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‘Creative Spirits’ in Jamestown

Submitted photo Lydia Richez-Bowman will show this mixed-media piece, “Painted Desert,” as part of the “Creative Spirits” exhibit at the Arts Center in Jamestown.

The next exhibit at the Arts Center in Jamestown, “Creative Spirits,” features the works of two artists who work in mixed media.

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The exhibit opens Jan. 9 and runs through March 1. The Arts Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Sally Jeppson, the Arts Center’s gallery manager, said the exhibit will feature works by Lydia Richez-Bowman, an abstract artist born in Nice, France, raised in San Diego, and now a Bismarck resident after moving there with her family.

Tammy Jones has a master’s in fine arts from Minnesota State University Moorhead at Mankato, Minn., and has taught art classes at the Arts Center as a resident artist. Jeppson said Jones has two studios, one for ceramic work and one for painting, and her current works explore the relationship of chaos and stillness and how each is used to fill up the space between those two extremes.

“They will both have works in 3D (three dimensions) and 2D (two dimensions) and their works are very colorful,” Jeppson said.

Jeppson said the two artists share a willingness to venture into non-traditional methods and thrive on experimentation. The artists describe the work they do for their art as a spiritual endeavor, according to Jeppson.

Richez-Bowman’s work is being shown as part of a touring show as well. Jeppson said Richez-Bowman likes to use gold leaf and metals in her artwork and said her art is influenced by the light, energy and culture of Southern California, as well as the seasons in North Dakota.

Jones has worked as a high school art teacher. She taught everything from printmaking and computer-applied art to photography and fiber art.

As to her current work, Jones said chaos is present in her works in the variety of materials used to create the paintings, ceramic tiles and sculptures, while the stillness is found in how the materials were used.

“The balance between chaos and stillness provides us with unity and a spiritual journey within,” she said.

The exhibit is sponsored by the North Dakota Art Gallery Association with support from the North Dakota Council on the Arts.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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