Arts

Familiar Lands and New Traditions at the Rourke

May 18th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Artwork: Woodcut by Danielle Gravon titled "Allegory of Fargo Winter I"

On June 18, the Rourke will be holding their 62nd annual Midwestern Preview, the date celebrating the opening anniversary of the Rourke Gallery in 1960. The invitational exhibition is one of the longest-running invitationals in the Midwest, celebrating artists from throughout the country. Each year the staff of the Rourke comes up with a thought-provoking theme and then selects a…

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​Prom Night ‘97 at the Plains!

April 21st, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

Plains Art Museum celebrates silver anniversary

1997 was a big year. The Spice Girls were the hottest thing since sliced bread, George Clooney was voted the sexiest man alive, we lost Princess Diana, and the Plains Art Museum that we know and love started its existence as a bastion of culture on the North Dakota landscape in its current space. This year marks 25 years of the Plains Art Museum, so in true fashion, the museum is hosting one heckuva silver…

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​A Lot on Her (Wet) Plate: Kary Janousek’s Photography

January 20th, 2022

By John Showalter

john.d.showalter@gmail.com

It seems like technological advancement accelerates more and more. There’s something newer, quicker, and sleeker every year, every month, every week. But even in this society where smartphones are ubiquitous and virtually everyone has a camera in their pocket, there are still people who hearken back to the analog methods. Kary Janousek is one of those people.

Janousek, a 17-year resident of Fargo, is one of four active wet plate photography…

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Creative Moorhead Connects Makers and Creates Public Art

November 20th, 2021

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

alicia@hpr1.com

Creative Moorhead is injecting new life into Moorhead’s art scene and revitalizing its downtown spaces. Artistic or handy people with a connection to the city are encouraged to connect with this informal and inclusive group.

“Any creative can join as long as they live, work or attend school in Moorhead,” explains Mara Morken, Creative Moorhead project coordinator. “And we’re pretty lax about what we consider ‘creative.’ A baker is a…

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​The Nightmarish and Harmonious World of Adam Bursack

October 23rd, 2021

By Sarah Nour

sacha1689.sc@gmail.com

On Sunday, November 7th, the Spirit Room will hold a reception for “Contaminated Nightmares,” their current exhibition of mixed-media pieces by local artist and musician Adam Bursack. This reception—free and open to the public—will begin at 5 PM and go on until 7 PM, with an artist’s talk, refreshments, and hors d'oeuvres. The collection will be on display until November 13th.

This exhibition is made up mostly of framed photographic art and…

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​18th Annual Studio Crawl

September 15th, 2021

By  Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

2021 marks the 18th annual FMVA Studio Crawl, the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists’ largest event. This year 38 participating local artists clean up their studios and invite the public to see where the creative magic happens.

Studio Crawl events will take place the weekend of October 2 and 3 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Crawlers will have the opportunity to connect with local artists,…

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​New Duke Ellington Mural Painted Near Site of Historic Recording

September 15th, 2021

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

alicia@hpr1.com

Downtown Fargo has a new mural that commemorates a music legend and a Grammy-winning concert. Artist Jeff Knight completed a painting of Duke Ellington on the alley side of the Rhombus Guys building at 606 Main Ave. this summer. The mural features the composer, pianist and band leader at his piano against an aqua background dotted with other musical instruments.

The painting is just steps from the site of the Crystal Ballroom, which stood at the…

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​Mural Blooms Along University Drive

September 15th, 2021

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

alicia@hpr1.com

Colorful painted flowers are in bloom along a nondescript stretch of University Dr. in Fargo. Adrian’s Autocare Center, located at 102 N. University Dr., commissioned the street artist known as Shun Oner to create a mural on a wall on the north side of the property.

The mural, which features richly colored flowers on a black background, was completed this summer. It’s visible to motorists as they drive south on University.

“They gave me free…

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​Greetings From Fargo: New Downtown Mural Unveiled

July 13th, 2021

By Alicia Underlee Nelson 

alicia@hpr1.com

Downtown scored a new mural from The Greetings Tour, a project that aims to create a mural in the style of a vintage postcard in every U.S. state. The Downtown Neighborhood Association contacted muralist Victor Ving and photographer Lisa Beggs and helped secure the location on the west side of Orange Records at Roberts Street and 1st Avenue North.

The colorful…

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​Chalk It Up to Great Art : Jamestown Chalkfest!

June 15th, 2021

by Kris Gruber

perriex1@gmail.com

17 June 2021

Along with lemonade and hotdogs, words and images marking the pavement are synonymous with summer. The accessibility of sidewalk art is appealing, but there is something to be said for kicking it up a notch, and bringing it to the street. Chalk festivals showcase artists by using both a commonplace medium and platform to create often mind-blowingly uncommon -- and fleeting -- works of art.

High Plains Reader interviewed Mindi Schmitz, Executive…

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