Executive director Nancy Walter of the Taube Museum of Art might feel like she's being inundated again.
"Last week we helped put on the Great Tomato Festival," she said. "And this week we have an exhibit opening the Small Works Exhibit and Auction our annual summer barbecue and the Downtown Festival on Main Street."
Some of the items which weren't picked up for auction at the Tomato Festival will be available for direct purchase at the sidewalk sale during the Festival on Saturday, along with other artwork and books.
Terry J. Aman/MDN - - TOP: Taube executive director Nancy Walter holds a miniature birdhouse by Tonya Stuart, one of the entries in the Small Works exhibit opening Aug. 18. Also on display are such works as, clockwise from top right: oil painting by Elizabeth Woods, stained glass by Nancy Walter, metal raven by T. Gillun, zipper art by Karen Davidson with anonymous wood carving, and watercolor by Judy Bell.
"Think upscale garage sale," Walter said.
There will be also be multiple children's art activities as well, from 1 to 4 p.m., available for a freewill donation.
"Our idea is to have the parents come in and look around the galleries, then assist their children with the projects," she said.
The collection hanging in the upstairs gallery through Sept. 16 is titled "The Unapologetic Landscape," and is a study in black-and-white photographs of the landscape of the northern plains.
These works by photographer Chuck Kimmerle reflect a sympathy for the area.
"(It is) more often traveled through than visited," he said in his artist's statement. "(These) are the visual elements that help define the landscape, and by definition, the inhabitants of the agriculturally-impacted northern plains of North Dakota."
Showing not only stark outlines against the horizon, his work includes elements of movement, of mist and of magnificence, enabling the viewer to see the beautiful simplicity as Kimmerle sees it, proud and unapologetic.
In the lower gallery, also through Sept. 16, is the Small Works Exhibit and Auction, featuring items not larger than 80 square inches, and primarily from North Dakota artists.
This is the fourth year for the exhibit, but it has not grown in keeping with the continuing interest in easily portable and displayable art represented because of the flooding this year which inhibited many artists. There are still 18 artists with some 50 pieces in the silent auction, and besides bids at the Taube, online visitors to (www.taubemuseum.org) will be able to place bids by phone at 838-4445 or by sending e-mail to email@example.com after Saturday.
Many of the artists, including Kimmerle, will be present tonight at the annual summer barbecue, which this year includes the artist reception. It takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. with brats and hot dogs on the grill, macaroni salad, pork and beans, chips, dessert and drinks at the museum.