When Shelley Cords-Swanson was engaged to be married, she thought she should get a sewing machine and learn how to use it to hem pants, patch garments and other such duties. “I got the idea one day to see if I could make a quilt,” the Odin, MN, resident said. So she ordered a quilt…Read More
It’s not often that you see a crayfish pictured in a work of art, let alone an actual crayfish shell. Yet, Mary Jo Daniels makes it beautiful. The Spirit Lake artist is a master at taking simple objects from nature and turning them into something creative and intriguing. See her mixed media art on display…Read More
A family boating get-together. A butterfly flitting through the prairie. A walk through wildflowers. Outdoor experiences such as these deeply influence Eagle Grove resident Diane O’Hern’s artwork, which will be evident in her multi-media exhibit featured April-June in the eARTh exhibit area at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji. O’Hern began work on the…Read More
- Explore Nature and Tell Your Story
June 1, 2016
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
David Thoreson will teach people how to create their own visual stories during his class 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at the Dickinson County Nature Center. The Explore Nature and Tell Your Story class will combine aspects of visualization, photographic composition and storytelling.
Students high-school age or older should have a basic understanding of photography. Participants should bring a camera — anything from a smartphone to a DSLR and lenses — as well as a tablet or laptop with power cords to work on a digital presentation. Some knowledge of Powerpoint or Keynote will also be helpful for registrants.
The class costs $50 and has a minimum of six students to be held and a maximum of 15 students. To register, contact the Dickinson County Nature Center at 712-336-6352 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Participants also may drop off their class payments, made out to David Thoreson, during nature center open hours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday (through Memorial Day weekend) or 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (starting Memorial Day weekend).
As Marisa Sidles paddles her kayak, the nature around her fills her with artistic inspiration. “I get this up-close and personal view,” she said. Acrylic paintings of sloughs, found metal sculptures of insects, collages of birds — Sidles will display “Birds, Bugs and Wetlands” themed art in the eARTh exhibit area February-April at the Dickinson…Read More
When Anita “Katie” Plucker’s 2014 watercolor workshop ended, she immediately booked the Dickinson County Nature Center for a second class. Let’s Build a Watercolor Painting will be held 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 12-14 at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji, and the class is filling up fast. Plucker said the course will be different…Read More