Bird-themed art showing at Northwest Art Center

The Northwest Art Center at Minot State University is currently featuring “Put A Bird On It,” a collection of bird-themed art by Bismarck artists Ali LaRock and Paul Noot. The exhibit will be on display in the Gordon B. Olson Library gallery through April 25.

LaRock will also serve as juror for the MSU Juried Student Art Show, which opens in the Northwest Art Center’s Hartnett Hall Gallery April 12. She will discuss her work at a presentation at noon that day, in the Aleshire Theater. An opening reception for the juried show will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with juror remarks and awards at 7 p.m.

Each image in “Put A Bird On It” includes a bird, executed in a variety of styles and mediums, according to a press release. The title of the show was inspired by an episode of the popular television series “Portlandia,” in which the characters “put birds on things” in a store to make them more hip and sellable. Noot and LaRock, both bird lovers, borrowed the idea as a theme for their exhibit, each interpreting the theme in their own style, the release said.

LaRock received her degree in painting from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, and works as a teaching artist in area schools and through organizations such as the North Dakota Council on the Arts, Sleepy Hollow Summer Fine Arts program and the International Music Camp.

Noot received his degree from Brooklyn College in New York. He has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks. Noot is the chair of the Visual Arts Department at Bismarck High School and teaches classes at Theo Art School, Sleepy Hollow Summer Fine Arts program, and Continuing Education classes for the University of North Dakota.

All Northwest Art Center activities are free and open to the public. Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information about Northwest Art Center activities, call 858-3264.