Meet the artist: Barb Kalenze Kraft

Current Hometown: Berthold

Where can we see your work?

Currently in my gallery and my website kalenzekraft.com.

Do you have work for sale?

Yes, I have limited edition giclee prints, pencil sketches, notecards and pads, and designer coffee mugs.

In what media do you work?

Oil, pencil, pen and ink.

How would you describe your style?

Realistic/impressionistic.

Who would you say have been influences on your work?

CM Russell. I have always studied North Dakota artists and later on looked to Impressionist painters. I attended one year of Interior Design at UND Williston. I have taken a classes from Walter Phiel at MSU and Vern Skaug at his studio.

Are there particular themes you like to explore in your work?

I keep with ranching and rodeo. I have done two Pow Wow pieces, which were particularily challenging. I would say that I am a bit of a historian, as in I try to paint how it was at the time. In the 40 years that I have been doing art–themes such as ranching, rodeo, and pow wows are ever changing.

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

I draw and paint what I know, but I also like pushing the boundaries to see what I can come up with. I try something new with each piece of art; via pencil or oil. I enjoy hearing people’s comments on the art. I learn a lot this way also.

Tell us a little about yourself.

I was raised on a farm-ranch south of Berthold. My family promoted rodeos and team ropings. I owned and operated a restaurant in Berthold for 17 years. I do my own photography for my art, (with the exception of some of the rodeo runs/rides) so I have been at or working at all of the scenes. I have followed my children with their rodeo and work. As a whole new generation, it puts a different take on the same themes. I am a vendor: I have displayed at the: Rough Rider Art Show in Williston, the Prairie Skies Art Show in Bismarck, the Minot Art Festival in Minot, The Ag Days in Stanley, The West Coast Art and Frame Show in Las Vegas, NV, The Atlanta Decor show in Atlanta, GA, The ND State Fair, the Pride of Dakota Shows, the Black Hills Stock Show in Rapid City, SD, the Minot Y’s Men’s Rodeo in Minot, the North Dakota Rodeo Association Finals in Bismarck, the Mandan 4th of July Rodeo in Mandan, ND, the Adrian Foote Memorial Rodeo in New Town, ND, the Wrangler Team Roping in New Town, ND, the PBR at the 4-Bears Casino, in New Town, ND and the NILE in Billings, MT. Galleries and western decor stores that I have displayed: The Wild West Desgins and West Lives On, in Jackson WY. Killian Gallery in Cody, WY. The Barn Door in Pinedale, WY. The Common Ground Gallery in Red Lodge, MT. Touch of Santa Fe, Billings, MT.

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