By CEECY NUCKER
Nancy Walter, executive director of the Taube Museum of Art, is taking advantage of her new gallery manager to introduce a novel fundraiser to patrons and the public. Wendy Kimble recently returned to Minot with her Air Force husband, Dale, who is a native Louisianan. Dale has offered to prepare an authentic crawfish boil with "North Meets South, A Taste of Cajun" at the Museum on Tuesday, May 8. The meal includes crawfish, potatoes, corn on the cob and Andouille sausage with other Cajun treats. "Dale will be cooking with our son Britton and friend Larry Olson," said Wendy Kimble
Tickets are $35 for nonmembers and $30 for members, with a limit of 100 tickets available. "Call the Taube quickly if you want tickets," said Walter. "The seatings are at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m." The Taube's number is 838-4445.
Next Thursday, May 10, there will be an artist's reception for Jane Kalmbach, who is showing "A Soft and Simple View" in the main gallery. The reception, which runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., takes place at the Taube and is free and open to the public. Kalmbach owns Dakota Blessings Art Studio in Kenmare, and teaches art in area schools through the North Dakota Council on the Arts, using teacher incentive grants.
"She has also worked for a long time with the Ducks Stamps program," said Walter. "She has about 45 pieces here, primarily pastels, but a few odd pieces, like acrylic on bark."
Kalmbach also uses found objects like buffalo skulls or glass windows from an old farmhouse as canvasses for her wildlife studies.
Kalmbach is expected to attend the reception to discuss her work. The display runs through June 9, and in the lower gallery during the same dates there is a special Poster Expo, featuring prints available for immediate purchase. There will be all sizes, all genres, and many different artists, with prices ranging from $24 to $50.
The 5th Annual Small Works Exhibit and Auction is coming up in June, and Walter is soliciting artwork which is original, created within the last two years and not previously entered in Small Works. Deadline for registration into the exhibit is June 5, 2012, and further information and complete guidelines are available with registration forms from the Taube, at 2 N Main St., or by calling 838-4445.