Live Art Auction & BBQ Sunday, October 20, 2019

A Live Art Auction featuring art donated for Art Fest, since Art Fest was rained out this year, will be held on Sunday, October 20th starting at 1:00 p.m. We have some amazing art pieces up for auction from artists all around ND. In conjunction with the auction, the James is also having a BBQ to benefit the Paranormal Investigators of North Dakota, or PIND starting at 12:30 p.m. PIND is a group of amazing people that investigate paranormal activity all over, but mainly in ND. Unfortunately, their last visit ended horribly! They got trapped in a bad rain/thunderstorm and lost a lot of their very important equipment. They travel and investigate places for people, usually on their own dime. Never asking for payment, only suggesting donations if possible. They do these investigations because they enjoy it and they do an amazing job! This is the same group that came and investigated the James last September and their discoveries were released to the public at the James’ Poe reading night, which brought a lot of awareness to the James Memorial Art Center. They need our help now! We will be serving hotdogs and hamburgers for donations until we run out. This is an event you definitely won’t want to miss! Open to the public! All proceeds from the Live Art Auction will benefit the James Memorial Art Center and all the proceeds from the BBQ will benefit PIND. Come support the James and PIND. If you would like to volunteer to help with this event or to provide goodies to sell at the BBQ, please contact Shawna in the office at 701.774.3601 or email us at 


Seeking Vendors for a Vendor show at the James during Warm Up After Light Up November 29th 6:00-9:00pm

The James Memorial Art Center kicks off the holiday season with the annual “Warm Up After Light Up” on Friday, November 29th after the parade. Join us for children’s ornament making (cost is $5.00/child), live music by the Williston Strings, a vendor show downstairs, holiday goodies and our famous hot chocolate. A photographer will be available to take photos for the young and the young at heart with Santa. Vendor apps are available below this post or in the James office during business hours. We will only be accepting 6 vendors so get those vendor apps in! Deadline for vendor applications is October 30th. This event is free and open to the public.

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The James Memorial Art Center presents, “A Night of Edgar Allan Poe Readings” on Friday, October 25th from 8-10pm. Join us for a night of literary horror and macabre delight! Bring your favorite Poe poem, short story, or choose from our selection. Perform or simply listen and enjoy the works of one of America’s greatest storytellers! No charge for entry, donations welcome. Refreshments will be served.  We hope to see you at this event!   


Autumn Spooktacular Community Juried Art Show

The James Memorial Art Center is hosting an “Autumn Spooktacular” community juried show. This exhibition is open for public entries. Pieces must be season appropriate, i.e. Halloween, spooky, fall, etc. Pieces must be dropped off at the James September 23rd through September 27th. If pieces are mailed, they must be at the James no later than September 27th. Artists may submit up to 3 pieces. a $50 prize for Best in Show will be awarded in both Adult and Youth categories. An Artist Reception for this show will be on Wednesday, October 9th 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. This exhibit will run from October 1st-October 31st. Art entry forms with complete guidelines can be found under the picture below. We cannot wait to see everyone’s entries!! For more info, please call the James during business hours 701.774.3601 or email us at


Game Night

Join us at the James Memorial Art Center every 2nd Saturday of each month for Game Night~~~7:00 p.m. until Midnight! Bring your favorite board, card or RPG games and some friends, or join in on a game with others! All are welcome, free and open to the public. Snacks welcome!

Questions? Contact us at 701.774.3601

Out Loud at the James

Calling all acoustic musicians, storytellers, comedians and poets!  This night is for you!  Join us every third Friday of the month from 8 to 10 p.m. Bring your poems, songs, and jokes and share with a welcoming crowd of your neighbors and friends.  Enjoy the atmosphere as we turn Center Stage into a hip coffee house! There is no entry fee, however, donations are welcome. 

Questions?  Contact us at 701.774.3601.


Art Fest 2019

Due to weather and flooding at the park, Art Fest 2019 was cancelled. The Art Auction will be rescheduled and the date will be posted here once it is rescheduled.

Join us on Saturday, September 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Harmon Park for a day of art and entertainment! 

For more information, see the Art Fest page. 

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