May 12 – GRAND FORKS – An exhibition of ceramic artwork by Mary Bauer and photography by Michael Bogert opened on Thursday, May 12 in the ArtWise Gallery and Creative Space in Columbia Mall’s Center Court .
The gallery’s exhibit, titled “Take a Walk with Us,” will run through June 24.
Bauer, a ceramic artist from Grand Forks, calls her collection “Words and Clay.” She is a retired teacher whose training is in English, with an emphasis on literature.
Creating functional and sculptural clay works, “her whimsical sculptures feature women responding to culture, literature or language,” said Rita Haag, executive director of ArtWise. “Their titles often depict a pun staged by the play.”
About his work, Bauer said: “I always thought that working with words or clay seemed ironically similar – flexible, creative, mobile. Even after the words were printed, and the clay has been fired and set – both are still open to a host of ‘readings’.”
The work of Bogert, a freelance photographer from Grand Forks, features images with rural and urban themes – photos taken in North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Michigan and Minnesota. The photos depict “the simplicities and complexities of American landscapes – all with their own beauty,” he said in a press release.
Exhibition hours are: Tuesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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Tickets are on sale for the Fire Hall Theater’s production of “Mamma Mia,” which opens May 19 and runs through June 5.
Featuring music by ABBA, “Mamma Mia” tells the hilarious story of a young woman searching for her biological father, said Amy Driscoll, the theater’s executive director. “This sunny and funny tale takes place on a Greek island paradise.
The show is directed and choreographed by Emily Wirkus of UND’s Theater Arts Department.
The actors are: Stevee Wittlieb, Piper Sommer, Cathleen Norton, Aliah Soerens, Amy Driscoll, Amy Lyste, Veronica Lee Folkedahl, Lexi Conwell, Dylan Merritt, Brigitte Froslee, Robert Cooper, Tyler Hebert, Otto Lieder, Matt Stavens, Laura Gerla, Hilaree Glen, Sara Ramos Letexier and Alex Rice.
The team includes Kyle Mason, musical director; Alex Rice, stage manager; Todd Aleshire, set construction; Amy Lyste, costume and set design; and Pat Reading, lighting design.
The times and dates are: 7:30 p.m., from May 19 to 21, from May 24 to 26 and from June 2 to 4. Matinees at 2 p.m. are scheduled for May 22 and June 5.
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or by calling (701) 746-0847. They can also be purchased at the door, depending on availability.
The Young Professionals of Grand Grand Forks will host a public event, “Art See,” from 4:30-8:30 p.m. May 20 at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus.
Artwork created by 10 regional artists will be on display and available for sale, said Sam Jenson, executive director of GGFYP.
Free entry. Each guest will be entered for a chance to win various artworks that have been donated by the artists, Jenson said. Guests can also purchase additional tickets to increase their chances of winning.
A wide range of artworks will be available for sale including landscape paintings, ceramics, mixed media art and photography.
The participating artists are: Faith Quintana, Becca Cruger, Michele Gorres, Jessica Woods, Al Boucher, Emily LaMaide, Grant McMillan, Deanna Rose, Senta Lauren and Nick Urlaub.
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The Thursday Music Club of Greater Grand Forks has announced the scholarship recipients to attend the International Music Camp this summer at the Peace Gardens in north central North Dakota.
Each of the eight scholarship recipients receives $600 to attend the camp. They are: Vedant Srivastava, Jazz Band, Schroeder Middle School; Gretta Pratt, violin, home school; Keira Irving and Lacy Wittmayer, both flute, Grand Forks Central High School; Ellen Berry, voice, Grand Forks Central High School; Gracie Welsh, violin, Valley Middle School; James Smith, viola, Schroeder Middle School; and Summer Smith, Jazz Band, Grand Forks Central High School.
Since 2008, the Thursday Music Club has awarded more than $99,000 in scholarships, according to club member Donna Bott. The bursaries are funded primarily by proceeds from the club’s annual Christmas concert and by individual donors.
Nordic Fest, sponsored by Snorre Lodge of the Sons of Norway, begins Saturday, May 14 with “Uff Da Day” at Pioneer Village.
The activities, which are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., include Viking re-enactments, a lefse demonstration, Norwegian dishes and more, according to organizers.
Admission is $3 per person.
Flags from Scandinavian countries will be flying throughout the city center during Nordic Fest, which runs until May 28.
Nordic Fest continues Monday, May 16 with a WWII film screening of “The Twelfth Man” at 7 p.m. in the Northland Community and Technical College Auditorium. This is the true story of Jan Baalsrud, one of 12 Norwegian resistance fighters sent from England in 1943 to sabotage German airfields and installations in Nazi-occupied northern Norway.
On Tuesday, May 17, local restaurants and Hugo’s grocery store will serve potet klub.
The Cathy Erickson Band will perform for an Old Time dance from 7-11 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 at Eagles Hall. Lunch will be served. Admission is $7.50.
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