With my change in jobs I have restored my ability to travel and spend time with friends and family. Before I started in Jamestown I spent time at the farm working outside and visiting family. It was a great way for me to prepare for the Jamestown move. This past weekend I traveled back up north. I went to Grand Forks, stopping first in Park River to see some very important individuals. It was a perfect fall day for a horseback ride checking the cows. I think the horses had fun too.
After Park River I made my way to Grand Forks. I got there in time to surprise Lisa York (www.lisayorkarts.com) at her opening of her ceramics show at Muddy Waters Clay Center (www.muddywatersclay.org). It was great night with friends.
One last stop before going back to Jamestown...Matt & Heather's farm. Matt is another grad school friend who recently became the newest staff member at the North Dakota Museum of Art. There is lot of change happening in the art world of North Dakota:) Matt and Heather just bought a house in the country. Heather and the girls are busy at home with the gardens and the animals (chickens, cats, and of course Myles the dog). Heather is also very busy creating different types of soap for her business, Dakota Soap Works. If you are looking for wonderful soap, check Heather's website (www.dakotasoapworks.com)
My weekend ended with a car ride through the middle of North Dakota. It is still strange for me to be the one leaving and journeying back to south central ND. It was a beautiful day for a drive!
This past weekend I spent time with some grad school friends in Minot, ND. You need to remember I am from Northeast ND. I can count on one hand the trips I have made to Minot. My route included taking interstate 94 to Bismarck and then North on ND Hwy 83. I have never been on Hwy 83 North. I really enjoyed it. It was a different landscape for me and the oil has changed it even more so. On the eastern side of the state we aren't seeing the effects like the western side of the state. Traffic is...well...there is traffic and traffic jams, you can't find a house to rent or buy in a reasonable price range, and get ready to wait in line any where you go. If you are looking to start a business you should consider a Starbucks in Minot. We waited for our coffee for over an hour and the drive-thru had cars around the block.
I got to experience Notstock for the first time. It is a week long event, in which the university brings artist of all kinds to Minot, ND. The main event are the printmakers. This year the featured printers were a group of three that call themselves "Adventures in Design" and Jessica Christy. Adventures in Design also did a live podcast. (You will be able to find it on itunes lat Most of the photos are from the closing reception on Saturday night. The show in the gallery were silk screen prints done by Jessica Christy and Adventures in Design. Then event was held at the Gallery 62 Doors in downtown Minot. This gallery is an artist coop. It had a gallery space, artist studios, and a community room. It was great excuse to go see old friends in their new spaces.
Arts After School...Sculpture. We have been working on wire animal sculptures all week. It was a great introduction for me to the program and kids. They are so excited to be at the center and working on art.
The colorful elephant is one of my favorite projects. Each one is so different even though we do the drawing as a class. The students follow me as I draw the elephant on the board, they draw the elephant line by line with a yellow crayon. It is very hard to see until you add the watercolor. These elephants were created by first and second graders.
Side note: I had a 2nd grader tell me that she was so honored to meet "a REAL artist" and could she have my autograph. It has been a good first week.
These are my studio spaces in my apartment. It is on the 3rd floor with lots of light. It was originally two apartments but the center took down a wall and made it into one big apartment. I love it. It feels good to be working and thinking art 24/7.
The adventure has begun. For those of you that didn't know...I am finally using my art and degrees in my job. I am the Resident Artist for the Arts Center in Jamestown, ND (jamestownarts.com). This a very exciting new chapter. My day is filled with teaching two classes in the local elementary schools, some personal studio time, and an after school art program for 3rd-5th grade. This week started with a bang...in the schools I am teaching the Elements of Art. Arts After School started with Sculpture. Both have been a great refresher for me as an artist and teacher. Monday night I was also introduced to Artful Happy Hour. That's right, wine (or beer) and Art. It was the start up event for the fall...Next month I am teaching acrylic painting...come join us if you are in the area. It should be a good time!