N.D. natives’ art on display at Northwest Art Center in June

Two summer exhibits at the Northwest Art Center at Minot State University offer viewers a window on the world, according to a press release.

“A Trip Around the World,” an exhibit of pastel-charcoal drawings by John S. Postovit, will open June 25 at the center’s Hartnett Hall Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception with Postovit from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, at the gallery. The exhibition runs through July 25.

A North Dakota native now living in California, Postovit is an avid traveler, and the images in his show were inspired by his visits to Italy, England, Bulgaria, Thailand, Australia and other locales. Not merely a travelogue, his large, intensely colorful compositions dance with what he terms “augmented reality.” Colorful inner tubes and zeppelins surrealistically float through tourist-postcard landscapes that have been playfully cropped and boldly designed.

On display through Friday, June 28, in the Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery is “Literacy Without Borders,” a collection of photos by Bismarck educator Pam Rettig that chronicle her work with literacy programs in Nigeria and Tanzania.

Rettig collaborated with Obiajulu Emejulu, president of the Reading Association of Nigeria, to establish an in-service teacher-training program in Nigeria in 2004. Success of the Nigerian program led Rettig’s involvement with teacher training in Tanzania in 2006 and 2008. Her photos show schools, teachers and children who were served by the training programs, as well as scenes of community life.

Both exhibitions and the June 25 reception are free and open to the public. Parking in Minot State University lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Northwest Art Center activities, call 858-3264.