19 June, 2014

ArtSoup Exhibition Preview

ArtSoup is almost here! Take a look at some of the artwork in this year's Juried Art Exhibit and come see it in person June 18th - July 12th at the Gallery on Main Street.  Visit ArtSoup Community Arts Festival 2014 on Saturday, June 28th from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm!  To see a full list of events visit www.elkriverart.org and LIKE us on Facebook!

Misty AM by Mae Spencer

Rainy Nights by Jody Netzloff

Bubbles by Mary Becker

Halo of Shells by James Quentin Young

Gabe the Artist by Agnes Kinneman

Looking Back by Mary Olson

22 May, 2014

Membership Drive 2014/2015

As our fiscal year draws to a close June 30, we ask our existing members to help us recruit some NEW Arts Alliance Members. We gently ask you to promote the Arts Alliance and what we stand for. The Arts Alliance mission statement is, recognizing that the arts are essential to the quality and health of our community, we promote an environment which offers quality arts education, arts experiences, artist support, collaborations with other arts and cultural organizations and appropriate facilities for instruction, exhibition and performance.

The Elk River Area Arts Alliance was founded in 1989, is a nonprofit organization that works with area businesses, government agencies, local schools, other arts organizations, and individual artists to provide quality arts experiences for local and area residents.

 We collaborate with other organizations to:

  • Present ArtSoup, the local community arts festival
  • Sponsor Strings for Youth
  • Present Arts in Harmony and other exhibits
  • Support local artists with Artist Gatherings
  • Produce various workshops
  • Create a family arts center with attractive community gathering space, classrooms, studios, gift shop and gallery.

Our programming is supported by memberships, individual donations, local government funding, grants, tuition and other program fees. The Elk River Area Arts Alliance (ERAAA) does not discriminate on the basis of disability. Upon request, accommodations will be provided to allow individuals with disabilities to participate in all ERAAA activities. Also, upon request, any of our information will be made available in alternative formats such as Braille, large print and audio tape and/or computer disk.

What are the benefits of being an Arts Alliance Member?

·         Quarterly Newsletter “The Eddy”.

·         Special Notices and Invitations for all Arts Alliance sponsored events/activities and exhibits.

·         Membership participation in any and all programs, including classes/workshops at a discounted fee.

·         Tax deductible.

It is quick and easy to BECOME A MEMBER >>> Visit www.elkriverart.org <<< Click on the MEMBERSHIP tab and go from there!  Feel free to contact the Gallery Wed. – Sat. 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM with any questions at 763-441-4725. 

One more thing --- Lock in the Basic Household Membership rate of $35.00 before 6/30/14 and save $5.00; after 6/30 the basic Household Membership will increase to $40.00 a year.

Thank you for supporting the Arts through your continued support of the Arts Alliance!

 Summer Kids Art Project - 2013
 ArtSoup 2013 Street Vendors
Workshop with Pastel Artist Denise Bunkert
 Arts Alliance Gift Shop
 Artists Reception in the Gallery
 The Ladle Water Fountain
Arts in Harmony harpist Melia

2014/2015 Look for a Membership Drive to help continue the work the organization believes in.  There are good things to come!!!  They say there is strength in numbers!!!

08 May, 2014

Schroeder Studio Exhibition

The Schroeder Studio Exhibition is going on right now at the Arts Alliance Main Street Gallery! The exhibition includes 24 participating artists. The show runs through the 24th of May so be sure to stop by and show your support. A preview of the exhibition can be seen below.

Reminder: the Artist Network meets on Saturday May 17th at 1:00 - 3:00 PM. There will be a discussion and critique of famous artwork.  And as always people are encouraged to bring their own work to share with the group!

Friend of the Shires by Jody Netzloff

The Desert in Winter by, Mark Caselius

Hacienda by Marilyn Schroeder

Winter's Last Gasp by Janice Smith

Autumn Path by Jeff Lundeen

Hummingbird by Claire Miller

Out There, Kitty by Sondra Schroeder-Davis 

Waiting by Bette Gubbe Slag

Winter Kill by Linda Croteau

Humble Beauty 1 by Roxanne Current

Luna Reposo by Margaret Moris

Lone Tree by Nancy Gongoll

Still Life With Onion by Joan Campbell

Mostar, Bosnia by Sharon Tracy

Grazing in the Grass by Joan Ruprecht

Willow Reflections by Linda Crotaeu

Natural Wonder by Suzanne Ballweber

Water Being Water by Jeff Lundeen

17 April, 2014

Spring Cleaning the Gift Shop

Warmer weather is just around the corner and the Elk River Area Arts Alliance is getting ready by redecorating the gift shop. Come in and see what's new! Gift shop hours are Wednesday - Saturday 11:00am - 5:00pm AND Shop Hop Days Thursday the 24th - Sunday the 27th.

13 March, 2014

Member's Exhibit and Artist Network

If you haven't been able to stop by the Arts Alliance recently to see our Member's Exhibit, it runs  through the 29th of March so there is still time! Thank you to all the members who contributed their talents and time in and outside of this show. We appreciate your support!

Do you have anything going on this Saturday from 1pm to 3pm? We would love to see you at our first ever Artist Networking group. Bring your art/pictures for brainstorming, or a neat video of an artistic process. Share with us why and how you make your art. Get to know the other people in shows with you! Not an artist? We want your ideas and input!  

North of Delano by Linda Croteau

Red Fox Kits Playing by Carolyn Varley

Shutter by James Quentin Young

Ragging River by Lisa Tetzlaff

Day at the Coast by Jean L. Orr

Stripped Vase by Chad Briggs

Rachel Carson Re-incarnated by Charlene Potter

25 February, 2014

Arts In Harmony

It's that time of year again for the Arts In Harmony 2014 International Juried Art Show! The Arts Alliance sponsored show runs from February 3rd to March 27th at the Sherburne County Government Center. So, if you haven't already stopped in to see the amazing art from all over the United States and three countries you should plan a visit. This year the exhibition is juried by Curt Pederson.

Juror's Statement

The Arts in Harmony 2014 exhibition showcases a significant Fine Arts trove of visual delight. Selected art represents the works of artists throughout the USA and four international countries. These works demonstrate a reverence for the technique and medium, yet with surprising creative breadth. I am gratified, as a jurist, to have considered and selected this year's exhibition. As well, I am honored to have interacted with the dedicated people who produce all phases of this exhibition at such a high level of quality -- Arts in Harmony 2014

Nevermore by Deb Kirkeeide, MN

Quartzite Rise Pipestone, National Monument by Karen Strombaugh, MN
Winner of the Hamilton Award

Love at Water's Edge by Ken Gabrow, MN

"Tom's" Bridge; Minnesota River by Erik Soule, MN
Winner of the Arts Alliance Award

Shrimp Forks by Cindy Brabec-King, CO
Winner of the First National Bank Best of Show Award

On The Rocks by Scott Krohn & CPSA, MN
Winner of Best Drawing or Print Award

First National by Michael Proutx, MN

Ships Ahoy by Karen Knutson, MN

The Lighthouse by Alfredo Decurtis, Canada

Daydreaming by Oh Ji Hyun, CA

On The Yuba by Ronald Rigge, CA 
Winner of Best Photograph Award

 On The Cape by Nancy Fisher, OH

Amazing Grace by Helena Glass, CO

 Mood Indigo by Peggy Wyman, MO

Orange Painted Pot by Rene Culler, AL

Splash by Melissa Packman, CA