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IMAGE Art Show 2011


The IMAGE Art Show is an annual event open to any artist in Region 7E (including the MN counties of Chisago, Kanabec, Isanti, Mille Lacs, and Pine.)  The Art Show and the awards honor some of the finest art and artists in the area.  

Artist Statement
Artist Statement

The judges for the show held October 14 to 22, 2011, were Mike Carlson and Mary C. Bruno.   According to Carlson "The caliber of the artists in the region is incredibly high and it was an honor to be part of the IMAGE Art Show." 

This was the 25th year of IMAGE, an annual judged art show sponsored by the East Central Regional Arts Council (ECRAC.)  IMAGE is usually hosted each year by a different art group, organization or group of individuals interested in the arts.   This year the Arts Council hosted the show itself both to honor the 25th anniversary and as an open house for ECRAC's new space in Braham at 112 Main Street South.  

IMAGE 2011 Awards List

Best of Show: Jessie A. DeCorsey, Chisago County

People's Choice:  Peggy Skalicky, Pine County


  • Erica Belkholm, Kanabec County - 1st
  • Mary Ann Cleary, Isanti County  -  2nd
  • Amber Shuey, Pine County  -  3rd

Functional Sculpture

  • Stephanie Holm, Kanabec County  -  1st
  •  Barb Dreyer, Pine County  -  2nd
  •  Abby Lingle, Mille Lacs County  -  3rd

Non Functional Sculpture

  • Ron Gensler, Mille Lacs County  -  1st
  • Mary Ann Carlson, Chisago County  -  2nd
  • Gary R. Carlson, Chisago County  -  3rd


  • Rebecca Utecht, Kanabec County  -  1st
  • Roger Nieboer, Kanabec County  -  2nd
  • Anne Gerty, Chisago County  -   3rd

Painting Opaque

  • Fred Anderson, Isanti County  -  1st
  • Jim Larson, Mille Lacs County   -  2nd
  • Erich Fritz, Isanti County   -  3rd

Painting Transparent

  • Kristin Webster , Pine County  -  1st
  •  Claudia Hanson, Chisago County  -  2nd
  • Dave Baker, Pine County  -  3rd


  • Dee Ann Sibley, Isanti  -  1st
  • Patty McQuiston, Pine County  -  2nd
  • Terri Huro, Kanabec County  -  3rd


East Central Regional Arts Council PURCHASE AWARDS - IMAGE 2011

Purchase Awards become part of the permanent collection of the East Central Regional Arts Council.  They are on display now in the ECRAC Gallery. 

Drawing  -  Erica Belkholm, Kanabec County, Study in Sienna             

Functional Sculpture   -   Larry Ostrom, Isanti County, Vase                                           

Non Functional Sculpture   -   Mary Ann Carlson, Chisago County, Guardian                    

Other   -   Gary Goodman, Chisago County, Swedish Waves             

Painting Opaque   -   Kristina Merkouris Anderson, Isanti Co.,   In the Cool of the Day

Painting Transparent   -   Dave Baker, Pine County, The Western Wind                      

Photography    -   Patty McQuiston, Pine County, Knock-Knock-Who's There?

The funding for this art exhibition was provided by the East Central Arts Council/East Central Regional Development Commission through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature and also by The McKnight Foundation.

Photo credit Dee Kotaska. For more images go to