By Jill Finkelson
If there’s a silver lining to being cooped up this year, it is the talented artists inspired and locked up with their supplies. One of those people, to our credit, is local lady Kim Jore of Riverzen Gallery in Moorhead. Her project “Hometown for the Holidays” is a celebration of our small towns. It features 54 small towns within 50 miles of the Fargo-Moorhead area, from Hillsboro to Kenyon. Each one is a unique collage using watercolor, photography and mixed media elements featuring the zip code, GPS coordinates, and something unique to the town.
Kim visited and photographed every town to get a feel for the place. Looking through Kim’s work, a love for local places really shines through and these are no different. They are fun and colorful in their celebration of those communities. These hometown renderings also go to a good cause.
“The pandemic has been challenging for all of us, especially for individuals and families experiencing homelessness,” said Jore. “My goals with this project were to celebrate and promote small towns while also helping people who don’t have the shelter of a home. Every aspect of this project brought me joy, and I hope the resulting artwork will bring joy and comfort to others.” A portion of the proceeds will go to Churches United and the Gladys Ray Shelter and Veterans Drop-In. Both organizations do great work to help homelessness locally. Buying a print for your hometown for yourself or maybe family who still live there is a great way to celebrate the season and help out a charity.
You can check out the prints online at riverzen.com or stop in and look at all Kim’s work at her studio/gallery and salon in downtown Moorhead. She has a lot of great stuff- her pubs and cityscapes are delightful views of our little metro.
Jore grew up in southwestern North Dakota and currently lives in Fargo. She is a member of the Red River Watercolor Society and Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA.)
Towns included in the series are: Abercrombie, Ada, Argusville, Arthur, Audubon, Baker, Barnesville, Binford, Borup, Bowman, Casselton, Christine, Comstock, Davenport, Detroit Lakes, Dilworth, Downer, Fargo, Felton, Georgetown, Glyndon, Grandin, Halstad, Harwood, Hawley, Hendrum, Hickson, Hillsboro, Hitterdal, Horace, Hunter, Kenyon, Lake Park, Langdon, Leonard, Mapleton, Mayville, Moorhead, Oxbow, Perley, Rothsay, Rustad, Sabin, Scranton, Ulen,, West Fargo, Wild RIce, and Wolverton.
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