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Student art exhibits opens Dec. 13

New 'Art on Leather' exhibit Oct. 6-27

Artist Statement

"Loving to draw all my life there was nothing I wouldn’t try in the art world mediums. I have done oil paint, pencil drawing, and burning on wood.

But I decided to try burning leather to see how that will work, and now I hook on it.  Start buying pieces of leather and stretching them over canvas it works but hard to get it flat and not to bounce.  When I started glue leather on wood, and it work so well with the hard surface.

Wet plate photography by Shane Balkowitsch

An exhibit featuring wet plate photography by Shane Balkowitsch in September will feature 38 prints from the collection: Northern Plains Native Americans: A Modern Wet Plate Perspective.

All artwork (including books) are for sale at the opera house gallery with proceeds going to the American Indian College Fund. 

A wet plate demonstration and talk by the artist will be held Saturday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m.

Bees take centerstage at Lobby & Gallery

An art exhibit entitled "Let It Bee" features the work of Mitch Melberg, who operates an apiary in Williston, ND.


Future Now Fund Drive seeks to match state financial support

State-wide donor support sought for restoration of Ellendale Opera House

For immediate release: Thursday, July 20, 2023

Restoration of the historic Ellendale Opera House got a big boost from the State of North Dakota this year, and the non-profit group heading up the renovation hopes the state backing will translate into contributions from donors statewide.



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