Tracker Pixel for Entry

​Art on the Red Showcases Prairie Talent

by John Showalter | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Arts | May 29th, 2019

Art on the Red in Grand Forks

With all the coverage of artists in the Fargo-Moorhead area in the High Plains Reader, it can unfortunately be easy to forget that the rest of the state hosts their own fair share of artistic talent. Take, for example, Fargo’s neighbor to the North, Grand Forks. Since 2001, Grand Forks has hosted an annual event originally named “ArtFest”, which was organized and operated by the North Valley Arts Council (NOVAC).

Unfortunately, in December of 2016 NOVAC dissolved, but Grand Forks’s desire to display and celebrate the work of artists both in and outside of North Dakota would not be swayed. Under the direction of the Public Arts Commission (PAC), a non-profit organization based in Grand Forks, ND, ArtFest was reborn as “Art on the Red”.

Ra’Chel Alexander, the executive director of PAC, explained Art on the Red as such. “…Hosting artists and artisans, food vendors and entertainers, Art of the Red caters to art lovers and festival-goers from around the region with two full days of art, food, kids’ activities and art projects, live entertainment, and more.” The Grand Forks Convention & Visitor’s Bureau (CVB) contributes a generous grant to the event every year to help the Public Arts Commission host the event, along with a number of local sponsors. The premier sponsor for 2019’s event is Chevy Heartland|Rydell Cars. Alexander said, “We’ve also received sponsorships from GF Park District, Icon Architecture Group, HB Sound & Light, Alerus Financial, Vaaler Insurance, and Xcel Energy.”

The majority of artists who showcase their work at Art on the Red are from North Dakota, but Art on the REd is open to artists from all over the country. “We have several that attend from surrounding states and even some that come from as far as Texas to be a part of this event,” said Alexander. The event always has a large assortment of artists and crafters selling hand-made products. Accompanying that are a number of performances by local musicians and organizations. Of course, there is plenty of food and lots of activities. There’s even something for the kids, like inflatables, a splash pad, and a Kids Korner with art activities put on by ArtWise and Muddy Waters Clay Center.

In the past, Art on the Red has typically taken place in downtown Grand Forks on the banks of the Red River. However, this year marks a change in proceedings due to the construction taking place downtown. 2019’s iteration of Art on the Red is located at University Park. “I think it’ll be a great change and is already a beautiful venue,” said Alexander.

Since the event is located outdoors, one hopes that the weather will be clear and sunny on the weekend of Art on the Red. Alexander said, “As with any outdoor event, there is always a concern for weather, but I’m proud to say that the past Art on the Red has drawn a great crowd rain or shine. I hope for the same this year as well.”

If You Go:

Art on the Red

June 8th and 9th

Downtown Grand Forks

Recently in:

News

Women in Bad Lands

by C.S. Hagen

THE BADLANDS – “I just want to flip the proverbial bird to North Dakota as I leave,” Sarah Gulenchyn said. She took a last drag off her American Spirit – burned quick to the filter – before stamping it out. The door to…

Culture

Fire!

by Ryan Janke

In a remote area along the Sheyenne River just southeast of Sheldon, North Dakota lies a sleepy patch of land that comes to life this week as the High Plains Regional Rendezvous kicks off this Saturday.The rendezvous is a week-long…

Thursday, June 20, 6:30 p.m.Zandbroz Variety, 420 N Broadway, FargoNDSU Press and Zandbroz Variety are teaming up for an author event you won’t want to miss. The author event features Denise K. Lajimodiere and the launch of her…

I think Steve Earle described the current state of pop country music best when he said, “The best stuff coming out of Nashville is all by women except for Chris Stapleton," he said. "The guys just wanna sing about getting f***ed…

Gadfly

​American Prophet

by Ed Raymond

Bob Dylan: “You Better Start Swimmin’ Or You’ll Sink Like A Stone”I was shocked when Hibbing native Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2016. I think he was, too. I had always enjoyed his songs as great…

To say that this year’s Bartenders Battle was the best display of talent in the six years since its creation would be an understatement and a disservice to not only the bartenders who made it into the competition, but also the…

I spend a lot of time roaming the prairie in search of finding hot spots off the beaten path. Needless to say, one can become a bit parched by spending so much time on the dusty trail. Sometimes you just need to stop for a bite to…

When asked to describe the sound of Green Blue, Minneapolis based musician Annie Sparrows formerly of the Soviettes and Awesome Snakes laughed and said, “Our friend came up to me after a show and he said ‘Do you like Belle and…

Joining several recent titles that consider, among other things, gentrification and race in the San Francisco Bay Area, Joe Talbot’s feature directorial debut is left of the dial compared to the frequencies of “Blindspotting”…

With all the coverage of artists in the Fargo-Moorhead area in the High Plains Reader, it can unfortunately be easy to forget that the rest of the state hosts their own fair share of artistic talent. Take, for example, Fargo’s…

By Amber WesterengMinnesota State University Moorhead’s (MSUM) Straw Hat Players has performed more than 300 shows during their 56 years and has groomed more than 2,000 actors, technicians, and crew for careers in the theatre…

Stand-up comedy is traditionally a one-way exchange. Outside of the odd question addressed to a random audience member, the limit of the spectators’ contribution to the conversation is their laughter at the comedy stylings being…

If you’re from the region you may have sipped, sampled or caught word of a libation often referred to as “red eye” or “wedding whiskey” at some point. In fact some of our friends of German Russia descent swear by it. If…

Even though it might not feel like it--summer is upon us and festival season is on in full force! Our staff has poured their blood sweat and tears into our top festival picks of the summer. To make it easier on all involved we’ve…

by Devin Joubertdevinlillianjoubert@gmail.comIt’s that beautiful time of the year that’s filled with seasonal decorations, sparkly lights, warm family gatherings, and delicious feasts. I love everything about this time of the…

By Zach Nerpelzachnerpel@gmail.comSometimes there is no compromise to be made, especially when those who you presume to level with are those who would lock you up for even questioning their authority. There is no "middle ground" in…