Art for the Holidays Sale coming up!

Chief by Beverly Benda, Acrylic Mixed Media Collage on canvas

Saturday, December 9th,2023 is the  Art for the Holidays Sales event which will be held at the Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th Street North, Fargo, ND from 10 am -5pm. Beverly and I will be there to sell our original watercolors, acrylics, and mixed media collages and Christmas cards. We will also have flyers available for the March Beginning Drawing and Watercolor workshop held this coming March 4th-8th at the NDSCS campus in north Fargo. If you ever had the desire to start watercolor, this is the workshop to take. Download a flyer here Beginning Drawing and Watercolor.

At the Arts for the Holidays event, I will be sharing my plein-air watercolors that were created this past summer and fall, thanks to the Lake Region Arts Council and McKnight Foundation.

This winter Double Trouble Gallery and Mourning Dove Studio in Moorhead, MN will be open by appointment only if you are interested in purchasing larger works of original art for your home or business. Please call Barbara at 218-443-1126 to set up an appointment.

Beverly and I look forward to seeing you on December 9th!

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LRAC grant for plein air watercolors completed

In June, I received a Lake Region Arts Council grant for the purpose of bettering my skills as a plein-air artist with watercolor as my medium. Thanks to LRAC and the McKnight Foundation, I was able to travel around Minnesota and paint water reflections on ponds and lakes. I appreciate receiving this opportunity as I’ve been desiring more time to paint outdoors for several years. The grant lit a match under me to continue to do this often in all seasons. Here is a sampling of some of my works from Lake Sissebakwet in Cohasset, MN and Lake Victoria in Alexandria, MN. Thank you, Lake Region Arts Council and McKnight Foundation!

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Looking ahead….

Cooper’s Hawk by Barbara Benda, Watercolor, 2023.

 It’s not too early to look ahead…or to sign up to take a class to tap into your own creative abilities.

October 7-8th FMVA Studio Crawl 12-6pm

40 Artists open their studios to the public /I am #1 on the map. Download a brochure at

809 20th Street North, Moorhead, MN

I will be showcasing my plein-air studies of lakes, wetlands, and landscapes of Minnesota. Thanks to the Lake Region Arts Council with funding from the Knight Foundation, I have received a grant to accomplish this project.

October 25th Seeing Things Differently: the Short Course in Sketching

Nov. 1 Seeing Things Differently Part II: Expanding Your Sketching Skills

Nov. 8 Let’s Sketch Birds!

Register through Moorhead Community Education or call  218-284-3400.

                           December 9: Arts for the Holidays Sale at Fargo Civic Center 

March 4-8th,2024* Beginning Drawing and Watercolor Workshop 

This is my “signature” watercolor workshop for all levels of artists, with every exercise and lesson starting at the beginning. Advance payment is recommended to ensure reserving a seat.  Download a flyer to learn more about this course that has been described by one student as “a course that taught me more in one week than a 9 week college painting class.” This workshop includes all the essentials for  successful handling of watercolors.

Please download a flyer and registration form by clicking Beginning Drawing and Watercolor

If you would prefer to receive a flyer and registration form in the US Postal mail, please  email Barbara directly with your home address and she will promptly mail you a form.

Where: NDSCS campus, 1305 19th Ave N

Fargo, ND 58102   9:00-3:30 daily

*note date was changed to March 4-8th, due to schedule changes at NDSCS

May 4th and May 11th, 2024  Spring Open House Art Show and Sale 10-6pm

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