In the late 19th century, supplies of ledger books made their way to the Midwest from traders, missionaries, and the Plains Indians put the paper to use by evolving hide paintings to a more commonly-available medium. Today, artists like Monte Yellow Bird (AKA Black Pinto Horse) continue this tradition with their own unique flourish. Monte Yellow Bird, of White Shield, graduated from Minot State University and has received a number of awards and accolades for his work, and is the owner of the Black Pinto Horse Fine Arts company, which has been showcased around the world. Butch Thunder Hawk, of Bismarck via Standing Rock, has taught tribal arts at United Tribes Technical College since for 46 years, and has his work on display at the Harvard University-Peabody Museum, the Thomas Jefferson House Foundation, and the James Monroe House Museum, and was asked to reproduce the Horse Memorial Effigy in Kansas.
Hundreds of animals found a temporary home at the Souris Valley Animal Shelter after the Minot Flood of 2011 – including Pickles, a one-year old Border collie mix. Pickles was adopted by Kat Socks’ mother-in-law, and is now the subject of the Socks’ first book, “Pickles the Dog – Adopted in North Dakota.”
While Linda Renaud has been a painter for most of her life, she discovered watercolor wax batik – a layering process of wax and paint – while receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer. Now in remission, Linda has received several awards and exhibitions for her work, which is inspired by natural wildlife.
photo by so flow