Bikes, Bikes, Bikes!

January 1, 1970 - to
Bikes, Bikes, Bikes!

The week that was

This last week, we hosted a number of separate activities for Bikes, Art and Community Health Week along with co-presenters Fargo-Moorhead Community Bike Workshop (FMCBW) and Great Northern Bicycle Company (GNBC). On Monday, Sara Watson-Curry and Judith Feist (of FMCBW) led the creation of bicycle spoke cards in the Museum atrium, allowing participants the opportunity to stamp, color, and make prints. Tuesday, Watson-Curry and Andy Bushaw led a collaborative art project using bikes to paint a large canvas:

A bike makes a perfect brush.

Wednesday, the action moved over to GNBC for a physical challenge. A group of cyclists tested their meddle with gold sprints and a bike tractor pull. Last night, GNBC busted out their incredible bike, The Mighty Quinn, and used this five-seater to power a projector and sound system showing the animated French film, The Triplets of Bellville. As the name of the week suggests, participants got a chance to celebrate the bicycle, a simple and elegant machine that certainly has its aesthetic qualities. Plus, all of these activities dovetail into Sunday’s Streets Alive! event, where many Fargo-Moorhead streets will be closed off for cars and opened up for bikes and other human-powered transportation.

And, there’s one more Bike Week event coming up. Join us in Woodlawn Park tomorrow from 1 – 4 p.m. for bike decorating and safety checks. Plus, we’ll take the opportunity to gussy up the route for Streets Alive! with some sidewalk chalk.

The week that will be

Artist Rachel Breen is currently working on a work of art to adorn the wall in Cafe Muse. Breen uses stencils that have shapes and lines cut into them using a sewing machine to create small points. She then dobs the stencils with charcoal using a technique called “pouncing” used during the Renaissance to “trace” designs onto walls in preparation for painting. Here’s an example of her work via Minnesota Public Radio’s arts blog, State of the Arts. And, here’s Breen at work in Cafe Muse; she will be working throughout the weekend and we invite you to stop by, say hi, and watch her work:

Breen’s work is part of a new series of artworks for Cafe Muse called “Art = Food,” and proposals are now being accepted for future projects. Email Colleen Sheehy at csheehy@plainsart.org for information.

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‘Water, Water Everywhere’ Is Under Way … And Needs You!

January 1, 1970 - to
‘Water, Water Everywhere’ Is Under Way … And Needs You!

We have nearly competed the first week of “Water, Water Everywhere,” our residency with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and we’ve been having so much fun! Everyone is getting ready for week two, a week of rehearsals and final preparations for performances. More photos can be found at the end of this post, and you can see video from the workshops here.

We are currently looking for four more adults to join us and play the role of the large water puppet, a key role in our story, and up to 16 more to help lead the flood scene. Please consider joining us, or passing along this information to others who would be interested. The rehearsal schedule below is flexible and can be adjusted to accommodate your schedule.

Discovery Session – Saturday, August 14, 9  – 11 a.m. to create the water puppet and flood scenes.

Rehearsals:
Monday, August 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 19, 3 – 5 p.m.

Performances:
Thursday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 20, noon.

For more information, contact Katie Phillips at 218.477.6537 or trollwoodarts@fargo.k12.nd.us.

Photos by Britta Trygstad at Milestones Photography.

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‘Water, Water Everywhere’ Is Under Way … And Needs You!

January 1, 1970 - to
‘Water, Water Everywhere’ Is Under Way … And Needs You!

We have nearly competed the first week of “Water, Water Everywhere,” our residency with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, and we’ve been having so much fun! Everyone is getting ready for week two, a week of rehearsals and final preparations for performances. More photos can be found at the end of this post, and you can see video from the workshops here.

We are currently looking for four more adults to join us and play the role of the large water puppet, a key role in our story, and up to 16 more to help lead the flood scene. Please consider joining us, or passing along this information to others who would be interested. The rehearsal schedule below is flexible and can be adjusted to accommodate your schedule.

Discovery Session – Saturday, August 14, 9  – 11 a.m. to create the water puppet and flood scenes.

Rehearsals:
Monday, August 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 17, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 18, 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 19, 3 – 5 p.m.

Performances:
Thursday, August 19, 6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 20, noon.

For more information, contact Katie Phillips at 218.477.6537 or trollwoodarts@fargo.k12.nd.us.

Photos by Britta Trygstad at Milestones Photography.

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Gearing Up for the Fall

January 1, 1970 - to
Gearing Up for the Fall

The week that was.

We had a great turnout for “Finding People, Pattern and Place,” a project spearheaded by North Dakota artist Anne Greenwood. The project worked in two phases; in the first, the public was asked to volunteer bits of 6 x 6″ fabric along with a story about the fabric. In the second phase, fabric artists put the squares together to form a narrative. Roughly a dozen fabric artists came by to help out.

In the PAM offices, we’re working hard to get out our next newsletter together and in mailboxes by the first of September. As we put together information on the next few months of programs and exhibitions, I get more and more excited for the fall. A new coffee service, more comfortable furniture and board games (including crokinole!) are in the works for Cafe Muse. The wildly popular Kid Quest returns in October, our new online Outreach tools should be available soon, and incredible exhibitions from the Frederick B. Scheel photography collection and Minnesota artist Andrea Carlson – debuting a new series entitled VORE – would make for a solid fall lineup by themselves … but on top of all that, we’ll be unveiling The North Dakota Mural by James Rosenquist on October 7! What an exciting time, PAM fans!

The week that will be.

On Monday, the workshops for the In the Heart of the Beast residency, “Water, Water Everywhere,” will begin at Trollwood. Spots are still open, so be sure to get in a registration if you’re interested. Workshop participants get to assist in planning the program, building large-scale puppets and masks, and perform in the program. It promises to a colorful and larger-than-life experience for all involved. If you are involved, be sure to post photos or drop us a note on our Facebook page.

Question:

The exhibition Individual to Icon: Portraits of the Famous and Almost Famous from Folk Art to Facebook will be closing on the 15th. Have you seen the show? What did you think?

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Gearing Up for the Fall

January 1, 1970 - to
Gearing Up for the Fall

The week that was.

We had a great turnout for “Finding People, Pattern and Place,” a project spearheaded by North Dakota artist Anne Greenwood. The project worked in two phases; in the first, the public was asked to volunteer bits of 6 x 6″ fabric along with a story about the fabric. In the second phase, fabric artists put the squares together to form a narrative. Roughly a dozen fabric artists came by to help out.

In the PAM offices, we’re working hard to get out our next newsletter together and in mailboxes by the first of September. As we put together information on the next few months of programs and exhibitions, I get more and more excited for the fall. A new coffee service, more comfortable furniture and board games (including crokinole!) are in the works for Cafe Muse. The wildly popular Kid Quest returns in October, our new online Outreach tools should be available soon, and incredible exhibitions from the Frederick B. Scheel photography collection and Minnesota artist Andrea Carlson – debuting a new series entitled VORE – would make for a solid fall lineup by themselves … but on top of all that, we’ll be unveiling The North Dakota Mural by James Rosenquist on October 7! What an exciting time, PAM fans!

The week that will be.

On Monday, the workshops for the In the Heart of the Beast residency, “Water, Water Everywhere,” will begin at Trollwood. Spots are still open, so be sure to get in a registration if you’re interested. Workshop participants get to assist in planning the program, building large-scale puppets and masks, and perform in the program. It promises to a colorful and larger-than-life experience for all involved. If you are involved, be sure to post photos or drop us a note on our Facebook page.

Question:

The exhibition Individual to Icon: Portraits of the Famous and Almost Famous from Folk Art to Facebook will be closing on the 15th. Have you seen the show? What did you think?

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