Pekin Days Art Show next weekend

Staff reports
Jon Offutt of Fargo (above) will be one of the featured artists next weekend in Pekin. He will demonstrate the art of glass blowing.

The Pekin Days Art Show will be celebrating its eighteenth year of displaying artwork by some of the finest artists in North Dakota when it opens on Thursday, June 23.  

The acclaimed judged art show and sale will be open to the public through Sunday, June 26.

The exhibition will be open for viewing and purchasing Thursday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pekin Auditorium on Main Street, in Pekin North Dakota.

In addition to one of the largest judged art shows and sale in North Dakota the NCAC will host a number of other activities during the annual Pekin Days celebration on Saturday and Sunday.  Fine art vendors and craftsmen booths will be open both days with the musical sounds from area bands and musicians creating a festive atmosphere for added enjoyment in the Playground Park located across the street from the auditorium. Throughout the weekend, Jon Offutt, a Fargo artist, will be demonstrating the art of glassblowing.  Offutt’s appearance was made possible by a sponsorship from Foreng Insurance of Pekin.  Well-known ceramic and sculpture artist, Guillermo “Memo” Guardia from Grand Forks, will invite participation during his demonstrations of how to use a potter’s wheel. Next to the auditorium, the North Dakota Museum of Art will display an outdoor exhibit from their “Animals: Them and Us” touring exhibition.  

A new activity for kids of all ages will be a “box parade” to be held on Saturday. The parade will consist of boxes the kids (and, maybe, parents) have designed during workshops held in Pekin on Thursday and Friday prior to the big weekend. Young people had the opportunity to work with artist, Terri Berg of Grand Forks, while creating the unique box designs and during a second workshop they formed clay projects with Guardia.  The workshops were a first time collaboration between the North Valley Arts Council in Grand Forks and the NCAC. The workshops were funded through a North Dakota Arts Council Access Grant and private funding from The Pekin Iris Patch and individuals.