willmar area arts council





Labor of Love

  The next play at the Barn Theatre is "Nine to Five" so we have chosen as the theme for the invitational exhibit Labor of Love.  Since the play runs in February we felt this was a good theme.  Your art can be about work/labor or about love.  All media is accepted.  Two dimensional work needs to be ready to hang with a wire on the back.  Artists may submit up to three works.  There is a $5 fee for each piece for Arts Council members/$7 for non-members.  The exhibit will be up Feb. 6 through March 6.  There will be a ballot box available for the public to vote for their favorite work.  The winning artist receives $100.  Items need to be delivered to the Arts Council office by noon on Feb. 6.  Call or email for more details - 320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com.

Introduction to Acrylic Painting

This class starts at the very beginning. Students will learn about materials, basic color theory and color mixing, as well as textures and techniques. The class will  using these techniques  in a finished painting.

Instructor: Violet Dauk
Date: March 4th
Time: 9am to 2pm
Cost: $45 supplies included
Third Floor of the Barn Theatre Building

Pre-registration required.  Contact the Arts Council to register:  320 235-8560 or willmararts@gmail.com

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.


After School Kids' Art Club

  It's time for Kids' Art Club again.  We will be meeting the first and third Mondays of the month..  Time is 3:45 - 5:00.  There is a $3 participation fee per session and you need to preregister by calling the Arts Council office - 320 235-8560  - or emailing us willmararts@gmail.com

  Hope to see lots of kids there!

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
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