The Kaddatz Art Gallery was created on the ground floor of the old Kaddatz hotel in downtown Fergus Falls in 2009. The community of Fergus Falls came together with the assistance of the Art Space of Minneapolis to create the gallery to celebrate the work of area artists with special attention to master wood cut artist and Fergus Falls native, Charles Beck. "We're focused on area artists," said Gretchen Boyum, Curator and Education Coordinator for the Kaddatz Gallery. "We want to pay attention to what's going on locally and also look at artists who connect to the larger themes in the art community."
Agnes (Bobbie) Alsgaard-Lien is a visual artist from Rushmore who likes to travel with paint and canvas rather than a camera to record her memories and impressions of the places she visits." The Postcardscrew caught up with her to hear about her "Accordion Series" of paintings that stem from childhood memories when her family wanted her to learn how to play the instrument. Quoting Picasso, Alsgaard-Lien believes that "art should wash away the dust of everyday life." And "an artist's vocation is to send light into the human spirit," she added, paraphrasing French novelist George Sand. "For me," said Alsgaard-Lien, "it's the process of painting and the delight in discovery. As I work, I want my viewers to also have that process of discovery and delight."
Finally, glass artist Deb Moorse demonstrates how she fuses glass into art objects from a kiln in her home in Benson. Moorse started out with stained glass by taking classes in Appleton in 1977. Today she exhibits her fused glass pieces widely at regional art fairs, galleries and through Pinterest. "I now run two kilns about 24/7 most of the warm season of the year," Moorse said. "I hope people enjoy watching how we create fused glass. It's a little different technique than stained glass," she added.