Arts

Downtown gentrification: the good, the bad, and the unaffordable

by C.S. Hagen | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 14th, 2016

Meps building - soon to be the apt building for artists - photo by C.S. Hagen

The art trade in Fargo is a cutthroat business. Photographers, painters, and potters struggling for local sales are now also fighting for spaces in the downtown area.

Recognized by many as the cultural avant-garde of Downtown’s awakening and current revitalization programs, some artists are being forced out, while others are fearful of what future gentrification will bring.

Change doesn’t come without casualties, artists recognize, they’re simply asking not to be forgotten. The city…

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​You think you have problems?

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | December 14th, 2016

While researching the concept of his current solo exhibition at the Spirit Room, titled “#MillenialProbs,” ceramicist Hayden Swanson did a bit of crowdsourcing by reaching out to his peers via social media. I couldn’t help but ask what he thought the most serious problem was.

“I don't think I could say there is a single ‘most serious problem’ since they are all valid, but people were really concerned about opiate use, Dakota Access Pipeline, and the election. The tone people…

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​Make room for lost arts at Make Room

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 30th, 2016

“Make Room has seen a resurgence in the lost arts. There are a few reasons people come to us with the need to create. One catalyst for the revival of dying skills is the disconnect between the products we buy and how they were made.” says Chelsea Thorson, owner and director of Make Room Gallery in Fargo. “There's something comforting about knowing exactly where a handmade item came from and how it was created.”

Make Room Gallery will be presenting a “Lost Arts Workshop…

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​Diversity shines in Facebook project “The World in F-M”

by Brittney Goodman | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 30th, 2016

“The World in Fargo-Moorhead” is a community photography and story project featuring area residents who have come here from other parts of the world. Launched in September, 2016, the project is a social media-based collaborative effort, first envisioned by Meg Luther Lindholm.

New York native Lindholm is a freelance radio journalist working in Fargo-Moorhead. She is currently doing North Dakota-based work as part of a grant from the North Dakota Humanities Council, telling stories…

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​Punchgut and Jeff Knight: Wandering Ghost Gallery

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 16th, 2016

I’m sitting on a couch in the combination art studio/garage of local artist Matt Mastrud, aka Punchgut. We shoot the breeze about topics from horror movies to the tension in the air after the recent presidential election. He muses about how he thinks people would put aside their differences if they had a common enemy.

“Like Watchmen,” I say.

“Yeah,” he replies, then brings out his newest work of art, a stylized picture of an unquestionably hostile alien soldier with a shooting…

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Cut it out

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | November 9th, 2016

By Jacinta Macheel Zens jacinta.zens@gmail.com

HPR Editor Sabrina Hornung, is not just our writer and editor. She is also a talented artist who works in multiple media. An exhibition of her works will be on display at the Rourke Art Museum from November 4, 2016 to December 4, 2016. This exhibition, titled “Sod Breakin' and Reclamation,” showcases the diversity and complexity of Ms. Hornung's work.

High Plains Reader: Your work for this show showcases your multi-faceted artistic…

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​Jim Denomie and the power of cultural identity

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 27th, 2016

“I’ve had a lot of experiences--learning my identity over the years, growing up as a product of the assimilation campaign, I was not taught a lot about who I was as an Anishinaabe person,” says Minneapolis-based artist Jim Denomie, “Along the way I learned a lot of that stuff by going back and talking to people and getting involved in the culture through pow wows, storytelling and ceremony.”

His art reflects just that. He was born on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation, and…

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​More than skin deep

by HPR Contributor | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 26th, 2016

By Ben Haugmo

Unlike other creators, tattoo artists don’t have the ability to erase their mistakes. They don’t have the advantage of erasers or the ability to undo mistakes with a keystroke. Luckily, most tattoo artists are in their field for a good reason. They understand that, when your canvas is a human body, you have to commit to each line. They’ve taken the time to hone their skills and build the confidence needed to be certain that the final product looks great.

Athena Funk…

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​Star Wars comes to Fargo—Sean Star Wars

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 19th, 2016

Sean "STAR WARS" Stewart, the Mississippi based outlaw printmaker, woodcut artist extraordinaire and Mountain Dew connoisseur is making his debut in Fargo Moorhead as part of the NDSU Visual Arts/ PEARS Visiting Artist Series in conjunction with the "PRINTOBER" events hosted by the Plains Art Museum.

The High Plains Reader had the opportunity to chat with Sean Star Wars between classroom visits throughout the area and various printmaking demonstrations at NDSU and the Plains Art…

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​Sticking around

by Sabrina Hornung | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | October 5th, 2016

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Photo courtesy of Albino Buffalo

The Albino Buffalo project’s humble beginnings stemmed from a quarter sticker machine that graphic designer, educator, and arts advocate Jeff Knight purchased online. Thanks to a grant from The Arts Partnership, and a few handy locals who were willing to turn a wrench to aid in refurbishing the machines, Albino Buffalo was born.

The moniker Albino Buffalo was coined due to the beauty and rarity of the beast. Not only…

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