Meet Our Team
Our staff at Great River Arts are dedicated to providing the community with a variety of arts experiences. However, due to COVID-19, GRA are operating with limited staff.
Erika Powers | Executive Director
A native of Homer Glen, Illinois, Erika comes to GRA by way of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Western Illinois University, and the Will County Historical Society in Lockport, Illinois. Erika enjoys exploring in nature and working on creative projects. Erika is looking forward to getting to know the community.
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Frances Carroll | Events and Education Assistant.
Joining the GRA crew starting this summer is Frances. Originally from the Midwest, Frances excitedly comes to settle in Little Falls after 8 years of being nomadic. Throughout her life art has always been a constant interest. As a child she enjoyed building popsicle stick homes and playing with clay. Decades later, she graduated from the Peck School of the Arts with a focus in ceramics. With additional interests in yoga and music Frances looks forward to offering an assortment of classes to the Little Falls community this summer and fall.
Are you interested in joining the team? Check out our Opportunities at GRA page for current positions.
The Great River Arts Board of Directors volunteer their time and expertise to support creativity in our community.
Learn more about the Board's role in supporting GRA.
If you are an arts advocate and would like to be considered as a GRA board member, please complete the Letter Of Interest Form and mail it to GRA (PO Box 157, Little Falls MN 56345) or email it to the Executive Director. The board reviews submissions quarterly.
Mark Gerbi, President
Ron Bieganek, Treasurer
Ron is happily married and retired. Inspired by the unique asset of GRA to the community Ron has been actively associated with GRA for over 20 years. Ron continues to support GRA and seeks to inspire other community members to do the same.
Members at Large
Judith has been active in the arts for many years as an artist, entertainer, and supporter. She has worked across the country in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Texas. She continues to explore new artforms and bring joy through art working as a face painter and airbrush artist. Her hobbies include travel and gardening. Judith also volunteers with Purple Carrot Market in Little Falls.
Visual Arts Committee
The visual arts committee (VAC) is one of our longest standing committees. Established to support the curation of our galleries and offer a peer review of all handmade artwork and products sold in GRA's retail store.
- Randy Asseln, Photographer
- Kathy Braud, Watercolorist
- Bev Gold, Artist
- Scott Wonderlich, Art Patron
- Rachel Gold, Artist
GRA staff participants
- Erika Powers, Executive Director