Welcome to Aptitude!

Creative art studios at West Acres

As we navigate the challenges associated with COVID-19, we have some health safety requests for our visitors.
We ask that individuals and groups please maintain six feet of social distancing between themselves and others, including the artists, whenever possible. We also encourage all visitors to wear masks if possible, and check with the artists before touching items.

Thank you for supporting our arts incubator studio spaces with your visit.

February Open Hours


4 pm – 8 pm


12 pm – 6 pm

Get in touch with our artists

Reach out for private appointments or swing by during our open studio hours


Jenny Junker

Yellow Chair Press




Lacey Hagensen

Brown Bird Handmade

(papercrafts, jewelry, bath)

topchick@brownbirdhandmade.market, 701-793-4168


Nicole Nistler

Dandelion Crafted

(handmade jewelry)



Spencer Johannes

SRJ Ceramics




Steph Norton

Wander Made

(handmade home products)



Tara Kay Fermoyle

Fermie Studios

(ceramics, design)


Apply for Studio Space

Fill out this quick form and we will get back to you shortly.

This is not a formal application but an easy step in the right direction. Please include any questions you may have.

Find us next to Best Buy

Aptitude has the intriguing mystery of the wardrobe in C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Our long entryway could dissuade some, but the inviting “Creativity Takes Courage” sign from Fireline Neon Company and Cereal quoting Henri Matisse imprints curiosity despite  initial hesitation.

Once people walk down the hallway, however, a whole new world of charming artist studios opens up to them. Going even further, we want Aptitude to be the place that opens up to the rest of the arts in the community, too.

Read more about what we envision Aptitude to be in “Looking Ahead by Looking Back,” a blog by CEO Dayna Del Val.