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The display at the Minot Public Library gallery will be “Some Things Under Foot,” a look at traditional rug hooking by Deb Johnson, Minot, through today.

Minot State University senior art students Amanda Fimreite and Elizabeth Stockman join forces to explore the lies and fallacies of the human persona in “Fragile Walls: Fallacy by Design,” an exhibit of paintings and ceramics at the Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery through Aug. 15. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Parking in MSU lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

The Taube Museum of Art’s Main Gallery presents its seventh annual Small Works Exhibit and Auction, and second annual Children’s Small Works Exhibition, which run through Aug. 7. The event will wrap up with an annual Summer BBQ and Auction that will be held Thursday, Aug. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public. A portion of the auction proceeds will support the Taube Museum of Art, a non-profit organization, with the rest to the artist. Normal museum and gift shop hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill its mission of enriching lives through the visual arts. Contact Doug Pfliger, gallery manager, at 838-4445 for further information.

The James Memorial Art Center, Williston, will host Open Studio Night every Wednesday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Any adult who enjoy arts and crafts as a hobby or profession has an opportunity to work in an art studio atmosphere, free from distractions, on your own art projects. Learn from other artists’ experiences and expertise. Bring your own supplies. For more information, contact James Memorial Center at or by calling 774-3601. The James is located at 621 First Avenue West.

The artwork of Joel Soiseth and Nancy Leier will be featured through today at the James Memorial Art Center in Williston. The exhibit features a variety of oil paintings, prints and creative portraiture. Soiseth, born and raised in Williston, is a graduate of the University of North Dakota, and teaches art and graphic design at Northern Montana College in Havre. Leier is an artist and public school art instructor from Fargo. She lived in Williston from 1980-1995, teaching art at Williston High School for five years. “White Rabbit Memories and More,” by Lydia Richez-Bowman will be on display Friday through Aug. 31 at the James. Richez-Bowman, a French-born artist, currently lives in Bismarck. Her art is still influenced by the light, energy and culture of southern California, where she lived prior to Bismarck, as well as the North Dakota seasons. Assortments of her paintings are in private collections locally and abroad. The James is located at 621 First Avenue West, Williston. Gallery hours are Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Friday and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. There is no admission charge. For more information, contact the James at 774-3601.

The James Memorial Art Center, Williston, is hosting a rummage treasures sale to benefit the art classroom’s needs. The sale will be Friday, Aug. 8, from noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the lower level of the James Memorial Art Center. Donations can be dropped off at the James Monday, Aug. 4 through Thursday, Aug. 7, during normal gallery hours. Items in good working condition will be accepted. Suggested items include: collectibles, tools, household goods, sporting equipment, art objects, toys, music and small electronics. Items that cannot be accepted are clothing, shoes, bedding, personal care items, chemicals, weapons, large appliances, large furniture and non-working items. The James is located at 621 First Avenue West in Williston. Gallery and office hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Fridays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. For further information, contact the James at 774-3601.

The James Memorial Art Center, Williston, will present “Art Splash!” on Thursday, Aug. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids entering Grades 1 through 6. The theme is “Pirate Art.” All supplies are provided except for a sack lunch and beverage. Participants should wear their swimsuits. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. Printable registration forms can be found at

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The James Memorial Art Center’s Art Fest 2014 will take place Saturday, Sept. 20, in Recreation Park, in the 400 block of 2nd Avenue West in Williston. The day’s activities will start at 11 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. A live art auction will be held at 1 p.m. Artists, artisans, crafts people and folk artists of handmade items are invited to sell their wares. Also homemade or homegrown edibles and cultural inspired treats can be sold. Call 774-3601 to receive information about a booth.

The Taube Museum of Art’s Artfest festival will be held on Friday, Oct. 17, from 7 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the State Fair Center, 2005 Burdick Expy. E, in the 4H Hall. This year’s theme artist is Pablo Picasso, co-creator of the Cubist Movement. Artfest has been held annually for more than 30 years. Artists are being sought for this event, open to all artisans exhibiting work of original concept, design and execution. New this year is the “emerging artist” category. It is limited to three new, upcoming artists and the jury process will apply if more than three applications are received. Application deadline is Sept. 6. Proceeds will benefit ongoing programming for the Taube Museum of Art. For more information, contact Nancy F. Walter, executive director, at 838-4445.

The Main Gallery Exhibit at the Taube Museum of Art from Oct. 21 through Nov. 21 will be “Sundogs and Sunflowers,” based on the award-winning book “Sundogs and Sunflowers: Folklore and Folk Art of the Northern Great Plains.” This compilation, 30 years in the making, celebrates the proud folk heritage of the Northern Great Plains. The book is published by the North Dakota Council on the Arts. The exhibit includes 28 full-color photographic panels that provide a sampling from each of the book’s 10 chapters. Like the book, the exhibit includes some stories and images people will recognize from their own family members, friends and neighbors while other, less familiar selections will provide fascinating revelations. In conjunction, the Taube is seeking names of folk artists in the area who could be contacted for inclusion in a folk arts exhibit in the Lower Gallery along with the Sundogs and Sunflowers exhibition in the Main Gallery. The Taube is looking for folk painters, wood carvers, quilters, rug makers, rosemaling, etc. The Taube would appreciate a message with contact information for the artist, or a description of the item you would like to be included. For more information, call the Taube Museum of Art at 838-4445, email or register online at (