The Plains Art Museum, Fargo’s own gallery of the arts, is teaming up with the Northern Clay Center of Minneapolis to bring you Red River Reciprocity: Contemporary Ceramics in Minnesota and North Dakota.
Red River Reciprocity is a ceramics exhibit opening at 2 p.m. on Feb. 8. It is set to feature the work of 79 artists from the Minnesota/ North Dakota region.
According to the press release provided by the museum, these pieces will “display the exceptional versatility of ceramics as an exciting and expressive art form.” With such vagueness, you can probably expect a wide range of subject matter, style and presentation.
From 2 to 4 p.m. — when the exhibit opens — there will be a free and public opening reception. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served during this time.
To coincide with the launch of this latest display, the Plains Art Museum will host a series of informational tours, talks and walks on that very subject.
The first is the Ceramics 101 Presentation and Gallery Tour, to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. Studio Manager James Wolberg and the museum’s Curator, Becky Dunham, will host the presentation.
The following presentations will be a series of walk-and-talk events, referred to as the Ceramics Gallery Walk & Studio Talk Series. These will be held on the fourth Thursday of every month, for three months. In this case that lands the series’ episodes on Feb. 27, March 27, and April 24. The “Gallery Walks” are scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on those dates, while the “Studio Talks” are held at 6:30 p.m.
The host for the first walk in February is Michael Strand, NDSU’s own associate professor and head of the Visual Arts department.
March’s walk features MSUM’s Professor of Art Education, Brad Bachmeier, and the final event will be presented by Concordia Professor of Art, Ross Hilgerss. The proceeding talks are scheduled to feature Wolberg.
With the work of so many artists on display, it’s likely that everyone will find something to their tastes. It’s also less common for the Plains Art Museum to hold exhibits for non-painted items, so this is a rare opportunity to witness a great diversity of a less common art form.
The Plains Art Museum, if you weren’t aware, is located at 704 First Ave. North in downtown Fargo.
For additional information regarding the event, or other upcoming tours, events, exhibitions or classes, you can visit www.plainsart.org. You can also contact the museum directly by phone at 701-551-6100.