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Dunn exhibit to open in Fargo

The Uptown Gallery will present Fargo visual artist Michael D. Dunn’s solo exhibition, “New and Newly Revealed Work.” The  opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, with a gallery talk at 7 p.m.

Dunn has achieved national recognition his impressionistic paintings and pastels  inspired by this region’s prairies.

“My work is about seeing beyond the obvious. It is about moving past the general  perception of our prairie land being visually boring, plain and flat, and seeing its  potential,” he said. “As I create paintings, I see the vast magnificent spaces. At  times, I feel the emotion or sense of a particular place and often find myself not  only being physically engaged, but emotionally and spiritually engaged as well.”

Dunn has been a practicing professional artist and visual arts educator since 1975.

He’s taught art at Moorhead High School for more than 30 years.

“I am very blessed to be a visual arts educator and practicing professional artist.  These two professions have allowed me to constantly refill my cup of knowledge,”  Dunn said. “Allowing my students to see me as a student as well as a teacher adds  a human element to their learning.”

Born and raised in Fargo, Dunn attended North Dakota State School of Science in pre-education, completed his Bachelor of Science in art and physical education at Valley City (N.D.) State University, and earned a Master of Studio Art from  Minnesota State University Moorhead.

“New and Newly Revealed Work” is on view Sept. 18 through Oct. 11, at The Uptown Gallery, 74 Broadway.

Uptown Gallery business hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday,  11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment.

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