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Grand Forks native, Mollie Douthit opens first solo show at Fargo's Ecce Gallery

A series of portraits of Mollie Douthit's good friend, Skylar Brennan, whom she painted during her stay in Ireland, is part of the Art Makers Series at the North Dakota Museum of Art. (Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald)

Grand Forks native Mollie Douthit has opened her first solo show at Ecce Gallery, 208 Roberts Alley, Fargo.

The exhibition, titled "New Works," consists of 21 oil paintings, primarily on panels. It opened Sept. 5 and runs through Oct. 21.

Douthit's paintings capture images of ordinary, everyday objects and situations that have special meaning for her and evoke memories and emotion.

"Painting provides a meditation on those subjects and permits me to better see, understand and transcribe my life," Douthit said in an artist's statement that accompanies the collection.

"My work is a visual diary of my life," she said, noting that she uses paint "in a way that feels like writing."

Douthit, who lives in Grand Forks, was the fourth artist to be selected for the "Art Makers Series" at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus. Her show, "Mollie Douthit: Paintings," was on display for several weeks in the summer of 2017.

The series is a means of introducing museum visitors to regional artists who appear to be on the verge of a breakthrough, said Laurel Reuter, NDMOA director.

A 2004 graduate of Red River High School, Douthit earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at UND and went on to study at Boston's School of Museum of Fine Arts. She also received a fellowship to study at the Burren College of Art in Ireland.

Ecce Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

For more information, go to www.eccegallery.com.

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