New artists, studios be part of Artwork Leap 2022 – Park Rapids Enterprise

September 17, 2022

Patty MacHalec, a longtime arts advocate in Wayzata, is forging her personal place within the artwork world as a painter.

She’ll be exhibiting her oils, acrylics and pastels at Necce’s Ristorante throughout Artwork Leap 2022, an open studio touring occasion.


Patty MacHalec

Contributed/Patty MacHalec

This 12 months’s Artwork Leap gives 24 places in Hubbard and Becker counties, highlighting greater than 90 native and regional artists. Websites will probably be open from 10 a.m. to five p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 and 11 a.m. to five p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25.

Initially from Kansas, that’s the place MacHalec met Denese Jokela, proprietor of Necce’s.

“We grew up collectively,” MacHalec stated. “She’s really like a sister to me.”

They have been faculty roommates on the College of Kansas, whereas MacHalec studied graphic design, structure and artwork historical past.

“I’ve all the time had a ardour for artwork,” she stated. “I’ve performed company artwork and artwork appreciation.”

MacHalec was a volunteer arts coordinator for 13 years at her youngsters’s college. She fundraised for various arts organizations. She has additionally represented Minnesota artists, like famend Mark Balma, who has painted the portraits of a number of U.S. presidents, Margaret Thatcher and a French president. “I used to be in a position to assist promote his work and promote lots of his items,” MacHalec stated.

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At Jokela’s urging, MacHalec moved to Minnesota.

Rising artist of giclée prints

MacHalec has been privately portray on her personal, impressed by the pure fantastic thing about lakes, clouds and different landscapes, each in Minnesota and all over the world.

“I’ve principally lived a lifetime of lakes and loving the nuances of colour and shadow and temper. On daily basis is totally different. How will you seize that gentle and that fog and that rainbow?” she stated.

In the course of the pandemic, and with Jokela’s encouragement, MacHalec started to share her art work. In June 2022, her first public exhibit was held at Necce’s. She offered 15 items.

By Arts District Imageworks (ADI), a high quality artwork seize and copy studio in Minneapolis, MacHalec has been remodeling her work into giclée (pronounced gee-clay) prints.

Giclée is a French time period which means “to spray.” ADI’s large-format inkjet printer makes use of small spraying gadgets that may match colour and apply archival ink exactly, giving MacHalec a museum-quality, cotton paper print of her authentic artwork.

MacHalec then takes the print and makes use of a brand new medium, colour or motion excessive to create one thing fully new.

“I’m simply having a blast doing that,” she stated. “This can be a complete new endeavor.”

She has additionally taken smaller items and blown them as much as, say, 24-by-24-inches with the identical course of.

MacHalec is thrilled to return to Park Rapids subsequent week.

Artwork Leap options 4 new places in Park Rapids.

Ruth Ann Brady’s art work is acquainted to those that have seen her work in Park Rapids galleries and companies for a few years. She’s going to show her work at Rust 2 Roses.

Wine Not? will host Diane Hane from Walker. Hane creates wind chimes from driftwood, glass, ceramic beads and Noah bells.

Salvage Depot is becoming a member of the Hubbard County Developmental Achievement Middle to share steel work, wooden work, printed gadgets, work and fiber arts in addition to a sculpture backyard.

Winona’s Hemp Market Retailer will show acrylic and watercolor work, posters, playing cards and attire in addition to Native American appliqué and beadwork.

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Cathy Meyer of Nevis and visitors will present acrylics, collages with handmade paper, pictures, backyard artwork and needle felting.

Bruce Engebretson’s house and assortment of historic working looms will probably be again on the tour, with Ann Zick giving weaving demonstrations and providing hands-on weaving classes.

The Osage Schoolhouse won’t be open for Artwork Leap. Brenda Mason will probably be exhibiting her artistic fashions at her residence, situated at 512 Park Ave. S.

A information is offered to view and for obtain at It’s additionally on the Park Rapids Lakes Space Chamber of Commerce Customer Middle, Park Rapids Space Library and different places.

Instructions to Chuck Weygand’s Rocky Shores Woodworking are incorrect within the information. They need to learn: From Akeley: Flip south on Hwy. 64, 5 blocks then left on 4th Avenue/County 12 for five miles. Vacation spot will probably be on the precise.

Heartland Arts sponsors Artwork Leap with funding supplied, partly, by Itasca-Mantrap’s Operation Spherical Up and the Park Rapids Downtown Enterprise Affiliation. This exercise can be funded by a Area 2 Arts Council Grant via an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund handed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.