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Grand Forks Symphony to host ‘OkTubafest’ fundraiser Saturday

Also, the East Grand Forks Campbell Library opens a new exhibit featuring the artwork of deceased veterans Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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Members of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will entertain the audience at a fundraising event, "OkTubafest," on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the East Grand Forks Eagles Club. The musicians are (from left): Joel Pugh, UND teaching associate professor of music, Grand Forks; Chancellor Quitugua, UND senior from Minot, majoring in music education; Mark Lentz, UND alumnus; and Giles Askim, UND sophomore from Williston, North Dakota, majoring in music.
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GRAND FORKS – The music of tubas and accordion, as well as traditional German food, will highlight the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra’s fall fundraising event, “OkTubafest,” set for 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the East Grand Forks Eagles Club.

A freewill donation is suggested. A cash bar will be available.

Guests of all ages are welcome.

Members of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will be playing fun Oktoberfest-style music, including polkas, similar to what is usually heard at large Oktoberfest festivals throughout Germany and the U.S., said KariJo O’Keefe, GGFSO executive director.

The music is sure to get audience members tapping their feet, singing and dancing, she said.

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The Eagles Club is located at 227 10th Ave. N.W.

For more information, contact O’Keefe at ggfso@ggfso.org .

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This etching, titled "Poplars," by Jeanne O'Neil, is featured in the ArtWise gallery exhibition at the center court in the Columbia Mall. O'Neil's work stems from sketches she's made over the past summers, walking the fields and pathways every day near her home in rural East Grand Forks.
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ArtWise opens new gallery exhibition

The ArtWise organization has opened a new gallery exhibition, “Close to Home,” in the ArtWise Gallery and Creative Space in the center court at the Columbia Mall.

The exhibit, which continues through Nov. 19, features the works of a printmaker, a painter and a soft-sculpture artist, said Rita Haag, ArtWise director.

Jeanne O’Neil is showing her newest prints, which are etchings that come from a series of sketches made of landscapes in Huntsville Township in rural East Grand Forks. Her prints are inspired by nearby farms, O’Neil said. Some of the images ”take on an almost storybook quality, telling their familiar stories using the same words in different order – windrow, woodlot, Quonset, barn, grain bins, house, home.”

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This etching, titled "Barn Door," by Jeanne O'Neil, is featured in the "Close to Home" exhibit at the ArtWise Gallery and Creative Space in the center court at Columbia Mall.
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The paintings of Martha Keifenheim capture scenes in Grand Forks and Polk counties, including her family farmhouse, the North Dakota Mill and Elevator, and the Red River. Landscapes and still-lifes are among her favorite images, though she enjoys the challenge of figurative work, paintings of people, she said.

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An example of Martha Keifenheim's paintings which are on display at the ArtWise Gallery and Creative Space at the center court of Columbia Mall. Landscapes and still life images are her favorite subjects, but she also finds figurative work (paintings of people) to be an enjoyable challenge.
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Erin O’Neil, a soft-sculpture artist, started with a love of socks, a passion for recycling and reducing waste, and a desire to connect with others, she said. The first of her “Rag Folk” was made of recycled socks and an old winter glove; they now include pieces made with a variety of materials.

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“The Rag Folk represent preservation of what has been used in everyday life (and the act of) creating new lives out of old scraps and rags,” O’Neil said.

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Erin O'Neil, soft-sculpture artist, creates "Rag Folk" art by using items such as recycled socks and gloves.
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Other examples of Erin O'Neil's soft sculpture "Rag Folk," which are on display in the "Close to Home" exhibit at the ArtWise Gallery and Creative Space in the Columbia Mall
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EGF Library to host ‘Arts for Vets: In Memoriam’

The East Grand Forks Campbell Library opens a new exhibit featuring the artwork of deceased veterans Tuesday, Nov. 8. An opening reception for the “Arts for Vets: In Memoriam” exhibit is planned for 5:30 p.m., with live music by Tamara Bertram’s String Studio. Filipo Williams will share his short films and play his music; Jason Jennings will recite his poetry.  

The featured artist in this show is Roger Westerbro whose artwork will be shown alongside that of several other artists. The exhibit includes pieces created “by living people remembering someone who passed, or artwork given to us by family members,” said Kim Forness Wilson, executive director of Arts for Vets.

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This painting by Senta Grzadzielewski, titled "John 15:13," is among the artwork in the "Arts for Vets: In Memoriam" exhibit, which opens Tuesday, Nov. 8, at East Grand Forks Campbell Library. An opening reception is planned for 5:30 p.m. The scene depicts the annual Wreaths Across America tradition at Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. The Bible verse, John 15:13, reads: "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."
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The Arts for Vets is a vibrant group of artists of all talent levels, Wilson said. It includes local veterans, active-duty personnel and their family members, and community residents.

The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 30.

In conjunction with this show, Wilson will offer an “Art in Memoriam” workshop at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 15, when anyone can join her to create artwork, such a collage, to honor the memory of a loved one. The workshop is free and open to all. Participants are invited to bring photos or mementos they’d like to include in their art, but are not required. All other supplies will be provided.

The library is located at 422 Fourth St. N.W. For more information, call (218) 773-9121 or visit www.egflibrary.org .

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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 pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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