From the opalescent Designs by Krista Marie to statement pieces from photographer Char Marie Flood, Fargo-Moorhead’s artists are gearing up for another sparkling holiday season.
As locals start their holiday shopping, several artists are working long hours to stock up on gifts to sell and get ready for a busy time of year.
The following handmade creations could make a great gift to fit any style this holiday season.
Brandi Malarkey has been known to dabble in various mediums. Her intricate watercolor paintings, for example, are a labor of love. Exploring art forms like calligraphy, illuminations, photography and gouache, the It’s All Malarkey founder studies nature throughout her artwork.
The next evolution for Malarkey includes making beads. With a gas tank buzzing in the background of her home studio, Malarkey melts and whips glass into designs that are as playful as they are minimalist.
“Go ahead, play with fire,” Malarkey jokes. “It’s true of all arts, not just glass, but people get this idea that they have to be perfect at something before they can do it, but I just kind of launch in. I’m not an expert at any of the art I do, I just get bored easily and I switch gears.”
Some of the results of this gear-switching take form in little blue turtles and fun snowmen available at Gallery 4, 115 Roberts St. N., in downtown Fargo.
Dina Schulz is a jeweler and third-generation rockhound. Born in California, she’s traveled all over the country collecting rocks as she goes. While her style has yet to be set in stone, the woman behind Rockgirl Studio knows one thing for sure.
“I love all kinds of rocks,” says Schulz. “Some of them I do buy, but they mean more to me when I’m making them if it’s something I’ve found.”
Back from a recent dig in South Dakota, Schulz is busy arranging her studio inside the lofted space known as Aptitude that’s opening in Fargo’s West Acres Mall at the end of this month. Except for large totes filled to the brim with jewelry, the rest of her displays and shelves are nearly complete.
“I want to make pieces that are classic so they stand the test of time, but I also want them to be modern,” Ulrich says. “My favorite stones to work with are the iridescent stones like pearl and druzy quartz that give off a fire.”
Besides the one-of-a-kind pieces she creates as Designs by Krista Marie, Ulrich also does repairs and refabrications for customers, such as a pair of vintage clip-on earrings a client requested be turned into a pendant and bracelet set. These orders represent an ever-changing set of challenges that often require new tools, but Ulrich’s creative mind is always ready to explore new art forms.
Be sure to check out Designs by Krista Marie at the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase at Scheels Arena, 5225 31st Ave. S., Fargo, taking place 4-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. Her work will also be available Red River Coffee Co.’s Holiday Show on Dec. 14.
Biologist by day, Birgit Pruess explores art through a scientific lens. She primarily works in photography, but also enjoys wire wrapping and electro-forming stones, shells, fossils and arrowheads. Her work is available at Gallery 4, the Spirit Room and during the Holiday Art Markets at Aptitude.
Known for their copper cladding, creations from the mother-daughter duo called c.lizzy’s are available online at c.lizzy’s.com or in person during the Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase and during a holiday pop-up in their studio Dec. 11-13.
With an affinity for creating bold statement pieces including organic tones and recycled beads, photographer Char Marie Flood’s work is available by appointment in her home studio. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a viewing.