Mack Schroer's "A Year in Williston"

Mack Schroer’s exhibit entitled, “A Year in Williston” will be on display in both galleries at the James Memorial Art Center September 2nd through September 29th. Mack is a Set Designer, Truckstop Doodler, Portrait Painter and Graphic Illustrator. Mack has kept busy this year. Mack found his calling on a ranch in Berryton, Kansas through comic books. His love for visual narrative evolved in storyboarding, animation, graphic design and illustration, Mack has been awarded over twenty design and web awards by the Kansas Press Association for his work at the Osage Country Herald-Chronicle newspaper. Mack is currently an independent artist, exploring new avenues through multi-media. Join us for an Artist Reception for Mack on Friday, September 6th 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the James Memorial Art Center.

some info from the Artist’s Bio & Statement

image used with artist’s permission

image used with artist’s permission

Minot State University's "Women's Point of View"

This exhibit showcases a selection of work by women artists represented in the Minot State University Permanent Art Collection. While the exhibition ranges greatly in medium and style, it is unified by groupings of common themes: portraits, scenes from nature, pop art, and abstract works. The Minot State Art Department began a focused effort to develop a Permanent Art Colection in the early 1970’s and the Arts Center now manages a collection of over 1200 pieces. The Women’s Point of View is just one of many exhibits from their permanent collection.

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Roxi Mathis' "Gas Bubble in Eye"

Roxi is a watercolor artist living and working in Minot, ND. Her current work is based on the experiences she had during three eye surgeries and the recovery that followed. “Dealing with a detached retina caused light distorations and patterns in my vision, so I combine these with real and imagined insporation. I like to work in detail with a lot of color and bold contrast, forming loose patterns based on the visual anomalies that I see. While much of my work includes North Dakota scenery, I also work with figurative elements. I try to tell stories that lead the viewer to find their own narrative.”

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*image used with permission

This exhibit is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the

North Dakota Council on the Arts

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Roxi Mathis’ Artist Talk & Reception will be on Friday, July 12 starting at 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Come hear Roxi talk about her art and how her eye surgeries changed the way she sees the world. Dive in to her beautiful work and enjoy some light refreshments. Free and open to the public

On display in GII the month of July are some pieces of Bob Miller’s work from the James’ permanent collection.

Gallery admission is always free and open to the public!~

Lino Azevedo's Lobotomy & WAVA's Creative Explorations

Lino Azevedo’s exhibit, “Lobotomy” is on display in Gallery I starting June 4th , through June 28th. Lino states, “Art can be a powerful communicator, sometimes the message is subtle and sometimes it’s aggressive.” His painting shows his take on social media and the disconnection society has created. “Recently I subscribed to cable television for the first time in my life. After only a couple of months of watching cable news and reality TV shows, I am mortified at our culture’s lack of engagement on substantive matters. In the information age, it deeply saddens me that we do not dive deep into real political and social issues that are facing our society.” Azevedo’s paintings take on social media and the disconnection society has created.

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*image used with permission*

This exhibit is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with Support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts

This exhibit is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with Support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts

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Williston Area Visual Artists

Williston Area Visual Artists or WAVA, will have their exhibit entitled, “Creative Explorations” on display in Gallery II starting on June 4th through June 28th. The mission of the Williston Area Visual Artists is to provide a nurturing and supportive enviornment in which artists of all levels will feel inspired and encouraged, and thereby further enhance the enthusiasm of the art community. WAVA participates in art shows throughout the community, and they also provide educational opportunities for the community.

An Artist Reception will be held on Friday, June 7th from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the James Memorial Art Center. Come chat with Lino and artists from WAVA while you enjoy refreshments provided by Williston State College. Free and open to the public.

Walter Piehl "Retrospective" & ND Student Art show non-finalists

Walter Piehl’s exhibit entitiled, “Retrospective” is on display in both galleries, at the James Memorial Art Center from now until May 30th! As the saying goes, this isn’t Walter Piehl’s first rodeo. For over 50 years, Walter has been an artist, mentor, and teacher. The gallery, which bears his name, is a tribute to his many years of service, not only to Minot State University, but also to his tireless support of art and the art community.

Walter is an aficionado of history and art with a lifelong passion for Western Americana. This stems from his upbringing in a ranching family that rode horses, raised stock and participated in rodeos.

“ I will always be a painter of Western Americana. The Horse culture and the raching culture were always so important to me-part of my everyday life. Pursuing art and pursuing that subject matter which was so important to me, naturally led me into all sorts of themes of the Wild West, of the tame West , of the rodeo and of the historic West.”

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*image used with permission* Walter Piehl’s “Walking Merry Go Round Cowgirl”

The ND Student Art Show non-finalists will be on display in Centerstage at the James Memorial Art Center. Come view some great works from North Dakota Student artists.

There will be a closing Artist Reception on Thursday, May 30th from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Come chat with Walter Piehl and student artists while you enjoy light refreshments. Free and open to the public!

Mathew Norton & Small Works Community Show

Mathew Norton and Small Works Community Show

On Display in Gallery I the month of April is, Mathew Norton’s exhibit entitled, “Escape.” Mathew Norton is an ND native, born in Bismarck and raised in the small town of Riverdale, ND. On display in Gallery II, the Small Works Community Juried show. This show has art submitted from artists around the area, come vote for your favorite to win the People’s Choice award! These exhibits will be on display until April 29th. There will be an Artist Reception on Friday, April 5th from 7-9pm. Come chat with artists with entries into the Small Works show and enjoy an evening with fellow art lovers. The Artist Reception is free and open to the public.

“Breakin’” -from Mathew Norton’s exhibit entitled, “Escape”

“Breakin’” -from Mathew Norton’s exhibit entitled, “Escape”

JMPS Board of Directors show March 18th-31st

Board of Directors exhibit in Gallery I

Starting Monday, March 18th the James Memorial Art Centers Preservation Society’s Board of Directors will have an exhibit in Gallery I. This exhibit will be on display until Sunday, March 31st. Each member of the Board has a special connection to some form of art, be it photography, painting, writing, mixed media and more. The show will consist of works of art from each member currently serving on the board. The board is happy to share their artistic talents with the community. Hope to see you at the James during this exhibit to support these local artists!

 
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Williston Area Woodworkers club & Williston Camera club exhibits

Williston Area Woodworkers & Williston Camera club exhibits

The Williston Camera Club and Williston area Woodworkers will have their artwork on display at the James Memorial Art Center from March 9th until March 17th. The James will be offering extended gallery hours. We will be open from 10:00am until 7:00pm on the 9th, 10th & 17th . During the week, March 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15, the gallery will be open until 7pm to view this exhibit. There will also be a silent auction.

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Wiliston State College Student Art Show February 2nd-28th

The James Memorial Art Center will hold an artist reception on Thursday, February 7th from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. for the Williston State College Student art show. Refreshments provided by Williston State College. Free and open to the public. Works will be on display in both, Gallery I & II, from February 2nd until February 28th. Be sure to stop by to view these creations by WSC’s incredibly talented students!

“Landscape Painting” by Tiana Johnson Image used with permission

“Landscape Painting” by Tiana Johnson Image used with permission