BOOKS AND AUTHORS: Brian Paulsen's art subject of latest NDMOA book

For years, UND art professor Brian Paulsen created watercolors and prints. Now, his work is part of the newest book published by the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks.

For years, UND art professor Brian Paulsen created watercolors and prints. Now, his work is part of the newest book published by the North Dakota Museum of Art in Grand Forks.

NDMOA will host a celebration and book signing for the now-retired Paulsen at 7 p.m. June 10 at the museum on the UND campus. You can order or reserve your copy today. The book sells for $24.95 and is available at the museum shop.

The book has no title, museum officials said. It's a 96-page hardcover book detailing Paulsen's life work and edited by Museum Director Laurel Reuter who also wrote the lead essay and edited a long interview with Paulsen, a news release said.

"Brian Paulsen makes small paintings incorporating places he calls home: His father's workshop, with its desk in the corner that became Brian's first studio," Reuter wrote of the artist. "The Seattle environs of his childhood and youth, circumscribed by his bicycle and later the public bus system. A young boy's West Coast immigrant neighborhood with its Asians, Jews, its Italians and American Indians, all blended together within a solid mix of Northern Europeans. The painting studio at the University of North Dakota where he reigned for decades. A House in Grand Forks, where he made his home with his wife Dianne -- the home overrun by artwork traded with contemporaries and the leavings of children."

The publication was funded by The Myers Foundations, UND Department of Art and Design; The Charles D. and Elynor B. Nelson Foundation, The North Dakota Museum of Art Foundation and Geoffery and Erica Paulsen.


Info: Call (701) 777-4195.

Jane Freeman

Jane Freeman, author of "A Celebration of Light," a book about painting, will be at UND Bookstore from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday to sign books.

Freeman, a native of Alamo, N.D., graduated from UND in 1971 and lives in Bemidji. She's planning a workshop Wednesday through Friday at East Grand Forks Campbell Library. For information, call the library at (218) 773-9121 or the workshop organizer at (701) 772-5029.

"My book teaches students how I capture light and realism in watercolor," Freeman wrote of her book. "I teach workshops around the United States and continue to compete nationally in juried watercolor shows. I have my signature with the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and am a juried member of the International Guild of Realism."

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