Area Voices

…Art school is an exciting process of slowly figuring out what you really want to study... I started out with jewelry and found it fun but there wasn't enough color. I really realized color was my favorite thing. So then I switched my major to ceramics…and I had my painting teacher who I was taking fundamental painting classes with. He said, “Gillian, you should change your major a third time and be a painter.

I refer to our colleges and universities as "dream merchants"...they are the doors of hope and opportunity for all Minnesotans, no matter what race and ethnicity, no matter what socioeconomic status, no matter what area, location or community they belong.  - MN State Chancellor Devinder Malhotra

...Emelie didn't think about running for office until someone said to her, "you should run for office.  You're very passionate about these issues."...she's got a very good voice around equity. And people saw that value that she could bring to the table and so they encouraged her to run…. The same was true of Faith with her path.  And I would also say that is true of me that people encouraged… and said, “ You need to run for mayor we want you to run for mayor.” – Bemidji Mayor Rita Albrecht on women’s paths to leadership positions.

This totally scrambled my brain. How could "giizhig" mean both sky, day and cedar tree?  And so I began to inquire. There was something here that I wasn't understanding.  And that was in 1988. And it wasn't until 10 years later in 1998 that I met an elder from from Winnipeg and I asked him... And he said Well, Michael...this name goes back to an old creation story that we don't tell anymore.  And it talks about how our ancient ancestors came down from the star world and they came through a bugonaygeshig - a hole in the sky and then they climbed down a giant cedar tree and then they populated the earth. 

 Minnesota has a thriving rural arts community. People working in rural places and small towns are making just as visionary work, that is just as smart just and important as anybody in the Twin Cities. I love the Twin Cities…I love going there. I love the work that's happening there. But it is not the center of the universe. There are a lot of artists doing really visionary work out in greater Minnesota. And the only thing that we lack out in greater Minnesota is the same level of opportunity. We don't lack the skill and we don't lack the subject matter to make our art about.

...the feedback that we've received from the's been incredibly emotional because it's such a heavy topic.  People have their own personal experiences that they bring to the exhibition - family experiences... I think one of the greatest things that I've witnessed is the fact that with this exhibition traveling,  it allows these other organizations that work directly with battered women or women's issues to be able to come together and provide access to services.... we had a basically....a summit here at All My Relations Arts of all these programs here in the Twin Cities that work with Native women that came together to talk about how they could work together to provide help to women. - Angela Two Stars

Carrie Dlutkowski is passionate about fiddle music - particularly the Scottich, French-Canadian and Metis styles which date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.  Dlutowski is spending time at area schools this week sharing her talents of fiddling as well as step dancing.  This Friday and Saturday she will conduct fiddle and step dancing workshops at Headwaters School of Music and Arts that focus on the Scottish, French and Metis traditions.  She'll lead a step dancing workshop Sunday afternoon.  Saturday evening, Carrie will be

There's always hope... nothing is as dark as you think. Ever. - Jane Ryan

Jane Ryan's first solo exhibit is titled Purgatory and currently on show at the Crossing Arts Alliance in downtown Brainerd.  The series consists of  ten large scale graphite images that include an amalgam of objects found in the garage along with two human figures trapped in purgatory. 

The culture was lost. Everybody had short hair.  Nobody was speaking in Ojibwe but, you know, the culture wasn't lost because people were still fishing and ricing and hunting and living within extended families. And so... all the meaningful native culture stuff you can't... destroy. - Michael Lyons referring to the time his grandfather fled boarding school and returned to Bena.

I really liked singing more than guitar but it was a great way to accompany myself.  It allowed me to sing... so that was really drew me to the guitar.