​Searching for some #SimplyGraND spots that are #PACked with awesome art? Then you need to check out the Public Arts Commission​​ (PAC) Art Exhibition and Galleries!

Both the Art & Artists Among Us Exhibition at the Alerus Center and Art of Wellness Exhibit at Altru Professional Center feature works from the extensive collection of local art aficionado, Bruce Gjovig.

The Gjovig Collection is the most prominent private compilation of artwork available for public view in North Dakota and is believed to be the largest of its kind in surrounding states, as well. This diverse collection, which Gjovig has amassed over the past 35 years, features original works by 60+ North Dakota and Minnesota artists. Types of media include paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed and paper. Among the notable artists featured are Adam Kemp, Walter Piehl, Ingrid Aubol Restemayer, Dave Badman, Patrick Luber, Zhimen Guan, Kathryn Vigesaa Lipke, Gretchen Kottke, Todd Hebert, Kelly Thompson, Bennet Brien, Casey Opstad, Madelyn Camrud, Scott Urness and RJ Kern.

PAC opened the Art of Wellness Exhibit at the Altru Professional Center in March 2019. Introducing new audiences to the power of art, along with expanding the public arts offering in our community, is a major focus of PAC. In fact, numerous studies have documented the healing effects, both physical and emotional, of art. Viewing these uniquely beautiful works by oneself imparts a calmness all its own. However, bringing along a partner is also great because it creates insightful dialogue when each person shares their interpretation. As Bruce Gjovig eloquently stated: “I cannot imagine a world without art. Art often defines civilization, culture and a community. Ever notice how many people take a photo in front of a signature work of art when they visit a new city?“

In its efforts to make art more available to the buying public and help create a market for regional artists, PAC opened the two art galleries (Alerus Center and Altru) with the two exhibitions. Each gallery will feature six artists’ work for four months. Between the two PAC galleries, the work of 36 artists per year will be exhibited and available for purchase to anyone wishing access to original works. Art openings will occur every other month on a rotating basis.

The public is welcome to view the art any time the Alerus Center and Altru Professional Center are open. Information on times, exhibits and more may be found at https://www.publicartnd.org. Afterward, make a stop at one of our local coffeehouses or dining establishments, where you can recap and discuss all the amazing art you’ve just witnessed! For a complete listing, go to www.visitgrandforks.com.