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Coleman art on display at BAGA

Mandan resident, Sam Coleman, stands with his painting, "Autumn Splendor."

Mandan resident, Sam Coleman, stands with his painting, “Autumn Splendor.”

Sam Coleman, a current resident of Mandan, is now showing a series of oil painting at the Bismarck Art & Galleries Association called, “For the Love of Dakota.”

The exhibit is free and open to the public now until Nov. 23, with the gallery open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Coleman grew up in Bismarck and was always fascinated by the outdoors.
“My first painting was a watercolor picture of a dinosaur, at age seven. I saw my grandma and mom were artists and I liked their style.”

"Bully Pulpit," oil painting on stone.

“Bully Pulpit,” oil painting on stone.

“I love to paint anything outdoors because it is a way to recreate the beauty around me,” said Coleman.

The framed art pieces on display at BAGA are framed and for sale with many framed from wood taken from old barns. Also featured are lichen-ridden rocks with oil paintings done on a sanded surface.

Coleman started painting his thoughts on canvas and competing in art events. Beginning with animals and landscapes, Coleman competed through his artwork in local art shows, 4-H and the Junior Federal Duck Stamp.

He has attended the art school, “The Atelier,” in Minneapolis. While attending art school, Coleman also went through seminary at Magdalen College and received his license as an ordained minister.

Coleman worked as a youth pastor for nine years and recently transitioned to Associate Pastor at Charity Lutheran Church in Bismarck.

With artwork in private collections across the region and seven published prints, Coleman is available for commission work and can be contacted through his website at

"Sunrise Touch," oil painting.

“Sunrise Touch,” oil painting.

Coleman resides in Mandan with his wife Sarah and three children.

By Katie Jones