James Skinner & Community Art Collection

During the month of November, the works of James Skinner will be shown in Gallery I and the "Community Art Collection" exhibit will be displayed in Gallery II.  There will be an artist reception on Friday, November the 3rd from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.  

Gallery I~ James Skinner

Mr. Skinner received his bachelors degree in art education from Minot State University and currently teaches art at Williston High School.

Artist Statement:  My work tends toward realism with elements of fantasy and illustration in them.  I am an avid fisherman and this heavily impacts my art.  Most of my paintings and drawings are of fish or fish related imagery.  I enjoy imagining what the fish is doing right before it takes your bait or I get inspired when I see their actions in the wild.  I also have a love of fantasy art so that makes its way into my work.  Overall my art is about showing my feelings of the mostly aquatic world and my inspiration comes from the experiences I have had with it.

Gallery II~  Community Art Collection

This show includes collected works by art patrons Ardis Jacobson, LaVonne Hartel, Loyce Rauser, and Adrienne Stepanek.  

The inspiration behind this show:  One afternoon, long time art collector LaVonne Hartel was musing with her friend Ardis Jacobson about her desire to share her collection of paintings by a sister-in-law, a granddaughter, and other artists.  Ardis being not only an artist herself but also an avid art collector, loved the idea and reached out to fellow art patrons Adrienne Stepanek and Loyce Rauser.  The ladies met to share their thoughts and thus the "Community Art Collection" show was born.  We are grateful to these ladies for sharing their collected art pieces with the community. 

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Historical and Recent Fires of Williston

It is with great pride that we announce our October gallery show is in honor of Williston's First Responders.  Monica Tininenko has spearheaded this beautiful exhibit featuring works of local photographers who have captured recent and historical fires of the Williston area.  Works will be on display in Gallery I from October the 16th until the 31st.  Be sure to join us on October the 19th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for a reception with a special invitation to our local fire fighters, police officers, EMT professionals and all other first responders.  This show is dedicated to the hard working men and women of Williston that keep us safe.

In Gallery II between September the 21st and October the 31st are the works of the

Williston State College Art Students.  

*Between September the 27th and October the 12th, our permanent collection will be on display in Gallery I*


May Exhibits: "Variety of Dreams", Band Day, and Williston Student Art

Phyllis Sederquest's Exhibit titles "Variety of Dreams" is a wonderful display of landscapes, seascapes, abstracts, and more! She uses a variety of mediums and subjects in her works.  Be sure to stop by and read her bio and view her works which are for sale.

Williston Students grades k-12 were able to submit pieces to the North Dakota Student Art Show, which shows at the James every January.  Pieces submitted by Williston students that were not accepted to the traveling show are on display until the end of May.  We are so proud of these young artists! 


Also in Gallery II, a small display celebrating 90 years of Band Day, as well as several pieces from our Virgil Severson Collection.  Thank you to John Geyerman for sharing recent Band Day Photos with us!

April 3-28 Small Works (GII) and "Prairie Impressions"

Gallery I: Nicole Ganger's "Prairie Impressions is a great way to kick off spring. Her paintings are in a variety of mediums and fun sizes.  They represent the landscape of ND and things that will remind you of home. 

Nicole will be teaching a workshop April 29th in mixed media and creativity. Times will be posted on the Art Classes page!


Gallery II: Small Works: this exhibit consists of 63 entries from the Williston community! Limited to 12 inches in size, these small works pack a lot of punch into a small area.  Be sure to see the creativity of the artists in our community!

A reception for the Small Works exhibit will be Friday April 7th from 7-9PM