New Artists, Studios Join Art Leap 2022 – Park Rapids Enterprise

Patty MacHalec, a longtime art advocate in Wayzata, is forging her own place in the art world as an artist.

She will be showing her oils, acrylics and pastels at Necce’s Ristorante during Art Leap 2022, an open studio tour event.

Patty McHalek

Contributed/Patty MacHalec

This year’s Art Leap offers 24 locations in Hubbard and Becker counties, highlighting more than 90 local and regional artists. The sites will be open from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 24 September and from 11am to 5pm on Sunday 25 September.

Originally from Kansas, it was there that MacHalec met Denese Jokela, owner of Necce’s.

“We grew up together,” McHalek said. “She’s basically like a sister to me.”

They were college roommates at the University of Kansas while McHalek studied graphic design, architecture and art history.

“I’ve always had a passion for art,” she said. “I’ve done corporate art and art appreciation.”

MacHalec was a volunteer arts coordinator for 13 years at her children’s school. She has raised funds for various arts organizations. She also represented Minnesota artists such as the famous Mark Balma, who painted the portraits of several American presidents, Margaret Thatcher and a French president. “I was able to help promote his work and sell a lot of his pieces,” McHalek said.

At Jokela’s insistence, McHalek moved to Minnesota.

Emerging giclée print artist

MacHalec paints privately on her own, inspired by the natural beauty of lakes, clouds and other landscapes, both in Minnesota and around the world.

“I’ve practically lived a lake life and I’ve loved the nuances of color, shadows and mood. Every day is different. How can you capture that light and that mist and that rainbow?” she said.

During the pandemic, and with Jokela’s encouragement, MacHalec began sharing his artwork. In June 2022, her first public exhibition took place at Necce’s. She sold 15 pcs.

Through Arts District Imageworks (ADI), a fine art capture and reproduction studio in Minneapolis, MacHalec transforms his paintings into giclée (pronounced clay) prints.

Giclée is a French term meaning “splash”. ADI’s large-format inkjet printer uses tiny spray devices that can color match and apply archival ink with precision, giving MacHalec a museum-quality print on cotton paper of her original art.

MacHalec then takes the print and uses a new medium, color or movement on the top to create something completely new.

“I’m just having fun doing this,” she said. “It’s a whole new venture.”

She has also taken smaller pieces and blown them up to, say, 24 by 24 inches with the same process.

MacHalec is excited to be back in Park Rapids next week.

Art Leap includes four new locations in Park Rapids.

Ruth Ann Brady’s artwork is familiar to those who have seen her paintings in Park Rapids galleries and businesses for many years. She will be showing her work at Rust 2 Roses.

Wine No? will be hosted by Diane Hein of Walker. Hane creates wind chimes from wood, glass, ceramic beads and Noah bells.

The Salvage Depot joins the Hubbard County Center for Developmental Excellence to share metalwork, woodwork, printmaking, paintings and fiber arts, as well as a sculpture garden.

Winona’s Hemp Market will display acrylic and watercolor paintings, posters, cards and apparel, as well as Native American appliqué and beadwork.

Cathy Meyer of Nevis and guests will display acrylics, handmade paper collages, photography, garden art and needle felting.

Bruce Engebretson’s home and collection of historic working looms will again be on the tour, with Anne Zick giving weaving demonstrations and offering hands-on weaving lessons.

Osage Schoolhouse will not be open for Art Leap. Brenda Mason will showcase her creative fashion at her residence located at 512 Park Ave. S.

A guide is available for viewing and download at It’s also at the Park Rapids Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center, the Park Rapids Area Library and other locations.

The directions to Chuck Weygand’s Rocky Shores Woodworking are incorrect in the manual. They should read: From Akeley: Turn south on Hwy. 64, 5 blocks, then left on 4th Street/District 12 for 5 miles. The destination will be on the right.

Heartland Arts is sponsoring the Art Leap with funding provided in part by Itasca-Mantrap’s Operation Round Up and the Park Rapids Downtown Business Association. This activity is also funded by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature and the Arts and Heritage Fund, approved by the voters of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

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