Area galleries 8-14-14

The display at the Minot Public Library gallery will be “Eclecticism: Artistic diversity,” artwork completed by individuals within the Prairie Arts Club, through Aug. 30.

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 Friday. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Parking in MSU lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.

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 jmps@nemont.net or by calling 774-3601. The James is located at 621 First Avenue West.

“White Rabbit Memories and More,” by Lydia Richez-Bowman will be on display through Aug. 31 at the James Memorial Art Center in Williston. 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, will present “Art Splash!” today 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

(thejamesmemorial.org). For more information, contact the James at jmps@nemont.net or call 774-3601. The James is located at 621 First Avenue West.

The James Memorial Art Center, Williston, announces “Sneak Peek,” a chance to check out the exciting art pieces created for the ArtFest Auction on Sept. 20. “Sneak Peek” begins on Sunday, Aug. 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Gallery II at the James. Art pieces will be on display at the James during regular gallery hours through Friday, Sept. 19. ArtFest 2014’s auction features pieces created by local and regional artists in any media. The theme “It’s Your Thing, Just Do Your Thing” encourages each artist to create pieces that speak from their personal creative spirit. Each piece is guaranteed to be unique. Admission to the James Memorial Art Center is free. New gallery 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 about this exhibition, please call the James at 774-3601. The James Memorial Art Center is located at 621 First Avenue West.

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. 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. For more information, go to (taubemuseum.org).

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 taube@srt.com or register online at (taubemuseum.org).