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Six new members join Lake Region Arts Council board of directors

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FERGUS FALLS, Minn, - The Lake Region Arts Council welcomes six new members to its Board of Directors. LRAC Board members are appointed after demonstrating interest, expertise or experience with the arts.

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Stevens County: Michael Eble, Morris

Michael Eble has a MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Mississippi and a BFA in Painting and Drawing with a Minor in Photography from the University of Louisiana. He currently works as an associate Professor of Studio Art/Curator of the HFA Gallery and Discipline Coordinator of the Studio Art Discipline at the University of Minnesota, Morris. Eble's primary focus is visual arts. Being a working artist, Eble would like to be more connected to the regional arts community and give back to the organization that supported his artistic career.

Becker County: Donald Clark, Lake Park

Don has BFA and a MFA in Art/Photography, from Utah State University, and a MFA in Candidate Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology. Currently he is a Professor at Minnesota State University in Moorhead. His photography has been exhibited widely across the nation. Don is a past recipient of an LRAC Career Development grant and has served on several Minnesota State Arts Board (MSAB) Peer Review Panels. He is interested in serving on the LRAC Board because, "In the past, I have benefited from the services of the LRAC and MSAB. I believe in paying back and would like the opportunity to serve my community."

Grant County: Timothy J. Ray, Barrett

Timothy Ray has a BS in Secondary Education from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis and a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota, Morris. He completed one year of graduate studies in Acting and Directing at North Dakota State University. Ray is a recipient of the Fleihr Award for "outstanding contribution to Minnesota's community theatres." He has worked in all facets of theatre: acting, directing, designing and building theatre projects. He is a grateful recipient of numerous LRAC grants as an individual artist and as board member for arts organizations. He is anxious to give back to LRAC and to support the regional arts as a member of the LRAC Board.

Otter Tail County: Rebecca Davis, Vergas

Rebecca Davis, International Concert Pianist and Teacher, began her musical studies at age four and performed nationally before being admitted to The Julliard School where she pursued her Bachelors and Masters. While attending The Julliard School, she received a coveted Teaching Fellowship and subsequently taught in numerous venues both privately and publicly. Some of Rebecca's noteworthy accomplishments include producing and hosting her own classical music program on National Public Radio at KUSC in Los Angeles. Rebecca's leadership experience is demonstrated by serving as a member of the board for international music organizations and as board member for a national organization that supports children's services in Los Angeles. Rebecca believes she has a firm understanding of the needs of individual artists and the communities' they serve, and she looks forward to working with LRAC to support regional arts.

Pope County: Minette Stalheim Johnson, Starbuck

Minette Stalheim Johnson earned her BA in English and Religion from St. Olaf College and has since studied special education, theological studies and art. Her work experience has been in social services and educational positions, working for Fillmore County as the Family Service Collaborative Coordinator and as a Para Tutor for Minnewaska Area School. Her most recent position is serving for the past year as a lay interim minister and campus minister. She has volunteered for numerous boards serving as both board member and president. Interested in expanding her own writing and visual arts skills, she is especially drawn to rosemaling. Knowing from experience how important art is for all ages, she is excited to bring her talents and broad appreciation for the arts to LRAC as a board member.

Pope County: Jeannie Pederson, Glenwood

Jeannie has a BA in Home Economics from Concordia College, Moorhead and is currently employed at Minnewaska Area Schools and Pope County as their Family Collaborative Coordinator and EC/THRIVE Initiative Coordinator. She and her husband are interested in theatre performance and various other forms of art. Jeannie has been involved with Central Square and says, "I truly love all forms of art as they have enriched my life. Over the years, playing piano and flute have allowed my creativity to flow. I admire actors on a stage and artists who start with a blank slate and create beautiful artwork or music."

Traverse County: Carolyn Flieder, Wheaton

Carolyn has a BS in Elementary Education and Special Education, and one year in Psychology. She has worked as a Social Worker for Lutheran Social Services and has owned and operated a quilt shop, bed and breakfast and provided private social work services. Carolyn is a fiber artist and also works with Fimo clay sculpting and mixed media. Additionally she enjoys theater and classical music. She has been a member of Glacial Ridge Artists for over 10 years, and a past member of the SW Minnesota Art Meander. Carolyn would like to represent the artists in Traverse County and to encourage people to utilize their creative talents in any way they can. She would like to help provide and promote art opportunities in Traverse County.

The Lake Region Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encourage and support the vitality of the arts. The LRAC accomplishes this through providing grants to community organizations and individual artists in the region; and providing a monthly ArtsNews letter, workshops and technical assistance. LRAC serves the counties of Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Otter Tail, Pope, Stevens, Traverse and Wilkin in West Central Minnesota.

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