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Downtown Dickinson art classes aimed at adults

A former Dickinson elementary school art teacher is partnering with a local art shop to organize a series of weekly summer art classes for all skill levels.

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Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts first contacted Rebecca Miller, who said she has had requests “for years now” from people who wanted to take an adult art class. So, this year, she is honoring those requests. 

"We want kids to come and adults," Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts co-owner Amanda Galster said.

One-hour art classes will be offered at 5:30 p.m. three days a week at The Brew coffee shop in downtown Dickinson for the next four weeks. Miller teaches drawing on Monday and pastels on Tuesday. Laureen Evans works with watercolors on Wednesday and Greg Walter is available by appointment to teach oil landscape painting.

“We take all skill levels,” Miller said. “We’ve done from middle school up to older adults that have just never tried art and want to try their hand at it. Some people have said, ‘I used to do art in school,’ but they want to try it again and learn some new techniques.”

Miller said she and other organizers wanted to make sure the art classes were offered somewhere downtown because that’s where Dickinson’s artistic community gathers.

“We wanted downtown to be an area where people could come in, have fun and do art,” Miller said.

Interested artists can sign up at the Celebrations ‘n’ Crafts art shop in at 31 First St. W in downtown Dickinson. The Brew is located at 215 Sims. The cost is $25 per class. For more information, contact Celebrations 'n' Crafts at 701-260-5210.

Miller said some of those who have attended the first two weeks of art classes haven’t gone away empty handed either.

“Some people just come for one class and they go home with a finished artwork,” Miller said.

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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