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Animals with Attitude
March 1 – April 7, 2018

The Arts Center Gallery is open
Weekdays: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturdays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Admission is always free.

From the pre-historic cave paintings in Lascaux Cave, France to Franz Marc’s Large Blue Horses, countless artists have used animals as their subject matter. Sometimes the artist’s aim is representational—to capture the animal’s every detail in photographic reality, whereas other artists seek to capture the animal’s essence, through unique color, exaggerated perspective and context.

It is this second group of artists, those who leave the conventions of reality behind, whose work comes alive in the exhibition, Animals with Attitude. Over the past few months, we’ve seen many animals in the gallery, Richard Martinson’s folksy horses, cows and birds and Brad Bohl’s highly realistic wildlife paintings. In contrast, and drawing on the work of various artists, this mixed media exhibition features the work of artists who believe dogs can be blue and horses can be purple. They have captured each animal’s personality whether the subject is a beloved pet or wild bird.

Two of The Arts Center’s resident artists have work in the exhibition, you’ll see Laura Ruprecht’s mosaic birds and handmade tiles and Linda Roesch’s expressively painted dogs. Drawing from private collections, there will be the work of Deborah Mae Broad whose animal etchings provide a window into an animal’s soul and Doug Boyd’s humorous and quirky mixed media work will make you laugh. Emily Williams Wheeler and Karen Bakke’s paintings are bold and colorful, Bakke capturing the small details various animal’s eyes and Wheeler’s the energetic interaction between animals.

This exhibition should make you smile–a perfect show for, not only the sophisticated art lover, but anyone who loves animals–a visit to the gallery would be a perfect outing for the entire family.

Animal Inspired Lunch with Lara Ruprecht
(our current Artist in Residence)
Friday, March 16 from 12:00 – 1:00 pm

(Lunch is $5.00, please RSVP by March 14th to 701-251-2496)


Above: Scarlet Ibis, Laura Ruprecht, Glass on Glass Mosaic, 2017
Featured image: Queen B, Linda Roesch, acrylic on canvas, 2017
On the slider: I Sing Sadder Songs than Sarah McLachlan, Laura Ruprecht, Sgraffito Tile, 2016