|North Dakota artists exhibition opens April 16 |
Doug and Walter’s Dog and Pony Show,” an exhibition at the Third Street Gallery on Kittson, is a show like no other, featuring the work of North Dakota artists Walter Piehl and Doug Pfliger. This exhibition will be a fantastic adventure through the art of painter Walter Piehl and sculptor Doug Pfliger. It will be available for viewing Tuesday April 16, through Friday, May 22. The public is invited to join in the fun by attending a free reception for the artists from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 16.
Piehl was born in Marion, N.D., and grew up the son of a rodeo producer and stock contractor. He loved bucking horses and bulls, and since he doesn’t raise them, he paints them. His signature expressive style captures the excitement and chaos of the rodeo scene. His work has been exhibited in many galleries and museums across the country including the Northeast Nevada Museum, Yellowstone Art Center, and the North Dakota Museum of Art. He was also the recipient of the 2008 Bush Foundation Enduring Vision Award.
Pfilger graduated from Minot State University with a bachelor of science degree in art education. He taught art in the public school setting for 13 years before pursuing an M.F.A. In 1997 he received his M.F.A. in painting from the University of North Dakota. In 2005 he started the ‘Doug’s Dogs’ series. Pfliger states, “Their folksy quality is intentional, their pedigrees are at times indeterminate, but the fact that each dog form has its own unique personality is totally serendipitous.”
The two artists work together at Minot State University. They are coming together in this exhibition to create an experience that will be fun and lively. It is not the same old dog and pony show, for it is “Doug and Walter’s Dog and Pony Show.” The exhibition will be up until May 22.
Third Street Gallery on Kittson is a non-profit arts organization created by artists for artists to provide exhibits and opportunities for regional and local artists and to revitalize the Greater Grand Forks community through the arts. The gallery is a non-profit, so with your membership you will help to provide a space for local artists to exhibit, in addition to providing the citizens of this community the opportunity to view emerging artists from the Upper Midwest. Memberships can be purchased online or at the gallery.