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John Lamb, Published December 02 2012

Calendars offer regional scenes

Calendars are getting a bad rap lately as some wonder if the Mayans’ lack of commitment after Dec. 21 means the end of time.

But when it comes to finding a good present for that hard-to-please person, it’s hard to go wrong with the gift of time – or rather, a way to mark it.

Calendars aren’t a new gift idea, as kiosks set up in the mall annually in early November selling them. Book and gift stores also have them prominently displayed through the last months of the year.

But if you’re looking for regional color, you may have to look in different places.

A handful of local visual artists display their creativity in a way that may help you appreciate the passage of time.

So if you want to show off the creative vibrancy of our area to those not fortunate enough to live here, or if you just want to add a splash of style to a home wall or a work cubicle, consider one of these local calendars.

For the past few years Fargo commercial photographer Scott Thuen has used his free time to flex his fine arts side. The most recent results can be seen in “North Dakota Sublime,” his 2013 calendar. The Fargo native went far outside the city for vibrant landscapes that will make you second guess how well you really know the Peace Garden State. $15 at Boerth’s Gallery and www.thuenart.com.

Similarly, former Forum photographer Bruce Crummy trained his lens on the area for his “Fargo-Moorhead & region.” The photos reflect the season from classic fall/harvest themes to a December image of sundogs around the cross at Fargo’s Church of the Nativity. $12.95, at Red Door in the Black Building, Hallmark in West Acres and www.brucecrummy

photography.com.

If you want see familiar locations but from a different perspective, flip through “inspire.13.” The Kilbourne Group held a contest asking for area shutterbugs’ shots of downtown Fargo. The accepted shots range from Niyutchai Chaithongdi’s colorful composition of the Iconic Fargo Theatre marquee (one of four glimpses of the landmark) to 9-year-old Dylan Berreth’s portrait of a painted buffalo to Dan Francis’ quirky alley shot to Scott Archer’s study of structural angles. What really sets this calendar apart besides the art is the info. In addition to holidays and moon phases being noted, the crests for the biggest floods (40.84 feet, March 28, 2009) are marked. $14.95 at a number of downtown locations.

If you’re looking for more graphic design than photography, check out Unglued, the craft market on Broadway. The hot spot for homemade goods hosts a handful of hand-printed calendars for area artisans. Michelle Brusegaard has a number of playful patterned options, fit for desktops or wall hangings, for $20. Former Fargoan Amy Jo flashes her poster-art chops with her screen-printed schedule illustrated with a retro cowgirl for $15.


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