Arts

​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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​Old and New Out of the Blue.. A three man show in the Hodo Restaurant

November 21st, 2013

I've been spending a fair share of my Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in the Minnesota State University Moorhead art department, not as a student, but as an art model for Andrew Stark's figure drawing class. Nearly two months ago, Stark was expressing how overwhelmed he was with having an upcoming show at both The Hotel Donaldson and ecce art gallery. Plus, he was moving and staying quite busy with the ultimate job -- being a dad to his 10-month-old son, Liam.

Stark asked me if I had…

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​Under pressure

November 7th, 2013

Eric Ista, Jeff Knight and Matt Charpentier / Photo by Jill Ockhardt

Cropped gets local graphic designers to compete for Photoshop glory

There’s a new kind of competition in town – one that doesn’t involve balls, food or money.

It’s called Cropped. It’s based off the Food Network television show “Chopped,” but instead of food, contestants work with a “horrible” selection of computer stock images and fonts. And instead of cooking utensils, contestants worth with a computer, a mouse and Photoshop.

Next Thursday, Nov. 14, Cropped will host…

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FM Ballet’s new thrills

October 17th, 2013

Gabriela Baierle-Atwood and Matt Gasper / Photo by Dan Leeaphon

Artistic director Matt Gasper has some stellar goals for the Fargo-Moorhead Ballet, a blooming and somewhat young dance company housed by (but separate from) Gasper’s School of Dance and Performing Arts.

“The main goal of it is to become nationally recognized as a leading dance company in the Midwest,” he said.

The organization is taking a number of “baby steps” to reach this highly attainable aspiration. When the company started more than five years ago, it had only six dancers…

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Hot Air: The Rise of Neil Hamburger

October 10th, 2013

Hot Air: The Rise of Neil Hamburger

Anyone hungry for a greasy new hamburger?

Los Angeles comedian Neil Hamburger might be able to feed your greasy fix with his slick comb over, oversized glasses, spiffy tuxedo, whooping cough and potty mouth this Saturday, Oct. 12 at The Aquarium.

We interviewed the comedian to talk about his experiences in Fargo-Moorhead, his severe distaste for Steven Tyler and his website dilemmas.

He did not miss a single beat.

High Plains Reader: Hey, Neil. How are you doing today?

Neil Hamburger: Good,…

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​Go Inside The Studio at the 2013 Studio Crawl

October 3rd, 2013

Cover by Raul Gomez

By Alicia Underlee Nelson

Across the Red River Valley – from Harwood to Hawley and various points in between – dozens of artists will throw open the doors to 41 different studios and workspaces this weekend during the Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists’ Studio Crawl. The annual event runs Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6 and it’s a great way for artists to connect with their fans and for art enthusiasts to pull back the veil and better understand the artists’ creative…

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Artists move uptown

September 26th, 2013

Cover by Raul Gomez

By Diane Miller

It seems that each day, Fargo’s downtown is becoming more chic, elegant and modern. The trend continues with this Thursday’s grand opening of The Uptown Gallery, a fine looking space for gifted local artists to display their work.

Owner and CEO Steve Revland, 60, was born and raised in Fargo. For nearly 40 years, he has been designing and handcrafting is own high-end wood furniture.

Naturally, Revland has also gathered and maintained relationships with other veteran…

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​T.L. Solien’s “Toward the Setting Sun” comes to the Plains Art Museum

September 19th, 2013

C-Train, 2010, mixed media on paper, 30 x 36 in., Courtesy of the artist T. L. Solien

By Lauren Beek

“Call me Ishmael” are three words you’ve most likely encountered before. Whether you heard the phrase in an English class, an old movie or a contemporary play, this opening line is arguably one of the most well-known in literature.

Herman Melville’s great American novel “Moby-Dick” has inspired many great works of art around the world. Since 1851, filmmakers, playwrights, musicians, painters, actors and authors have all paid tribute to the multilayered story of…

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AENDEE. opens on 8th

August 22nd, 2013

She’s just 25 years old and already runs her own company.

It’s literally a one-woman operation.

Ashley Nicole Dedin owns and operates AENDEE (pronounced “A-N-D”), a shop and studio that carries her own line of upcycled clothing and accessories for anyone to buy.

As of right now, Dedin does all her own sewing, package designing, public relations and bookkeeping. She also built the AENDEE website, maintains a blog for the brand and manages the brand’s Facebook page.

Her only…

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​‘Conventional’ gets a new platform

June 6th, 2013

Jessica Wachter at the Plains Art Museum

Arguably the most buzzed about young artist in town, North Dakota State University art and interior design graduate Jessica Wachter doesn’t necessarily create the most outwardly accessible artwork.

But that may be another arguable statement. Yes, her work is abstract, simply meaning any viewer could interpret the image differently. “I am not painting an apple for you to only see an apple,” says Wachter, who is originally from Bismarck.

Though…

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