Naomi RaMona Schliesman: The Silver Lining

  • August 23rd - September 29th
  • Reception: Saturday, August 25th, 6-8 pm

As a child growing up in Fergus Falls, Naomi RaMona Schliesman learned how to use her hands and create objects from a variety of media early in her life. Her family’s frequent moves from home to home as well as her awareness of the disparate décor of home, school and church taught her the importance applying ornamentation and aesthetic to making a sense of space that says “home” or signifies the function of the space. Schliesman holds a BFA from Minnesota State University Moorhead and a MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, both with an emphasis in sculpture. She has received numerous awards and scholarships and has attended national and international residencies. She lives and works as Artist Development Director for Springboard of the Arts in Fergus Falls while continuing to show her work nationally and painting with her daughter Zara.

sideDISH with Su Legatt

  • August 23rd - September 29th
  • Thursday, September 13th, 5 - 8 pm

The DISH project brings people together for intimate exchange and preserves private moments, collectively building the foundation of the Minnesotan identity, all while building new communities and strengthening existing networks.

sideDISH participants* are asked to bring an ancestral or family dish to the event. The dishes brought will provide insight into the culinary traditions of Ottertail County. The dishes will be archived through photography and the collection of recipe cards. The photographs, taken at the beginning of each meal, serve as a form of portraiture, connecting the dish back to its creator, forming a collection to honor the individual efforts gathered for a community experience. The recipe cards will be paired with each photograph to create a regional cookbook. This will be shared publicly online.

*We are also asking that you participate in sideDISH by submitting your family photos of loved ones preparing food! Send your digital files to

Order of events:

  • 5pm-5:45pm bring a family favorite DISH to Studio K to be photographed by Su Legatt*.
  • 6pm-7pm listen to Naomi Schliesman give an artist talk on the history and state of the arts in rural Minnesota (as part of the Fergus Falls Arts & History Weekend).
  • 7pm-8pm share the DISH you brought and the stories behind them with each other.


Upcoming Exhibitions

Scott Gunvaldson

  • October 4th - November 10th
  • Reception: Saturday, October 13th, 4-6 pm

Scott Gunvaldson is an artist, muralist, sign painter, and musician who works and resides in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He has been the beneficiary of a McKnight Fellowship in painting, two McKnight Grants, and a Minnesota Legacy Grant. He has won numerous awards for his paintings, including first place in the Fargo Plains Art Museum’s Red River Annual. His commissioned work includes large-scale art for Sanford Hospital and the City of Fargo. He has also painted portraits of local artists and musicians. He is a former student of Charles Beck and shares his mentor’s love for the landscape. In his paintings, Scott likes to look for that moment when the lighting transforms the ordinary into something extraordinary.

Bonita Roberts

  • November 15th - December 29th
  • Reception: TBD

Bonita Roberts lives, teaches and paints in a small town in Central Minnesota. She works in both oil and pastel and favors both landscape and portraiture. She began showing her drawings and pastels locally in the 1980s. In 1991 she was invited to show in an exhibit at the National Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This show opened the door to invitations to other national exhibits, the most prestigious being the Masters Show at the Autry Museum of Western Heritage in Los Angeles, the Prix de West at the National Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and the annual Western Visions Show at the Wildlife Museum in Jackson Hole. Wyoming. Bonita’s work has been published in Southwest Art, Art of the West and International Artist magazines. She is currently exhibiting in the annual Masters Miniature at the Phippen Museum in Prescott, Az. and has been invited to exhibit in the Mountain Oyster Show in Tucson, Arizona.

Myron Sahlberg

  • November 15th - December 29th
  • Reception: TBD

As a youngster living in rural northwestern Minnesota, Myron Sahlberg longed to see a great painting with his own eyes. The summer he turned 17, his wish was granted when he saw great master paintings at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Sahlberg says, “Learning to paint is one of my joys in life. Each day I GET TO PAINT is a great day! I thank God for making me an artist.” Sahlberg’s career includes illustration, teaching and oil painting. He paints commissioned portraits and other subjects for galleries and shows and has done many public painting and drawing demonstrations. He continues to exhibit his work both locally and nationally including at Art of the Lakes Gallery in Battle Lake, Minnesota and Settlers West Gallery in Tucson, Arizona.