Arts

Calling all MN artists!

August 7th, 2014

Artist Resource Fair invites folks to explore their passion

By Jacinta Macheel

Are you a Minnesota-based artist, musician, writer, concert promoter, poet, dancer, director or thespian? Have you ever wanted to get your work recognized throughout the state, but did not know where to start? Do you have a project in mind that you’ve always wanted to do, but do not know how to get funding? Does navigating the granting process feel overwhelming?

If these questions resonate with you, then I am…

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​In grief and graphite

July 17th, 2014

A Totem / by Meredith Lynn

Meredith Lynn’s “Elkhorn Ranch” drawings

Meredith Lynn is one busy lady. Not only is she the new interim director at The Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead, but she has also served as director of Nemeth Art Center in Park Rapids, Minn., for the past three years and is the fourth artist in residence as part of The Arts Partnership’s community-centered initiative in collaboration with TMI Hospitality.

Her latest body of work, “Elkhorn Ranch,” consists of 13 drawings and a…

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​Lost and Found at The Rourke’s 55th Midwestern

June 12th, 2014

Artwork by Christina Johnson / Photo by Perry Rust

The Rourke Gallery was established June 18, 1960. This year, June 18 marks the 55th annual Midwestern Art Invitational at the Rourke Art Gallery in Moorhead and consequently renders the exhibition one of the longest consecutively running invitationals in the country. Since its inception, The Rourke has been a jewel in the crown of Fargo-Moorhead culture.

“The Rourke Art Gallery was a trailblazing visual arts organization in the community. It’s hard to imagine now, with numerous…

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Kelsy Hewitt’s ​Passion for Fashion

June 5th, 2014

Photo by Sabrina Hornung

Kelsy Hewitt has been fascinated with the idea of clothing design since the age of five. She remembers being scolded for cutting and altering her own clothing and pouring over fashion magazines to scope out the latest trends and eventually draw up her own designs. So it was no wonder she found herself at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising for Fashion Design in Los Angeles shortly after high school. Here she completed a two-year program in a year and a half and soon found…

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​Art for concerned strangers

May 29th, 2014

Red Hat Project addresses and undresses human concern

Would you reveal your biggest life concern to a complete stranger on the street?

What if she were holding a camera, wearing a blazing red knit hat and asking you to exchange clothes?

A number of locals said “yes” to Fargo artist Heather Zinger, creator of this 365-day people-connecting endeavor called Red Hat Project. Its finalized exhibit will open this Thursday, June 5 at the Spirit Room.

Zinger’s peculiar, yet stimulating…

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​Model by day, artist by night

May 8th, 2014

Sabrina Hornung presents “Trail Dust and Sentiment”

Art model, photographer, pin-up girl, burlesque dancer and all-around artist extraordinaire Sabrina Hornung will have her first solo show, “Trail Dust and Sentiment,” at the Plains Art Museum starting this Thursday, May 15.

North Dakota born and bred, Hornung translates the vision of her rural surroundings to the vision of her vintage- and folk-minded intellect. What becomes of her photography is something beyond either classic…

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​Grants for artists: Arts organizations are looking for artists to give money to

February 13th, 2014

By Jacinta Macheel

Are you a musician, visual artist, writer, poet, dancer, designer, folk artist, theater performer, crafter or designer? Would you like funding for touring, events, publication or something else that could enable you to make a creative dream a reality?

There is a way you can do this, my fellow creative people: apply for grants.

Maybe you are thinking that the process is overwhelming, or that you don’t know where to begin, or that there is too much competition and…

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​Meet the curator: Becky Dunham

January 16th, 2014

Photo by J Earl Miller / Design by Raul Gomez

New Plains Art Museum curator Becky Dunham may have just moved to Fargo from Texas, but she sure hasn’t minded her new home’s extreme temperature drops.

“The weather, I love,” she said while sipping on a warm beverage at Atomic Coffee downtown.

“It’s really refreshing to be somewhere where there’s a real winter and where there’s a change of seasons, and you can see how that impacts the community and the culture and the lifestyle.”

Dunham is someone who is familiar with…

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​Emerging artists cause a BIG sensation

January 9th, 2014

“I’m not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation / I’m just talkin’ bout my g-g-eneration!” quoth Pete Townsend in The Who’s 1965 hit song “My Generation.”

“My Generation” is also the namesake of the Plains Art Museum’s exciting new exhibition featuring some of Fargo-Moorhead’s best up-and-coming artists, including Kelly Cantrell, Judith Feist, Torey Garletz, Kaylyn Gerenz, Steven Hammer, Jerica Olson, Ben Rheault and Ashley Strazzinski.

Other than questioning the…

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​Springerle: delicious folk art

December 19th, 2013

Photo by Sabrina Hornug

I’ll be the first to admit that I am one sentimental fool, especially during holidays, when everything is so steeped in nostalgia, tradition and folk art. My family has a very strong German background and one of the highlights of the holiday season is coming home to bake Springerle with my mom and grandma in Jamestown.

Originated in the Schwabenland region of southwest Germany, which also originally included parts of present day France and Switzerland, Springerles are white…

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