It’s an Art-Mart Called Grand Forks

Grand Forks has been booming with art.  The Northern Valley Arts Council has been doing an amazing job with events.  First off the Grand Cities Art Fest showcases different aspects of the arts and crafts in a unique summer weekend event.  Not only does it have amazing art to buy, but is set up for family fun with food vendors, kids activities, and performers.  All summer long and into the fall NOVAC partners with the Greater Grand Forks Convention and Visitors Bureau to create the exciting event called the “Art & Wine Walk”. Doesn’t it say everything in the name?  Sure you are drinking wine, but you are exercising as well! Not to mention you get to enjoy the lovely Downtown atmosphere and see a wide variety of restaurants and shops.

TAG or The Art of Giving was just held last month. TAG is a group committed to supporting local organizations and artists through annual art exhibition and sales. They just announced  they raised $24,500 for Altru’s Autism Clinic. Their total income was over $80,000! Now what a successful event that will go back into our wonderful community!

Adam Kemp’s artwork is loved by so many in the Greater Grand Forks area.  If you’ve been to Sanders, Rhombus, or driven down Demers Ave, you have seen his work.  He not only is a talented artist, but gives soo much back to the community.  He donates his time and pieces to different organizations on top of teaching at the North Dakota Museum of Art’s Summer Art Camp. Where does he ever find the time to actually create all of his pieces?

Zombie Music Fest kicks off the Halloween month.  It’s also an event targeted for all ages and can be a great event to take the family to.  Kids and kids at heart can get their faces painted like a zombie, and after you get your spook on you can listen to rock music and grab some food or beer.  It’s an arts festival for music, but lets “face-it” the makeup alone is an art!

A hidden treasure to our downtown area is the 3rd Street Art Gallery.  I just recently found it, and I fell in love with it!  This volunteer run organization is an amazing home to gratifying art pieces.  Amy Jo Lyste and Rebecca Sefcovic Uglem created the non-profit art gallery so that the local high end art could be proudly displayed.  Let me tell you, the exhibits that are there now are a must see.  Emma Katka and Mariah Masilko display their photography and art.  Both encompass the depth of images, and create character and essence for each piece.

Go and explore the art around us.  Here’s to it.

- Lacey Erickson


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