ArtWise to offer workshops for artists at Columbia Mall

Art as a business, bookbinding and creating mixed media art are among workshop topics

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Pirjo Berg, a well-known artist and an ArtWise staff member, will conduct workshops for artists at the ArtWise location at the Columbia Mall center court. (Submitted photo)

GRAND FORKS — ArtWise is offering a series of workshops for artists on three consecutive Saturdays in January at its new location at the Columbia Mall’s center court.

Pirjo Berg, a local artist and ArtWise staff member, will conduct the workshops, which are entitled “Bookbinding,” “Introduction to Art as a Business” and “Mixed Media Art”.

The classes are open to artists ages 18 and older. The fee for each class is $25. Enrollment is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to register early, said Rita Haag, executive director for ArtWise.

Berg, an experienced teacher and well-known artist in the area, has exhibited her work internationally.

In the “Bookbinding” workshop, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15, participants will learn to make a sketchbook using bookbinding techniques.


The “Introduction to Art as a Business” workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Jan. 22. Students will learn to apply for shows, residencies and grants, and to take photos of their art, get it ready for shows and design websites.

The “Mixed Media Art” workshop is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 29. Students will use collage, paint and drawing tools to create experimental mixed media artworks.

To register for the classes, visit .

This ArtWise project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The mission of ArtWise is to enhance the Greater Grand Forks community through educational visual arts programs and exhibition space for youth, families and artists.

For more information, contact Haag via email at .

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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