Barbara Benda Nagle

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Barbara Benda NagleI am a visual artist who was raised in Wahpeton, North Dakota and now lives in Moorhead, Minnesota. In 2014 I left my career of teaching in public school to explore my dream of being a full-time artist and independent teacher in private and community settings. I have Art Education and Elementary Education degrees from Minnesota State University Moorhead in Moorhead, Minnesota. I teach group and private lessons, specializing in designing courses for those who say, “I am not an artist; I can’t draw a stick person; I don’t have an artistic bone in my body,….” I like to empower people to create and enjoy working with various media. I teach courses in sketching, watercolor, mixed media collage, and workshops that explore elements, principles, and composition within the mediums of drawing and watercolor.
I also take workshops myself to enlighten my mind and improve my skills as an artist. IBarbara Benda Nagle have learned from nationally known teachers Frank Webb, Roy Swanson, Ratindra Das, Dale Laitinen, Robert Burridge, Janet Rogers, Marilyn Hughey Phillis, June Young, Michael Schlichting, Donna Zagotta, Arne Westerman, Michael Reardon, Anda Styler, Tom Francesconi, Keiko Tanabe, Andy Evansen, and Mark Mehaffey. These teachers have all been a blessing to me and I am so grateful for their expertise and knowledge that they generously share. My studio is named Mourning Dove Studio. I have a penchant for birds, and the mourning dove represents my mother, the most important influence in my life. She used to stand on the back steps and call my sisters and me home at night by mimicking the call of the mourning dove.
She encouraged me at a young age to pursue my interests in art, nature, sports, and Barbara Benda Naglereading. My work is emotionally and spiritually inspired by everything around me to include music, nature, sports, people, animals, and the simplest of objects, such as a pebble or a twig. I believe that being an artist is a gift from God and one of life’s greatest blessings. To honor Him, I enjoy sharing my knowledge of art with others. It gives me great happiness to share my process of creating art from start to finish. I am a part-owner of Gallery 4 Ltd. Artist’s Cooperative, located in downtown Fargo at 114 North Broadway. I am a signature member of the Red River Watercolor Society and a member of the Fargo Moorhead Visual Artists (FMVA) in Fargo,ND-Moorhead,MN.
I am also a member of The Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton, ND, the Cormorant Area Art Club in Cormorant Village, MN, the Coeur d’Alene Art Group in Coeur d’Alene, Barbara Benda NagleIdaho, the River Forks Watercolor Society in Grand Forks, ND, and the North Star Watermedia Society in the Twin Cities, MN. My artwork is currently showing at Gallery 4 Ltd. at 114 North Broadway in Fargo and at The Red Door Art Gallery in Wahpeton, ND. I participate in the FMVA Fargo-Moorhead area Studio Crawl the first weekend of October. This is a free community event during which artists invite the public to see our studio spaces, watch demonstrations, and have an opportunity to purchase art directly from us. In November, I participate in the FMVA Holiday Sale at the Moorhead Center Mall. I am also a member of the Rourke Art Museum in Moorhead. It gives me great happiness to have many opportunities to participate in art events in the surrounding areas.

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