willmar area arts council



Traffic Signal Boxes Project

  Well, it's official!  The images for the Traffic Signal Boxes have been unveiled!  It you weren't able to be at the unveiling May 4, the images are still on display in the Event Center at the Barn Theatre.  They will be there until May 21, so be sure to stop in and see them. 

  And then watch for them on the boxes - they're coming soon!

Something's Fishy!

  The next invitational exhibit at the Barn Theatre is titled, "Something's Fishy," and will run in conjunction with the Barn's production of, "Big Fish - the Musical."  The play is about Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to the fullest - and then some.  His incredible,  larger-than-life tales delight and thrill everyone around him, except his son.  Artists may submit up to three works.  All 2D works must be ready to hang with a wire on the back.  There is a $5 entry fee ($7 non-members) per item submitted.  There will be a ballot box for the public to vote for the People's Choice Award.  the winning artist receives $100.  Entries are due by noon May 23.  The exhibit will be up May 24 - June 27.  For more information contact the Arts Council at 320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com.

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