willmar area arts council



Bus Trip

  The Arts Council is sponsoring another bus trip to the Twin Cities April 28.  We will go first to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts where the annual Art in Bloom will be on display.  In the afternoon we will stop at the Landscape Arboretum for the MN Watercolor Society's exhibit.  Cost is $45 per person ($40 for Arts Council members) and includes transportation and admission.  Bring a lunch or eat at the MIA.  Registration is required.  Please call the Arts Council at 320 235-8560 or email at willmararts@gmail.com.

  Hope you can join us!

Bon Appetite

  The theme for the current invitational exhibit is Bon Appetite, running in conjunction with the Barn's production of "Kitchen Witches."  Be sure to visit the mezzanine gallery at the Barn and vote for your favorite work of art.  The winning artist receives $100.

The "Cats" Meow Art Sale of Good Art (cheap)

  The women of the Creating Art Together group are hosting The "Cats" Meow Art Sale of Good Art (cheap) Saturday, May 13 at the Greenwater Garage in New London.  When you paint as much as they do you accumulate a lot of work that needs to find a permanent home, so they are offering you the opportunity to get some new, original art at a very reasonable price.  The sale is from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Don't miss it!

Celebrating Community - Mural at the Willmar Community Center

“Celebrating Community” is the theme for a mural to be painted for the Willmar Community Center by local artist, Ron Adams.  The setting for the painting will be a park, using a band shelter (such as the one that used to be at Rice Park) as the centerpiece.  The people in the mural will reflect the diversity of the Willmar community, including all ages and people of various ethnic and racial backgrounds.  They will be engaged in music, dance, drawing, conversation and sports.  It will be a celebration of community. 

  Adams estimates the project will take 1,200 to 1,500 hours to complete.  The 16’ x 7’ mural will be painted on four (4) canvas panels so it can be moved, if and when another community center is built.  It is anticipated that the mural will hang in the Burlington Northern Room on the wall opposite the kitchen upon its completion in May 2018.  Adams will paint the mural in his home studio.  He plans to participate in the 2017 Studio Hop so that people will have the opportunity to view the work in progress.

  The Willmar Area Arts Council is the sponsor for the project. The goal is to raise $8,000 from community donations.   All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt.  Fund raising began Nov. 23 and we have already received $1,200.  While large donations are always appreciated, we hope to receive many small gifts from individuals and business as well.  It's really about the community coming together on many levels.

Send your donation today to the Arts Council at PO Box 165, Willmar, MN 56201 with a notation that it's for the Community Center mural.


Support the Arts Council while shopping on-line!

  Do you shop at Amazon.com?  If so, you can support the Willmar Area Arts Council while shopping!  Simply log onto www.amazonsmile.com.  If you are registered with Amazon, all your information will be there.  Simply find the Arts Council in the list or organizations and continue shopping.  A small percentage of your purchase will come to us!  What could be easier?  Shop and support! 


Willmar Area Arts Council Mission
Willmar Area Arts CouncilThe mission of the Willmar Area Arts Council is to promote and support the arts in West Central Minnesota.
If you have questions or would like to volunteer, please contact us at 320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com

"This activity is made possible in part by a grant from the SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA ARTS COUNCIL (SMAC) with funds appropriated by the State Legislature and the McKnight Foundation."
southwest minnesota arts and humanities council (SMAHC)
"Funded in part by the Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Economic Development Commission."
Kandiyohi County and City of Willmar Ecomonic Development Commission