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MSU NOTSTOCK arts festival: bursting at the seams

Two words that best describe MSU NOTSTOCK 2013: crazy busy.

Minot State University's annual live, signature arts festival, NOTSTOCK, is bigger, better and more comprehensive than ever before. Sept. 10-14, MSU NOTSTOCK 2013 celebrates poster art, poetry, music, ceramics, theatre, foreign language and communication arts and features a special art exhibit. Most events take place on MSU's campus.

"This arts event continues to grow in popularity, attracting talent locally, regionally and nationally," said Bill Harbort, art professor and NOTSTOCK co-organizer. "Every year, we try to add something new that might appeal to a wider audience."

NOTSTOCK 2013 kicks off with a concert by Portland Cello Project at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at Arvel Graving Theater at Minot High School Magic City Campus, with opening act Less than Organic. PCP (as they are affectionately known) has toured for nearly seven years, offering a unique cross-genre delivery and extravagant performances that wow audiences and earn rave reviews. They bring the cello to unexpected places and play music not normally heard on it.

Reserve tickets by calling (701)858-3185 or purchase at the door. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for students, age 5 and under are free. MSU NOTSTOCK will offer special workshops with PCP Sept.11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

NOTSTOCK 2013 promises more than innovative music.

"For WordStock, we're excited to bring in Sam Cook, National Poetry Slam Champion and founder of Button Poetry, to help aspiring writers bring their work from the page to the stage," said Sarah Aleshire, English instructor and WordStock co-organizer.

Cook will visit MSU classrooms Sept. 11, and Sept. 12-13, he will conduct workshops in the Conference Center and a Poetry Slam in the Beaver Dam. Cook will perform his work Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in Aleshire Theater. Don't miss this performance!

Artists James Flames, Mark Brickey of Hero Design, and Billy Baumann of Delicious Design League will screen print live in the Beaver Dam Sept. 12-14. Baumann will give a presentation of his work Sept. 12 at noon in Aleshire Theater. Flames and Brickey will give presentations at 9 a.m. and noon, respectively, Sept. 13 in Aleshire Theater. The work of Flames, Brickey and Baumann will be for sale during NOTSTOCK and displayed at 62 Doors Gallery & Studios, downtown Minot.

James Flames Jessica Christy Billy Baumann Mark Brickey WordStock - Sam Cook Dancing, Dazzling Beads PCP - Portland Cello Project PotStock - Sean Scott and Kendra Rodgers

Brickey, Baumann and Flames will also host a live episode of Adventures in Design Sept. 13, 7-9 p.m. in Aleshire Theater. Adventures in Design is a podcast about the culture in and around design and illustration. Since its inception in January 2012, over 100,000 podcasts have been downloaded. The AID episode at NOTSTOCK will be available as a podcast on iTunes for free download. This is an opportunity to be part of a live, hilarious, and informative podcast.

PotStock opens its fourth year with guest ceramicists, Sean Scott of Minnesota's Pomme de Terre Pottery, and North Dakota native Kendra Rodgers. Scott, Rodgers, MSU faculty and students will give ceramics demonstrations and raku firings Sept. 12-14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., outside the north entrance to the Student Center.

"Dancing, Dazzling Beads," a traveling exhibit from the North Dakota Museum of Art, includes the work of 13 artists addicted to beading. It is open to the public Sept. 12-13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sept. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Conference Center. It promises to dazzle the viewer.

Jessica Christy, North Dakota printmaker and mixed media artist, will conduct eight 90-minute screen-printing workshops Sept. 12-13 at 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. each day. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Harbort at (701)858-3108. Christy will also give a presentation of her work Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in Aleshire Theater.

Theatre productions return for their second year. MSU theatre faculty, students and local theatre groups will present "Instant Improv Theatre—Just Add Talent!" in the Black Box Theater, Hartnett Hall, Sept. 12-13, 10:30-11:30 a.m. This workshop is the perfect opportunity for students to learn improv tools and techniques in a risk-free environment.

A favorite NOTSTOCK activity, daily do-it-yourself screen-printing, continues Sept. 12-13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Beaver Dam. Visitors can choose a NOTSTOCK design and "pull" their own screen print. Participants are encouraged to bring their own T-shirt, hoodie, tote bag or other item to be printed.

New this year is a foreign language writing workshop presented by Jean-Francois Mondon, foreign languages coordinator. Participants will explore the basics of Egyptian hieroglyphics, Chinese, Japanese and Russian writing systems and learn to decipher the mechanics in a fun, creative way. Mondon's presentation is Sept. 12 from 11:15 a.m.-noon in the Conference Center.

Rounding out the creative juices, local bands will perform daily in the Beaver Dam, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and at the NOTSTOCK closing reception at 62 Doors Gallery & Studios Sept. 14, 7 p.m.

"NOTSTOCK is a great event that has students working shoulder to shoulder with art professionals," Aleshire said. "It has a great ‘see one, do one' approach that shifts participants from passive to active."

"Nowhere else in North Dakota can you see and work so closely with such a wide variety of artists who are willing to share their craft and experiences," said Laurie Geller, MSU Honors director and NOTSTOCK co-organizer. "There's something here that will appeal to the artist in everyone."

For a complete list of times and events, visit Most events and performances are free and open to the public.

NOTSTOCK is funded in part by the North Dakota Humanities Council, a nonprofit, independent state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the North Dakota Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. This project is supported 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.