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John Lamb, Published September 11 2013

Open season for the arts as 30 Fargo locations host works

FARGO – Summer is giving way to fall and doing so in flashes of brilliance this weekend, starting with the final Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk of the year.

Almost 30 spots in downtown Fargo open their doors for artists and their work. A walk to all of the locations may work up a thirst, so for a $15 wrist-band (and a photo ID), you can sample vineyard varieties in the participating venues. The art, or at least looking at it, is free.

Among the artists showcased Thursday night include Sabrina Hornung displaying her mixed-media and millinery items at Reed & Taylor Antiques, 809 Main Ave. Steve Knutson works on his paintings, and Tracie Askegaard displays her handmade bags at Boerth’s Gallery, 212 Broadway.

Not part of the Corks tour, but still worthy of interest is a look inside downtown’s newest display space, Uptown Gallery, 72 Broadway, which features art by Steve Revland, Michael D. Dunn, Deane Colin Fay, Jon Offutt, Brad Bachmeier, Patrick Shannon and more.

Of course, art doesn’t only happen downtown – even if it is the subject of the art. TMI Hospitality, 4850 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, hosts Dan Francis’ show, “Fargo: Past & Present,” which combines historic and contemporary photos of Fargo in an image, giving an eye-opening look at how the town has progressed. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday night.

Molly Yergens graduated from Fargo South High in 2000 and started making a name for herself on the art scene shortly after. In recent years, she’s had a number of shows, including ones with her father, Milt.

In her second solo show at the Rourke Art Gallery Museum, 521 Main Ave., Moorhead, Yergens shows impressive growth, vision and maturity as a painter. For “Wandering and Wondering: Painting the Nature of Spatial Experience,” the 32-year-old photographs, then deconstructs, then paints and reconstructs landscapes and scenery as collage, like “Dr. Evermore’s Sculpture Garden.”

The museum opens the show with a reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. (218) 236-8861.

Saturday at the Spirit Room, 111 Broadway, Fargo, Megan Larson’s pencil drawings surround Sam Norman’s ceramics. The Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate students discuss their work during an 8 p.m. artist’s talk. (701) 237-0230.

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