Arts

​FROM NO­FRILLS TO ALL­FRILLS

April 13th, 2016

By Ben Haugmo

Form and function are both on display at the ‘A Woman’s Perspective’s: Aprons Galore!’ exhibit currently at the Hjemkomst Center.

The exhibit hosts hundreds of aprons from many different historical periods, demonstrating how the apron has evolved over time from a solely utilitarian garment to a platform for artistic expression.

Vicky Jo Bogart works as organizer and curator for the exhibit, and is familiar with the societal relevance the apron possesses.

“This…

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​Just a dino girl in an apocalyptic world

April 6th, 2016

According to Webster’s dictionary, a paracosm is "a prolonged fantasy world invented by children; can have a definite geography and language and history" With green dinosaur costume in hand artist and art educator Jescia Hoffman Hopper has created her own paracosm and it will be on exhibit at the Spirit Room in downtown Fargo. Working primarily in watercolor, Jescia’s work not only depicts the chaotic world of a dino girl, but it explores playful concepts of escapism and unites the…

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​ART ON THE PLAINS XII: ATMOSPHERE

March 30th, 2016

By Elle Anderson

This is the twelfth year that the Plains Art Museum will be holding Art on the Plains, a competitive exhibition of contemporary art.

Most of the artists are from the Great Plains region, but there are some competitors from Canada. This event exposes the public to new and mature talent from the area, and helps the artists show their work.

Atmosphere on the Plains was an event in which three artists discussed their submissions of artwork. Each piece was created much…

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​JENNY FIELD

March 30th, 2016

By Jacinta Macheel Zens

Maine Township, Minnesota artist Jenny Field is one of the most well ­recognized and prolific artists in Otter Tail County. From a very early age, Field wanted her life to be in the arts. She has not veered from this childhood aspiration. “From my earliest memories of life being raised in a large family on a hard working dairy farm in Star Lake Township, Minnesota, to my current life as a full time artist, still loving the Otter Tail County area: creating has…

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​More than Easter eggs

March 24th, 2016

Mary Jo Cayley is easy to like and hard to describe. Her presence conveys enthusiasm, curiosity, joy. But she also conveys serenity and calmness. She will put you at ease in her Elm Street home studio or any place you encounter her. Warm, empathic, intelligent, and extremely talented, MaryJo is someone that it is easy to lose an afternoon with as she shows her many styles of Ukrainian eggs, cremation egg‐urns, other artwork, and recalls her experiences dancing, creating art, and…

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​‘COMPLETELY OUT OF THE WAY’

March 24th, 2016

On a hilltop nearly 30 miles east of Interstate 29 sits the Coteau des Prairies Lodge. And to Phillip Breker, that’s a beautiful isolation.

“Coteau des Prairies Lodge is completely out of the way,” the lodge’s marketing director said. “Virtually no one stops in to stay the night because they are traveling through the area.”

The lodge, constructed between 2010­12 from Slope County, N.D., ponderosa pine logs, hosts a bevy of activity and opportunities for travelers and…

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​A Menagerie of Art

March 3rd, 2016

Mark Elton is a multimedia artist who not only specializes in storytelling with a keen interest in mythology, he is an illustrator, cartoonist, game enthusiast -- and game creator. He is a 2007 graduate of Concordia College with degrees in English writing and studio art. His work often explores and connects concepts of technology, humanity, and nature. Mark Elton’s exhibition “Menagerie”explores the idea that we and our animal comrades might not be so different after all. It will…

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​Sheer Loon-acy

March 3rd, 2016

Mackenzie Kouba could be referred to as a hometown hero. She was born and raised in the area and claims to have been embellishing her world since cognizance. Once she received her baccalaureate degree at NDSU in 2009 she moved into the Roberts Street Studio, where she produced work and assisted in curating exhibits in the attached space, The Upfront Gallery. She has a community-forward approach, whether it be through art or social change.

In 2010 she was voted best emerging visual…

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​All the Colors of the Igloo

February 27th, 2016

The winter season has a reputation for being one of the gloomier times of the year, even in a place as acclimated to it as North Dakota. The short days and lack of variety of color seem to bring out the melancholy aspect of people. Shelby Steidl, a senior art student at North Dakota State University, had that in mind when she embarked on her latest project, a vibrantly-colored igloo located on NP Avenue west of Renaissance Hall.

“I wanted to create a work of art with lots of color and…

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​A 48 hour Photo Shoot

February 25th, 2016

The folks at the NDSU Memorial Union Gallery are inviting the citizens of Fargo-Moorhead and beyond to dust off their cameras and participate in a 48 hour photo shoot to encourage family friendly urban exploration in our city. The event was designed by Anthony Faris, the Memorial Union’s newest gallery coordinator, who was also kind enough to chat with the HPR about the project.

High Plains Reader: How did the concept of the 48 hour photo shoot come to be?

Anthony Faris: This is a…

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