willmar area arts council





Poster and Raffle Art

  The poster and raffle art for this year's Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! was unveiled August 4 and is now on display in the Barn lobby.  The poster art is an art quilt by Sandra Schlagel.  Raffle art includes a photograph by Kerry Texley, a painting by Nancy Carlson, and a piece of pottery and print by Lucy Tokheim.  Be sure to stop by, see the art, and buy a raffle ticket for your chance to win!  Celebrate Art! Celebrate Coffee! is September 17 in downtown Willmar.

A Wandered Path - the artwork of Michele Steffen

  Michele Steffen's work is featured at the WEAC gallery.  Her exhibit will be up August 15 - Sept.30, 2016.   An artist's reception is scheduled for Thursday, August 18 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm in the gallery.  Be sure to come and meet this talented Spicer artist!

The Lighter Side of Life

  The current play at the Barn is "Laughter on the Twenty-third Floor" by Neil Simon.  It is a comedy based on the author's experience as a writer for the Sid Caesar Show.  We have chosen "The Lighter Side of Life" as the theme for the invitational art exhibit in the mezzanine gallery.  There are eleven works by nine artists ranging from ridiculous to sublime.  Stop by the gallery, view the art, and vote for your favorite piece.  The winning artist receives $100.


  We chose Memories as the theme for the next exhibit in the mezzanine gallery at the Barn.  It will run in conjunction with the Barn's production of The Diary of Anne Frank. Artists may submit up to three works for exhibit, all mediums are accepted.  Two dimensional work must be ready to hang with a wire on the back.  $5 per entry, Arts Council members, $7 non-members.  Contact the Arts Council for more details.

Abbey Artist's Retreat

  Looking for a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere to create?  Come to the Abbey of the Hills at Marvin, SD (about 14 mi. west of Milbank or about 7 mi.east of the I-29 Summit Exit on Hwy 12).  Beginners to experienced artists welcome - no pressure, no demands, no comparisons or competition!  Designed to give each artist time to paint/create using whatever medium they prefer.  Bring your own supplies and ideas.  There will be eight demonstrations you can attend if you wish.  Breaks can be taken anytime for a walk around the lake and beautiful area. 
  For more information contact Shari at 605 398-9200 or slhaufschil@yahoo.com.


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! 

Celebrating Local Churches

   Greg Harp, New London photographer, and the Kandiyohi County Historical County are working on a multi-year project featuring the churches of Kandiyohi County.  The first part of this two-phase project is currently on display at the Historical Society and North American State Bank.


Willmar Area Arts Council Mission
Ron Adams Shroud of MomThe 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





Willmar Education and Arts Center
  Check our "Gallery" page to see what's up in the gallery.
"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