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12 April 2020

While our historic museum building remains closed to the public, The Rourke continues to serve you

This week, we are rolling out another Artist of the Week, e-Gift Cards that can be redeemed online (or in-store—when normal operations resume), new items in the gallery store, and our first virtual class! And if you missed the news: the Charles Beck virtual exhibit, Artist + Muse, is on view!


Explore what your neighborhood art gallery + museum has to offer and find your next artful adventure from the comfort of your home!

Artist of the Week : Charles Thysell

This week, we remember artist Charles Thysell. 

Top, Charles surprises James O'Rourke at the 29th Midwestern with a portrait titled "Damn Artists" [image courtesy T. Hunter Strand]; bottom, left to right, "Untitled" oil on paper; "Fortuna" linocut; "L." linocut.


Charles A. Thysell was born in 1950 and spent his childhood in Hawley, MN. He lived in Moorhead, MN from 1960 to 1968, during which time he became a regular at Rourke Gallery. He spent the following several years in Minneapolis, MN, returning to live in Fargo, ND in 1975.

During his Fargo years, he worked as a curator for the Plains Art Museum/O’Rourke Art Gallery Museum at the Fargo Galleries, was instrumental in the beginnings of the Creative Arts Studio where he was employed for three years, traveled the state of North Dakota as one of the founding members of Plain People Children’s Theater, and, in 1984, received the first individual artist grant ever awarded by state. He returned to live and make art in Minneapolis in 1987. Charles passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by friends, this past week after a prolonged battle with cancer.

Charles is remembered by his friends in the article "'He finds the common heart' ..." by Forum features writer, John Lamb:

    "People will think of his life more than his art. A big shining light, steadfast, uncompromising, honest and true." (Keri Pickett) 

    "He just didn't seem to have the burden of expectations the rest of us are burdened with. He was an infectious guy, one of the most engaging people I've run across. He just had a way of willing an idea down to its essence." (Ronald H.L.M. Ramsay)

Intro to Abstraction with Cameron Peterson

Virtual Class Coming Soon!

The Rourke Art Gallery + Museum is pleased to present Intro to Abstraction with Cameron Peterson—available this week as a FREE virtual class at therourke.org. 

Interested in creating your own abstract art but uncertain where to start? This all-ages course led by Cameron Peterson will help you develop both an appreciation for and confidence to engage with non-objective art. Learn three different approaches to understand and explore the field of abstraction. Practice these methods, then create your own monochromatic abstract piece!

Supplies to gather at home:

  • charcoal/conte (or soft graphite, in a pinch)
  • erasers
  • paper
  • a paper towel or rag
  • fixative or hairspray

Cameron Peterson is the co-owner of Funhouse Press and the Exhibition Coordinator at The Rourke. He lives in Fargo, ND with his partner, Annette DuBord, and their two cats.

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