Holiday Art Auction Items

We have had a few bids on some very interesting and good art donated by area artisans. This fundraiser is how the art association is able to bring artists to Ellendale.

It helps with the North Dakota Gallery exhibitions, Kid's Art and Art for Life at the Prince of Peace Care Center. Your donations are returned to the Ellendale community. So this is the chance to own some original art and support a good cause as the same time.

I hope you will help us and take advantage of this silent auction by bidding on items simply by replying to this email:

Bidding ends at noon on December 22.

I will point out a few pieces.

We have great note cards donated by Ellen Jean Diederich one of the top water colorists in the upper Midwest.

Diederich has been painting professionally since 1985, working primarily as a watercolorist. She has expanded her painting into acrylics. Her passion for painting came long before her recognition as an award-winning artist.

Growing up on a farm in Staples, Minnesota, she had excellent high school art teachers. She went on to MSUM where she graduated with a bachelor degree fine art and art education. During her college years, she developed strong drawing skills by creating portraits for various businesses.

Living in Fargo, Ellen draws inspiration for her paintings from her farm experiences, hometown, and travels. She enjoys painting animals, flowers and architecture. Many of her paintings of Fargo can be seen in buildings such as the Fargo Theatre, Bell State Bank Lobby, Sanford Medical Center and many private collections. Many original pieces are available as giclée reproductions.

Ellen has a signature membership in the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, the Red River Watercolor Society, the Watercolor Society of Alabama and Watercolor West.

Another great artist who has donated his work to our event is Shane Balkowitsch who has contributed an artist proof of his great wet plate "THE CAPSIZING OF HUMANITY."

Shane is arguably the best wet plate photographer in the United States. He has worked with well known figures from all over the country.

Wet plate collodion is one of the earliest forms of photography.

Frederick Scott Archer has been credited with inventing this historic process back in 1848. It became very popular worldwide but then quickly died off in the 1880's when a more convenient way of taking photographs was invented.

In recent years, there has been a small revival of the process when a number of contemporary photographers decided to go back to the roots of photography and embrace the old.

Making a wet plate is difficult, timely, costly, unpredictable and requires a high degree of commitment.

The images can be captured on glass (ambrotype) or on metal (tin type). The word "ambrotype" is translated in Ancient Greek as "immortal impression."

Digital photography of today relies on technology, wet plate photography relies on 160-year-old chemistry, a bit of magic and some luck.

Below is an overview of some of the items in the auction (larger versions of the items can be viewed in the slideshow at the top of this page):