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.