Mandan News

Local artists contribute to new poster

North Dakota’s new noxious weed poster is more than a work of art – in fact, it is 11 works of art.

“Nine talented North Dakota artists have contributed their talents to produce detailed watercolors and color pencil drawings that will help people know and identify our noxious weeds,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It is not easy for a farmer to call these weeds beautiful, but these paintings of weeds certainly are.”

Artists contributing to the poster are Michele Doyle, Madonna Guenther and Ken Rogers, all of Mandan, Judy Carlson, Melissa Gordon and Sue Sorlie, all of Bismarck, Michelle Williams, of Devils Lake, Meredith Meyer, of Fargo, and Cindy Makelky, of Sentinel Butte.

All the artists participated in a June workshop, “Wild and Restless: Weeds as Art,” sponsored by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and the Bismarck Art and Galleries Association.

“We invited Marjorie Leggitt, a nationally recognized, scientific illustrator, to help these artists better understand the techniques of botanical illustration,” Goehring said. “These illustrations isolate and enhance important features of each plant, making it easier to identify the plant in the field.”