Enriching Lives Through The Visual Arts!

Paint The Town Red!

The next Paint the Town Red will be September 19, 2017 at 6:30pm.  The theme this month is inspired by Henri Matisse!

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A Start In Art

A Start In Art runs bi-monthly from September to May, Tuesday or Wednesday at 9:30 am. Children listen to stories, receive visits from different zoo animals and work on related art projects. This program is designed for children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years.

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Art All Around

Art All Around is a step above your traditional art class, and is geared towards children who have an interest in further art exploration. Students will complete their own masterpiece during each session. Classes are held bi-monthly on Thursdays at 4:00 pm.

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Goodnight, Art

Goodnight, Art is a program where kids can wear their pajamas to the museum to listen to a bedtime story and create an exciting art project to take home. This class is suited for kids from 3-8 years old and runs from 7:00 – 8:00 pm bi-monthly on Mondays.

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Family Paint Saturday

The next Family Paint Saturday will be held on October 21, 2017 at 1:30pm.  Register today for you and your kiddo!

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Main Gallery

Alternate States of Reality:

Finding Harmony in Chaos

by Clint Saunders
September 5, 2017 through October 14, 2017

The Taube Museum of Art Main Gallery is featuring Clint Saunders’ photographic installation Alternate States of Reality: Finding Harmony in Chaos from September 5 - October 14. Please join us for the artist reception on Thursday, September 7th from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

Three main factors drive Saunders’ art: Photography = reality, Perception vs. reality, and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Saunders is enticed by the idea of being able to use photography like a pencil where he can create the alternate realities, concepts, and images that are in his mind using a medium that was meant to capture and record things that already existed. Saunders spent years using film and darkroom techniques to create photo montages before finally switching to a digital darkroom in 2003, and eventually a digital camera in 2004.

Saunders says, “One of the things he loves about photography and art is that it gives us an opportunity to view the realities of others. Artists share their perceptions of reality with the world through their art. They offer us an opportunity to see the reality through their eyes. Even with photography, which is supposed to be a deceptive medium, we have no truth. If you gave ten photographers cameras and put them in the same scene, the end result will be ten completely different photographs depicting different realities.”

About ADHD Saunders states, “one aspect of having ADHD is the feeling of having a TV turned on to all the channels at the same time. Random imagery constantly flies through my mind at a rapid pace. Still images, montages, concepts and art ideas continually appear, disappear and reappear again. Along with the images comes a compulsive need to create the images and get them out of my head where I can further explore them visually and try to understand what they mean and why they are there.”

Saunders is usually able to find meaning in the work, but he rarely discovers why the images are there in the first place. However, he finds the process both therapeutic and necessary. Saunders’ primary goal with this installation piece, that incorporates 15 years of his photomontage work, is to invite the viewer into his mind and share a small piece of his reality. It is his hope that the viewer will get a sense of what it is like inside his ADHD mind, as he tries to sort through the chaos of constant stimulation in hopes of finding harmony in the random images and ideas.

“Those who do not have the gift of ADHD will likely feel a little overwhelmed with the barrage of stimulation, while those with the gift will probably feel right at home,” Saunders said.




Lower Gallery

What’s Your Story

by Kim Whittemore
September 5, 2017 through October 14, 2017

The Lower Gallery features local photographer Kim Whittemore’s creative photo composites and digital illustrations. Her exhibition is titled What’s Your Story, which allows the viewer to participate in her work by starting or finishing the story that Whittemore sets before them in her seamlessly layered and nuanced images.

Museum and Gift Shop hours: Tues – Fri 10:30 – 5:30 pm, Sat 11:00 am – 4:00 pm or by special appointment. There is no charge for admission, but contributions are accepted to help the Taube Museum fulfill their mission of enriching lives through the visual arts. The exhibition is made possible with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

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Art Quotes

“I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.”

– Vincent van Gogh

“Creativity takes courage.”

– Henri Matisse

“If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint.”

– Edward Hopper

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”

– Andy Warhol

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

– Pablo Picasso

“Great art picks up where nature ends.”

– Marc Chagall

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