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LIBRARY TO HOST EXHIBITION OF JAMES O’ROURKE’S MIDWESTERN ARCHITECTURAL PRINTS

MOORHEAD – Frozen Music, The Midwestern Architectural Prints of James Tiernan O’Rourke, a traveling exhibition from the Permanent Collections of The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum will be on view at the Moorhead Public Library from June 29 to August 10.

James Tiernan O’Rourke (1933 – 2011) was a celebrated regional artist, arts leader, and the founding director of The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum in Moorhead and the Plains Art Museum in Fargo. James’ studio practice was wide-ranging but he remains best known for his woodcut and linocut prints. 

This exhibit highlights many of the structures and places that captured James’ imagination in Minnesota and North Dakota. Some of the sites featured are iconic and immediately recognizable to the residents of our region. Others have been lost to mishap or the march of time. James’ bold, lyrical linework, limited color palette, and the deliberate flattening of forms memorialize the unique “skylines” of the High Plains.

PLAINS ART MUSEUM CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF NORTHERN PLAINS SUMMER ART INSTITUTE

Gerald Cournoyer, Indian with Coffee

FARGO – Plains Art Museum is closing out its second annual Northern Plains Summer Arts Institute with several events throughout the coming weeks.

On Thursday June 24 from 6:30 -7:30 pm, the public is invited to attend the Museum’s first live Creative Artist Talk in over 18 months. Gerald Cournoyer (Oglala Lakota) is the former art director and Vice President of Development at Bacone College in Muskogee Oklahoma. Originally from Marty, South Dakota, Cournoyer holds a Master of Fine Arts in non-profit management from the University of Oklahoma. Following the in the Northern Plains Indian art traditions of Oscar Howe (Yanktonai Dakota) and Fritz Scholder (Luiseno), Cournoyer blends his cultural and artistic backgrounds to connect with his students throughout his career. He currently is the art history lecturer for the Northern Plains Summer Art Institute through June 25.

The public is also invited to the closing reception for the Northern Plains Summer Arts Institute on Friday June 25 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Please join Plains Art Museum and NPSAI staff and students in the Starion Gallery located on the third floor of the Katherine Kilbourne Center for Creativity as they showcase the NSPSAI exhibition. Refreshments and food will be provided to celebrate our student’s accomplishments.

Finally on Thursday July 8 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm, the public is also invited to attend the Film Premiere of NPSAI 2020. Falcon Gott’s newest film, documents the experiences and perspectives of NPSAI staff and students from the Museum’s first annual Summer Art Institute for Native American high school and college students.

CHILD FOSTER CARE HOMES NEEDED IN CLAY COUNTY

MOORHEAD – Clay County is looking for individuals interested in providing weekend, short-term and long-term care to children in need. Foster families are provided with financial support for the basic needs of a child such as food, clothing, and other expenses.  Health and dental coverage are also provided to each child in care.  There is a high demand for homes for children of all ages; including sibling groups as it is important to keep siblings together when being placed outside of their parental home.    

If you are interested in receiving more information about being a foster parent, please contact: Gail Burnside 218-299-7654 or gail.burnside@co.clay.mn.us.

RIDE TO FIGHT SUICIDE

FARGO – Join up for the Fargo Ride to Fight Suicide on Saturday, July 31st. The Ride starts at Sickies Garage Burgers and Brews with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. with kickstands up at noon. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. More information can be found at afsp.org/RideFargo.  

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