Bismarck native comes home for first solo exhibition

BISMARCK, N.D. - The development of Downtown Bismarck has brought unique businesses to the state capital. It's also brought an artist home. It's not easy to label Jessica Wachter's artwork.

"People always ask you to describe it, to put words to it. That's not my gift. My gift is really painting that and bringing color to it,” said Wachter.

The Bismarck native has traveled throughout the country, putting her work on exhibition. Now she's come home to make her own mark

"Bismarck will always have my heart. I don't know how long I'll be staying here, it's indefinite. But at the same time, right now it's been a perfect fit,” said Wachter.

Jessica has a four-month exhibition in Bismarck, something Capital Gallery Director David Borlaug has been trying to bring to downtown.

"We knew before we opened that we wanted Jessica in here. We just need to give her a little time because these are gigantic pieces, they're gargantuan,” said Borlaug.

The pieces take months or even years to create, but Jessica says there isn't a set goal for each piece.

"I don't know what the end game is or what the end process is, as long as I can keep doing this and what I feel is my gift and my calling and what I love, I'll be happy," said Wachter.

All she wants is an ending that's picture perfect. Her exhibit will open to the public on Sept. 8 and run through Dec. 31.

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