Arts

Please Stand By: Works in Progress by Star Wallowing Bull

November 19th, 2014

Star Wallowing Bull received his first art award when he was in the third grade. The prize was a free month supply of chocolate milkshakes. He has received numerous awards since, including the Bush Foundation Fellowship in 2010 and, most recently, the Native Arts Cultural Foundation Fellowship in 2014.

According to his artist biography, courtesy of Minneapolis’ Bockley Gallery, which Star is represented by, “His work is currently featured in the exhibition ‘Before and After the…

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​Painting parties with a twist

November 19th, 2014

Photo by Brian Cramer

The paint-and-sip experience has finally hit Fargo-Moorhead. Creatively Uncorked hosts social painting parties at local and private venues.

Owner Shanna Cramer came up with the idea of Creatively Uncorked after seeing a picture on the Internet of a similar event. She knew instantly this was her dream job.

“I have a background in art, I have been painting since I was 12 and I went to school for it,” Cramer said. “I got sidetracked along the way by life and kids, so then I just got…

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​Shedding light: The art of Austin Marts

November 12th, 2014

For a photographer, light can be a best friend or worst enemy. Minnesota State University Moorhead student Austin Marts has been exploring this concept and has been studying how to control and effectively use light or, as Marts says, “use light intentionally.” His first exhibition at the Moorhead Atomic Coffee consists of 10 photographs using both digital prints and darkroom processes.

With this body of work, not only is he exploring light, he is also exploring a few different…

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Halloween party for artists

October 22nd, 2014

The FMVA and the Rourke Light up the Night

Tricks and treats will run rampant this Halloween and one of the crown jewels of the celebratory “Hallo-week” will be a tastefully spooky costume party held at The Rourke Art Museum. The FMVA is teaming up with the Rourke for a Halloween bash like no other.

Guests are encouraged to costume up for this family friendly event for a chance to win an FMVA and Rourke membership under the eyes of celebrity judges John Lamb of the Fargo Forum and…

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Roughrider Tattoo Expo

October 16th, 2014

Photo by Raul Gomez

It’s been a crazy fall so far. George Clooney got married, Amanda Bynes is back in the tabloids and, most important, Fargo’s very first tattoo convention is coming to the Fargo Civic Center. The two-day event will feature some of the best local artists and a few significant celebrity artists including Corey Miller of “LA Ink” and TV personality and former pro wrestler Brett “Big Schwag” Wagner.

The Roughrider Tattoo Expo will kick off on Friday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. and will…

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Blue Belle Burlesque Troupe

October 16th, 2014

Photo by Raul Gomez

Fargo’s first-ever Roughrider Tattoo Expo will be held at the Civic Center Oct.24 and 25. Featured as the Sailor Jerry’s hula girls, along with international headliner Ophelia Flame, will be Fargo’s own all-female Blue Belle’s Burlesque troupe.

With constant hard work and many days and nights spent rehearsing, these femme-fatales are here to entertain. The main goal they all share is to bring this burgeoning theatrical art entertainment in its best form to a community that has…

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​Art Boom Town

October 2nd, 2014

Art by Sherry Short

The Plains Art Museum presents “Art Boom: The Tri-College Art Faculty Show”

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to notice that the Fargo-Moorhead art scene is booming. Thanks to not only the “Downtown Renaissance,” which involved the revitalization of its structures as well as its cultural points, but also the Tri-College community, which has fostered three incredible art departments. The Plains Art Museum will be host to Fargo-Moorhead’s first ever Tri-College faculty…

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​The Paint and the Pendulum

September 18th, 2014

Art by Kim Bromley

Kim Bromley dips into numerous cups for inspiration to make art. Whether it be showcased in his Monet-esque “Pond Series” featured in the Spirit Room Gallery, “The Moby Dick Series” exhibited at The Plains Art Museum in 2013 or even his series of billiard balls that he was commissioned to paint for Fargo Billiards and Gastropub. For his latest body of work, Bromley is focusing on a series of portraits, drawing inspiration from pieces created by Rembrandt, Picasso and Chuck…

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​A Labor of Love and Faith, Part Deux

September 11th, 2014

Br. Llewellyn Kouba

Last week we explored a bit of the history of Assumption Abbey in Richardton, N.D. We discussed a bit of the history and renovations, and then ended with Abbot Brian Wangler sending me to the Abbey Pottery Studio to meet the Abbey’s resident artist, Brother Llewellyn Kouba.

The studio is located in a space that formerly housed a prep school dormitory. The studio came into being in 1987 with Brother Basil Atwell, OSB as the Abbey’s first potter until he felt the call to be more…

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​A Labor of Love and Faith

September 4th, 2014

Photo by Sabrina Hornung

As much as I hate to admit that the passing of Labor Day leads to the passing of summer, I tend to reflect on my own personal highlight reel. I spent the majority of my summer in western North Dakota (in Stark County to be precise) and some of my favorite company was that of the monks at Assumption Abbey in Richardton.

My sweetheart and I decided to check out the abbey one summer day, but opened the door to see the monks at prayer. At the time we thought we would disturb them and made a…

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