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“NOTSTOCK delivers a campus and community-wide arts-energy that allows individuals to discover HOW a great song, a cool T-shirt design, or a hand-crafted bracelet makes our lives richer."
-- Bill Harbort, art professor and NOTSTOCK co-organizer

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Minot State NOTSTOCK: Come create art with us

MINOT, N.D. – In its 11th year, NOTSTOCK urges Minot and surrounding communities to “come create art with us!”

Minot State University sponsors its annual art festival, NOTSTOCK, Oct. 4-7 at various locations on the MSU campus. For a complete list of times, events, and featured guests of a free-and-open-to-the-public event, please visit the NOTSTOCK blog at

Get your hands dirty throwing on a potter’s wheel; screen print a T-shirt; share a poem at the poetry slam; attempt a tongue twister; take the stage; or get behind the camera. Only at NOTSTOCK can guests work shoulder to shoulder with professionals in their fields as well as local talents. There are also opportunities to view art exhibits, attend presentations given by NOTSTOCK guest artists, listen to live music, or get a gift for someone.

“NOTSTOCK delivers a campus and community-wide arts-energy that allows individuals to discover HOW a great song, a cool T-shirt design, or a hand-crafted bracelet makes our lives richer,” Bill Harbort, art professor and NOTSTOCK co-organizer, said.

This year’s printmakers are Ryan Duggan and Elizabeth Kovach of Chicago. Kovach is a screen printer, and her husband, Duggan, is an artist and printer, who, for the last 11 years, has made concert posters and art prints under the name Drug Factory Press while also making “fine” art under his given name. Their artwork will be on display in the Northwest Art Center Hartnett Hall Gallery Oct. 4-26.

There will be an artists’ reception for Duggan and Kovach Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gallery. Also see them print live in the Student Center Beaver Dam Oct. 5-7. They will also speak about their work at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5, and at noon on Friday, Oct. 6, in Aleshire Theater. Their work will be available for purchase at the event.

WordStock excitedly welcomes Oompa, a nationally-acclaimed, Boston-born, poet, rapper, and educator. She is the winner of the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and a finalist at the 2017 National Poetry Slam. She has been featured in Huffington Post, Allston Pudding, Mass Apparel, and KillerBoomBox among others. Oompa’s debut album, Nov. 3, was named one of Dig Boston’s Top 30 Local Albums of 2016. Oompa will perform Thursday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. in Aleshire Theater. She will also conduct workshops with students throughout her stay and host the Friday, Oct. 6, Poetry Slam in the Beaver Dam at 1 p.m.

“Music, poetry, and artwork fill the Beaver Dam for three days and bring camaraderie to all who attend,” Katie Abrahamson, art student and NOTSTOCK volunteer, said. “NOTSTOCK gives the Minot community the chance to expand their horizons and discover various artists, processes, styles, and entertainment.”

PotStock opens its eighth year with ceramicist Guillermo Guardia. Guardia spent many years as an artist in Grand Forks, N.D., and recently moved to St. Paul, Minn., where he continues his work. He and MSU faculty and students will give ceramics demonstrations Oct. 5-7 in the atrium of the Student Center. Guillermo will give a presentation of his work Thursday, Oct. 5, at noon in Aleshire Theater.

Theater continues to be a part of NOTSTOCK. This year Minot State alum, Chris Stroschein, returns to the stage to share improv tools and techniques in a fun, risk-free environment. Similarly, NDstrong returns with one-hour filmmaking workshops twice during the event.

A favorite NOTSTOCK activity, daily do-it-yourself screen printing, continues in the Beaver Dam Oct. 5-6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can choose a NOTSTOCK design and “pull” their own screen print. Bring a T-shirt, hoodie, tote bag, or other item for printing, or buy a T-shirt at the event. While there, compete in hilarious tongue twister contests each day.

CraftStock returns to the atrium of the Student Center all three days, Oct. 5-7. Local artists will have their work available for purchase. Local music will also be featured during the event, especially on Saturday.

“Saturday (Oct. 7) is always community day at NOTSTOCK. It is a wonderful day for families to attend and participate,” said Laurie Geller, vice president for academic affairs and NOTSTOCK co-organizer. “NOTSTOCK awakens the artist in everyone.”

NOTSTOCK closes with a reception at 62 Doors Gallery & Studios Saturday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. The Screaming Females along with the Street Eaters and local bands will rock the reception. Come enjoy art, food, and music with this year’s guest artists.

Minot State University is a public university dedicated to excellence in education, scholarship, and community engagement achieved through rigorous academic experiences, active learning environments, commitment to public service, and a vibrant campus life.

Published: 09/28/17

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