Arts

The birdman and the bees, the art of Morganne Behl

September 26th, 2018




For the month of October, Fargo’s Red Raven Espresso Parlor will feature the work of local artist Morganne Behl, whose ink, graphite, and colored-pencil sketches are a perfect fit for the Halloween season. This horror-themed exhibition will contain at least fourteen framed drawings, featuring images of skulls, bees, and bird demons.

Among the most intriguing of Behl’s pieces is “Bird Man,” a graphite sketch that took six months to complete. Though original drafts of this creature…

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​Abby Balkowitsch: The next generation

August 15th, 2018

Abby Balkowitsch taking a wet plat of her father - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

It may be cliche to say the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, but when wet plate artist Shane Balkowitsch found out that his 15-year-old daughter Abby Balkowitsch was following in his photography footsteps, he was thrilled.

“I can remember the day, on May 24th of this year, I went down to my studio and I could just tell someone had been in there, I was not sure what was going on, then I looked in the drying rack and there it was, a finished wet plate of her brother Greyson,"…

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Dan Mihuta: The Art Maker

June 27th, 2018

Daniel T. Mihuta, the By Rod Hadland
rodanthonyhadland@gmail.com

The name Mr. Mihuta may not be familiar, but for most of my life, I’ve known that name. There was a television show where Mr. Mihuta taught art projects, in various mediums, that I remember fondly. Back in 2008, I wondered what became of Mr. Mihuta, so I tried to find him. I eventually found a Dan Mihuta, now 95 years old, and contacted him after nearly ten years of searching. Mihuta, or Dan to me, was kind enough to speak to me recently from…

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​Camelot Revisited at 59th Midwestern Invitational Art Exhibition

June 14th, 2018

Design by Raul Gomez

By Tayler Klimek
tklimek@cord.edu

Come one, come all to the 59th anniversary of the Midwestern Invitational Art Exhibition! This tradition celebrates each year with a preview and awards selection the first night of its showing, with a reservation-only anniversary dinner at Rustica Eatery immediately prior. The theme for this year’s exhibition is “Camelot Revisited,” and will showcase the work of 70 Midwestern artists.

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The opening date of the exhibition, June 18, holds significance as…

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​The biggest little art show on the prairie

June 13th, 2018

Biggest little art show - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

“Our whole idea was to make sure that everyone had some kind of exposure to the arts, which in a small town in North Dakota, you don’t always get that, you have to go to Grand Forks or Fargo, where the big cities are. We just went with the idea that people in a small community -- Nelson County -- we consider that a community, really does have an interest just as much as anybody else does. To make it available to them without having to travel is pretty much a big key to that whole…

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Episode VIII: The Return of Peel + Stick

June 6th, 2018

Art by Marc EltonBy Tayler Klimek
tklimek@cord.edu

It’s back! After another two successful, thriving years, Albino Buffalo has announced that it is having its second Peel + Stick show promoting works produced by local and regional artists through the way it does best: stickers!

Don’t be shy about it. You know you want a sticker.

Albino Buffalo is a company that features the art of selected artists on stickers, which are then sold at repurposed vending machines. Jeff Knight, founder of both Albino…

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​Civility is for the Birds

May 9th, 2018

Design by Raul Gomez

By Tayler Klimek
tklimek@cord.edu

Tucked in the back of Roberts Street Studio, if you follow the “yellow brick road” (a funny story, if you get the chance to ask her), you are likely to find local artist Mackenzie Kouba working on her next masterpiece.

Born and raised in the Fargo-Moorhead area, Kouba is no stranger to the art scene. She began her arts degree at UND, then continued her studies at NDSU where she graduated with her BFA in the spring of 2011. She has been a dedicated…

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Downtown artist evoking movement in glass

May 9th, 2018


By Tayler Klimek
tklimek@cord.edu

Born in Minnesota and having lived in Seattle for most of his life, Tarjei Nossum is somewhat new to the Fargo art scene, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking advantage of all the opportunities the art community provides for local artists.

“I love Fargo because you can literally talk to anybody you want to talk to,” Nossum said. “There’s a lot of creative people here, and that’s what drew me to this place.”

Nossum has made a name for…

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​It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Free Comic Book Day!

May 2nd, 2018

In the last century, comic books have gone from being a fringe medium of entertainment to a ubiquitous part of American pop culture and artistic expression. People from around the country (and around the world) immediately recognize images like Superman’s ‘S’ shield or Batman’s bat logo. Superhero films crowd the theatre marquees. Even as DC and Marvel turned their superhero franchises into blockbusters, smaller presses latched onto comics as a breathtaking and original…

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​Kirk Williams and his isle of misfit toys

May 2nd, 2018

Kirk Williams - photograph by Sabrina Hornung

“When all of these are packed up, it’s like having dysfunctional adolescents that sting and threaten to self destruct when you decide to attack them," Fergus Falls-based artist Kirk Williams said. "It’s awful. It’s hard to do but we’re getting it done,” 

Williams unveiled a table full of fragile, meticulously packed assemblages peeking out from their respective boxes waiting to be dropped off at the Kaddatz Gallery for his upcoming exhibition. As he speaks, I imagine the…

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