NoVAC celebrates artists, art supportersWith a change of venue and an added seven-course meal, the North Valley Arts Council is taking the annual Arts Awards and Silent Art Auction to the next level.
By: Jasmine Maki, Grand Forks Herald
With a change of venue and an added seven-course meal, the North Valley Arts Council is taking the annual Arts Awards and Silent Art Auction to the next level.
The event, which honors artists and art supporters in the community, will take place at 6 p.m. Monday at Mamma Maria’s in East Grand Forks. Tickets are $50 and include a seven-course meal, free wine tasting and a private performance by the internationally renowned folk band Le Vent du Nord from Quebec.
“We decided to try something new,” said Marie Strinden, executive director of NoVAC. “The opportunity to partner with Mamma Maria’s presented itself, and with their partnership, we can offer an event that is unlike any other in Grand Forks.”
The awards for artist of the year, outstanding achievement in the arts, corporate supporter of the arts and arts supporters of the year will be presented throughout the evening during the meal.
Strinden said the presentations of the awards are her favorite part of the event because each recipient decides who he or she would like to receive the award from. This year’s artist of the year recipient has chosen to receive the award from his mother; another recipient will be roasted by her presenter.
“There’s always a lot of tears …. happy tears, of course,” Strinden said.
Nominations for the awards are accepted year-round, and recipients are selected by NoVAC and others in the art community.
“It’s really, really tough … there’s so many great nominations,” Strinden said.
But, Strinden said those who do receive the award truly deserve it.
“There’s this huge community of art supporters,” she said. “When you win one of these awards, it’s because the community wants to honor you.”
This year, David Badman, owner of Badman Designs in Grand Forks, will receive the Artist of the Year award.
“He’s got a prolific body of work … he’s the best example of being able to mold arts with business,” Strinden said. “David is a good example of someone with artistic ability and business savvy.”
Strinden said when she told Badman he was chosen for the award, he said he doesn’t think of himself as an artist.
“When I first was told that I was a recipient, I kind of said I didn’t deserve it, and they said ‘shut your mouth, you’re getting it anyway,’” Badman said, with a laugh.
Badman is a metal smith and designer who creates custom pieces for businesses and individuals in the area. His work includes benches, mirrors, lights, tables and sculptures, among many others, and can be found at businesses throughout the community.
“I’ve been in this community doing business for 20-plus years, and I never thought I’d receive an award for my work,” he said. “It’s kind of a neat accomplishment.”
Badman said he never considered himself an artist but rather a designer and businessman. But, he said he is excited and honored to be chosen as the recipient.
Along with Badman, Suzanne Fink, James and Melanie Popejoy and Urban Stampede will be honored with awards.
The Popejoy’s will receive the Arts Supporters of the Year award for the time and money they’ve given to the arts.
“Those are people to look to because of their support,” Strinden said. “They’re the kind of people you look to be.”
The second part of the event is the silent art auction, which Strinden calls “the most affordable fine art auction in Grand Forks.”
Starting bids for the 17 donated pieces of artwork range from $40 to $250. Strinden said in past years, pieces have sold for as little $50 to as much as $1,000, or on rare occasions even $2,000.
“You can find quality art at affordable prices,” Strinden said, adding that they try to find art at different price points.
The auction includes a variety of artwork from regional painters, sculptors and photographers. A colorful acrylic painting by David Norstad, of Detroit Lakes, Minn., has a retail value of $1,000 but will have a starting bid of just $250. Other pieces include a custom made wood cribbage and chess board by Bob Lane starting at $50, a black and white photograph of old books by Emma Katka starting at $50 and a teapot set by Al Boucher starting at $70.
“It’s fun for us to show off all our artists and supporters in one event,” Strinden said.
During the event, there also will be a private performance by Le Vent du Nord, a Canadian folk band. The performance will be a sneak preview of the bands $20 public performance at 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at The Empire Arts Center.
Strinden said tickets for the awards and auction are limited and she expects them to sell out, so she urged interested parties to purchase now.
For more information about the event or to buy tickets, visit www.novac.org or call (701) 772-3710.
2013 Award Recipients
• Artist of the Year: David Badman.
• Outstanding Achievement in the Arts: Suzanne Fink.
• Corporate Supporter of the Arts: Urban Stampede.
• Arts Supporters of the Year: Melanie and James Popejoy.
If you go:
• What: The North Valley Arts Council annual Arts Awards and Silent Art Auction, featuring a seven-course meal, free wine tasting and a private performance by Le Vent du Nord.
• When: 6 p.m. Monday.
• Where: Mamma Maria’s Italian Restaurant and Pizza in the Riverwalk Centre at 211 DeMers Ave., East Grand Forks.
• Cost: $50 in advance; contact North Valley Arts Council at (701) 772-3710.
Maki covers Arts & Entertainment and Life & Style for the Herald and can be reached at (701) 780-1122, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or firstname.lastname@example.org.