The exhibit "Fantastic" from the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks brings together the work of a dozen artists from the United States, Canada, England, Iceland and Argentina exploring implausible, improbable and incredible images. It is as though the artists have provided the viewer with the characters and the setting, but require the viewer to supply the narrative.
The exhibit will be in the Missouri Room on the third floor of the Student Center at Minot State University Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The exhibit is part of the museum's Rural Initiative, which also sponsors Bill Harbort, MSU art teacher and co-coordinator of the MSU NOTSTOCK art fair as an artist-in-residence for a week in a small town in North Dakota.
Harbort will find out shortly where he is being sent to produce a mural while interacting with the public. "This is a great example of participating in the community with art," he said. "It reflects what we're trying to do with NOTSTOCK also."
The theme for this year's NOTSTOCK is "Words and Pictures."
"There is a narrative in every piece," he said. "Even when (artist) DWITT produces a painting taken from a child's line drawing, there is a narrative to it."
NOTSTOCK organizers acknowledged help they'd received from community venues such as the Barley Pop and 62 Doors Gallery and Studios.
"We couldn't do it without them," Harbort said. "They're just so ... so ..."
"Crucial," Geller supplied.
Specific times for events are available online at (http://bit.ly/nHu55M).
Second Sunday event planned at the James
WILLISTON The James Memorial Art Center has a spectacular line-up for its Second Sunday event Oct. 9.
The afternoon begins at 1 p.m. with the ArtFest Auction. More than 20 pieces of art created especially for ArtFest will be auctioned to raise funds for future ArtFests and continued renovation of the James Memorial Art Center. Cultural artworks by Sandy Turner, Clif Sundt, Micah Westby, Jean Olson, Onesti Krieger, Loyce Rauser, Marla Yellowbird, Jorjan Woodward, Deana Novak, Kathleen Moorhead Johnson, Aaron Hexom, Sara Faulkner, Bonnie Jones, Joan Menduo, Natalie Hoff, Lily Grondahl, Alaina Oleksik, and Norma Lee Miller are available for viewing in the Center Stage area during the James' regular gallery hours, Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
This auction was scheduled to take place at ArtFest Sept. 17 but was postponed because of rain. So patrons will have a fresh opportunity to bid on great pieces of art from local and regional artists and support the James with no interference from the weather.
The Second Sunday performance then begins at 3 p.m. in the Center Stage. Richard Stenberg will present "To Build an Empire: Railroad Development in North Dakota."
Stenberg's presentation explores the impact of the railroad in settling the northern tier of North Dakota and looks at many facets of populating "Hill" country. This centennial event pays tribute to the settling of the Williston area and the Hill and James families who assisted in the creation of the historic James Memorial Library building.
Second Sunday performances are held in the Center Stage at the James Memorial Art Center, 621 1st Ave. W. Coffee, tea and a special dessert are served at intermission, all for a $5 cover charge.
Chamber Chorale opens new season
The Minot Chamber Chorale opens its season with its Pops Concert Friday in the Grand International Inn. This year the group has chosen "Broadway Spectacular" as its theme, which means familiar songs from favorite composers will abound.
Todd Mathistad, MCC president, said the recent recruiting drive for singers netted 10 new members, but that the Chorale is always in need of more men to balance the vocals.
"We have about the same number as we had last year, replacing people who left," he said, mentioning the flood as being partly responsible. "There are about 30 members now, which typically goes up to 40 for our Renaissance Feast. But like with any organization, we need more men."
The commitment is four main events during the year and rehearsals on Sundays at First Lutheran Church at 7 p.m. Arrangements for an audition may be made by contacting director Bob Demke at 721-4548.
The Pops Concert is offered at no charge, with a freewill offering accepted. Patrons are welcome to enjoy snacks at the table and a cash bar during the social hour, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Percussion group plans Fall Concert
Minot State University percussion students will present their Fall Concert Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.
The Percussion Ensemble and Marimba Ensemble will perform a program ranging from the classics to Latin folk styles.
"Our concert will have a slightly Spanish-Latin flavor," MSU percussion Instructor Avis Veikley. "We have been learning about African-derived New World rhythms, particularly those of Cuba and Puerto Rico where there is a blend of Spanish and African traditions."
The program is rounded out with classics, a marimba solo by a contemporary composer, a ragtime mallet ensemble, and drumming based on traditional Japanese "taiko" rhythms.
The concert is free and open to the public.
'SongWizard' to perform in Stanley
STANLEY Singer/songwriter Dave Kinnoin, the "SongWizard," will perform at the Sibyl Center in Stanley on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Kinnoin's work might be familiar to audiences. He has been writing, singing, doing voicework and full production work, creating new and innovative material for a long list of family entertainment and educational companies including Jim Henson TV, Disney, Simon and Shuster, Sesame Street, Sony Home Video and Children's Television Workshop.
Kinnoin will feature songs from his seven CDs and dozens of other projects. He performs at many Character Counts! school assemblies and is the writer, producer, and singer of the Character Counts! Week theme song.
Kinnoin's appearance is sponsored in part by Stanley City Library and proceeds will go to benefit both the Sibyl Center and the library. The Sibyl Center is at 301-1st St. SW in Stanley. Admission is by freewill donation and there will be refreshments following.
For more information call Stanley Library 628-2223, or Lucille at 628-2670.