Current Exhibition May & June 2020
Laura Schmeling (click for brochure)
Laura Schmeling is originally from New Haven, Indiana. She grew up out in the country and had a strong connection with nature. At an early age she began to draw, paint and build things with wood or anything she could get her hands on. She earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where she specialized in drawing.
In 1999, Laura began her own business doing custom Artwork, Airbrushing, Murals, Metal Garden Art & Illustrations for people and businesses in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Laura has illustrated a book of inspirational poetry and two children’s books that have been published. She has actively participated in group and solo art shows and has taught classes through numerous venues, especially classes in acrylic painting and alcohol ink.
In 2009, Laura moved to Bemidji, Minnesota where she is a part of the vibrant art community and has the opportunity to explore the natural settings of the area. Her most recent artistic explorations have been in creating art pieces painted on handmade papers derived from natural materials such as pumpkin, asparagus, banana and pineapple.
In 2018, Laura applied for and was chosen to paint a fiberglass dog that was displayed outside of City Hall Downtown for the walking tour with the Bemidji Sculpture Walk. She's an avid Gardener, participates in the community as much as she can and especially loves to go fishing. Traveling, Artwork and Animals have always been a motivating passion in her life. Laura lives with her husband Wayne, young son Colter, and their two Spinone Italiano bird dogs, Isabella and Eleanor.
Prairie Plein Aire Artists video
Nine artists are displaying artwork for your garden. Click above for the tour brochure.
Member Artist Kirk Maize (click for brochure)
I began woodturning in the seventh grade. I continued to do woodturning and woodworking through college. I also sold some items and made furniture for my parent’s home. After moving to ND, I did not have access to a lathe until I started turning again in 2008 when I received a lathe for a Christmas present. I joined the Dakota Woodturners and began learning new techniques, attending woodturning conventions and symposiums, and visiting with other woodturners. My knowledge of woodturning grew as did my enjoyment of learning about different woods, designing pieces from different woods, and ways to embellish my work. When I first started woodturning, I put a piece in the lathe and started turning. Since working on designing techniques, I plan my design first and strive to achieve a pleasing design. There are so many different techniques being used in woodturning today. I enjoy trying them and seeing what works on which design and piece of wood. Learning from the experienced woodturners in the DWT Club has helped me grow in my skills. I am the current president of the Dakota Woodturners. I credit the club members for sharing their expertise, helping me and each other with difficulties we encounter, and encouraging each other to grow in our skills as woodturners. I appreciate their knowledge and their friendship.
I grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, attended school in Lincoln and graduated from Southeast Technical College in Mildford, Nebraska with a degree in machine tool technology. I moved to North Dakota and began working at Melroe. I began working for Basin Electric in 1978 and retired from Basin in 2016. I have been a member of the DWT since 2008. I am also a member of the Bismarck Downtown Art Cooperative, the Hazen Art and Craft Association, and the Bismarck Art and Gallery Association. My wife Linda and I have one son Allen, who enjoys helping us with our projects.