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John Lamb, Published January 18 2012

Artists discuss inspiration from sea monsters to dry land

FARGO – We’re not even three full weeks into the new year and there are some big doings in the Fargo-Moorhead visual arts world.

Sometimes those big things come in small packages – like a book.

Every day from Aug. 5, 2009, to Jan. 29, 2011, librarian Matt Kish illustrated a page from the 552-page Signet Classics paperback copy of “Moby Dick,” While the book is a classic, it’s not a typical beach read. Yet it’s a book the Ohio man knows well, having read it a number of times as a teen.

His own illustrated version, “Moby Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page,” hit bookstores in October and the Columbus, Ohio, artist talks about his work and his love of the book at a free 7:30 talk tonight in Jones Science Center (Fugelstad Auditorium), Room 212, at Concordia College.

Concordia isn’t the only college or university to have a guest artist event today. It’s not even the only one to have a guest artist from Ohio.

North Dakota State University introduces the newest James Rosenquist Artist-in-Residence, Lori Larusso. The Buckeye State artist looks at the other side of a seemingly picture perfect neighborhood life, by hinting at domestic discord, suburban sprawl and other less-than-ideal societal issues.

Larusso shows and talks about her work at 3 p.m. today on the fifth floor of Renaissance Hall, downtown Fargo.

Not all of today’s events feature artists from outside the area.

Jamestown artist Will Buchanan unveils his show, “Peaceful Abiding,” at the Spirit Room, 11 Broadway, at 7 tonight.

Buchanan’s colorful acrylics serve as a visual consideration of balance, color and energy. Some peaces bustle with chaos while others develop a rhythmic flow, resulting in the show’s title. (701) 237-0230

Minnesota State University Moorhead undergrad (2003) Jay Hopkins returns to town for a solo show at the Rourke Art Gallery, 523 4th St. S., Moorhead.

“Down Home” is a collection of earthy abstract oil paintings reflecting her upbringing on a farm near Havana, N.D., and experiences in Colorado where she received her M.F.A. at Colorado State University in 2008.

A reception for the show is planned from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Sunday with her gallery talk at 2. (218) 236-8861.

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533