Author Archives: The Arts Center

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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Art – The Elixir of Life

Lots of things have been brewing in my mind these days…why is it that we do what we do in the Arts. Lets face it, its a labor of love…lots of work and lots of hours for little monetary return. … Continue reading

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Why so much concrete?

This question was posed to me this morning by an arts center supporter. The question in reference to the work being done in the Hansen Arts Park. Initially this gave me pause. I also tend to like a more natural … Continue reading

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Art for Life – Ceramic Totems

Over the past 3 weeks, artist Bill Nybo has been working with residents of Ave Maria Village to create colorful ceramic totems. Eighteen residents participated to create the two 3 1/2 foot collaborative sculptures. These works will be on display … Continue reading

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JFAA Annual…and the Winner’s Are…

51st Annual JFAA Juror’s Choice Awards Best of Show – Bill Harbort, Love and Fear Painting / Mixed Media – Deane Colin Fay, Roots and Rain Photography – Chad Kainz, Roundabout Hand Craft – Jon Offutt, Winter Out by Davenport Drawing – Jennifer Parker, Roots … Continue reading

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Join Our Oktoberfest Celebration!

Looking for something fun to do? Mark your calendar for The Arts Center’s Annual Oktoberfest. Saturday, September 12 5:30 – 9:30 pm  Fairgrounds Beer Garden Tickets $25 – Available at The Arts Center, Cork and Barrel, or from an Arts Center … Continue reading

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