Area Voices

The Watermark Art Center in Bemidji is hosting the 15th annual It's Only Clay curated exhibit now thru December.  This juried ceramics show includes pieces from artists across the country.  Area Voices producer Katie Carter got the inside scoop of what goes into jurying a show when she spoke with Marion Angelica, the Minneapolis-based ceramics artist who was tasked with pouring through submissions and ultimately deciding what pieces made the final cut. 

Every first Friday of the month we connect with Betty First from the Ely Folk School.  She fills us in on the upcoming classes and happenings at the folk school.  Blacksmithing, jewelry making, needle felting, and even spinning are some of the classes offered in October

MacRostie Art Center

Every first Friday of the month, we check in with Katie Marshall, the Executive Director of the MacRostie Art Center.  She filled us in on the first Friday events in Grand Rapids this past Friday.  She also shared some of the many happenings coinciding with the Rural Arts and Culture Summit that happened this past weekend in Grand Rapids.  People from 26 states converged on Grand Rapids for the event which delved into so many aspects of art - from marketing for artists to the economic importance of the arts in rural communities

We always knew it...we always knew that art and culture are phenomenally important to keeping hope and progressive action moving in the right direction. You know it is just inspiring to be exposed to art...

I have to thank Mrs. Strickland, a fifth grade teacher in south central Los Angeles...I was a child that was motherless. I was moved around a lot. We didn't have foster care but I actually kind of cycled between several families - some biological, some not.  And, I stuttered, and I was always a new student, always you know, very very shy. And she caught me writing and I used to just write stories that were basically things of whimsical stories about talking animals or something I wanted to say some to somebody and I couldn't get it out...

"The Felt Here pop up is really... asking how the places we live connect to our family histories, the histories of industry and work in a community, and then also the stories that we tell about who we are and how that relates to the future that we imagine for the places we live....One of the things that I try to do with these art projects is really just create an environment where people can visit.

On the final day of the Rural Arts and Culture Summit in Grand Rapids from October 3rd-5th Kathy Dodge, Sonja Merrild and Ed Zabinski will be leading a talk about how city government can lead in arts and culture - and how that makes rural places better. 

" a vocal professor you teach voice...which is a little bit different than what sometimes people think in the sense that we approach the voice as an instrument. So we are looking for how it functions and how to make that function as efficient and natural as possible. And that can take a long long long time because it takes a tremendous amount of self-awareness and exploration...when people sing in a way that is efficient and natural, they can do it for their whole lives.

"Every student is unique... I'm actually teaching a 61 year old saxophone player right now, who is a beginning saxophone player, and he is doing so great...if you're learning an instrument that's new to you, the first step is really exploring that instrument.

"Our programs are really robust... one is supporting individual artists and helping them figure out how to make a living in a life and some of that work looks like professional development workshops that help artists do business planning.