Windows, the latest gallery exhibit inside of Gallery 4, is now on display through the month of July.
From discarded windows found during clean up week to old cathedral frames, member artists from Gallery 4 share their artistic take on July’s creative theme and bring it together for a joint display inside of the gallery, with all of the pieces available for purchase.
Gallery 4 is a cooperative gallery owned and operated by member artists. In fact, it was founded in 1975 and is the longest consecutive-running artist cooperative gallery in the country. Each artist brings their own experience, expertise, and exhibits to the space at any given time, but one thing they all work together on is the “Feature Wall” located inside of the gallery.
“Here we get to take a different stance on being creative,” said Scott Seiler, member artist and area photographer.
Each month there is a new theme that each member artist uses for their inspiration, and then they use their preferred medium to create a piece for the group exhibit.
Past themes have been Monochrome, Bloom, and Stripes, but this month’s theme of Windows brings you insights into the artists’ talents, as well as the views they frame.
This monthly creative challenge for the artists has not only been a way to keep the creative spark going for the members, but it’s also been a light during the darker times of this past year. Like every other business, they had to pause their exhibits during the lockdown, but they started it up again as soon as they were able.
“We wanted to keep some sort of normalcy and prove to ourselves and our community that there were still things that they could count on to bring them joy,” Seiler said. “It was so good for all of us during this time. It kept us going.”
Gallery 4 currently consists of 15 member artists, with a handful of them retired art teachers or artists no longer in practice. The monthly theme features have been a great way for artists to keep the creative juices flowing and think outside of the box.
You can view the Windows exhibit through July and return each month to see the latest theme features, with the themes of Tributes, Escapes and Square planned for the rest of 2021.
“Visitors love coming in and checking out the feature wall. They come back month after month just to see what the artists came up with next,” Seiler says.
And while you’re there you can check out other works by local artists as well as the Made in Fargo Gift Shop that feature crafters and artisans from North Dakota and Minnesota.