MOORHEAD — Artist Kim Jore is hoping the pandemic-inspired project that took her to nearly every small town in the region will become a popular stocking stuffer this season.
Jore sits in Riverzen Art Studio in Moorhead, cutting up photos of small towns, and transforming them into a Christmas collage
"I thought, 'I want to celebrate small towns, because I am from a small town,'" Jore explained.
Copies of the pictures that Jore took at the early days of the pandemic. Traveling to towns like Hawley, Detroit Lakes, Borup and dozens of others within a 50-mile radius of Moorhead.
"You discover new things, I am an artist and I am visual, so traveling around the country and seeing it, rather than driving by the towns, go in the towns. Each town is different," Jore said.
They can be for anyone who wants to show off their favorite town on a coffee cup, bag, T-shirt or framed picture.
"What is the first thing you hear when you meet a new person? 'Where do you work, where are you from,'" Jore said.
Jore says those quiet days of photographing small towns during a pandemic reminded her of what they all shared. Elevators, churches a bar, and a deeply-woven camaraderie, which is now documented through her art.