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Area artists display works at Pekin Days

By Staff | Jul 2, 2018

Bonnie Remmick/PCT Area artists (Left to right) Deb Hoffert, Marilyn Niewoehner, Caroline Doucette and Rita Graber gather to look at and discuss one of Niewoehner’s works.

Pierce County has a large talent pool in the arts which is like finding a diamond in the rough right here in North Dakota. Many of these artists were busy exhibiting their talents at the recent Pekin Days Art Show in Pekin, N.D on June 21-24, 2018.

This was the 25th year that the Nelson County Arts Council has fostered the pursuit of the arts, both visual and performing arts. This art show was created as a venue for both established and new inexperienced artists to present their artwork to a large and culturally diverse audience. The artists came from ND, SD, Minnesota, Wyoming, Colorado and Montana. Student art was represented from Dakota Prairie, Lakota, Larimore, Warwick and Fort Totten schools as well as Home Schoolers and the Stump Lake Fine Arts Camp.

Many of the artists were awarded prizes and sold some of their pieces. Rugby local Rita Graber placed second in pastels with her “Prairie Lights and Shadows” art, as well as Honorable Mention for “Evening Colors”. Brandy Hambleton exhibited her silver and metal jewelry necklace called “Autumnal Breeze” and took home an Honorable Mention. Deb Hoffert exhibited Orrin Sunset, in the Photography class.

Kathy Blessum, Rugby, had two art pieces, one whimsically named “LOL” which is for lemons, oranges, and limes. The other painting exhibited was of North Dakota buffalo on the range. “I like to have a sense of humor in my art work sometimes,” Blessum said, “and this piece just looked like LOL.” (LOL is commonly known as laugh out loud in geek terms for those of you less technically bent.)

Caroline Doucette, a watercolor artist primarily, entered several pieces. Doucette has sold many on the internet, and art shows. Her pieces in Pekin were “Magic Grace,” “Dawns Early Light”, and “Partnership with God”. “I have been painting since 1989 and both my mother and grandmother were painters.” Doucette said, “and I have a consistency in my work, that I have carried throughout my painting career.”

Marilyn Niewoehner of Rugby exhibited several acrylics, and an acrylic with reverse painting on glass at the Pekin Show. She began painting in 2013. “I picked up a paint brush in 2013, thus I’ve been doing art for 5 years. I take classes, both locally and out-of-town.” Marilyn explained. “I enjoy the process as well as the finished product.” She went on to say that ” I paint for me, I make what I want, in the style I choose. Whatever feels right at the time. And then I get side-tracked and start a new style.” she laughed.

Niewoehner owns Embroideries, a shop where she sells items she has designed and handcrafted. She has knitted and hand-woven products, greeting cards, exquisitely embroidered jackets, pillowcases, baby blankets and many one-of-a-kind items. Her work prior to her new painting was in textiles also.

Rugby has some very talented, multi-faceted artists.

More information is available on the Nelson County Arts website at www.nelsoncountyarts.com for information about all the artists, the goals and how to be involved.

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