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By Bonnie Davidson
The Courier 

Artists Find a Home

Welcome To Glasgow's New Wheat Grass Arts & Gallery


Bonnie Davidson / The Courier

Mary Fahlgren and her grandson, Liam, look at artist of the month Walt Thorn's work at Glasgow's new art gallery. The grand opening wiil be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 5.

A creative way to use wooden pallets now lines several artistic displays at the new Wheat Grass Art Gallery located in Glasgow. The art gallery has hopes of rekindling the love of art in the community and providing a home for those in the region who want to display their talents.

Mary Fahlgren, who opened the gallery, explained that this idea blossomed from the previous art gallery in Glasgow that closed. Currently she has nine regional artists who will have permanent spots to showcase their work. She'll have an artist of the month showcases to highlight local and regional artists. You'll be able to find all kinds of art, from metal sculptures and jewelry, to the oil paintings and watercolors.

The gallery will be sharing space with Little Campers Children's Clothing Boutique and a laundry service that picks up from Havre. The location on 531 2nd Ave. S. gives a unique environment.

While the gallery has already opened its doors, along with the clothing boutique, a grand opening will showcase the art and new gallery. The grand opening will take place on Saturday, July 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

The owner of the clothing boutique, Kristine Bowman, will also be included in the grand opening of her store. Gently used children's clothing are waiting to be reused.

"It's amazing to see how supportive everyone has been," Fahlgren said of the opening.

Fahlgren added that commission sales will be a part of the art gallery, and eventually she hopes to have visiting artists, lectures and perhaps some classes at the location. The activities will help keep the interest alive. She explained that she hopes that it will help support the arts and grow interest in the community.

For the month of July, the late Walt Thorn will be showcased. Thorn, whose water colors hang in the gallery, passed away in November. Fahlgren said he was a friend to many and an artist who started up later in life but did beautiful work. A new artist will be displayed on the first Friday of each month.

Other artists at the gallery are Leith DeWeese of St. Marie, Gloria Klind Jacobson of Hinsdale, Cathryn Sugg of Glasgow, Penny Strommen of Vandalia, Todd Mandeville of Saco, Dave Roos of Scobey, Megan Haddix of Fort Peck, and Fahlgren, who has ceramics and oil paintings displayed.

Fahlgren, a native to Texas, came to the area around 30 years ago. She's enjoyed the local flavor, but much of her art shows some of that Southern flare. She also works on the Fahlgren Angus ranch.


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