Art is a way for students to express themselves through a creative medium. Furthermore, having that art displayed as a student can be a liberating and exciting experience, and getting paid for the art is exhilarating.
The Revland Gallery in downtown Fargo has been displaying and selling local students’ art for quite some time, but now the gallery is changing locations.
The downtown art hall has been displaying art from six different students from the Fargo-Moorhead area since October of last year as part of the START Program. Due to the imminent location change, there will be a closing reception April 27 from 6-8 p.m. at the downtown Revland Art Gallery.
This reception will be a celebration of the students’ work, giving the public a chance to see the pieces up close while bidding on them in a silent auction.
“This temporary gallery space gave us the chance to extend our gallery to Broadway featuring the student work as public art while helping to launch the careers of talented student artists, aspire to become professional artists,” gallery owner Steve Revland said in a press release.
Every single piece of artwork was done on a 4’x4’ or 4’x5’ medium density overlay (MDO) board with up to nine different colors of Hirshfield’s exterior house paint. Even though the students meet these criteria, a large variety of impressive work has been produced.
While bidding will occur at the event tonight, it has been open on Facebook for quite a few days. Final bids will be made Thursday, with most of the proceeds benefitting the students who put in hours of effort. Half of the sale price goes directly to the artists, a fourth of the sale goes to the art department of the students’ schools for scholarships and the final fourth goes to the Revland Art Gallery.
Those interested in bidding on any of the fascinating art pieces can do so in a myriad of ways. Stopping by the Revland Art Gallery Thursday from 6-8 p.m. is the most direct way, but messaging the gallery on Facebook or calling Steve Revland at 701-293-3225 are also options.
Those going to the closing show will also be able to see a mural created by Carl Ben Eilson middle school art students.