Jamestown  (CSi)  The Arts Center is somewhat back to normal.   On Thursday’s Wayne Byers Show on CSi Cable 2, Arts Center Director, Mindi Schmitz said, the recently concluded Downtown Arts Market was successful.

She said the Arts Center is grateful for all of the sponsors and the community who supported the Downtown Arts Market, and respected its new “look.”


She added that the Arts Center continues to offer adult and family classes in person and online, and the

Arts After School Program. All of the in-person classes takes place in The Arts Center or Hansen Studio, saying each of those spaces will be COVID protected. The Arts Center has installed hand sanitizers, and  encourages and provides facemasks and social distancing, and our classrooms will have separate student spaces.


Mindi said that as most organizations, the Arts Center has suffered in  fundraising efforts, and has cancelled Oktoberfest.  The Wine & Cheese committee is planning on offering some smaller, more frequent events throughout the year. An Arts Center  “Special Events Committee,” and to  look for some creative events to come from them.

The Jamestown Fine Arts Association 56th Annual Art Show is at the Arts Center, September 5- October 9.

Mindi  added that despite Covid-19 the show must go on and they currently have over 75 artworks submitted for this year’s exhibition.   She said, there was a moment in July when registrations were arriving slowly that we feared there might be an artistic hiccup for whatever reason. They e quickly re-advertised, dropped the entry fees (thanks to a generous support from Bank Forward) and reached out to again to artists. Miraculously, the show entries began to arrive. These times haven’t been easy on artists with galleries closed, exhibitions cancelled and sales down. All of our entry fees for this exhibition go to support small cash awards so Bank Forward stepping up to assist with covering these costs is a wonderful gesture and greatly appreciated.

The public can also help artists during this pandemic by visiting the show and perhaps purchasing a one-of-a-kind special gift of art. This exhibition is unique as many of the artworks are relatively affordable.

The exhibit will be open for public viewing starting on Saturday, September 5th, since it is Labor Day weekend and many will be enjoying the last days of summer, Th Arts Center has rescheduled the reception for Saturday, September 12 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.  Awards will be announced on that date.  102 entries have been received.

They ask that people wear masks and distance from each other. Bagged refreshments will be provided. Click here for more information


She added that Todd Green’s World of Music is coming to Jamestown for a week-long residency, and on Friday September 25, he will be in concert at 7-p.m.,  until 8-p.m.at the Arts Center.  (Tickets are $10 / $5 for members and children get in free with an adult). Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, tickets and seats are limited

and must be reserved in advance by calling 701-251-2496.

Friday evening’s concert at The Arts Center will conclude with a discussion

moderated by Two River’s Performing Arts School Executive Director Mark Reeves.

Social distancing will be in place and wearing of masks is strongly encouraged.

Todd is an accomplished musician who performs on over 30 acoustic string, flute and percussion instruments from all over the world. During his time in Jamestown, he will perform and demonstrate for residents at Ave Maria Village on September 22.

There,  Green will take the audience on a whirlwind tour of musical instruments from around the world as he demonstrates 25 string, flute and percussion instruments and unusual rhythms and scales used in other cultures.

This engagement is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the North Dakota Council on the Arts and the Crane Group.


Open Mic Night is September 24, at 7-p.m.

Poets, writers, musicians, comedians, solos, duos, and any and all performers are welcome to share your talent with the community at our monthly open mic night. There will be a sign up sheet at the door. Please limit your piece to 10 minutes. A P.A. system, bass amp, guitar amp and music stands will be provided and facilitated by local musician Steve Kuykendall. Open mic night is back on The Arts Center gallery stage. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, social distancing is in place and masks are highly encouraged. ENJOY (as safely as possible)!!


Pre-registration required. Details and registration online at: www.jamestownarts.com



Saturdays: September 19 and 26 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join us for a family class where you work side by side with your child, you will be introduced

to the basic pinch, coil and slab hand-building techniques. Projects are designed to stimulate

creativity in a playful way—a great way to share time with your child! Be sure to wear clothes

you’re not afraid to get dirty. Includes all materials and kiln firing. Attendance at both sessions is

necessary for a glazed finished piece. $40 / $30 for members (1 child,1 adult).



Saturdays: October 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 10am – 12pm

Go over knitting basics of knit and purl stitches with straight needles, how to cast on

and off, and how to read knitting patterns by knitting washcloths and throw pillows.

Participants should bring needles size 7 and 10 for the class. All other supplies will be

provided. $100 / $90 for members.

Pottery and Hand-building with Bill Nybo

September 14 – September 25 • $80

Bill Nybo is back with another fun session in our pottery studio! This time around he will be

leading the class in a to-be-decided theme. The students will hand-build their own piece,

it will be dried and fired, and then they will have the chance to glaze it! Don’t miss out on

this fun after school class!


Art of Autumn with Dina Laskowski

September 28 – October 2 • $40

Learn about the many different colors and creative ways to make art in Autumn! In this

class, Dina Laskowski will be teaching the students how to use different aspects, such as

colors and outdoor items, of Autumn to create unique and wonderful art pieces!

Digital Art with ProCreate with Kathleen Roehm

October 5 – October 21 • $96

Education Coordinator Kathleen will teach students how to use the digital art software,

ProCreate, for iPad and iPhone. In this class, you will learn the basics on how to use layers,

sketching, line art, and color to create beautiful digital drawings. Bring your own iPad or

iPhone and stylus (if wanted) and the Arts Center will pay for the ProCreate software!

* No school / No Arts After School October 9