Arts

​It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Free Comic Book Day!

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 2nd, 2018

In the last century, comic books have gone from being a fringe medium of entertainment to a ubiquitous part of American pop culture and artistic expression. People from around the country (and around the world) immediately recognize images like Superman’s ‘S’ shield or Batman’s bat logo. Superhero films crowd the theatre marquees. Even as DC and Marvel turned their superhero franchises into blockbusters, smaller presses latched onto comics as a breathtaking and original…

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​Kirk Williams and his isle of misfit toys

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | May 2nd, 2018

Kirk Williams - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

“When all of these are packed up, it’s like having dysfunctional adolescents that sting and threaten to self destruct when you decide to attack them," Fergus Falls-based artist Kirk Williams said. "It’s awful. It’s hard to do but we’re getting it done,” 

Williams unveiled a table full of fragile, meticulously packed assemblages peeking out from their respective boxes waiting to be dropped off at the Kaddatz Gallery for his upcoming exhibition. As he speaks, I imagine the…

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​Black and white and rad all over

by Logan Macrae | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 26th, 2018

The Plains Art Museum’s Spring Gala is coming up again this year on May 5. The spring gala is the best art party this side of Minneapolis and continues to impress with new surprises and attractions each year. If you are in the mood to be swanky and cultured, here is your annual opportunity. With plenty of new changes. This year’s celebration won’t disappoint.

The guests of this extravagant gala will be able to participate in the largest wine tasting Fargo has to offer presented by…

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​Black and white and rad all over

by Logan Macrae | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 25th, 2018

SPRING GALA PLAINS 4 LAYERS

The Plains Art Museum’s Spring Gala is coming up again this year on May 5. The spring gala is the best art party this side of Minneapolis and continues to impress with new surprises and attractions each year. If you are in the mood to be swanky and cultured, here is your annual opportunity. With plenty of new changes. This year’s celebration won’t disappoint.

The guests of this extravagant gala will be able to participate in the largest wine tasting Fargo has to offer presented by…

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​Black and white and rad all over

by Logan Macrae | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 25th, 2018

SPRING GALA PLAINS 4 LAYERS

The Plains Art Museum’s Spring Gala is coming up again this year on May 5. The spring gala is the best art party this side of Minneapolis and continues to impress with new surprises and attractions each year. If you are in the mood to be swanky and cultured, here is your annual opportunity. With plenty of new changes. This year’s celebration won’t disappoint.

The guests of this extravagant gala will be able to participate in the largest wine tasting Fargo has to offer presented by…

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​Art and Science: ÖZSİSLİ’s Fargo Days

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | April 25th, 2018

Originally from Turkey, Tülin ÖZSİSLİ is a visiting scientist at NDSU. She has created art inspired by science with bright and active acrylics, oils and watercolors. 

“Painting is essential in my life for expressing my feelings," ÖZSİSLİ said. "My painting style is similar to my scientific research.

“The act of painting has always been on my mind, so I started painting. I continued painting in my spare time when I began working as an assistant professor in the Plant Protection…

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​Burlesque of North America: a taste of the Twin Cities in the Music City

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 28th, 2018

Mike Davis - photograph by Sabrina HornungThere are so many cool places to be in Austin during the South by Southwest Festival -- like the Flatstock Market, which displays the works of the world’s top gig poster artists. The show features posters of varying styles, colors, and techniques, for sale by the talented artists who created them.

With so many people from everywhere under the sun, we bumped into Mike Davis, design director and one of the minds behind Burlesque of North America, a design company based out of…

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​Kay Ornberg; ‘The Human Figure and My Rural Surroundings’

by Hee Han | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | March 28th, 2018

“With the human figure, it would be capturing the figure with a medium (watercolor) that is very difficult to control,” Kay Ornberg said.

“The Human Figure and My Rural Surroundings,” an exhibition of watercolor paintings by Kay Ornberg, will open on Sunday March 25, from 1:30 to 3:30pm at the Rourke Art Museum. Admission fee is free, and it is open to public. Ornberg’s gallery talk will start at 2pm.

Ornberg started with oils and acrylics for her first journey as an artist…

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Who we are and where we come from: Fargo-Moorhead’s art masters

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 21st, 2018

Annie Stein painting of her family farm in the flood of 1897 -  HCSCCIn my tenure at the High Plains Reader, I have devoted a lot of column inches to promoting the local music scene of the Red River Valley. However, I would be doing an injustice if I didn’t also bring your attention to another important facet of Fargo-Moorhead’s artistic culture: the visual arts.

Recently I had the opportunity to interview Markus Krueger, the programming director at the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County, located in the Hjemkomst Center, about the upcoming…

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Erotic Art Show at Red Raven challenges and stimulates

by Särah Nour | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | February 14th, 2018

The Red Raven had their annual opening party for the Erotic Art Show last week, drawing in a sizeable crowd that got to take home free condoms, lubricant, chapstick, and Planned Parenthood pins and brochures.

The red candles at each table gave the place some romantic ambiance, while cardboard hearts, bubble wands, and gag glasses made for some lighthearted photo ops.

The party began with a live performance by the local musical duo, So Sad. Later in the night there was a raffle for…

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​‘Pull-Tab’ machines

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By Zach Nerpelzachnerpel@gmail.comThere is nothing more hopeless than a feeling unrequited. The obsession it brings, the doubt it stews, and the madness which erases your sense of self are crippling. You’ll give more than you are…

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Anti-Life America

by Ed Raymond

All The Evidence Points To An Anti-Life Political PartyAfter observing and experiencing the machinations and voting records of the Republican Party from Nixon to Reagan To Bush To Trump, one can arrive at only one conclusion: It is…

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Music

​Ready or Knot

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By Gary Usseryusseryg@gmail.comWhen Sabrina gets a hold of you and asks you to interview a band as unique as Fargo locals The Knotties you just yell “yes!” Only a few days later I was meeting with Channing Minnema (lead vocals,…

Documentarian Penny Lane adds another entertaining movie to her filmography with an inside look at the recent rise of the Satanic Temple. As a movie experience, “Hail Satan?” often lives deliciously. The film might even turn…

By Jacinta Zensjacinta.zens@gmail.comThe Department of Visual Arts at Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls and the Kaddatz Galleries are excited to announce the First Annual Visiting Artists Workshop series.…

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