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While FWAC may sound like a comic book noise – “FWAC!” – it’s actually an abbreviation for the Five Wings Arts Council, which is an organization that supplies grants and other support to artists in Region 5, including Cass, Crow Wing, Morrison, Todd, and Wadena Counties. I served several terms on the FWAC board and found it to be one of the most cohesive, focused boards around. Plus, because the board is comprised of artists and arts supporters, it was fun.

The Five Wings Arts Council is hosting a reception for a new exhibit at its Middle Ground Gallery in Staples, Minnesota. The exhibit is comprised of work created by grantees funded in 2010. I have been asked to attend the reception in order to provide information on my role as an Artist Career Counselor for Springboard for the Arts, along with discussing other services provided by Springboard.

Below is the official press release for the event. I invite you to attend and spread the word to your friends.

Mingling, Munching and Mentoring at Five Wings Arts Council in Staples

The Five Wings Arts Council (FWAC) will host a reception for the Middle Ground Gallery display, Grantees of 2010, on Monday, June 13, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Exhibitors include: David Rickert, Staples; Douglas Wolff, Wadena; Kayleen Horsma, Menahga; Candace Simar, Pequot Lakes; Ann Marie Ethen, Royalton; Charmaine Donovan, Brainerd; and Kent Scheer, Wadena.

Plan to mingle with the artists and enjoy refreshments from 6-7:00 p.m. at the gallery, 121 4th St. NE, Staples. From 7:00 to 8:00, artists Kayleen Horsma and Mary Warner will offer Mentorship Moments. Kayleen, FWAC’s Master Artist of 2011, will share her arts marketing experiences with Artprize and Ugallery. Mary Warner has recently been named a Springboard Artist Career Counselor for the Five Wings area. She will give an overview of her services which offer strategies to advance artists’ careers.  Information will also be shared about funding art projects through Kickstarter.