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Spirit Room hosts whimsical contest

posted Feb 24, 2019, 1:45 PM by Andrew Tichy
By: Patrick Wirries 

On Thursday, February 14, Spirit Room held a competition between local and regional artists called, “Wonderful Works of Whimsy.” This competition allowed artists to paint, build, draw, or sketch along the common theme, “whimsy.” Artists from all around Moorhead, Fargo, Detroit Lakes, and Fergus Falls competed with artworks varying from hares fighting, starfish on the beach, a 3D model of a getaway resort hotel, kids riding large chickens, and much more. Most of these artists were graduates from local colleges, such as MSUM or Concordia who took up art as a hobby rather than a career. This competition stood as a great option for upcoming artists, professional artists, and those who enjoy creating works of art for enjoyment.

First place winner of the competition, Larry Simpson, won with his beautiful duo photography of a child appearing to ride on a chicken. Simpson has enjoyed photography since he was but a small child, his father giving him his first camera. Since that day, he has taken hundreds of photos of landscape, people, food, and more. Simpson is trying to acquire a large skill in the art, while following his passion.

For those who didn’t win, Spirit Room still congratulates all the other entries, and allows everyone to be able to display their art in the gallery. This provides a lot of recognition for upcoming artists, as well as pride, knowing their art will be shown to the public. While Spirit Room may not be a large gallery, it is a more attainable way to grow than aiming for a museum. Spirit Room is a wonderful stepping stone for students who are wanting to learn the arts, or those with an understanding of creating art, since the gallery does offer lessons.