Now in its 19th season, Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists’ annual Studio Crawl is a must-attend event each year for underground art lovers.

Always held on the first weekend of October, local artists from across the region open their creative spaces and invite visitors to learn more about their craft and work. Established local artists like Studio Crawl Founder

Jon Offout

artists

Ellen Diederich

,

Steve Revland

and dozens more have become mainstays over the years and are certainly must-sees along the crawl.

However, we want to introduce crawl-goers to a few up-and-coming artists who are joining the weekend festivities for the first time. From a former nurse practitioner to an eclectic arthouse owner to experimental ceramicists, these up-and-coming artists are also inescapable along the way, and we hope you’ll visit their studios with as much interest as our the most famous local artists.

Sredna Kunowski moved from California to Fargo for the winters.

No kidding.

“I started my journey here as a college student looking for a cheaper place to go to college,” Kunowski said. “I had no idea winter is a whole different experience here, but I’ve loved this area ever since and felt more at home than anywhere else.”

Kunowski, who works in a variety of mediums including watercolors, acrylics, inks, colored pencils, to name a few, is opening up his studio to robots and hopes to give people a ” more intimate look” on his work and the work of an artist in general.

The studio tour will also serve as a grand opening for his studio. She doesn’t know what she’ll be selling those days, but “I’ll have arts, refreshments, and take you on a tour of my studio,” she said.

Kunowksi is particularly impressed and grateful for the metropolitan community’s support for local arts.

“It’s a lot more community driven here and a real boost to support local artists,” she said. “Also a lot less beach paintings and more meadows.”

Alicia Hauff of Alicia Hauff Studio is opening her art space to Studio Crawl participants for the first time. Hauff opened his studio as a full-time artist in April 2022.

Contributed / Alicia Hauff

Former Public Health Nurse Practitioner Alicia Hauff went full-throttle in her multimedia art studio in April 2022 and is now ready to share her space with Studio Explore participants.

As a former “crawler” herself, Hauff is thrilled to open her studio to attendees this year as a full-time artist herself.

“It means a lot to be an aspiring artist. It’s a great way to share my creative process, get exposure for my work over time, and help elevate what artists do,” Hauff said.

She will be in her studio during the two days of festivities to share how her work has evolved over the months she has been employed as a full-time artist and where she thinks she is going in the future. (Hint: Hauff spent a lot of time searching nature for artifacts to use as printed objects.)

Bots can also browse artwork for sale, including originals, embellishments, art calendars, note cards, and eco-prints.

“This is a journey of evolution and community. Creatives have so much to offer the world. I look forward to seeing my work evolve and refine. I just started researching and creating natural inks, and a whole new world opened up to me. I encourage all other artists,” Hauff said.

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Ceramic artists Josh Zeis and Michael Nelson of Mothership Workshop opened their art and furniture studio located in the Mosaic neighborhood of downtown Fargo earlier in 2022. It will be open to studio crawlers October 1-2.

Photo courtesy of Design and Living magazine

Mothership Workshop – Josh Zeis and Michael Nelson

Part ceramic art studio, part furniture store,

Mothership Workshop

is quickly making a name for itself in the community as a space workplace but in the best of ways by ceramicist Josh Zeis and his business partner Michael Nelson.

The duo opened Mothership Workshop earlier this year, a 2,000 square foot space big enough to hold a kiln and larger-than-life projects like a giant boulder and other nifty artifacts. During the two-day exploration, Zeis and Nelson will demonstrate molds for custom concrete furniture, throw ceramic vessels on the wheel, demonstrate oil painting, and polish large-scale sculptures. In progress.

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Anna Lee

Contribution / Anna Lee

Arthouse Gallery – Anna Lee

The Arthouse is “a creative studio and incubator for new ideas” and stems from a vision that artist Anna Lee had years ago about creating a space that is part gallery and part collaborative colony.

Lee opens the art house gallery space for this year’s crawl.

“I’m very happy to share my latest collaborative project, Mother Trees,” said Lee. Bringing people together collaboratively is perhaps my favorite art form. Most collaborators will be at the Arthouse Gallery discussing their work, and we’ll even have a few snacks by Candace.

Mother Tree collaborators are Lee, illustrator and muralist Chris Larson, chef Candace Stock, photographer Sarah Faith Strong, artist Nancy XiáoRong Valentine, poet Julie Larson and artist Kelsy Osterman. Everyone will be on the crawl to discuss their project with visitors.

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A mural by local artist Chris Larson adorns a wall at The Arthouse during a recent private dinner party celebrating the opening of MotherTrees, an exhibit celebrating trees, food and art. The Arthouse is owned and operated by Anna Lee, who opens the space to Studio Crawl participants. Lee, along with poet Julie Larson, artists Nancy X Valentine and Kelsy Osterman, have all created work for MotherTrees.

Contributed / Sarah Faith Strong

What: Explore FMVA Studios
When: October 1 and 2
Where: Locations vary; visit Locations vary; visit

www.fmva.org/studio-crawl-2022-page/

for a full schedule and map of studio locations.
Information: Free and open to the public

This article is part of a content partnership with The Arts Partnership, a non-profit organization that cultivates the arts in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo. For more information, visit theartspartnership.net.

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