Spirit Rising Bronze Sculpture by Marcella Rose

FM Ballet Brings “Spirit Rising” To Life In Performance This Friday


The Fargo-Moorhead Ballet collaborates with artist Marcella Rose to bring “Spirit Rising” to life at 7pm this Friday at Eighth Street Cooperative Studio.

“Spirit Rising” is a bronze statue created by Marcella Rose to represent Nimuué, a prehistoric indigenous young woman whose remains were found two miles north of Pelican Rapids in 1931.

When Nimuué was discovered, she was found with her right arm extending above her head holding a bone tool. She had drowned in what was then Glacial Lake Pelican. Nimuué’s discovery inspired Rose, who lives in Pelican Rapids.

“(Nimuué’s) discovery was monumental, given the fact that she is, to date, the only Ice Age North American human (found in) perfect condition, and preserved for all future generations to learn from and rediscover their own selves,” Rose said.

The FM Ballet’s performance on Friday will “bring her grace to life,” Rose continued, to connect the audience to a time and land prior to our own. Rose will also speak about her personal discovery of Nimuué and her artistic process of creating the bronze statue at the performance.

Tickets to “Spirit Rising” are $20 for advanced tickets (available at Gasper’s School of Dance) and $25 at the door. The Eighth Street Cooperative Studio is located at 11 8th St S, Suite 300 (on the third floor of the Dakota Business College) near downtown Fargo.

For more information on the ballet, visit the FM Ballet’s website or call 701-234-9440.

Earlier in the day, Marcella Rose is hosting a wine and cheese art hunt from 2 – 5pm at Rose Gallery in Pelican Rapids. More information is available on the Rose Gallery Facebook page.

Photo credit for the featured photo goes to G-Loc Digital Photography.

Minnesota artist creates sculpture of prehistoric woman unearthed near her studio

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PELICAN RAPIDS, Minn. — The remains of a prehistoric young woman were unearthed in 1931 during construction of a new road. Now U.S. Highway 59, the excavation site, is about a mile north of artist Marcella Rose's studio in Pelican Rapids.

The primeval woman is believed to have lived about 20,000 years ago and may represent the oldest archaeological discovery in North America. Inspired by the magnitude of the discovery, Rose has dedicated her artwork to her interpretation of the young woman.

What began with a charcoal drawing progressed to a painting and culminated with a cast bronze sculpture. The 3½-foot creation is titled "Spirit Rising."

The finished sculpture, prior to being cast in bronze.

The finished sculpture, prior to being cast in bronze.

The $30,000 casting was created with support from the Glacial Minnesota Woman Organization. The organization received a legacy grant from the Lake Region Arts Council to partially fund the sculpture commission for the city of Pelican Rapids.

"We're making history. This is huge, not just for Minnesota, but all of North America," Rose says.

Given the name Nimuué (pronounced Nim-u-way), she is depicted creating music by blowing into a whelk while a pelican looks on. She also carries some of the tools originally located with her, including a turtle carapace.

"The inspiration that I get from Nimuué is authentic," Rose says. "She had to be listening to her intuition, to live here in the glacial age. She inspires me even when I eat and sleep."

"Spirit Rising" will be unveiled during a Gathering Day ceremony on Saturday, June 18, in Sherin Memorial Park.

"We will gather in honor of all who have walked before us, and those who walk with us today," Rose says.

The program will include performances by a Native American drum group, dancers and cultural interpreter. Archaeological information and displays will be available, as will an archaeological dig experience for children.

"The arts are at the forefront. We have beautiful music that was created specifically for this day, storytelling, dance and more," Rose says. "Attendees will take away so much information and education about archeology, sciences, history and the arts."

The bronze sculpture was cast at Moeller Bronze, not far from the burial ground where Nimuué's petrified bones were repatriated in the late 1990s. Rose and John Moeller will discuss the creative process in a talk at 1:30 p.m. prior to the unveiling.

In the final installation, Nimuué will stand on white stone, with her foot stepping over the edge into a pond or fountain, with water rising up under her foot. "Spirit Rising" will be on public view in the window of Rose Gallery at 28 N. Broadway after the unveiling. A permanent indoor home for the sculpture is not yet secured.

Rose created a painting to begin visualizing Nimuué alive. Special to The Forum

Rose created a painting to begin visualizing Nimuué alive. Special to The Forum

 Also on exhibit at Rose Gallery is Rose's original oil painting of the "Glacial Minnesota Woman." Nimuué prints, cards and T-shirts will be available, with a percentage of sales benefiting the Glacial Minnesota Woman Organization.


What: Gathering Day Celebration and unveiling of "Spirit Rising"

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 18

Where: Sherin Memorial Park, 220 3rd St. N.E., Pelican Rapids, Minn.


Info: Rose Gallery, 28 N. Broadway, is open in the summer from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit organization cultivating the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit


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        Marcella Rose grew up on farm in Minnesota, and even as a child, she felt the power of large animals, such as bears, bison, and bighorn sheep. Today she makes her living transferring this sensibility to canvas. “Animals feed my soul,” Rose says. “I feel as if there aren’t enough lifetimes for me to capture all of their essences. I am humbled to live in their world.”

        Rose now lives in Pelican Rapids, MN, where her home is perched near a scenic lake and surrounded by herons, loons, and swans. Whether her subject matter is birds or bears, her contemporary painting style is loose, lively, and gestural, capturing the movement and energy of the animal. Rose’s palette can range from wildly colorful to almost tonal, depending on what she wants to convey. But every new work features many layers of oil paint.

Reflecting on why she is drawn to animals as subject matter, she says it’s their beauty, intelligence, and intuitiveness. “Whether I am painting or sculpting a horse or another animal, every sense is awake, alive with passion—a satisfaction purely euphoric as I feel the muscles, smell the breath, and love the very essence of these magnificent creatures,” Rose says. Her work can be found at Rose Gallery, Pelican Rapids, MN; Angel Gallery Fine Arts and Antiques, Coeur d’Alene, ID; Pacific Flyway Gallery, Spokane, WA; American Fine Art Company, Spokane Valley, WA; Smoky Hills Art, Park Rapids, MN;Underbrush Gallery, Fargo, ND; Art of the Lakes, Battle Lake, MN; and —Bonnie Gangelhoff

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Sunflower processor commissions artwork.

Red River Commodities, a Fargo-based processor and international marketer of confection sunflower seed and kernel, recently commissioned Pelican Rapids, Minn., artist Marcella Rose to design and produce a bronze sunflower sculpture. Red River Commodities is gifting the sculpture to several global customers and to some employees reaching career milestones. The company wanted a unique piece of art symbolic of its business, said Dan Hofland, vice president of SunButter, a division of Red River Commodities. The sculpture, called "Seed of Abundance," is a blooming sunflower set in an open hull, mounted upon a black marble base. 

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Gathering taking shape as light shines on 

Glacial Minnesota Woman – Pelican’s own Nimuué

By Louis Hoglund, Pelican Press.

        Twenty volunteers, determined to shine a brighter spotlight on the oldest “citizen” of Pelican Rapids, met Jan. 21 to firm up plans for “The Day of Gathering.” Minnesota Woman–newly named “Nimueé”–is believed to be among the oldest human remains ever discovered in North America.  2016 marks the 85th year since a crew of road workers on Highway 59 found the skeleton.  June 18 is the “Gathering”  in her honor, spearheaded by the volunteers of the  Minnesota Glacial Woman Organization.
        The Gathering Day will be from about 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 18. 
Conducting the meeting Jan. 21 at the Pelican Rapids Public Library was Phletus Williams, who has helped return scientific, scholarly and sentimental interest in the 1931 discovery–generally considered one of the state’s most historic finds.  It was Williams who coined the name “Nimueé,” based on the “Lady of the Lake” of King Arthur lore.  Committee members reported on recent activities, including the Gathering, exhibits, scientific and fundraising. 
Raising money for  both the event and other long range ideas for firming up Pelican’s place in history as “The Home of Nimueé–Minnesota Woman,” is proving challenging.  Fundraising appeals will be mailed in the coming weeks, including letters to Pelican High School alumni.  Grant applications have been submitted to various foundations.  The organization has already won an arts grant, which funded an Artist in Residence program in the Pelican schools, with local artist Marcella Rose. (See related story in this edition of the Press.)
        Among the activities in the planning stages: 
• An Olympics-like opening ceremony, with a shell horn fanfare ushering in the day’s festivities. 

• Unveiling of a bronze monument of Nimuué, created by Marcella Rose.
• A special artifact “dig” where children can experience a hands-on archeological excavation–complete with hidden items. 
• Exhibits, including Pelican Rapids student art with a Minnesota Woman theme.
• A storyteller who will recount what life was like at the time of Nimueé. 
• Native American dance and drum presentations.
•  Bison burgers and other concessions. 
• Scientific demonstrations.
        Dignitaries are expected to visit Pelican Rapids on June 18, ranging from politicians (2016 is an election year); to White Earth Indian Reservation representatives; to artists and scientists.


Nimueé-inspired art 

Students, teachers, local artist collaborate on ‘Minnesota Woman’ creative projects  

By Louis Hoglund

Walking the grounds and glacial surfaces–perhaps across the very spot where the Pelican Rapids schools stand today–was a five-foot-tall woman, now named “Nimuué.” 
Students have been learning about Glacial Minnesota Woman – who stood no taller than the sixth graders in Laura Boyer’s art classroom. 2016 marks the 85th year since Minnesota Woman was discovered, and Pelican students will be helping commemorate the occasion. Minnesota Woman is generally considered one of the most historic archaeological finds ever in the state; estimated as old as 20,000 years.
The unique art project will engage both Pelican elementary and high school students, who were introduced to Nimuué in late January.   Coordinating the project in the high school is art teacher Robyn Dial.  
Local artist Marcella Rose, who lives only a mile from the site of the discovery of Minnesota Woman, is serving as artist in residence.  
I imagine her walking on the hill...I can imagine her fishing on the lake,” said Rose to the grade 6 students Jan. 21.  
Inspired both creatively and spiritually by the story of “Nimuué, ”Rose has prolifically designed paintings, sculpture, artwork and jewelry which is  displayed at her downtown Pelican Rapids gallery–as well as the logos and graphic designs that decorate the literature and online sites for the Glacial Minnesota Woman Organization. 
Nimuué’s story, both the known and unknown, offers students a fascinating glimpse into history,  science and archeology–while also serving as an artistic  inspiration. 
One sixth grader proudly noted that he wanted to be an archaeologist when he became an adult. 
Artist Marcella Rose also had a childhood interest in archaeology, as she explained to Pelican elementary students last week. 
“I am an avid gem and mineral lover, and a seeker of ancient teachings,” stated Rose. “I love researching ancient arts, and I incorporate the ancient into contemporary versions.” 
Her vision of Nimuué has been brought to life in paintings and in jewelry creations. The name Nimuué, drawn from a Lord Alfred Tennyson poem, translates to “Lady of the Lake.”  Phletus Williams, among the volunteers of the Glacial Woman organization, is credited with giving a name to Minnesota Woman. Artist Marcella Rose has given Nimuué a “face.” 
As a farm kid, Rose grew up with  animals; loved the outdoors; all of nature; lived close to a lake and had a rock collection.
Often, Rose wonders: “Could there be remains of Nimuue’s clan still beneath us?”
Students will be creating at least ten sets of wind chimes–which will include images of 40 different species of animals that lived at the time of Minnesota Woman–but are now extinct. 
The chimes will be unveiled at the June 18 “Day of Gathering” event, marking the 85th year since the 1931 discovery of Minnesota Woman. The chimes will be placed along the trail at Sherin Memorial Park, behind Trinity Lutheran Church.
Elementary students were equally fascinated when art teacher Laura Boyer explained the wildlife that walked with Nimuué thousands of years ago.  
Students were in awe to learn that ancestors of our modern bison were nearly as large as an elephant. The timber wolf, as we know it today, was nearly as large as a black bear.  Meanwhile, bears of that prehistoric era if standing erect, would stretch through the ceiling of the classroom, said Boyer.  Cute, furry rabbits of today were more rodent-like–and were about the size of a German Shepherd, said Boyer. 
These creatures will be among the designs that will be molded and created in Pelican school art rooms, for display on the wind chimes for the June 18 “Gathering” in honor of Nimuué–the Minnesota Woman.


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