The Dickinson Art Group will hold an auction and art exhibition


Oct. 27—DICKINSON — A local non-profit organization continues its fundraising efforts to see its dream of having an art museum and interactive science exhibit for children in Dickinson become a reality. The group, Southwest Art Gallery and Science Center, will host an auction dinner at the Dickinson Eagles Club on November 18.

The fundraising event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a social evening, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and an auction afterwards. A limited number of tickets are still available and range in price from $100 for individual general admission to a $10,000 VIP sponsorship table. The VIP sponsorship table includes complimentary bottle service and artwork.

Those unable to attend the event in person can still participate in the auction by registering online. Tickets and registrations are available at

Janelle Stoneking is president of the Southwest Art & Science Center Board and said the live auction will feature original artwork from several North Dakota painters, while the silent auction will include a variety of items donated by local businesses.

Stoneking would like to thank Rich & Kayleen Wardner, Shirley Dukart and all others who offered their contributions.

“We want to show this community that there are artists across the state who want to see this center come to fruition,” Stoneking said. “It’s unusual for artists to donate original pieces like this. Usually you’ll receive donated prints, but these are originals by very notable artists.”

All works of art auctioned will be exhibited during the 52nd edition

Badlands Art Exhibit

at the Prairie Hills Mall in Dickinson. The exhibition will be open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on November 11 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November 12 to 17. Alongside this event, the gallery will host the

Arbor Festival

Nov. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Among the 12 North Dakotans who donated artwork for the auction is

Michael Dunn,

a former art teacher at Dickinson High School from 1976 to 1988. Dunn also coached football during this time. He retired from teaching in 2016 and explained that creating art is a deep experience.

“When I create a painting, it’s about seeing beyond the obvious. For me, the process is about going beyond the general perception of the work I’m currently painting. When I’m working on a landscape – whether it’s either on location or in my studio – I see the vast spaces beautiful,” Dunn said in a press release. “Sometimes I feel the emotion or the meaning of a particular place. I find myself engaged not only physically, but emotionally and spiritually.”

For more information on this or other Southwest Art & Science Center events, readers are asked to contact Stoneking at 701-690-1934; or [email protected]

Additional information can be found on the SW Art Gallery and Science Center Facebook page



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