Watercolorist, photographer, hair stylist, and active community member Kim Jore goes above and beyond with her work when it comes to her sense of place. Her RiverZen Studio in Moorhead is a popular stop during the annual FMVA Studio Crawl (it might be her chili). Her series of paintings depicting local watering holes (like The Bismarck or The Nestor) appeal to our local pride and the places we gather. And, much of her work is site-specific, like her chalk drawings at the Moorhead Library from a couple years ago or her ongoing partnership with The HoDo Lounge, where her movie-themed window murals are currently up in conjunction with the Fargo Film Festival and Bros On Broadway.
That sense of place makes Kim a perfect candidate for our community profile series, What Gets Me Going, in which we get to know people based on the things they love.
What book, music, movie, artwork, etc., really gets you going? Why?
Music is part of my soul and I use it to inspire me, to create, to move, to meditate, to relax and be in a Zen atmosphere. Whatever I am working gets me going! I usually work on projects that involve a theme. Having a focus and a goal is key to my motivation and inspiration.
Movies are my secret getaway from the world. I love to go to the theater and watch movies. It is my inspiration for new ideas and soothes my soul. Lately, I have been trying to see all the Oscar movies. My favorites would be “American Hustle” and “12 Years A Slave.”
I am always reading a book, usually is a murder mystery. I like books because they let you imagine and visualize characters in a way that a movie or play can’t. Currently, I am reading the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child. I love a good murder mystery!
What artist, musician, etc., inspires you the most? Why?
This month I am teaching techniques of the Masters in my adult painting class. So, my inspirations are Van Gogh, Picasso, Sauet, Rembrandt, and my students. What my students or clients do and say gives me inspiration.
I do have to play music when I create. For example, working on the window at HoDo for the Bros on Broadway and Fargo Film Fest, I listened to movie soundtracks on my iPod. It put me in the mood to create and made me happy!
What’s something you saw or heard recently that you would recommend to others?
I would highly recommend the Fargo Film Fest. I was a judge for the short documentary category and there are amazing movies from all over the world and locally. The second thing I recommend is to take advantage of our beautiful city and groomed ski trails along the river. The view is breathtaking!
What local artist, musician, writer, etc., do you admire, and why?
There are many artists that I admire and are friends with. Right now I am working on a project with Dwight Mikkelson, a metal artist from Moorhead, and his talent and work amazes me.
I am a junior high youth director. Recently, I did a program where we talked how music affects your life daily, and on a spiritual level. I had a guest musician, Toby Mulvill, come and teach us how to beatbox. It was a enlightening experience! He is an amazing musican and person that I admire.
Christine Hoper is a local poet that I admire. Her words speak to me in great lengths and I love to paint to her poetry.
Any guilty pleasures you’d like to share?
My guilty pleasures are fine food and drink, traveling, fishing gear, and summer dresses!
Photos by the author.