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Art Odyssey sets reception

A private reception Tuesday in Grand Forks for artists Chuck Kimmerle and Zoran Mojsilov will be the first event of the year for members of Art Odyssey, a program of the North Dakota Museum of Art.

A private reception Tuesday in Grand Forks for artists Chuck Kimmerle and Zoran Mojsilov will be the first event of the year for members of Art Odyssey, a program of the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The jazz group Sneaky Wild Oats will play at the reception at the home of Museum Director Laurel Reuter, the first of four annual events for Art Odyssey members, a news release said.

Each year the museum plans three or four annual events for Odyssey members, including private receptions with artists, lectures, museum and gallery trips and more. The year may be capped by a national or international trip organized around an art event, or by an art tour of a city. The membership fee for Art Odyssey is $100.

At the Tuesday event, Odyssey members will meet artists Mojsilov and Kimmerle, both of whom will open solo exhibits at the museum immediately after this event.

Kimmerle, born and raised in Minnesota, has been a photographer for more than 20 years. He moved to Grand Forks in 1996 while working as a photojournalist.

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His first solo exhibit at the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks, titled "The Unapologetic Landscape," will explore the agricultural and natural features of North Dakota and western Minnesota.

Mojsilov, a Serbian-American sculptor, known for his large rock and wood sculpture, was born in 1955 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. As a young man, he excelled at wrestling, having discovered that "sissies make art, but wrestlers aren't sissies; so to make art I became a wrestler," according to a news release.

After earning a degree in art, he moved to Paris in 1983 and to Minneapolis in 1986. Mojsilov received his first commission from the Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island, New York. It was followed by dozens more including three memorial benches installed in the southwest corner of the North Dakota Museum of Art's sculpture garden. The Museum will unveil a new book about Mojsilov's work on Tuesday as part of the evening's events.

Art Odyssey members or potential members need to RSVP for the Tuesday reception. Call (701) 777-4195 by 5 p.m. Monday.

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