Coming Soon to Wells Park in Breckenridge

FREE PUBLIC PERFORMANCE! Welles Park in Breckenridge, MN Saturday, September 26th 2:00 -3:30pm



Performed at the Olympics featuring music of champion fiddler Shawn Mousseau



Winners of Canada’s Got Talent TV Show


Bring your own chairs – seating is limited! Get ready to do the Red River Jig!

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota

through grants from the Lake Region Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage fund.

Stompers Mission: To help re- capture and preserve the history of the Metis people through the traditional dancing of the Red River Jig


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rebar feat

Rebar 3-D Art

Photos taken this past Thursday and Friday when we attended the Bismarck
reception for the Bush Fellows previous recipients. The re-bar welded huge
3-D sculpture piece was done by Benet Brien (Sp) and has a prominent place
in the Federal Building at Bismarck. It just takes 10 minutes to park your
car and walk into the front doors and take a left to view this amazing20150424_095050
rebar 3-D amazing work of art. The more we stood and viewed it the more
amazing it became. My thoughts would certainly be to invite him to bring
his work in our sculpture garden by our Hughes Shelter.


We are fortunate to already have one of his buffalo pieces in our town…his
Buffalo Sculpture piece is already holding a prominent place on the Circle
of Nations Capital. I invite you to drive up 8th street and stop to admire
it just to the south of the administration building. Wow!

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Shawn McCann Mural Concept released

UPDATE: After submitting various versions of the mural concept to the Project Director, Lise Erdrich, and the City of Wahpeton for approval, the design for the mural has become finalized with this version.


Apparently there were heritage requirements involving these NEA grant funds, plus some reservations about the snowglobe design being not conservative enough. These were the reasons given for the changes.

mural Shawn


Remember the mural he painted at the Chahinkapa Zoo and the 3D chalk painting?

This week Shawn McCann released his concept for the big downtown mural he will begin next week. This is how Shawn describes his concept:

” I am going for something that will really catch peoples attention. The concept is a snow globe with a black and white image of Old Wahpeton inside with a street car breaking through the globe. Period dressed people would be on the edge of the snow globe looking out and the water from inside would flow towards the rest of the wall creating the river and the teepees and trees that create our namesake “Dwellers among the Leaves” To add a final little touch, some of the leaves on the very far right would turn into the eagle feathers which are significant in meaning for the Native Americans.”

All the murals and one still to come, are being funded by a National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant. The grant was awarded to Circle of Nations School here in Wahpeton, and Three Rivers Arts Council partnership, and written by Lise Erdrich of CNS.

Here is the black and white earlier draft superimposed on the building it will occupy in Wahpeton:
mccann concept 2

Preparation and painting will begin late next week or early the following week (around June 21st). You can come and watch the mural develop, and talk to the artist, who is a really nice guy.

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Plein Air painting contest update

The Plein Air painting contest that was to be part of the Three Rivers Arts Festival (cancelled due to flooding) went on as scheduled on Saturday May 3rd in Welles Memorial Park in Breckenridge, MN. Despite the not-so-nice weather, there were painters from Fargo, North Dakota; Battle Lake, Minnesota; and one from Erskine, Minnesota which is about 60 miles East of Grand Forks.

The weather was mostly sunny, around 55 degrees, but the wind was brisk and pretty chilly and sent a few easels to the ground during the six or so hours of painting. Betty Lundin, of Erskine, MN had the right idea with her little wind shelter. IMG_0258

Plein Air artists and events are apparently few and far between. Betty traveled almost 200 miles to be in this event. She is an accomplished watercolor artist.


by Betty Lundin
by Betty Lundin



Here is Betty’s painting of the bridge over the Bois de Sioux :






Bois de Sioux river bridge by Nory McNelis



Nory McNelis came from the Battle Lake area to paint in the wind on Saturday.  Here is her vision of the same bridge:







Another by Nory McNelis.





people's choiceWarren Kessler came from Fargo, North Dakota and was the People’s Choice with this image of the Red River:




kessler leg closeup


Warren is an experienced Plein Air painter, who had learned perhaps the hard way  that stakes are a good thing to have on the bottom of your easel’s legs on a windy day.




Here is Warren by his easel: IMG_0261






Connie Riedman was declared  Best in Show . Connie is from Fargo, North Dakota and here are some images of Connie, her easel, and her paintings.


Connie Riedman
Connie Riedman

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Connie’s easel.






 Best in Show




























IMG_0290                                                           Our judge was Joanne Cress. Joanne was recommended to us by Lake Region Arts Council. Joanne Cress is a life-long dedicated artist and art educator with a masters degree in art education. She has been honored
nationally for her excellence as an art teacher.

Joanne continues to mentor individual students, conduct workshops and serves on
the newly formed city arts council of Battle Lake. Her work in various mediums has been in juried shows.

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Plein Air painting contest


Calling all artists!!


Three Rivers Arts Council

Plein Air Painting Contest

9:00 am. to 4:00 pm. during the Three Rivers Festival at the beautiful confluence of the Otter Tail, Bois de Sioux and Red Rivers, at Welles Memorial Park in Breckenridge, MN. on Saturday, May 3rd. 2014.

Contest is open to everyone at all skill levels. All entries will be accepted in all painting mediums. Examples include work done on art boards, wood, canvas, or paper. No framed work please.

There is no entry fee.

 Works may be for sale by artist. Works can be donated, with all proceeds to be used to fund future programming by Three Rivers Arts Council, a 501c3 non-profit organization.

A $100 prize will be awarded to the piece judged Best in Show. A People’s Choice award will also be presented. Winning pieces will be displayed for a month on our website, facebook page, and will be featured in the local paper.


  • All work must be finished by 4:00 pm for judging/voting. 
  • Sign, date and title your work on the back of your piece or pieces (up to 3)
  • All work must be started after 9:00 am. on May 3rd.
  • All painters must be registered, entries must be blank, and stamped on the back at the entry booth in Welles Park.
  • Painters must paint some perspective of the river or rivers Otter Tail, Bois de Sioux, or Red River in Breckenridge, MN, and be visible as they paint in that area.


People’s Choice award will be given at the end of the voting at 4:00 pm.

Best of Show

$100 cash prize will be awarded at the end of judging at 4:00 pm.

 Artist of the Month – during the month of May on our website





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Art Up

A Day With Artists For page-0Artists


“Helping Artists with The Business of Art”

Come join Wendy Klug, director of Art UP, as she shares her knowledge through a hands-on seminar aimed at emerging and established artists looking for additional business help.  This seminar is geared for visual artists of all mediums.  Seminar topics will include: What Is Art UP?  Working To Get What You Want, Website Development, Marketing That Works For You, and Online Advertising.  These seminars will be taught with a  “hand-on method” allowing you to start your business venture while receiving one-on-one attention.  Join us as we gather with artists from your community and start your business venture.

The seminar will be held in Wahpeton, North Dakota, through a cooperative initiative called Art Up. “We are excited and eager to help artists with professional business services designed for art-based businesses,” stated Wendy Klug, ND Small Business Development Center Business Consultant.  “We are here to offer seminars that will help beginning artisans as well as those established artists looking to fine tune their business strategies.  Each seminar will be followed by individual consultations where each artist can receive training tailored to their wants and needs to become a successful artist in their business adventure.

“North Dakota has very talented artists who deserve a wider customer base, and assistance specialized to their industry.  The Art Up initiative is one way we can help the arts community grow,” says Wendy Klug.  “As a business consultant and an artist myself, I understand the importance of tailoring each artists needs to their specific goals.  I want to be able to provide artists, whether they are emerging or established, access to new venues and web based outlets which can help them see greater sales.  I want to be there to support each artist and their business.“

 Art Up will be there by your side as you venture into the business.  Each seminar is followed by one-on-one consultations, free of charge, if the artist wishes to do so.  During these consultations, Art Up will offer you business advice that will help you grow as an artist and business.  Art Up will offer additional seminar events throughout the year.   If you are interested in attending upcoming seminars and receiving one-on-one consultations, email Wendy for more information at or call 701-213-8482 to reserve your spot today.

  Not able to make this seminar?  Art Up will be having seminars around the state of North Dakota and would love to see you there. Those interested in a specific topic or would like to learn more about a specific aspect of the arts business can contact Wendy Klug at wendy@ndsbdc.

For more information, contact Wendy Klug
Business Consultant
UND Center for Innovation
4200 James Ray Drive
Grand Forks, ND 58203
701.213.8482 cell
701.738.4852 fax

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Nearby Fergus Falls, MN landmark artistic tribute

Laura Kirkbride compilation

CALL FOR ARTISTS:    Artists of all disciplines are invited to submit work they have made through the years that has been inspired by the Kirkbride Building, or the former Fergus Falls State Hospital. This artwork will be displayed in both a physical and online exhibit entitled “Essence of Memory and Space,” curated by Springboard for the Arts.

Submissions are due January 28, 2014. Artwork will be displayed at The Spot Panini & Wine in February 2014 (opening reception Saturday, February 8), and will be professionally documented and archived for community records about the hospital.

Click here to register and for more submission instructions:

About Imagine Fergus Falls (IFF):
The past and the future of the Kirkbride Building, or the former Fergus Falls State Hospital, have captivated the imagination of the community and surrounding area. From the architecture of the building, to the music, gardening, dancing and visual arts that were part of everyday life at the Kirkbride, creative expression animated this space for more than a century and played a significant role in the mental health healing process.

Now on the verge of a renaissance, the story of the hospital continues, and we are inviting artists to help share that story.


Kirkbride History Collage created by Laura Youngbird and Fergus Falls community members. Photos provided by Otter tail County Historical Society, MN Historical Society, Friends of the Kirkbride and Project Kirkbride.

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3RAC receives Art4Life grant

NDCA logo

With grant monies and guidance received from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Three Rivers Arts Council will work with Siena Court Assisted Living Facility in Wahpeton, to bring artists and art activities to its elder residents, many of whom suffer health problems that limit their mobility and access to the artistic activities of the wider community.  The stated outcome of this project is to strengthen communities by engaging the care facility residents, their families, and communities in art activities that also improve the elder residents’ physical and emotional well-being.

Dr. William Thomas, a physician in New York, conducted medical research with elders in long term care facilities which resulted in the identification of three “plagues” (loneliness, boredom, and helplessness) that in a very real measurable way negatively affected the elders’ physical and emotional health.  In response, he developed an approach to institutional care called the Eden Alternative that is used as a therapeutic tool to counter those negative effects by providing daily spontaneity and opportunities for growth, by bringing in pets, etc.  (The Eden Alternative Handbook: The Art of Building Human Habitats, by Dr. William Thomas; Sherburn, NY: Summer Hill Co., Inc., 1999, p.11)

Inspired by this work, the North Dakota Council on the Arts’ (NDCA) conducted a pilot project with NEA support in 2001-03 to statistically measure the effects of intensive art activities and the human interaction associated with them in combating the “Three Plagues.”  The outcome showed a marked improvement in all three areas and resulted in the NDCA’s publication Art for Life: The Therapeutic Power and Promise of the Arts.  Subsequently in 2009, based on this pilot project, the NDCA obtained funding from the North Dakota state legislature to develop the Art for Life Program to address the Three Plagues.  This program involves local arts agencies partnering with elder care facilities to generate arts and artists interaction with the care facilities’ elder residents, staff, the elder residents’ families, and the community at large.  The focus of each artist and art activity is designed to address the Three Plagues of loneliness, boredom, and helplessness.  The program began in 3 towns and by 2014 will expand to a total of 10 North Dakota towns. 

Three Rivers Arts Council will work with Siena Court to bring artists and intensive art activities to these elder residents and their families.  The artists will conduct hands-on or interactive residencies, activities, workshops, and/or performances.  These efforts will occur in a group setting and/or individually.  Many of the residencies/activities also will include a public component whereby the residents’ families and the community at large are invited to participate with their elder family member.  All activities, whenever possible, will take place in the care facility.

In previous efforts, art forms included traditional American Indian and Norwegian storytelling, literature and creative writing, quilting and weaving, glass mosaics, bookmaking, folk and contemporary musical performances, painting with water colors, and Swedish Dala painting (a traditional storytelling form of folk painting that is used to depict events in a community’s or family’s history).

The project is supported by Three Rivers Arts Council,  Siena Court, and the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

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Rita Erdrich
Rita Erdrich

FRIDAY – November 29, 2013

NOON TO 5:00 p.m.                                                                                      9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Laura Youngbird Open Studio                                                                     Bookhaven

121 N 5th St                                                                                                      322 Dakota Ave

Breckenridge, MN                                                                                            Wahpeton, ND

Showcasing Local Artists:
Laura and Felix Youngbird, Rita and Angela Erdrich, Pat Stuen, Denise Lajimodiere, Pat Kruse,  CD’s for sale by Bryan Akipa





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