Ellen Eilers’ painting “Vicky’s Farm” was selected for the cover art of Lake Region Review III, a literary magazine. With her home and studio originally located in Alexandria, Eilers, now age 96, lives with a daughter in Sioux Falls and continues to paint.
The original painting will be on display at an open house to launch the Lake Region Review III on Friday, October 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Lake Region Arts Council Gallery, 133 South Mill Street, Fergus Falls.
The event is informal, free and open to the public. Authors will be present to read and discuss their fiction, nonfiction and poetry works.
As a child, Eilers loved to draw and paint pictures of nature and her dairy farm home. She was a teacher and mother of four children before concentrating on life as a studio artist. Eilers began offering her paintings at regional art shows in the early 1960s.
While she paints in a variety of styles, her most popular “calico country” style displays imaginative landscapes. Her paintings continue to be shown in galleries and art shows across the Midwest.
The board of directors of the Lake Region Writers Network and the magazine’s editorial team will be present at the event.
“This beautiful publication is a labor of love, produced by volunteers who love writing as fine art and want to see writers in the region recognized for excellent work,” said Luke Anderson, the magazine’s managing editor.
The fifth annual Lake Region Writers Conference will follow on Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Legacy Hall, Minnesota State, Fergus Falls.
The event offers a variety of workshops for writers, including an opportunity to work with award-winning keynote speaker Joe Paddock, poet, oral historian and creative writing professor.
Lake Region Review and the Writers Conference are efforts of the Lake Region Writers Network, which cultivates and celebrates creative writers by building a supportive community.
For more information about the book launch, contact Anderson at (218) 209-7809.
For conference information and registration, go to lakeregionwriters.net.