Author Archives: The Arts Center

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Art for Life–Intergenerational Fun

Recently, I had a terrific visit to the Heritage Centre to conduct a creative storytelling activity called TimeSlips. This is our third Timeslips activity but what made this visit unique was the pairing the elders with a group of homeschool students. Presented with a … Continue reading

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Boost Your Creative Pursuits in 2016

Just back from a long holiday break I was reading the latest Arts Center newsletter and see that there is no lack of “artsy” offerings for the opening of 2016. If you have resolved to take in more creative pursuits with the … Continue reading

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En plein air

Missouri Valley Gold The exhibition opening this week features an artist who works En plein air a phrase borrowed from the French equivalent meaning “open (in full) air”. It is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. We often think of Plein air painters … Continue reading

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What Makes Me Happy…

I was reminded this past weekend about essentials for great fun and happiness. These things give me fuel for creative thought. I think disconnecting from the routine, in good company, can give an artist, writer and musician lots of new material. Try … Continue reading

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Turkey Time

In honor of the holiday I decided to share a few examples of how artists have depicted the mighty symbol of Thanksgiving. I can say from personal experience wild turkeys strutting their stuff is an awesome sight. Whether you plan to travel … Continue reading

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Gift Giving – Make Art and Avoid Stress

Handmade gifts are always more meaningful. The Arts Center is offering a series of classes to help you make your own special gifts. If you would like to take any of these classes please call 701-251-2496 or go to The … Continue reading

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