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​Dreaming Big: Gary Greff on the Future of the Enchanted Highway

November 17th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

If you’ve ever driven down the Enchanted Highway, the 32-mile ribbon of road connecting Regent to Gladstone in western North Dakota, home to the world’s largest salvaged metal sculptures, it’s no secret that their creator Gary Greff dreams big.

When he realized that this dream of his would become a destination, he knew that the town of Regent would need a hotel.

“I went to a bank and asked them if they would fund a hotel in Regent North Dakota,…

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​19th Annual Fargo-Moorhead Studio Crawl

September 14th, 2022

By HPR Staff

sabrina@hpr1.com

Tour the studios of some of F-M’s most popular artists

The Fargo-Moorhead area’s largest art event, the Studio Crawl, is just around the corner—October 1 and 2. The members of the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists organization hosts the event, now in its 19th year, always on the first weekend of October. You can find a Studio Crawl brochure and map at fmva.org, in this issue of HPR, or at a variety of businesses.

We talked with the executive director of the…

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​Balkowitsch Shows New Perspective on Current Work

August 17th, 2022

By Sabrina Hornung

sabrina@hpr1.com

On August 20, the Spirit Room in Downtown Fargo will be hosting an opening reception for Shane Balkowitsch’s exhibition, “Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective,” from 5-7pm.

Now, you may have caught his exhibit at the Rourke in 2018 and you may have spotted his work at the Plains Art Museum – but this exhibition is different. For the first time ever, he will be exhibiting prints of his work, priced to sell and with…

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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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