Find your creativity in North Dakota

Tama Smith with Prairie Fire Pottery is just one of many talented potters in the state. Photo courtesy N.D. Tourism

Tama Smith with Prairie Fire Pottery is just one of many talented potters in the state. Photo courtesy N.D. Tourism

Art can bring life to so many things. It can brighten an alleyway, bring excitement to a road trip and inspire your creativity. October is Arts and Humanities Month, making it the perfect time to celebrate all forms of art in communities large and small.

Local creators, such as Badman Design in Grand Forks, create beautiful one-of-a-kind pieces, using mixed metals and terracotta clay. Choose from custom jewelry to accent your wardrobe, or home décor and sculptures to accent your home or business.

Stop in Beach, located in the western part of the state, where Tama Smith creates pottery painted with abstract views of the Badlands she calls home. Look for her signature three dots on each piece, signifying it is a creation of Prairie Fire Pottery. Located in Fargo, Jon Offutt’s glass creations are inspired by North Dakota landscapes and can be found at Gallery 4 and other art shows throughout the year. His hand-blown glass works include landscape vessels, ornaments and some larger pieces.

Upcoming events also give you the chance to support local business owners. The Big One Art & Craft Fair Fall Show starts its season in the FARGODOME Oct. 21 and 22. Stroll through hundreds of booths filled with local goods, arts and crafts. It’s a perfect option to get started on your holiday shopping this year! If you can’t make the Fargo show, keep an eye out for the upcoming Christmas shows in Minot and Bismarck this November.

Local artists’ works are showcased in communities throughout the state. Stop in Bowman to see the “So God Made a Farmer” mural, or walk down Art Alley in Bismarck. There are also outdoor art and mural tours in downtown Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot. If a driving tour is on the list, the Enchanted Highway is an iconic drive that showcases seven of the largest pieces of metal-sculptured art in North Dakota.

Museums across the state feature a variety of 2D and 3D pieces of art for those looking to bask in creativity in quieter spaces. The Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton is a free museum designed to teach and preserve art of all kinds in its historic building, while the James Memorial Art Center in Williston will be hosting multiple events throughout the month.

Art is constant and diverse across North Dakota, so celebrate and enjoy National Arts and Humanities Month this October!