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Spring Gala is This Saturday! What to Wear?

May 3rd, 2017 by Cody Jacobson Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Spring Gala is This Saturday! What to Wear?


Just four more days until the Spring Gala! 

If you’re still looking through your closets to decide on the perfect dress or attire, keep in mind that there is no dress code — be as creative as your heart desires or dress in your normal party attire.

Here are some possibilities and pointers:

The Theme: Garden Galore

This year’s theme celebrates the colors and shapes of spring – think flowers, tendrils, bright colors, something that makes you feel vibrant, expansive and bursting with good energy! Take inspiration from your garden, or the artist-designed gardens of the Museum, including our Pollinator Garden (at the Museum) or Heritage Garden (Moorhead).

The Event Decor: Art Nouveau

Art Nouveau was a an art and design movement from about 1890-1910 that was nature-inspired with flowing, organic lines. For women’s fashion, this means flowing dresses and flowers in their hair. For men, think top hats, waistcoats, tuxedos or tails.

The great thing about Art Nouveau is that it allows for a broad range of interpretation: think about Art Deco, think about the Arts and Crafts movement, think about the Japanese and Oriental influences of the time, or project yourself forward and think about Steam Punk. It’s really your choice – wear something that makes you feel daring!

Here’s a web-search with lots of Art Nouveau images to put you in the mood.

Special Note for Men:

We know, some guys don’t have closets full of flowered pants, or that special brooch that’s going to pull the whole outfit together. So, we have a special set of instructions for you.

First, if you have a tux or a nice dinner jacket, and that’s what makes you feel comfortable at a “dress up” affair, then go ahead and wear that. Extra man points if you want to accessorize with a jaunty gentleman’s hat, a Gary Cooper cane, spats, white gloves, that sort of thing.

Second, if you consider yourself more of an “artiste” then come dressed that way – Spring Gala and Art Nouveau celebrate the artist inside each of us, so you’ll be perfectly styled in your handsome artsy attire.

And lastly, if you’re not the dress-up type, don’t sweat it! You’ve made it this far in life without wearing a cravat or beret, so if you want to go on being the fine awesome person you already are, then that’s what everyone else wants, too.

Come drink the wine, come hear the band. Be amazed at the beauty that surrounds us and be filled with gratitude for our wonderful community on this marvelous night.

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Friendship Day: A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 19

January 7th, 2015 by Amy Richardson Posted in Special Events, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Friendship Day: A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration on Jan. 19

Plains Art Museum will host “Friendship Day: A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration” from 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 19. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a screenprinting activity with quotes from Dr. King. Registration is required to ensure enough supplies. Register at or call 701-551-6100. The event is supported in part by Moorhead Rotary Club.

Book signing and show opening for “Samson’s Gift” on Nov. 15

October 27th, 2014 by Amy Richardson Posted in Exhibitions, Special Events, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Book signing and show opening for “Samson’s Gift” on Nov. 15

Plains Art Museum will host an exhibition of acrylic and watercolor paintings created by award-winning artist Ellen Jean Diederich as illustrations for her new book, Samson’s Gift. The show opens Saturday, Nov. 15, with a book signing from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Museum’s Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity.

Samson’s Gift is a Christmas tale about the joy of selfless giving, which Diederich brings to life through the character of Samson, a sheep afraid to get his wool sheared. At the book signing, Diederich will give an author’s talk, and Cole Carley will read from the book.

The event is free and open to the public, with refreshments and treats provided. Samson’s Gift will be available for purchase at the event and at the Museum gift shop. The paintings are on exhibit through Jan. 11, 2015.

Diederich is the owner/publisher of Givinity Press in Fargo, She teaches watercolor workshops locally and nationally. A member of Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists, Diedrich will also give an FMVA Visual Talk at the Museum on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The talk covers the inspiration and book production insights for Samson’s Gift, and is free and open to the public.

Check out the recent coverage in The Forum on Ellen and  Samson’s Gift!

Glass-blowing demos during Street Fair

July 13th, 2012 by admin Posted in Around Town, Artists, Exhibitions, Special Events, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Jon Offutt will demo glass-blowing LIVE on Friday & Saturday!

Planning on heading downtown for the Fargo Street Fair? On Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 local artist Jon Offutt will be taking his mobile glass blowing studio to the front of the Museum. Starting at 11 AM, he will be holding hourly demonstrations on glass-blowing and you can experience how he makes his unique pieces (last demo begins at 4 PM).

Stop in to the museum for free admission on Friday and Saturday, and to see more of Offutt’s work, including his installation Dakota Horizons. Additionally, Offutt will have some of his finished pieces on sale in The Store.  Located inside the Museum, The Store also has a variety of jewelry, purses, books, toys, and unique crafts available for purchase.

Moorhead Power Plant Meeting Set for Wednesday Evening

July 19th, 2010 by admin Posted in Around Town, Artists, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Gin Templeton, "Moorhead Power Plant"

Calling all Moorhead residents, artists, master gardeners, and anyone interested in art, landscape design, and the future of the Moorhead Power Plant site: we want your input! Meet the two artists who will be designing a garden for the Power Plant site and help shape your community!

  • When: Wednesday, July 21, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: City Council Chambers, Moorhead City Hall in the Moorhead Center Mall building at 500 Center Ave.  (6:30 – 7:15 p.m.) and the site of the Moorhead Power Plant (7:30 – 8:30 p.m.).
  • Who: Meet the artists, Rob Fischer and Kevin Johnson, and representatives of Plains Art Museum and the City of Moorhead, who are partnering on this art project.
  • What: Hear about the plans and provide input and feedback, ask questions, brainstorm ideas.

If you can’t make it to the meeting, please leave your ideas in the comments and we will take them with us.


The concept of a “defiant garden” grew out of a two-day public symposium held by Plains Art Museum in September 2009 titled, “Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead.” The idea is based on a book by landscape historian Kenneth Helphand (University of Oregon), called Defiant Gardens. In this context, “defiant” means resilient, able to overcome obstacles, provide sustenance and well-being against the odds. The symposium brought together a dozen artists from the local region and the national level to discuss how the idea of a defiant garden could be adapted to help us improve our cities.

Rob Fischer and Kevin Johnson are sculptors who were invited to present at the symposium. They work with the landscape and also with industrial buildings and building materials, often using cast-off remnants of old buildings. They think the Moorhead Power Plant is a beautiful edifice in a beautiful location with good proximity to parks, parkways, and neighborhoods.

At this point, they are thinking that they would develop a garden that uses native plants, perhaps some kind of rain garden that is low maintenance. They would like the garden to be a social space where people could gather for activities or just to enjoy the setting and the Power Plant building. A more fully developed idea will emerge from this planning trip.

Rob Fischer and Kevin Johnson are working as a team on the Defiant Garden for the Moorhead Power Plant.  Originally from Minnesota, the two artists now live in Brooklyn, New York, and work nationwide on art exhibitions and public art. Fischer has a Bachelor’s of Fine Art (BFA) degree in sculpture and environmental design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Kevin Johnson has a BFA from the University of Minnesota and a Master’s of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Fisher’s sculptures have been in solo and group exhibitions at The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Whitney Museum in New York City, and the Walker Art Center. Kevin Johnson has been awarded public art commissions for gardens and plazas in Washington state and the Twin Cities.

This Defiant Garden project is supported by Plains Art Museum and the City of Moorhead and by a generous grant from the Lake Regions Art Council, with contributions from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. Earlier support for “Defiant Gardens for Fargo-Moorhead” was provided by the Graham Foundation for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts and Community Projects Grant from North Dakota State University.

Image: Gin Templeton, Moorhead Power Plant, 2010, oil on canvas, 9 x 9″, loaned by the artist.

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