FMVA Hosts Reception for “Self Portrait” Constraint Show Monday

Fargo-Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) provides a new definition to the word “selfie” in its 9th annual Constraint Show.

The FMVA, a volunteer-run organization of nearly 200 visual artists and arts supporters, hosts a Constraint Show every summer to encourage artists to expand their thinking and create work around a particular theme.

This year, the Constraint Show takes place at Twist with the theme “Self Portrait.”

FMVA invites the public to the Constraint Show reception from 6 – 9 p.m. Monday, June 25 at Twist, located at 220 Broadway in downtown Fargo.

For some, the idea of a self-portrait can be a visceral experience. It challenges artists to be introspective and ask themselves, “Who am I? How do I represent myself? How do I see myself?”

“As humans it may be hard for us to decide exactly what a traditional versus contemporary self portrait could be. This show does exactly that,” says local printmaker and FMVA member Amanda Heidt.

Heidt adds that the show has 3D and 2D works that opens up the idea of alternative exhibition spaces.

“Living the Dream” by Jon Offutt offers a glimpse at how the local glassblower represents himself.

During the reception, the FMVA is also having its annual meet and greet, which is an opportunity for artists to meet board members and network with other artists.

“Alone Again” by local artist and FMVA member Punchgut.

“Self Portrait” is on display at Twist until August 4 during regular business hours. (Although Twist is usually closed on Mondays, the restaurant is opening up specifically for the reception on June 25.)

For more information on the FMVA, visit fmva.org.

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