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Tracy Frank, Published February 22 2012

Hendrickson Flattum celebrates work with Plains Art Museum exhibitition

FARGO – North Dakota native Amy Jo Hendrickson Flattum is celebrating 10 years of her work as a graphic design and screen printing artist with an exhibit at the Plains Art Museum.

Her work is a mix of art and commercial design with tones of humor and nostalgia that reflect her Scandinavian heritage.

She has also created a limited edition screen print called “Greetings from Fargo” specifically for the show.

It’s the second in what Hendrickson Flattum hopes will be an ongoing series. She has also created a “Greetings from Minot” print.

“It’s using landmarks from the area and tying it in with my own artwork as well,” she said.

The exhibit, called “Jubileum!,” which is Norwegian for celebration, started Feb. 16 and runs through June 3.

A free opening reception will be held at the museum from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Hendrickson Flattum was born in Fargo and now lives in Minneapolis.

She said she took a roundabout route to a career as an artist. It wasn’t until she started taking some art classes in college for fun that she discovered that’s what she wanted to do for a living, she said.

“I was an undeclared major and I decided to take a drawing class and I loved it,” she said.

Then she started making posters while working on the campus activities board and found her career path.

“Something I didn’t even know was a possibility, really, became a career option for me,” she said.

Hendrickson Flattum specializes in poster design, but offers a range of graphic design services and custom hand-pulled screen printing for projects such as logos, business cards and letterhead, retail packaging design, invitations, and announcements.

She said she’s inspired by music, vintage catalogues, Martha Stewart and a desire to make people laugh.

One of her prints in the “Jubileum!” show is called “Lumberjack Soap Opera” and depicts a woman and a grizzly bear, posing as a couple.

“There’s always going to be someone who maybe doesn’t get it,” Hendrickson Flattum said. “I try to find humor in that as well.”

Hendrickson Flattum said she’s excited to showcase her work in Fargo, but it’s still a little bit nerve-wracking to put her artwork on display.

“It’s great when I can do something people can see and relate to and enjoy, hopefully,” she said.

The exhibit is part of the Plains Art Museum’s ongoing support of local and emerging artists, according to the museum’s website. The ArtView program features local and regional artists in the second floor atrium galleries. ArtView is supported in part by The FUNd at Plains Art Museum.