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“True Blue: A Venture in Southwest North Dakota” exhibit to open Feb. 13
Post Date: Feb 02 2015

The Joachim Museum at the Dickinson Museum Center will host an exhibit opening reception for “True Blue: A Cyanotype Venture in Southwest North Dakota,” by Sabrina Hornung, on Friday, Feb. 13 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The exhibit features photographs of southwestern North Dakota scenes developed using the Victorian-era Cyanotype method.
The opening reception is free of charge and open to the public. Wine, beer and appetizers will be served, and music will be provided by Joel Walters on piano. Selected prints featured in the exhibit will be available for sale. “True Blue: A Cyanotype Venture in Southwest North Dakota will remain on exhibit until April 30.

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Hornung, an artist from Fargo, N.D., said she was inspired to create the collection by her realization that the North Dakota she grew up in was rapidly changing, and by her desire to document and share its history. Having spent a considerable amount of time in the southwestern region of the state, she was intrigued by the pockets of culture surrounding the Ukrainian, Czech and German Russian communities, she said.
 
“I was fascinated by how intact the local history is within the small communities I visited and enchanted by the ingenuity, creativity and kindness of the people I met along the way,” Hornung said. “I fell in love with the land and the history that came with it.”
 
The exhibit consists of a series of images that document examples of folk art, ghost towns, pioneer cemeteries and events that preserve pioneer ways of life, such as threshing bees and regional museums. Hornung processed the photographs as Cyanotypes, producing vivid cyan blue prints on watercolor paper, and then embellishing some of them with watercolor pencil. 
 
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“It’s a fabulous opportunity to support the arts and to explore southwestern North Dakota in a new way,” said Dan Ingram, museum coordinator. “Ms. Hornung’s use of an antiquated photographic process combined with her historically significant subject matter combine to produce a delightful exhibit.”
 
Hornung was born in Jamestown, N.D. and currently resides in Fargo, N.D.  She attended Minnesota State University-Moorhead in pursuit of photography. She has received multiple awards for her mixed media work from the JFAA annual juried exhibitions from the Arts Center in Jamestown, N.D., Pekin Days Art Festival in Pekin, N.D., and The Badlands Art Association in Dickinson, N.D.  She has participated in multiple group shows including a three woman exhibition entitled “Prairie Trifecta”. 
 
She has participated in The Rourke Art Museum’s Midwestern invitational since 2008 in Moorhead, Minn.  She also has had solo exhibitions at Gallery 13, The Spirit Room Gallery, and at The Plains Art Museum in Fargo N.D.  Her pieces are featured in private collections as well as the collections at the Wurst Bier Hall in Fargo N.D. and the Oskar Hornung Haus and Museum in Stutensee Germany.
 
The Dickinson Museum Center is a museum complex located in Dickinson, N.D., consisting of the Joachim Museum, the Pioneer Machinery Museum and Prairie Outpost Park. The Joachim Museum partners with the City of Dickinson, The Stark County Historical Society and others to create a greater understanding of the region by portraying its historical heritage. The Dickinson Museum Center collects, preserves, and interprets the history of southwestern North Dakota through its collections and public programs while promoting the arts, cultural tourism and historic preservation.
 
For more information, contact the museum at (701) 456-6225, info@dickinsonmuseumcenter.com or visit www.dickinsonmuseumcenter.com.
 
 
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True Blue badlands: This image of the badlands was taken by Fargo artist Sabrina Hornung and developed using the Cyanotype method. It is part of the new exhibit opening Feb. 13 at the Joachim Regional Museum, Dickinson Museum Center.
 
Erick Noble: Museum Assistant Erick Noble hangs the Cyanotype prints for the “True Blue: A Cyanotype Venture in Southwest North Dakota” exhibit opening Feb. 13 at the Joachim Regional Museum, Dickinson Museum Center.
 
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