willmar area arts council




SCARY! - A Call for Art

The next production at the Barn Theatre is The Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman with music by Alan Menken.  We have titled the themed, invitational art exhibit that will run in conjunction with this play "Scary."   This is your invitation to have some fun with this theme!  What scares you?  The weather?  Snakes?  Knives?  Use your imagination.  The exhibit will be up Feb. 9 through March 9.  Please bring your work to the Arts Council office by noon on Feb. 9.  All mediums are accepted and you can submit up to three pieces.  There is a $5 charge for Arts Council members and $8 for non-members (this would be a good time to join the Arts Council, wouldn't it?).  We have a ballot box and invite the public to vote for their favorite work of art.  The winning artist receives $100. 

Watercolor Basics

Instructor: Violet Dauk

Price: $35 - members; $40 - non-members – Materials included

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015

Time: 9am – 1pm


This class is for new watercolorists or intermediate artists who need a refresher course in basic materials knowledge, watercolor techniques, brush handling, color mixing and application - basically all of the skills an artist needs to execute a completed watercolor painting. After I demonstrate each step you will practice that step on a worksheet to take home for future reference. You will then apply what you have learned in creating two or three actual paintings you will be able to take home that day.


After School Kids' Art Club

Thanks to the Laura Welle Memorial Fund, we are able to offer the popular After School Kids' Art Club again this year!  Students in grades 1 thru 3 will be meeting the first and third Mondays of each month and students in grades 4 and 5 will meet the first and third Tuesdays.  We meet in our classrooms on the third floor of the Barn Theatre.  Enter through the door at 316 Becker Ave SW and go to the third floor.  There is a $3 participation fee per session. 

Hope to see lots of kids there!


As I sit here working on this website and looking out my window at the world covered in white, I thought it might be uplifting to see some color.  While winter has its own beauty, a little burst of spring is fun.  I found these two photos, "Monarch" by Connie Wanner and "In the Woods" by Carolyn Swanson, and thought I'd share them with you.  Hope they remind you of warmer days and that you enjoy them!  ~ Janet Olney



Willmar Area Arts Council Mission
Ron Adams Shroud of Mom The mission of the Willmar Area Arts Council is to increase regional awareness of the arts in West Central Minnesota by providing a number of initiatives: grants to individuals and organizations to advance art-related endeavors, opportunities for local artists to promotetheir work, informational resources to enhance the arts, and workshops that reflect the diverse heritage of our area. We acknowledge the support of our partners in assisting us to promote the arts by donating time and money as we work to advance the arts. Lastly, we invite you to attend our many activities and participate in some of the artist events in our region. We welcome your ideas, participation, and suggestions to advance our organization!



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