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New 'Natural Beauty' exhibit captures essence of national parks

Natural Beauty exhibit on display at The Capital Gallery

Combine exquisite nature photography with intriguing ceramic sculptures and expressive, colorful paintings, and you’ve got the essence of “Natural Beauty,” the new art exhibit currently on display at The Capital Gallery in Bismarck. Items are the work of renowned artists Dave Bruner, photographer; Brad Bachmeier, potter; and Zhimin Guan, painter.

“The exhibit is inspired by the beauty of our national parks,” said Deb Jaeger, who coordinates donor and artist development for The Capital Gallery. “This is a great time to enjoy nature and spend time outdoors. A visit to the gallery would be a perfect beginning to your adventure – to experience the natural beauty our featured artists have captured.”

Bruner, a native of Carson in southwest North Dakota, grew up exploring the outdoors while camping, fishing, and hunting. Around age 12, with a Kodak film camera in hand, he developed an interest in photography that was renewed in recent years. He is passionate about capturing the beautiful landscapes in North Dakota and elsewhere, and his award-winning photography has been featured in several publications and calendars. He lives in Grand Forks and travels to art venues to display and sell his photography. All his images are available to be processed for prints on paper, metal, or canvas, in a variety of different sizes.

Bachmeier is one of only 19 brick sculptors in the nation as recognized by the American Brick Association. He has completed many large-scale pieces of public art and served as project coordinator for numerous others. His ceramic work though his business, Bachmeier Pottery, is collected around the world and can be found in such high-profile places as the Microsoft Permanent Collection, Michelle Obama’s personal collection, the ND Governor’s Residence, and many art centers and musems. Raised in Anamoose, ND, Bachmeier lives near Fargo and is chairman of the School of Art at Minnesota State University Moorhead. He also serves as the program director of Art Education and the coordinator of the Art Therapy Program.

Guan, born in Anhui, China, has been an art professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead since 1998. Besides his teaching and painting, he has conducted painting workshops and presentations around the country. His paintings are exhibited at prestigious galleries and art centers throughout the United States and China, including the China National Art Gallery, the China Academy of Fine Arts Museum, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and The Fraser Gallery in Washington, DC, among many others. During the past 20 years, Guan has been featured in more than 200 professional exhibitions and received more than 30 awards. His art has been published in numerous art magazines and is also in many permanent collections in both the United States and and China.

This exhibit is sponsored by Mann Signs and NorthWest Realty Group LLC. Click here to view a touch of what's on display.

NorthWest Realty Group LLC

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