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NAC Reception: "From the Quiet" and "Classic Years of Aluminum Kitchen Ware"
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Graphite and pastel drawings by Fargo artist Sherry Lee Short and classic aluminum kitchenware from the collection of MSU English instructor Duane Halvorson are on display for October visitors to the Northwest Art Center galleries at Minot State University.

The Northwest Art Center will host a closing reception for both exhibits Oct. 30 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the galleries. Short will present a gallery talk at 7 p.m. at the Hartnett Gallery. Halvorson will discuss his collection at 7:45 p.m. in the library gallery.

Short's exhibit, "From the Quiet," features finely rendered pencil and pastel observations of nature developed from hikes and backpacking trips in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and other midwestern states. Short says each piece reflects "the pensive, introspective nature of spending time on remote and less traveled paths."

"I find myself most interested in the smaller, more intimate aspects of the landscape rather than the more iconic macrocosms," says Short. "Clusters of rocks, an isolated tree in the open savanna, last summer's wildflowers gracing the winter's snow-these are the places at which I pause and look."

In Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery, Halvorson has curated "Classic Years of Aluminum Kitchen Ware: 1922-1952."

"For more than thirty years aluminum was at the forefront of American kitchen art and cookware, with each decade producing new designs and ideas," said Halvorson. Serving bowls, platters and trays were ornamented with fruits, flowers, insects and birds.

With more than 1000 forges in operation during this period, hand-forged aluminum became an American art form, both in form and function, said Halvorson.

The pieces on display are from Halvorson's personal and family collections. Works from a number of major American forges are represented. Embroidered and lace table runners typical of the period are displayed with the serving ware.

The exhibits, reception, and talks are free and open to the public.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Parking on the MSU campus is unrestricted after 5 p.m. Due to construction on 11th Ave. NW, visitors should park in the Old Main loop, the library lots or east of the Administration Building.

More information: http://www.minotstateu.edu/nac

Location: Hartnett Hall Gallery and Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery
Price: Free and open to the public
Sponsor: Northwest Art Center
Contact: Avis Veikley
E-Mail avis.veikley@minotstateu.edu
701-858-3264
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