Arts

The Crows come to roost again

February 19th, 2020

art by Cameron Peterson

by Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com 

We are now in the deep, dark quiet of winter. The wind rages and the snow muffles even the busiest of city streets. People slow down, life seems muted as we try to pass by the cold nights inside with a book and a blanket.The mammals hibernate and the leaves fall and the birds fly south to warmer climes. Except for the crow. The raucous bird caws and screams its way through winter with us and we wouldn’t have it any other way. They may be…

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Artist First

February 5th, 2020

art by Elyse Olson - hand-hooked wool tapestry

by Kris Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

Arts Access For All is an organization that was formed to provide services that can better connect people with disabilities to all forms of art. I spoke with founder Sherry Shirek about her thoughts and experiences related to the upcoming "Artist First" multimedia exhibition at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead, on February 8th, featuring local artists who identify as having a disability.

AAFA works with arts, cultural and historical organizations in North…

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Pop Up on the Plains

January 29th, 2020

photo courtesy of Plains Art Museum

by Kris Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

High Plains Reader spoke to Plains Art Museum staff Sarah Anstett, Development and Communications Coordinator, and Savannah Schultz, Executive and Development Assistant, about their inaugural event, Pop Up on the Plains.

HIGH PLAINS READER: What was the initial idea or thought process behind Pop Up on the Plains?

Sarah Anstett, Savannah Schultz: Pop up on the Plains was inspired by an organizational desire to activate our young professional and student…

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Salvador Dali’s stairway to heaven

December 18th, 2019

Cover art courtesy of the Plains Art Museum

“Surrealism permeates--there’s a legacy there with contemporary art where they’re still trying to capture or convey something that can’t quite be fully understood without the existence of that thing that you can’t fully describe with words so I would say Surrealism still permeates our current artmaking climate today.” Says Plains Art Museum Executive Director Andy Maus, “That legacy belongs to Dali and company. It permeates street art, and pop art in some ways, not pop art…

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A Picture Paints A Thousand Words : Interface at NDSU

December 18th, 2019

 photo courtesy of anthony feris

by Kris Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

Pablo Picasso said, "Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things."

Miroslav Tichy said "Photography is painting with light." The connection between painting and photography will be explored in "Interface," a student exhibition at NDSU's Memorial Union Gallery.

With more than 400 pieces of 20th and 21st century American art, including names like Andy Warhol, Judy Chicago, Pablo…

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​Filmmaker Falcon Gott and Springboard for the Arts : Native American History in a Historic Location

November 26th, 2019

Falcon Gott

By Kris Gruber
perriex1@gmail.com

Founded in 1991, Springboard for the Arts’ mission is “to cultivate vibrant communities by connecting artists with the skills, information, and services they need to make a living and a life.” With offices in both Fergus Falls and Saint Paul, the nonprofit organization provides numerous resources for artists, including workshops, career consultations, and even healthcare insurance.

Since the spring of 2015, “Hinge Arts” in Fergus Falls,…

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Paying Tribute to Pop Culture with Monsters, Marvels, and Memorabilia

November 20th, 2019

Artwork by Markus Kreuger

Earlier this autumn, the Hjemkomst Center began an exhibition which is currently on display called “SuperMonsterCity! - A Celebration of Monsters, Superheroes, and Villains."  It contains a selection of almost 200,000 films, toys, posters, and games that were collected by co-founder David Barnhill and curated by co-founder Stephen Yogi Rueff of SuperMonsterCity. The exhibition pays homage to the long and rich history of American pop culture, with a special focus on the monsters,…

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​Exposure 2019

November 13th, 2019

Cover design by Raul Gomez

By Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

For the fourth year now, “Exposure” will showcase the work of area photographers. The yearly celebration of photography runs through the month of November. Put together by our own J. Earl Miller, photographer, and enthusiast, he opens the show to all, young, old, professional, and amateur. 

There are over 30 photographers showing work at The Toasted Frog, Bernbaum’s, the HoDo, Blackbird Woodfire and Fargo Photoworks. Though the group party is…

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​31 drawings in 31 days

October 23rd, 2019

Inktober - drawing by Colby Nelson

Each October a number of drawing challenges appear across social media. Think 31 drawings in 31 days. The original Inktober challenge was started in 2009 by artist Jake Parker to boost his drawing and inking skills. Since then multiple drawing challenges have popped up and countless artists around the globe have joined the call to action through facebook and instagram united by the hashtag #inktober. We had a chance to check in with three local artists who accepted the challenge and …

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​Masquerade at the Art Ghoullery

October 23rd, 2019

Drawing by Christina Johnson

By Jill Finkelson
jsfinkelson99@gmail.com

From October 4 to November 3, the Rourke Museum’s upstairs gallery becomes the Art Ghoullery: Black Cats and Vampire Bats. It’s the perfect backdrop for a masquerade party. Costumes are encouraged but not required for this fun event at the beautiful Moorhead museum. The collection features creepy cats, halloween masks, whimsical witches and more. The artists are competing for “Best in Show” and “Audience Choice” to be given away on…

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