Gearing up for the Studio Crawl!

Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after. – Henry David Thoreau
Fishing for something? I believe that all people are born with a desire to create something. We mimic the Creator with our hands, our minds, our hearts. Beverly, my twin sister, and I have loved creating a variety of artworks with a variety of materials. At age 10, we sat by the Bois de Sioux River near the Wahpeton-Breckenridge bridge and wove mats out of reeds to pretend we were living in an Indian Village. Many people return to their pasttimes of age 10-11 because they realize that was a true representation of what they were meant to do. Now, many years later, we find ourselves contented as we “weave” with paint, glue, old road maps, interesting gems that we have hung onto for some purpose unknown. We arrange them on canvases and boards and watch as they evolve into art. We believe you can do the same. I will be demonstrating this process in the upcoming FMVA Studio Crawl event. Please consider this your invitation to attend to be inspired to create your own art.
  • October 3-4, 12pm-6pm daily. FMVA STUDIO CRAWL  I will be demonstrating a variety of art techniques this year.  Physical distancing, use of hand sanitizers, and masks will be recommended for all visitors. This free event is open to all ages. You are invited to attend this event held at Mourning Dove Studio, 809 20th St. North Moorhead, MN. Online brochure can be downloaded at
  • All Drawing and Watercolor workshops have been postponed until further notice. Private lessons and small workshops can still be scheduled by appointment only. I will be available after October 15th for scheduling. If you received a gift certificate for lessons, it is up to you to contact me. There are no expiration dates on gift certificates.
  • Double Trouble Gallery, the new addition to Mourning Dove Studio in Moorhead, MN, is open by appointment only. You will be able to do physically-distanced shopping at your convenience. Afternoons and early evenings are the best times to visit the gallery. Call Barbara at 218-443-1126 to make an appointment for shopping.
May God bless you as you enter a new season -perhaps a season of self-discovery and joy through creating art!- Barbara

Skipper by Beverly Benda

Beverly with Camarillo Trout

Barbara with Patriot Trout

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Still Looking Up!

Still Looking Up by Barbara Benda Nagle ©2020  This painting is a revisit of my 2006 painting called Birches: Looking Up, an oil painting. The biggest difference is I tried the same image on black watercolor paper, using white gouache to mix in with my watercolors. This painting was accepted into the 2020 National Juried Art Exhibition sponsored by our local Red River Watercolor Society. My painting received a Purchase Award. It’s a painting about my faith in God to get me through the trials of life. There have been so many I often wonder how Job was able to manage…he couldn’t depend on his friends; his family was gone, his wealth gone, he was stricken with boils- Job lost everything tangible in his life, YET his faith in God saved him mentally, spiritually, physically. Still Looking Up is about faith and having the perseverance to push through the obstacles and hardships, knowing that God has a great result at the finish line for those who trust in Him. God has given me some wonderful gifts: family, Christian friends, golf, gardens, and hope-the  greatest  gift  of  all.

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Private lessons available in lieu of cancelled workshops

I am regretfully letting you know that the August workshop below has been cancelled due to Moorhead Public Schools closing until the school start in fall. I am available for private lessons at my home studio, Mourning Dove Studio in Moorhead, MN. Please contact me at 218-443-1126 to arrange to have your personal learning needs met. Thank you! 

Beginning Drawing and Watercolor 5-Day Workshop  CANCELLED due to COVID-19 mandates

with Barbara Benda Nagle

August 3-7th,2020

Moorhead Community Education

Probstfield Elementary School,

Moorhead, MN

Join Barbara Benda Nagle, professional artist and instructor, as she provides her unique curriculum for learning how to draw and paint. With over 35 years of teaching experience, she simplifies complex art concepts so all levels of learners may succeed.

 In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to execute a variety of drawing and watercolor techniques
  • How to make sense of the color wheel and use it to your advantage
  • How to use “value” (lights and darks) to make paintings dramatic
  • How to design your painting rather than copy photographs
  • How to create strong, dynamic compositions

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily (with lunch on your own)

Location: Probstfield Elementary School, 2410 14th Street South, Moorhead, MN

Participant profile: All levels of learners, ages 15 and up.

 Class size: Limited to the first 12 paid registrations. Social distancing will be incorporated into the classroom setting.

 Please register online at or call 218- 284-3400.

The fee of $395 will cover instruction and handouts for 5 days. Supplies are extra. A supply list is available on Barbara’s website at OR….. you may order a Supply Kit for $195 by contacting Barbara directly at The Supply Kit includes everything on the required supply list.

If you need special accommodations, or have any questions, please contact Barbara at 218-443-1126 or email her at

To learn more about the artist, please visit


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