"Over Sydney" and "Istanbul," pastel-charcoal drawings by John Postovit, are selections from "A Trip Around the World," on display at the Northwest Art Center's Hartnett Hall Gallery June 25 through July 25. "Masai Herder," a photo by Pam Rettig, is on view at the Gordon B Olson Library Gallery through June 28.
Summer exhibits at the Northwest Art Center
Two summer exhibits at the Northwest Art Center at Minot State University offer viewers a window on the world.
"A Trip Around the World," an exhibit of pastel-charcoal drawings by John S. Postovit, will open June 25 at the center's Hartnett Hall Gallery. The public is invited to an opening reception with Postovit from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. June 25 at the gallery. The exhibition runs through July 25.
On display through June 28 in the Gordon B. Olson Library Gallery is "Literacy Without Borders," a collection of photos by Bismarck educator Pam Rettig that chronicle her work with literacy programs in Nigeria and Tanzania.
A North Dakota native now living in California, Postovit is an avid traveler, and the images in his show were inspired by his visits to Italy, England, Bulgaria, Thailand, Australia and other locales. Not merely a travelogue, his large, intensely colorful compositions dance with what he terms "augmented reality." Colorful inner tubes and zeppelins surrealistically float through tourist-postcard landscapes that have been playfully cropped and boldly designed.
Postovit was born in Grand Forks and raised in Bismarck and Fargo. He earned a BFA in painting and a BS in physics from the University of North Dakota. His paintings and drawings have been exhibited in galleries and museums in North Dakota, Minnesota, New Jersey, Washington and California. He currently lives south of San Francisco, California, where he draws, paints, and teaches math and physics.
Rettig collaborated with Dr. Obiajulu Emejulu, president of the Reading Association of Nigeria, to establish an in-service teacher-training program in Nigeria in 2004. Success of the Nigerian program led Rettig's involvement with teacher training in Tanzania in 2006 and 2008. Her photos show schools, teachers and children who were served by the training programs, as well as scenes of community life.
North Dakota native Rettig earned her Associate Arts degree from UND Williston, her Bachelor of Science degree from Minot State University and her Masters Degree from the University of Mary. She is presently a Title I Math and Reading Specialist at the Western Plains Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch in Bismarck and adjunct instructor for the University of Mary. Her next goal is to establish the first traveling library in Nigeria as an International Project for the North Dakota Reading Association.
Both exhibitions and the June 25 reception are free and open to the public. Parking in Minot State University lots is unrestricted after 5 p.m.
This project is funded in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about Northwest Art Center activities call 701-858-3264.