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Kevin Muiderman: Guitar Maker, Thompson ND

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Kevin Muiderman is a reconstructive plastic surgeon by day, and a guitar maker by night. After medical school, Kevin decided to learn more about guitar building and trained with master builders at the Leeds Guitar Maker's School in Massachusetts. By combining advanced materials like kevlar and carbon fiber with wood and traditional guitar building wisdom, Kevin builds double-top acoustic guitars that are as technically brilliant as they are beautiful.

Herd About the Prairie: A Visual Art Stampede | Buffalo Path

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Monte Yellow Bird talks about bison sculpture he created for Herd About the Prairie project. It is named Buffalo Path, the gathering. To Native American people, Buffalo is the very significant part of their culture.

Kim Brewster: Ice Carving

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Transforming a 300 pound block of ice into a work of art is quite an accomplishment, but Culinary Arts Instructor Kim Brewster loves his work. He uses a chainsaw and various chisels to carve ice into spectacular sculptures for his customers' special events.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Light Cavalry Overature

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This piece is actually the overture to Franz von Suppe’s operetta Light Cavalry. The operetta premiered in Vienna in 1866, and while the overture is in the repertoire of orchestras around the world, the full operetta is rarely performed.

Musical Concepts - Violin

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Benjamin Sung is the concertmaster of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra and has been playing the violin since he was three years old. He enjoys the range of expression that is possible with the violin, a member of the string family, and demonstrates an excerpt from an opera. Mr. Sung also introduces the parts that make up a violin.

Painting Concepts with Buck Paulson: Color Theory

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In this demonstration, Paulson shows how the use of color, both in the primed canvas and in the paint that is applied to it, creates energy and expression. Using both a paintbrush and a knife, he applies various colors and then demonstrates how blending them with a paper towel can create different moods through contrasting intensity and transparency.

Painting Concepts with Buck Paulson: Composition

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Buck Paulson discusses composition. How an object is placed in a picture. He shows examples and talks about highlights, perspective, contrast and figures.

Minnesota Legacy Short | John Hanson: Northern Lights

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Learn how in 1978 John Hanson set out to produce a low budget film set in North Dakota chronicling the Nonpartisan League, a political movement in the early 1900s that sought to give farmers a voice in their own destiny. The film was the surprise winner of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in 1980.

Richard Bresnahan: The Taste of the Clay | Glazing and Design Traditions

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This video clip explains how the eco-consciousness and farming roots of Master Potter Richard Bresnahan influence the creation of the glazes and pottery designs he chooses.

Welk Barn, Strasburg ND

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All careers begin somewhere, and Lawrence Welk's started on the family homestead farm in south central North Dakota. The original red barn stands not only as a marker for the farm, but as a monument to Welk’s legacy.

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