An immersive, art exhibition is coming to Dickinson to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a bang. On Nov 13-15, at the Grand Dakota Lodge Roosevelt Hotel the Badlands Art Association (BAA) art show will exhibit local art composing a wide variety of techniques, mediums and styles.

The exhibit will feature artists of every skill level and together will comprise a unique blend of styles, providing local artists with an opportunity to receive critique and positive feedback from the local community and like-minded enthusiasts.

In 1970 three local artists; Janette Plott, Jackie Church and Dennis Narvat came together to create the art association. It started in a small group of local artists in the basement of the Community 1st National Bank, (now the location of the Bank of the West.) has expanded to a large number of artists and creators that continue to complete the steps of novice to mastery.

“I started in the fall of 1979 and at the particular point I was doing watercolors, but after a while I took the role of keeping the show on an even hill and organizing it.” Jan Stromsborg, event coordinator said. “We started out with a lot of amatuer type artists that have stuck with it. Those who took classes and attended workshops, have now become professional art instructors and have even been able to produce artwork that is hanging in galleries all over the United States.”

Over the years the BAA have helped mold young artists and have built a community from the pursuit of creative imagination in the Western Edge. Some of these artists that she mentioned were Cherie Roshau, Derice Taylor and Laureen Evans.

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Stromsborg strongly expressed how Dickinson State University has been a supporter of this goal.

“They have been very supportive and involved in the art association and still continue to do so even though the college no longer has an art department,” said Stromsborg.

The 2020 show will showcase over 150 pieces in a judged show which will include: Live music, a preview, a student show and much more. There will also be a silent basket auction from 6pm Friday to 4pm Saturday.

The art show contains artworks in three different categories; Professional, Amateur and Student.

The Student Show will be divided into classifications by school grades and artwork can be submitted by teachers, homeschoolers, or parents. The entry fee for the student show is $1 for each work entered in the show. The student show entry form can be downloaded from the BAA website, www.badlandsarts.com, picked up at JP FrameShop in Dickinson, the Dickinson Public Library, or from Dickinson HS and Trinity HS art teachers.

The Amateur category will have four different divisions in the 2020 art show: drawing/pastel,

dimensional, painting/mixed media, and photography. Artists may enter as many as six art works in the various divisions. Entry fees are seven dollars per art piece entered in the show. In 2019 there were approximately 20 artists entered in the amateur category. In 2020 the prizes for placing in each division will be paid at the same rate as in the Professional division.

Professionals have eight different divisions in which to enter in 2020: Acrylic painting, dimensional art, drawing, oil painting, pastel, mixed media, photography, and watercolor painting. As in the amateur show artists may enter six art works in the different divisions with the entry fee of seven dollars per entry. Both the Professional and Amateur categories will be judged by Peggy Anderson of JP FrameShop, in Dickinson and Codi Miller, Communications Director for The Capital Gallery in Bismarck. Calls for entry’s forms for the 50th Annual BAA Art Show November 13-15th have been mailed out to BAA Members.

The entry form can also be downloaded at www.badlandsarts.com or contact show chairman Darice Taylor at taylordarice@yahoo.com or phone 701-290-5028 or Dawn Brose-Jerome at jeromes@ndsupernet.com. Adult entry forms can also be picked up at JP FrameShop or at the Dickinson Public Library. Student entries are organized through their local schools, for entry

Stromsborg expressed her astonishment of BAA being in their 50 year, and that one of their main goals has still remained concrete over all this time.

“It seems like it was just yesterday, it really does, all of a sudden you think, ‘Holy Christopher, where did 50 years goes?’ Stromsborg said. “One of the main focuses is to get the young artist, ages kinder and up, interested in vision art and see what they can create from a blank piece of paper or a piece of clay and their imagination and turn it into something that is unique and is all theirs.”

For information go to http://badlandsarts.com/annual-show/. Deadline for entries is Oct. 26

“And of course the Badland Art Association’s goal is to push artists to go one step more, to be able to try something new, especially for kids because they are the artist of the future.”