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One of the things this project does to encourage people to "unpack" their memories of military service is to do workshops in which they inscribe or impress things into cups, of soft porcelain clay, which are then fired and kept by the person with the memories, or their family.  Bill Thomas attended one such workshop and recorded people making their cups, and bringing up memories of military service.  We hear from workshop participants, which included Hilda Wanner, Doug Odegaard, John McClain, Henry LaBore, Ronald Kaeslin, Art & Arlene Carlson, John & Mary Conlin.  Also there from P

FM Opera

David Hamilton, FM OPera Director; Magic Flute director, Patrick Hansen; and singers Holly Flack, Kyle Tomlin, Keely Borland, and Elsa Queron. More discussion of the steampunk style of this production, and not only the high notes but the low notes (one in particular) come in for attention.

Emily Wheeler

David Hamilton talks about the new production with the director, Patrick Hansen, who came up with the steampunk concept, and several of the actors.  They include Holly Flack, Kyle Tomlin, Keely Borland, and Elsa Queron.  Costumes, high notes, and the fact that it is in English all come up. 

Studio Crawl Preview: Photographer Tim Lamey

Sep 30, 2016
John Corley

Like many art forms, photography can be very subjective. Should the photographer edit a photo a lot, a little, or not at all? Is the goal to show a picture exactly as it looked, or create something more dynamic? What kind of message is the photographer trying to tell? Tim Lamey is an Upper Midwest based landscape photographer and one of his significant projects was highlighting oil development in Western North Dakota’s Bakken region.

Studio Crawl Preview: Metal Artist Karman Rheault

Sep 29, 2016
John Corley

Have you ever heard the phrase, “to cut something like a hot knife through butter?” We often use it to refer to something as being easy. But what if we replaced butter with steel? And instead of a knife, it was a device that can reach 30,000 degrees. If steel is combined with those 30,000 degrees, the effect will be the same as if it was a hot knife through butter. Karman Rheault (ROW) has harnessed that intense heat and uses it to create artwork out of metal.

Studio Crawl Preview: Glass Artist Jodi Peterson

Sep 28, 2016
John Corley

If you’re wearing jewelry, look closely, it may have glass beads on it. Some may be smooth, others with grooves. Glass beads can have one color, others multicolored. But have you ever stopped and wondered how they were actually made?

Jodi Peterson is a glass artist in Moorhead and, she creates her art under the name Wolf Nest Glass Studios. She is making a glass bead, like the ones on jewelry, and it’s being made from the searing hot flames of mapp gas.

Studio Crawl Preview: Painter Cheryl Cassman

Sep 27, 2016
John Corley

For some of us art is innate. We have the ability to take a blank canvas, use our imagination, and make something come alive on it. But many more of us don’t have that ability. We may have tried once or twice but find the creative process difficult and give up. Now imagine creating something partially blind.

So, how can you create a painting when you can’t really see what you’re doing?

Studio Crawl Preview: Wood Carver Barry Kutzer

Sep 26, 2016
John Corley

In North Dakota, September means winter is fast approaching. Being prepared may include having enough firewood to stay warm at home. For wood sculptor Barry Kutzer, rather than just burn the wood, he believes there is art inside of it waiting to be set free.

Picture a small log. Make it about a foot wide and half a foot thick. Now imagine that the log is a wizard, or a cowboy, or even a Viking. Finally, picture those figures in extreme, life-like detail. Barry Kutzer doesn’t just imagine it, he makes it happen.

'Green Revolution' retooled, now back on display

Aug 16, 2016
Dave Thompson / Prairie Public

An exhibit at the North Dakota Heritage Center which became somewhat controversial has re-opened – after being re-tooled.

“Green Revolution” is actually a traveling exhibit from the Smithsonian. The State Historical Society closed it temporarily after some in the oil and coal industries objected to its perceived anti-fossil fuel message.

John Corley





It’s no secret that people in North Dakota drink plenty of beer. According to the Brewers Association, legal drinking North Dakotans drink more beer per capita than any other state except for New Hampshire. Despite the states affinity for beer, the movement for craft beer has become a more recent trend.