Art is all over Fargo-Moorhead this weekend with a new gallery opening, an old photographer getting his due, an interesting look at unseen animals and an intriguing collaboration at the Plains Art Museum.

Dakota Fine Art

Thursday, May 31

Downtown Fargo's newest art gallery has a familiar feel. Dakota Fine Art, 11 8th St. S., features works by photographer Meg Spielman Peldo, glassblower Jon Offutt, furniture maker Steve Revland, printmaker Eric A. Johnson, woodturner Dale Cook, ceramicist Annette Marchand and painters Karen Bakke, Susan Morrissey and Jan Flom. Check out the space and the art at a gallery opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.


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Thursday, May 31

Music and visual art have often influenced each other, but a project tonight at the Plains Art Museum, 704 1st Ave. N., Fargo, shows how close the ties can be. "Chroma" features the debut of eight compositions Lisa Bost wrote inspired by a painting from Fargo artist and musician Marjorie Schlossman. Each of the eight scores will feature a different arrangement of musicians. The performance runs from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. This event is free and open to the public.

Mark Elton

Saturday, June 2

Mark Elton is known for his critter illustrations that are as colorful as they are creative. The artist has collected a number of these fanciful creatures in the bestiary "Atypical Animals." While he's used to gallery shows, Elton will show and discuss his work at the Red River Zoo, 4255 23rd Ave. S., Fargo. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission ranges from $7.75 to $9.75; or 701-277-9240.

Mike Lien

Sunday, June 3

The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum, 521 Main Ave., Moorhead, has brought new life to the work of late photographer Mike Lien. The Fargo native was a natural behind the camera, working his way up from photojournalist at The Forum to snapping national news for the New York Times before his death in 1977. As compelling as his images are, Lien's personal story is a dramatic one and will be shared by his nephew, Robert Gaffaney, who has digitized and archived the late artist's images. He'll talk about his uncle and his work at an opening reception at 2 p.m. Sunday; or 218-236-8861.

Nick Swardson

Sunday, June 3, & Monday, June 4

Nick Swardson's stay in Fargo got extended a day after the comic actor's Sunday night show at the Fargo Theatre, 314 Broadway, sold out, prompting a second appearance on Monday. A native of Minneapolis, Swardson opened eyes nationally with his role on "Reno 911!" and a regular in Adam Sandler movies like "Grandma's Boy" and "Sandy Wexler." He proved he could hold his own with a Comedy Central sketch comedy, "Nick Swardson's Pretend Time." Monday's appearance - intended for mature audiences - starts at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $35 to $85 for a VIP experience; or 866-300-8300.