Jasmine Maki is a features reporter for Accent. Her main beats are arts and entertainment and life and style. She also occasionally covers health, family and TV.
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PORTLAND, N.D. — This month’s In the Studio took me into a new realm of art. When we first started the video series we wanted to include both fine art and crafts. And this month, we got our first look at a crafter’s studio. I met Molly Lenaburg, Portland, N.D., who’s been making cards for many years. In her basement studio, she had stacks of supplies, which she’d acquired during her time making cards. She had endless boxes of stamps, ribbons, paper punches, inkpads and a wall full of various papers.
For a family trip to the mall, Amy Shimek, of Grand Forks, wore an all-black look with leggings, a sporty long-sleeve top and athletic boots. She topped it off with a chunky black scarf, stud earrings and natural makeup. Shimek is a health coach and personal trainer, and it’s obvious her career has some influence on her style. She may not have been entirely ready for a workout, but her look was very athletic-inspired. And, as a mom on-the-go, a relaxed look works well for chasing her daughters.
Three out of five stars. If you’ve ever wanted to ask a stranger where they got their cute shoes or chic jacket but haven’t had the guts, the new app ASAP54 could be your new solution. But, don’t expect the app to find exactly what you’re looking for.
With straight blonde hair, it’s very obvious when I haven’t shower. The dirtier my hair is the darker it appears. It’s unfortunate, but it’s my reality. Another reality is that some mornings I just don’t have time for a shower, so I recently turned to dry shampoo as a solution. For just $5 at Target, I tried TRESemme Freshstart Dry Shampoo.
An all-you-can-eat pancake feed in the middle of the night might seem unusual, but it's become routine for the members of UND’s Pi Beta Phi sorority and their fellow Greeks. Each semester, the sorority holds a pancake feed that attracts hundreds of Greeks and non-Greeks to their home. This semester, their event raised $2,042 for First Books, which is a national organization that buys books for underprivileged children.
More than 50 percent of visual artists today are women, yet only 5 percent of the art currently on display in U.S. museums is made by women, according to the National Museum of Women in the Arts. With the second annual “This is Personal: A Women’s Exhibition,” Blue Door Gallery works to help local women artists get their artwork into galleries. Curated by Kathryn Fink, the exhibition includes powerful personal and political pieces submitted by more than 20 women artists around the region.
The Empire Arts Center is taking a new approach to fundraising with an art deco themed dinner and dance to be held April 26 at the Alerus Center. “We really want to get away from the dinner, silent auction formula for fundraisers,” said director Emily Burkland. “Those events are effective, and they’re great events, …. but I think the community is a little saturated with events like that right now.”
Four out of five stars. If you’ve been apartment searching the past couple of years, you know how difficult the task can be. From finding affordable open units to the lengthy application process, the entire search can be quite a handful. But the new app Lovely simplifies the search. Users can create a renter card with their contact information, annual income, credit score and move-in date. Then, share that information with landlords with the click of a button.
As a salesman at River City Jewelers, Tim Ell, of Grand Forks, needs to be pulled together and confident when he walks in the door every morning. He said the dress code isn’t a full suit but dress slacks with a dress shirt tucked in and a tie are pretty typical for a day at work.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Stepping onto the stage, Janessa Jaye Champagne commands the room’s attention. It’s not her large stature but rather her larger-than-life personality that at first stuns the audience and then sends them into uproarious laughter.