Our Town - the North Branch Project

Shows, Performances, and Exhibitions
Date: Thursday, June 20, 2019 04:00 PM - Saturday, July 13, 2019 04:00 PM

Venue: Hallberg Center for the Arts  |  City: Wyoming, MN

Our Town - the North Branch Project

Opening June 20, 2019 at the Hallberg Center for the Arts

This show will be of artwork inspired by the City of North Branch, MN and include historical artifacts from the city!

Sponsored by
Ben Andersen
The North Branch EDA
Commerical Residential Roofing
and Natural Spaces Domes

Our Town - the North Branch Project

North Branch, MNThe story of the geographical area that the municipal government of North Branch has encompassed since its incorporation as a township in 1861 has come full circle. In 1881 the citizens of the township continued under one municipal government when North Branch incorporated as a township-size village (36 square miles).

In 1901, however, the jurisdiction divided. A one-square mile area of the township detached from the original village and reincorporated itself as the village of North Branch. The village of North Branch was more urbanized and was centrally located within the original 35 square mile rural area that reverted its status back to township and named itself Branch.

In 1961 Branch became a village, still surrounding the village of North Branch. When both communities grew rapidly after the completion of 1-35 in 1969, North Branch continued to be the more densely populated urban area of the community while Branch became home to many commuters who built homes on one-acre or larger lots. Farms comprise the remainder of the area.

In 1974, both communities became statutory cities under the state law that encouraged uniformity in municipal government. Within the next 10 years citizens began to reconsider the benefits of consolidating the governments and services of the communities.

A special election in 1984 proposed a study of merging the two cities. The proposal failed, and for the next 10 years the area experienced detachment/annexation proceedings, requests for extension of North Branch's municipal services, citizens' petitions to respective city councils and a study on consolidation by the Minnesota Municipal Board and a 20-member citizens' task force.

The Municipal Board granted the consolidation and the North Branch City Council adopted it. However, the Branch City Council defeated the measure. A sufficient number of Branch residents petitioned for a referendum on consolidation, which was held on September 13, 1994 to coincide with the primary election. Large majorities of the voters in both Branch and North Branch voted for consolidation. As a result, the Municipal Board met and called for election of officers for the new city at the general election. The city officials were sworn in and the new city name came into existence on November 14, 1994.

Read more at http://www.ci.north-branch.mn.us/residents/about_north_branch/index.php#GT6I2QIx6IG4vBHi.99

Watch for calls for artists and artist tours of parts of the city for inspiration!!

WACAC Member Submissions:  https://www.judgify.me/ourtownnorthbranch

NON-WACAC Member Submission:  https://www.judgify.me/nonmemourtownnorthbranch



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Our Town - The North Branch Project
This third in an annual series of exhibits featuring artwork inspired by a community will open at the Hallberg Center for the Arts on June 20, 2019.

The City of North Branch showed so much enthusiasm for this project it seemed only appropriate to make this exhibition, "the North Branch Project".

Artwork inspired by the City of North Branch, MN.  

We are inviting all artists, members or not, to submit their artwork, visual and performed, and be a part of this unique exhibit.  

This exhibit will be on display at the Hallberg Center for the Arts in Wyoming, MN.  If participation is high enough, we will be extending the exhibit to locations in North Branch!

The Hallberg Center for the Arts

5521 East Viking Blvd.

Wyoming, MN  55092

(651) 272-5122


Deadline for Entry:  midnight, June 12, 2019

Enter up to five (5) submissions

DO NOT submit via your mobile device, use your desktop or laptop computer.

There will be People's Choice voting during the exhibit opening with ribbons being awarded to the highest voted artists.

There is no charge to submit artwork for member artists (memberships start at only $25... visit http://WyomngCreativeArts.org for more informationn)

This exhibit will accept 2D, 3D, Literary (performed and written), and Musical (performed) works of art.  Performed works must relate to the theme, Wyoming, MN.  Written literary works must be framed in a gallery format.

Framed and hung works of art must be presented in a gallery format, and ready to hang.  ONLY wired hanging systems will be accepted.

  1. All artwork must be conceived and executed by the submitting artist.
  2. Artwork should be recent (within the last three years).
  3. Entry into the art exhibit must be entered electronically (on this website) in order to be accepted.
  4. Image for submission must be less than 2MB in size.
  5. Submitted image should be of the artwork only, not the frame (if applicable).
  6. Complete all information on the entry form.  Incomplete entries will not be accepted.
  7. The deadline for entry is June 12, 2019 at midnight.
  8. All artwork must be delivered to the Hallberg Center for the Arts on or before Saturday, June 13 , 2019 (drop off times and directions will be emailed to the artist in advance)
  9. All artwork must be appropriately framed or ready for display in an art gallery format.  Pedestals are available (please note in description if needed).  ONLY wire systems are acceptable for hanging.

Artwork Sales

Accepted artwork, will be labeled with a price.  Submitted artwork marked NFS or left empty in the registration form will be marked NFS (not for sale).

Buyers of artwork sold during the exhibit agree that the artwork will remain at the Hallberg Center for the Arts until the show is completed on July 13, 2019.

Artists agree to donate 30% of the sale price of any artwork sold during the "Our Town - The North Branch Project" to the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community.

Extended Art Exhibit

Award winning and high scoring artwork may have the opportunity to be displayed at the Evergreen Coffee House, in Wyoming, MN as part of an extended art exhibit for the month following the Our Town - The North Branch Project Art Show, with the consent of the artist.

WACAC Member Submissions:  https://www.judgify.me/ourtownnorthbranch

NON-WACAC Member Submission:  https://www.judgify.me/nonmemourtownnorthbranch


The Hallberg Center for the Arts

5521 East Viking Blvd.

Wyoming, MN  55092


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All Dates

  • From Thursday, June 20, 2019 04:00 PM to Saturday, July 13, 2019 04:00 PM