Arts

​MSCTC and Kaddatz to host two day workshop

February 6th, 2019

By Jacinta Zens
jacinta.zens@gmail.com

The Department of Visual Arts at Minnesota State Community and Technical College Fergus Falls and the Kaddatz Galleries are excited to announce the First Annual Visiting Artists Workshop series. The purpose of this workshop series is to give participants from the region the opportunity to learn from and create with arts educators and professional artists from around the nation.

Both the Department of Visual Arts at Minnesota State Community and…

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​Fargo VA Displays Art of Those Who Served

February 6th, 2019

Art chainsaw eagle carving - by Ed Helmer

There has been a lot said in the media about the plight faced by veterans. The transition back to “normal” life from serving in the armed forces is rarely a smooth one. 

For those who return home, there is often the question of how to heal the wounds of war in the individual. It is the mission of the Fargo VA to help ease the struggle, and one of the ways they do so is through the therapeutic value of art. Recently I had the opportunity to interview Kimberly Douglas, the…

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​Local Artists, Local Inspiration

January 16th, 2019

Woodcut by Charles Beck

By Nataly Routledge
natalyroutledge@googlemail.com

"Snowgeese" for Charles Beck
By Timothy Murphy

The flock is whorled like a translucent shell
and intricate as the tubing of a horn,
its embouchure, the soft foot of a snail
lighting on sand, except the sand is corn,
chisel sloughed and left to build the soil
from which indebted farmers have been torn.
I catch one note—a wild, wayfaring cry
as snow geese splash into a glacial mere.

Framed by moraines under a nacreous sky,
they echo in the chambers of…

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Appreciating the plains through drones

December 19th, 2018

Double Ditch - photography by Erika Krieger

by Gabrielle Hersch
gabbyhersch@gmail.com

Within the ever-evolving art and practice of photography, one piece of technology has been making waves: the drone. Drones, or flying cameras, are becoming a highly utilized tool for photo-taking, especially in landscape photography. Appreciating all of the opportunity that drones offer, NDSU’s art department implemented a new drone photography course in the fall of 2017. Now one year later, student projects from the drone photography course are…

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The art of Amanda Frost

December 19th, 2018

artwork by Amanda Frost

by Emma Garton
emma.garton@icloud.com

For being a relatively small city, Fargo is not lacking in local artists of all kinds. One of such artists is Amanda Frost, a junior at Minnesota State University Moorhead specializing in printmaking and graphic design. Some of Frost’s artwork is currently on display at The Red Raven Espresso Parlor in Fargo and will be up until the end of December.

Art has been a part of Frost’s life since the very beginning.

“I have always enjoyed being…

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New Deal era mural faces destruction

December 12th, 2018

photography by C.S. Hagen

SEBEKA, Minnesota – Nearly a century ago the nation was racked by inclement weather, soaring unemployment, and despair following World War I and the lucrative Roaring 20s. The 1930s were an era of dust storms and lunch lines, where banks closed and Wall Street brokers leaped to their deaths from New York City’s “suicide pinnacle,” the Singer Building.

Under such chaos did then President Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiate the Public Works of Art Project in 1934. The government…

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‘Take only what you can carry in your heart’

December 5th, 2018


cover by Raul Gomez

“If I go to France and eat French food and write like the French. When I was in Yugoslavia I was working as a Yugoslavian. When I went to Paris for three years I worked with a French influence. Then I came here and I become American and work as American. This multiple personality might be drastic to somebody who look from the outside but to me, they’re all familiar to me. It’s not a drastic change.” said the twin cities based, Yugoslavian born artist Zoran Mojsilov.

He went on…

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West Acres Artist in Residence Builds Body of Work, Creates Mural for the Public

October 24th, 2018

photograph by Melissa Gonzalez

by: Melissa Gonzalez

melissam.gonzalez@outlook.com

From music, to sculpture, to grand scale murals, one local artist is working tirelessly to share his work with the community.

The West Acres Mall is currently hosting its fifth artist-in -residence, Brandon LaPlante, and facilitates his reconnection with his passion for creation, connection to his ethics and the beginning of his next adventure.

LaPlante, 34, describes himself as a thrill seeker. It’s not a surprise then, to learn that the…

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Mineral Point, Wisconsin: Where art and history meet

October 17th, 2018


Mineral Point - Shake Rag Alley scene - photograph by Alicia Underlee Nelson

I came to Mineral Point, Wisconsin for the art. The tiny town among the rolling hills about 50 miles southwest of Madison is home to just 2,491 souls and 25 art galleries and studios. Any community with that much creative energy woven into the fabric of everyday life is worth a pilgrimage.

But it only took a quick glance at the lovingly restored historic storefronts, handsome stone homes and beautifully manicured gardens to understand that art was only part of the story here. In Mineral…

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Fargo Arts and Culture Commission Strives for Artistic Presence Across the City.

October 10th, 2018


photograph courtesy of Jeff Knight

by Melissa Gonzalez
gonzalezme@mnstate.edu

With “The Redball Project” making its way to Fargo-Moorhead, the possibility of more public art is quickly becoming reality. The Fargo Arts & Culture Commission is at the forefront of developing free, accessible art to the community to give residents the chance to enjoy creativity and open peoples’ minds to conversation.

Arlette Preston sits down at a downtown coffee shop to enjoy an afternoon treat. Art hangs on the brick walls of Atomic…

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