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Big thanks to everyone who attended this year’s FMVA Big Show reception at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead.  The public reception was a huge success with a large turnout, a nice spread of food and drinks provided by Junkyard Brewing Company.  Be sure to stop in Moorhead and check out the show if you haven’t done so yet. FMVA Big Show 2016 Reception 1233.345       6.3678910.3       10111213.31314       151617.3171820      

2016 Big Art Show Information

Exhibit Date: April 15 – June 10, 2016 Times: Monday-Saturday 9:00-5pm & Sunday 12-5pm Location: Hjemkomst Center (lower level gallery), 222 1st Ave. North, Moorhead, MN Hosted by: Historical Cultural Society of Clay County

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5foot20 Design Lounge is not your average art gallery. If you’ve never been to the unique studio, comfortably neighboring the Junkyard Brewing Company in North Moorhead, take this opportunity to enlighten yourself.
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                               FMVA will visit artist Dennis Krull’s 5foot20 Design Lounge on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m.

DSC_0021Dennis Krull and his wife Jean opened the full service art studio and gallery about two years ago, and since then, the intimate space has been a temporary home for a number of local artists as well as their own work. Dennis is a graphic designer, photographer and illustrator who blends his many talents to create captivating pieces of fine art featuring regional imagery. His composite work incorporates stunning photographs that are weaved together offering a fresh, and sometimes, surreal perspective on Midwestern themes. 5foot20 Design Lounge also sells gifts of a particular kind.  Alphotory Products feature phrases arranged from photographed letters captured at businesses in both Fargo and Moorhead. If you can’t find the right card or piece of jewelry to take home there’s always Body Bacon, which consists of jewelry made with real bacon preserved in resin. tn_1200_Trinity.jpgtn_1200_Huginn__Muninn.jpg Be sure to mark your calendars for this special evening of hands-on activities and your chance to visit this local artist’s studio. WHEN: Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. WHERE: 5foot20 Design Lounge – 1424 1st Avenue North, Moorhead, MN 5foot20 Design Lounge also co-sponsors the Hop-Art Third Thursday Craft & Art Series with Junkyard Brewing and First Avenue Promotions. Every third Thursday of the month the gallery features a new artist with music played next door. You can learn more about future events at the group’s Facebook page here. More information about Dennis Krull and 5foot20 Design Lounge visit www.5foot20.com  

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  ThisArtist_Photo_2015 month's FMVA Visual Talk will be with Jescia Hopper. I asked her to tell me a little more about her upcoming talk. "My visual talk will focus around my current body of work, Dinorama, that I have been creating for the last six years. The series was inspired by my reluctance to embrace the seriousness of adulthood in my life, and focuses on playful and whimsical reactions to difficult situations. The talk will walk viewers through the development of the series, from JHopper_ContemplatingMortalitythe creation of the first dinosaur costume, to my upcoming exhibition at the Spirit Room in April, which will likely mark the conclusion of this lengthy exploration into childlike innocence and apocalypse." - Jescia Hopper Jescia Hopper is the visual art educator at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Middle School. She has a Master of Arts in Art Education from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and a BFA in drawing and BS in Art Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead. For more information about Jescia and her current projects, you can visit any of these sites:
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Photos, quotes and info provide by Jescia Hopper and her website.

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What does "antiquity" mean to you? What do you think of when you hear this word in reference to art?  The dictionary defines antiquity thus: an·tiq·ui·ty - anˈtikwədē/ - noun - 1. the ancient past, especially the period before the Middle Ages. This puts the time frame before the middle ages and after the stone age. But, art is worldwide. What culture do you think of when you hear "The Great Age"? Classical Greek, Roman, and Egyptian art immediately pop to the fore front of my mind but art and antiquities are a world wide thing. China and the near east have some great classical works. Since I am educated in the west, I will focus mainly on Greco/Roman classical visuals for this article. Here are some visual inspirations to get you started with your 2015 FMVA Constraint Show projects. 1. Look to ancient frescoes for inspiration for your "Antiquity" constraint project. The colors are amazing. Example of an ancient Greek fresco. Example of an ancient Greek fresco. Example of an ancient Greek fresco. A fresco motif sampler. A color palette based on ancient frescos 2. Ancient metalwork, coins and jewelry have iconic imagery of people and motifs from the patinated past. Ancient metal work. Ancient coin with mythology motif. Ancient metal work. Coins with various patinas and motifs. A metallic palette. 3. Roman mosaics are intricate and inspiring. The colors can be so warm and dusky. A Roman mythological mosaic. A natural themed Roman mosaic. A geometric patterned Roman mosaic. This mosaic is kind of a sampler of patterns and motifs. A palette based on Roman mosaics. 4. Ancient pottery is often based on stories of gods, battles and fantastic events. It also has some awesome patterns and high contrast palettes. An example of ancient Greco/Roman pottery. An example of ancient Greco/Roman pottery. An example of ancient Greco/Roman pottery. A sampler of motifs and patterns found on ancient pottery. A palette based on ancient pottery. 5. Ancient, classical sculpture sets standards of perfection in beauty and form. The ornate floral and geometric carvings of this period are definitely an inspiring resource to draw from.  Classical Nike with intricate drapery. Classical era carvings. Classical sculpture. Classical architectural elements. A palette based on sculptural stone. We can't wait to see how you express what "Antiquity" and "The Great Age" mean to you. For more information about this upcoming show please visit: https://fmva.org/events/exhibitions/constraint-shows/. The entry deadline for this event is September 1, 2015 and registration is limited to the first 25 submitted entries.

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artomatArt-O-Mat is accepting initial prototype submissions for work in their new machine at West Acres. The next round of submissions are due on August 17th, 2015. There is still time to submit a prototype if you want to be involved with this project. If you would like to view the guidelines for submitting a prototype, please visit - http://www.artomat.org/guidelines/ . If you need to purchase a prototype kit, you can do so here: http://www.artomat.org/gallery/prototype-kit/. Jeff Knight is the local contact for this project. Keep current with Art-O-Mat Fargo by joining their Facebook group at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/artomatnd/. .

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DSC_0020     This year the FMVA has implemented a new event series called Draw Ins. Draw Ins are social gatherings for artists to explore new avenues of creativity in unique places. Artists should arrive at the location armed with the tools of their craft: drawing supplies, camera or paint and canvas. The first two Draw Ins were held at Stokers at the HoDo and Elevate atop t he Loretta building in downtown Fargo. The next Draw In will be held at the Riverside Cemetery.      The Draw In will be held from 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm on August 3rd. There will be a social afterwards at Pepper's Sports Cafe where appetizers and drinks will be available. Riverside Cemetery is the oldest, largest burial site in Fargo. It was established in 1879 and contains over 18,000 burials. The site is rich with natural beauty and wildlife. Artists are encouraged to take in the beauty of the place by walking, photographing, sketching and interacting with the site. The only restriction is that artist's do not focus on the names of the grave makers so as not to offend or upset the families and loved ones of the deceased. A list of cemetery etiquette tips will be found at the end of this post.      The Draw In Committee will meet this fall to plan the topics and FMVA board members will meet in December to plan 2016 events. A programming meeting will be held to organize next year's shows, events, socials and activities to ensure year round engagements for members. The Draw In Committee members are: Ron Boehm, Susanne Williams, Gin Templeton, Brenda Luthi. The committee meets this fall to plan next year's events and in December they will choose 3-5 dates for them. If FMVA members are interested in joining the Draw In committee, they can contact Brenda Luthi by emailing: info@fmva.us. If you are interested in hosting a Draw In event for the FMVA, you should contact the FMVA at: info@fmva.us. The FMVA is a volunteer organization with around 200 members started in 2003. Every year we grow in members and expand our programming to be an active part of the FM community. For more information on Draw Ins please visit: https://fmva.org/events/socials/Draw Ins/

Cemetery Etiquette

DSC_0946   1. FMVA & Riverside Cemetery Request: Please don’t focus on names on grave markers in your artwork to pay respect to the families. Modify & be creative with your sketch. 2. You are on sacred holy ground so be respectful & quiet. Cell phones sound carry so turn down ring tone and don’t talk on a phone because it is too disruptive. 3. Walk around the grave – not over the grave. Don’t stand on grave marker. Don’t sit on or rest against a tombstone 4. Appreciate the memorials as they are. Do not add to, take away or modify. Leave items as they are. 5. Don’t intrude on funerals. Stay far away not to distract. Don’t intrude on people. Don’t be overly friendly to strangers because people may want to be left alone. Don’t take pictures of anyone in the cemetery. If you need a person, have a buddy step in. 6. Don’t leave your car idle in a cemetery. The fumes can harm the sculptures and stone. Stay on roadways with your car. Don’t drive on the grass. 7. Can only be in the cemetery during posted hours. It is a business and it is trespassing.
All photos and information provide by Brenda Luthi. Thanks to the Riverside Cemetery for the use of their grounds.

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Sarah Dotzenrod, vice president of the FMVA, answers a few questions about Visual Talks.

Visual Talks 2015 Eric Johnson with screen & audience  Ellen Diederich Samson's Gift November 2014
Where did the idea for the FMVA Visual Talks come from? "FMVA used to have an "Artist Den" series years ago that basically got artists together and featured presentations and storytelling amongst each other. The education committee decided to bring it back but is inviting both artists and the general public to take part." Why are you doing them? "We're hosting them to provide the community with a better understanding of and connection with their local artists by sharing local area artwork, processes, & creative experiences." Who should attend these talks and why? "These talks are for the curious, if you're interested in hearing why and what drives, motivates, or affects local artists, you should definitely catch a talk. These presentations are given in a smaller more intimate setting where there's snacks and beverage and we promote conversing before and after the talks where there is free admission to the exhibits that evening within the museum." How are the presenters and topics chosen? "The artists who present choose their own topic - we tell them it could range anywhere from personal, academic to historic in nature, it's really what they're most passionate about sharing." Can the public view recordings of the Visual Talk series? "Starting in September 2014, we found a media person to come in to help record, edit, and upload the talks onto our youtube page that is then linked to our website. However, our schedules don't always align and not every artist/presenter prefers to have their talk released online." How can an artist apply to give a Visual Talk? "Anyone who wants to view past talks or are interested in participating in next year's series should visit: https://fmva.org/events/socials/artist-talks/ or e-mail myself sdotzenrod@gmail.com with any questions."
Photos: Eric Johnson Visual Talks 2015 and Ellen Diederich Visual Talks 2014. Thanks to Sarah for these photos.

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Tim Lamey shares more information about his Visual Talk - Oil in Extraordinary Places. Pump Jack near West Twin Butte"Oil drilling and extraction in the Bakken is rapidly changing the physical landscape of western North Dakota. The debate over the benefits of oil drilling and associated economic development and the costs to the environment were fueled by changes to the Drilling Permit Review Policy in early 2014. The amended policy identified a number of places of extraordinary significance because of “their great andTwisted Trees unusual physical beauty and grandeur and exceptional cultural, historic, scenic, recreational, and spiritual or other value.” Due to concerns over individual property rights and negative impact on economic development, the final version of the policy confers little protection to these extraordinary places. I used the list of places in the policy as a catalog of the significant locations within the oil-drilling counties in the western part of the state. The work is a collection of photographs that document these extraordinary places and contrast them with surrounding oil development. The areas, which represent many scenic, natural environments, stand in stark contrast to the industrialization due to oil development." Don't miss the next FMVA Visual Talk with Tim Lamey at the Plains Art Museum on Thursday July 23, 2015 at 7:30pm.  For more information about this project you can visit the webpage for the Oil and Water project at: http://www.timlamey.com/oil-and-water-project or navigate to http://www.timlamey.com/p224338557 to view the gallery of photographs from this project.  

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Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists Visual Talk, "Oil in Extraordinary Places" will coordinate with the current Bakken Boom exhibit at the Plains Art Museum that will be coming to an end this August.  Tim Lamey's presentation will offer an excellent opportunity to further expand on this topic of oil drilling and extraction in the Bakken and how it's rapidly changing the culture and landscape of western North Dakota. Come hear more from artist, Tim Lamey about an ongoing project to capture the unique qualities of the areas of extraordinary interest and contrast them with surrounding oil development.  Both the presentation and museum admission is free that evening. Where:  The Plains Art Museum - 704 1st Ave N, Fargo, North Dakota 58102 When:  July 23rd 2015, 7:30 - 8:30pm