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Published October 03 2012

Studio crawl, exhibit openings mean big weekend for art around F-M area

FARGO – Art lovers, you should probably go ahead and clear your schedule this weekend.

Between several exhibit openings and receptions and the annual Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists’ Studio Crawl, there will be no shortage of art-related activities going on through Sunday.

But because your time is limited, we’ve made a list of some of the most not-worthy events to help you decide what to check out.

FMVA Studio Crawl

This is the ninth year of the FMVA Studio Crawl, and this year 60 different artists in mediums from ceramic to paper to water-color will be represented in 40 different studios around the F-M region.

Executive Director Jon Offutt says this is the largest Studio Crawl yet, rivaling similar events put on by larger cities like Minneapolis.

“I think it’s amazing that our community, with the support of our businesses and our local media, can showcase the visual arts in this way,” he says.

If 40 different locations might seem like a bit too much to see in just two days, you might be right, Offutt says.

“I think it’s impossible to go to all 40 studios,” he says.

To help Crawlers figure out how to split their time, Offutt recommends checking out the Studio Crawl preview show, on display at the Plains Art Museum’s new Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Center for Creativity, to get a sense of what options are available to see.

Other Crawl-related art events are scheduled throughout the weekend. Stop by a “Political Animal” art show at the Spirit Room or the inaugural firing of North Dakota State University’s new ceramic wood kiln.

Non-Crawl-related art events:

‘Dakota Moniker: Past & Present’ reception

J. Earl Miller will discuss his “Dakota Moniker: Past & Present” photography exhibit at a 4 p.m. reception tonight at the NDSU’s Memorial Union, 1401 Administration Ave., Fargo.

Miller’s photographs highlight odd scenes taking place in everyday settings, and are on display at the Union through Oct. 28.

Lake Light & Sunfish reception

Photographer Wayne Gudmundson will discuss his photography exhibit called “Lake Light & Sunfish” tonight from 5-8 p.m. at The Green Market, 69 Fourth St. N., Fargo. Appetizers will be served at the reception.

Mike Marth opening

Moorhead artist and sculptor Mike Marth, who uses his exhibits to examine new roles for everyday objects, will open a new collection of mixed media art from 7-9 p.m. Friday at Ecce Gallery, 216 Broadway, Fargo,

Marth’s exhibit will run through Nov. 5.

If you go

What: Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists Studio Crawl

When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

Where: Various locations throughout the F-M metro area

Info: All studios are free and open to the public. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.fmva.us. Free Studio Crawl brochures, maps and list of Crawl locations are also available at the Plains Art Museum or from participating artists.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Sam Benshoof at (701) 241-5535