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Community Art Show features Western Edge artists

The 2022 Community Art Show is happening now until Feb. 28 at the Joachim Regional Museum, which is housed inside the Dickinson Museum Center.

A woman stands in front of art work at a museum.
Jessica Stratton, collections manager of the Joachim Regional Museum, stands in front of submitted artwork for the 2022 Community Art Show that is now on display throughout the month of February inside the Dickinson Museum Center with paid museum admission. The art show features various mediums and artists from Dickinson and surrounding areas in southwest North Dakota.
Jackie Jahfetson / The Dickinson Press

DICKINSON — As a way to get the public out of winter's hibernation, a section of the Dickinson Museum Center will be transformed into a community artwork hub throughout the month of February, with exhibits varying from sculptures to canvas paintings.

The 2022 Community Art Show is happening now until Feb. 28 at the Joachim Regional Museum, which is housed inside the Dickinson Museum Center. The public is invited to view this year’s gallery through paid museum admission.

This year, the art show has a total of 42 pieces, which is pretty standard for the museum, Joachim Regional Museum Collections Manager Jessica Stratton said, adding that they usually receive anywhere from 30 to 50 submissions.

The Joachim Regional Museum began the Community Art Show in 2019 as a way to open the facility up to all artists and mediums in the area.

“It's part of the mission of the museum to include art and we do have our own art collection that we do display. But we like to open it up and make something like this where it's a changing event, and it's new every single year. We have new things, new artists, new pieces,” Stratton said. “And really when I get all of the pieces, that's how we decide how we're going to display everything. So it's a little different way for a short-term type of show like this.”

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Stratton receives mostly adult submissions; although, there have been children’s pieces featured in this event before. The only limitation to the art show is the size of the medium, she noted.

“We open it up to whatever people want to try and submit and then on a case-by-case basis, they bring the stuff in and I look at it and make sure that we’ll be able to display it properly. We haven’t had any issues with any pieces not being able to be displayed,” she added.

All the artists are based from southwest North Dakota, with a majority coming out of Dickinson. Other artists are connected to the Badlands Art Association, Stratton said, adding that some of the art work will be priced and available for customers to buy. However, the museum does not facilitate those dealings, but does provide potential customers with contact information for the artist.

“People can come and see a variety of different mediums (and) different artists (as well as) see the talent that we have in our community here,” she said. “Some of these artists may have been established and some of them they may not know already. So they can kind of see the different artists that we have in our community.”

Admission cost, without a museum membership, for the 2022 Community Art Show is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. Children who are 2 years old and under are free. The Joachim Regional Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Jackie Jahfetson is a former reporter for The Dickinson Press.
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