and very awesome exciting art making stops around the globe. But I was in a big city – it was a given these opportunities would abound. I’m sure you’ve had a similar experience. Either you have lived somewhere where there is good art – sculpture, music, drawings theatre or paintings – or you’ve traveled and seen it. The creativity of the artists I’ve seen constantly amazes my logic-dominated brain. I’m a scientist – I do math, medicine, science – I like to sing, and cook. Those are my limited artistic gifts. But these people who make amazing art from deep within their soul - they amaze me! I am better because of the art that surrounds me.
As you may know, the Nemeth is home to a collection of 42 paintings in the style of 16th and 17th Century European Masters, including works by current American artists. This collection has served as the cornerstone of the Nemeth, formerly known as the “North Country Museum,” for decades.
But did you know that over the past few years, the Nemeth has shown work by artists who have been on display at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC (Wayne Gudmundson), The Plains Art Museum in Fargo, ND (Wayne Gudmundson, Julia Buffalohead, Gregory Fitz), The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Alexa Horochowski, Alyssa Baguss, Gregory Fitz), The Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis (Julia Buffalohead, Kate Casanova), and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis (Alyssa Baguss).
But you don’t need to travel to Minneapolis or NYC or Fargo -- you can see these artists, and many others, in little Park Rapids, Minnesota. When people who don’t live here ask me what there is to do, I used to talk about the lakes and the trails. “Come get in touch with nature,” I’d say. “Enjoy the peace and tranquility of a summer sunset on the shores.” And I still say that, and I’m sure you do too. But I’m also thrilled to be able to talk about the fun shopping, the good food, and even more and more, the wonderful art you can see and experience in Park Rapids. Many good people are working thoughtfully and diligently to make the artistic scene in Park Rapids more and more exciting every day. We at the Nemeth Art Center are working hard to make that happen too. Please consider financially supporting the Nemeth Art Center with your gifts. Please consider a donation via Give to the Max, or directly to our own web page, Please consider a gift of your time – we are happy to take volunteers to gallery sit, assist with projects, fundraise and just add to the exciting vibes in the old courthouse we call home.
The Nemeth Art Center – we’re where its at!
Exclusive Patron's Dinner by Amy Thielen, local cookbook author, tv cook, and James Beard Award winning author of the culinary memoir "Give a Girl a Knife.” Amy and her husband Aaron Spangler (visual artist and founding member of the Nemeth Art Center board) will open up their newly built Hazelbrush Test Kitchen at their home near Park Rapids to 20 guests for the dinner party of the season. Expect five courses of delicate, decadent, delicious French dishes--fresh shellfish, market vegetables, local pastured pork, French cheeses, and warm pastries issued from Amy’s Italian wood-burning oven--wine will be provided by Russ Fay, owner and head buyer of The Cork Dork, our favorite boutique wine shop in Minneapolis. Joining Amy will be some of the area's best chefs including Erin (Andrus) Haefele of The Green Scene in Walker; Megan Handke, executive chef of Wonewok Conference Center, and Denese of Necce's Italian Ristorante. Dress code: full glam or full glamp, your choice. Tickets are limited and going fast. This tax-deductible donation comes with two free memberships to the Nemeth Art Center. $250.00.
The Nemeth Art Center of Park Rapids, Minnesota is seeking a new Executive Director.
The Nemeth Art Center (NAC) Board warmly welcomes all members and any public to the NAC's Annual Member Board Meeting, to be held Thursday October 18th at 5:30pm, in the Community Education Board Room located at 301 Huntsinger Ave. in the Frank White building next to the Park Rapids High School. Enter door E16.
This year we will be voting in new by-laws and would love your feedback. Below you will find a link to a pdf file of both the Old By-Laws and the New By-Laws. All feedback, questions and or concerns you have before the meeting can be emailed to board member Laura Grisamore at email@example.com.
Thank you all so much for your continued support and helping make the 2018 Season so awesome!
In 2018, the NAC will initiate the "2nd Sat Hap" - an evening of live music, poetry, film and performance held at the art center the 2nd Saturday of every month - May through September.
Will YOU come out and play?!
The Nemeth Art Center hosted a fundraising dinner titled; "Brother Can you Spare a Dime" November, 18th 2017 at Spike's Speakeasy. Local chefs Amy Thielen (author, Give a Girl and Knife) and Megan Handke (executive chef, Wonewok) made a feast of Moroccan food--savory stuffed pastries, Parisian Couscous Royale, and rosewater-scented beignets, among other things.
Esther Simon's heaviest jar of change donated to the art center won an original piece of art by acclaimed photographer Wayne Gudmundson.
Thank you to all of the flappers, paupers, bootleggers and dandies that attended and to everyone who made this successful event possible!
Click: here for the Nemeth Art Center's upcoming schedule.