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NORTH DAKOTA MAKERS MOVEMENT GAINING STEAM

Sunday, December 01, 2019

More artists putting their do-it-yourself skills to work making unique pieces

Art truly is in the eye of the beholder. A new movement is taking hold in North Dakota, one that's been around for a long time but is growing in popularity. The Makers Movement, as it's called, is art for the masses created by the do-it-yourselfer who finds unique charm in many nontraditional mediums. Consider the following artists, including Tama Smith of Prairie Fire Pottery, who are bringing locally produced art to the mainstream:

What would Eddie Van Halen think of Beau Theige? What would anyone think of a man making custom guitars out of ordinary items like pots and pans, license plates, spoons and bolts and barnwood? Hey, there must be a market because Theige has been building and selling his homemade guitars from his garage for two years. He has shipped them as far as Australia and the United Kingdom. Theige recently was selected by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association as featured artist in eight galleries across the state in 2017-18. 

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