When Life Gives You Lemons…

Seeing Donna Watts’ oil paintings has me thinking how important it is to recognize the beauty of the everyday things–slices of fruit, bowls of flowers, or a treasured cloth. Centering ourselves on life’s simple pleasures can be important when life gets hectic–when life gives you lemons. This expression implies that lemons are perhaps a bad thing, bitter and sour, which is…
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Spring Fever

Yes, its not even May 1 and I’ve launched into full fledged “spring fever”. Defined as “a feeling of restlessness and excitement felt at the beginning of spring” we northerners feel this condition more than most. We are anxious to get outside, shed our winter coats and play in the sunshine. The past few days…
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Ode To Bluegrass

Tickets are still available for Saturday’s upcoming Bluegrass performance, $5 for members/$10 for general admission, 7:00 pm. Thinking about the show got me thinking about the color blue. A little research provided the following facts.  One of my favorite artists was part of The Blue Rider group (Der Blaue Reiter). A number of avant-garde artists living in Munich. The most important…
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Repurposing In Art

Next week (Thursday, April 7) brings a new exhibition to The Arts Center. Titled, Nuances, the exhibit features the artwork of Michelle Lindblom who is best known for her monotype prints. Long time faculty member at Bismarck State College, now retired, the artist began experimenting with her discarded prints and “found bits” to create new works.…
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Tree Of Life: Paper Cutting As Life Review

A six-session Art for Life residency is currently underway at Ave Maria Village and the Heritage Centre. Guided by two artists–master and apprentice, Meridee Erickson-Stowman and Sabrina Hornung, the elders are learning about the art of paper cutting while considering the stages of their lives. Each session, spread out over a 2 month period, will be used to…
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