The 49th Annual JFAA exhibit that opened in September kicks off The Arts Center’s new exhibition season. The season’s timing generally coincides with the school year and begins in the fall. I wanted to give you a few highlights of what you can expect to see in the gallery over the next few months.
Put a Bird on It is an a collection of bird themed art by Bismarck artists Ali LaRock and Paul Noot. The exhibit will open October 24 with a reception that both artists will attend. Each artwork in Put A Bird On It includes a bird, executed in a variety of styles and mediums. The title of the show was inspired by an episode of the popular television series “Portlandia” in which the characters “put birds on things” to make them more hip and sellable. Noot and LaRock, both bird lovers, borrowed the idea as a theme for their exhibit, each interpreting the theme in their own style. Noot’s work will be new to the gallery, while LaRock had a solo exhibition in 2001 and has been an Arts Center resident artist. The opening reception will capitalize on the bird theme and since it’s Halloween time we hope everyone will join the fun and come attired with some kind of “birdy” accessory, garment or costume.
Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains will show from November 27 – December 28, 2013. This is an exhibition of folk art and stories derived from the award winning book of the same name, Sundogs and Sunflowers. The 28 photo panels, each based on a sections from the book, have toured to over 20 libraries from Bowman to Pembina and dozens of sites in between. Now that the exhibition is touring to galleries, museums and interpretive centers it includes original folk art objects. Some of these artworks have been created by Jamestown’s own talented artists. You will see Drex Young’s scrimshaw antlers and Carroll Wentland’s wooden duck decoys. Slamenky-Czech eggs, hardanger lace, Native American bead and quillwork all representative of the Northern Great Plains folk art are part of the exhibit.
Creative Spirits: Mixed Media Works by Lydia Richez-Bowman & Tammy Jones opens January 16 and runs through the end of February. I paired these two artists work together as they seemed to share similar sensibilities. They each focus on process, experimentation and exploration. Their works are mostly abstract with inspiration derived from nature. Design elements, many layers of color and introduced non-traditional materials, create artwork rich in texture, color and depth. Lydia is from Bismarck and Tammy hails from Carrington (she has been a Arts Center resident artist and instructor for the past 4 years).
Dancing Dazzling Beads consists of work by today’s leading comtemporary beaders from across the United States and Canada. It is a rich, vibrant and fun exhibition for the whole community. Visitors will be treated to both wall and floor pieces, contemporary work and work based in bead history. The history of beads is a facinating history. Beads have been traded around the world for centuries. When White traders moved into the American West, they brought beads along, stashed away to be traded for pelts. Victorian women and folk artists always beaded but it wasn’t until the last few decades contemporary Western artists turned to beads. They recognized that through accumulation, beads and more beads could be amassed into works of art, making whole galleries dance with reflected light. This exhibition is touring through the North Dakota Museum of Art’s Rural Arts Initiative, an educational outreach program, works to encourage and empower rural school students and their teachers to actively participate in learning through the arts. It will open in the Arts Center’s gallery in early March 2014.
Keep your eyes open for unique and different classes that will occur with each of these exhibitions. Information on associated programming will be available on the Arts Center’s Website.