Mandan News

Mandan Art Association to continue, will host exhibition


One of Chip Liebel's leather artwork pieces. Submitted photo


By Brian L. Gray

After a critical meeting on Aug. 3, new and old members of the Mandan Art Association have decided to keep the organization going.

Several new members showed up at the meeting to show their support towards the MAA, stressing their desire to keep the organization and its annual spring art show a staple in Mandan.

MAA President Mary Quintus said the consensus of the group was to move forward in the search for a new location for the art show and report back at the MAA’s next meeting on Sept. 7.

Quintus said that no one volunteered to take over the planning and implementation of the show. “That remains to be seen at a future meeting,” she wrote in an email.

In the meantime, the search for a new director of the MAA gallery is underway as well. Quintus said the organization will be looking at people of interest after Aug. 20.

And with the organization continuing, Mandan artist Chip Liebel will be exhibiting selected pieces of her leather artwork at the Mandan Art Association Gallery, located at 411 W. Main St., from Thursday, Aug. 19, through Saturday, Aug. 28.

An opening reception will be held on Friday, Aug. 20, from 5 to 7 p.m. Liebel will be demonstrating her technique with leather at the reception.

Liebel is well known for her outstanding work in leather art and has won numerous awards at art shows around the country.  Examples of her work can be seen at the Mandan Art Association Gallery and Gift Shop, and also at her studio at Interstate Western Works in Mandan.