February 15, 2016
Public Invited to Learn Papermaking at the ND Heritage Center
BISMARCK - The public is invited to experience the traditional art of papermaking at “Recycled Art: Papermaking” Feb. 20 at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum, Bismarck. This is a featured activity within the larger exhibition “Green Revolution.”
Participants can visit between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Artist and teacher Andrea Vinje will help participants use recycled paper, egg cartons, flowers, and seeds to create sheets of paper. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Those participating will transform the recycled materials into sheets of paper by blending ingredients together and using a papermaking mold. The finished paper may be taken home by participants. “Art is uniquely individual. We all have an artist within us,” says Vinje. “I use art to teach self-expression, history, ecology, geography, and culture.”
Green Revolution is an eco-friendly exhibit with a minimal carbon footprint. It addresses critical issues concerning the future health of our planet. Through hands-on activities and historic objects, visitors will gain awareness of sustainability and learn simple ways to help protect our air, water, soil, and environment. Green Revolution is a national exhibit that is based on an exhibition originally created by the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, and made available by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The State Historical Society of North Dakota has personalized the exhibit by adding historic examples of North Dakota sustainability such as clothing made from flour sacks.
Vinje has a fine/studio art degree from the University of Minnesota and an art education degree from Moorhead State University. She has worked at Studio Seven in Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, and has experience teaching art in museums, hospitals, and public and private schools. Vinje is currently the art teacher at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit Elementary in Bismarck.
Find more about Green Revolution at history.nd.gov/greenrevolution. For more information about the Recycled Art program, contact Erik Holland, 701.328.2792. For more programs sponsored by the State Historical Society of North Dakota, go to history.nd.gov.
Erik Holland, 701.328.2792
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