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Museum hosts art, wine show
July 19, 2019

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Rugby's Prairie Village Museum hosted an art and wine show last Friday evening featuring paintings by North Dakota artist Katrina Case.

Dakota Hills Winery served samples of sweet and dry wines made from local grapes and even rhubarb to attendees.

Case was on hand to chat and share her vision of North Dakota's natural beauty.

"This is all me," Case said of her oils and watercolors depicting sunlight falling on canola fields, storm clouds over the Badlands and the gaze of a grey wolf.

Case said she's always been drawn to nature.

"Landscapes are my favorite. They're what I go to when I'm just painting something for just me I always go for a landscape or an animal. I started painting when I was seven years old, and I'm 37 now, so it's 30 years of painting."

"I've really always been drawn to the oil paintings and to landscapes, and North Dakota is on my heart and soul when it comes to landscapes. It's beautiful. There's nothing like this anywhere else in the country that I've seen."

"And the clouds I'm obsessed with clouds and skies," she added.

Case said she was born in Wisconsin and lived in Michigan before moving to North Dakota four years ago.

"I live on Antelope Lake by Anamoose, and I believe it's on the county line between McHenry and Pierce Counties," Case noted.

Case said the best part of her new home is "the quietness. I lived for quite awhile in Michigan and there's constant noise. You can hear the cars and all the noise. Out at the ranch where I live, it's just quiet."

"You can hear nature. You can almost hear the trees growing. It's just been so good for me, mentally, spiritually and physically. I've been able to heal out here."

Case said she usually shows her paintings online. "I sell stuff off my website usually, and then this opportunity came up, so here I am. I'm hoping to get into Bismarck. That's on my list of things I'm trying to pursue."

"I have a studio," Case added. "My uncle let me take over the whole front room of his house. I teach art classes out there, one on one oil painting and such."

Case said she has adjusted well in the past four years to her relatively new home among the prairie potholes and lakes.

"It didn't take long for me to say, "yep, this is my home". I've never felt more connected with the land and the surroundings. Even the people have been so nice in welcoming me here. North Dakota's my home. I'm a North Dakota artist."

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