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John Lamb, Published May 08 2013

First Corks & Canvas Art and Wine Walk tonight in Fargo

FARGO – While Mother Nature isn’t showing her best colors yet, the area arts community is showing signs of life this weekend.

Tonight, from 5 to 9, is the first Corks & Canvas Art and Wine Walk in downtown Fargo. Scheduled for the second Thursday of every month through September, the event features businesses hosting artists at work or displays.

Get your exercise by meandering between the 29 participating locations. There’s no admission to see the work, but sampling the wines each spot has to offer requires an ID and a $15 bracelet.

In addition to established visual venues, like ecce art gallery, 216 Broadway, opening “Alter: New Works” by multi-media artist Jay Pfeifer, stores like One World Imports, 614 Main Ave., Theater B, 716 Main Ave., and O’Day Cache, 317 Broadway, get in on the art act.

Some highlights:

• Get into the Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo, for free and check out “Andy Warhol: Creating Myth and Icon” before it closes May 19. Better yet, hop on to a free public tour at 5:30.

• Perhaps best known for his colorful, painted landscapes, Dan Jones showed a different shade with a recent charcoal show at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks. The show produced the book, “Dan Jones: Charcoal,” and he’ll display some works from that exhibit and sign copies of his book at Zandbroz Variety, 420 Broadway.

• Photographer Char-Marie Flood celebrates the opening of her photo exhibit, “Silent Hosannas,” with some sweets at Nichole’s Fine Pastry, 13 8th St. S.

• Just around the corner, Jon Offutt continues to expand on what can be done with blown glass. He achieves a loose watercolor effect with bright, pastel colors in his new Harmonium series. He reveals the new work at Reed & Taylor Antiques 806 Main Ave.

Interesting events carry on all through the weekend.

The Spirit Room, 111 Broadway hosts a show of portraits, “Sentimentality,” by Oscar Zamora. A reception for the young artist will be from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday.

The next day the Spirit Room’s main gallery takes a fun turn celebrating the collection of Annette DuBord and Cameron Peterson. The printmaking couple behind Funhouse Studios, have developed an interesting collection of other artists’ work over the years. It’s always insightful to see what artists like to look at and you can see for yourself at a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m., Saturday.

Of course, art events aren’t exclusive to Fargo and Moorhead has reason to celebrate with the Rourke Art Museum, 521 Main Ave., taking down much of the metal gate that surrounded the space for a decade.

The Rourke marks the de-fencing with a Spring Community Celebration from 1 to 5 p.m., Saturday, featuring kids’ activities, refreshments and, of course, art. Welcoming remarks will be made at 1:30p.m. Admission is free both Saturday and Sunday.

Online: For a list of all 29 participating spaces, go to www.downtownfargo.com.

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