Art, music featured at Interpretive Center

Submitted Photo This photo is of a painting, “Family Portrait: Northern Plains National Heritage Area Suite,” featuring Sitting Bull and his family by Minot artist Walter Piehl. The painting is in the featured exhibit at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center, Washburn.

WASHBURN – The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan at Washburn are offering free admission Sunday, Aug. 13, with special events planned at the Center.

Minot artist Walter Piehl, whose “Northern Plains National Heritage Area Suite” of paintings have been on display at the Center will present a program at 2 p.m., explaining his expressive form of art that reveals the culture of this region.

Eight paintings in the suite were commissioned by the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation through a grant from the Northern Plains National Heritage Area. The grant funds were matched by the Foundation thanks to a gift from Bismarck benefactor Alvera Bergquist.

“These paintings have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors to the Interpretive Center this summer, and our intention is to make the suite available to other venues across North Dakota and beyond,” said Foundation President David Borlaug. Seven other regional artists are featured in the exhibit, including Vern Erickson and Butch Thunderhawk.

Along with Borlaug, Northern Plains Heritage Foundation president Aaron Barth will be on hand to explain the role of his organization, which works in partnership with the National Park Service to draw attention to the cultural heritage here along the Missouri River.

Following Piehl’s presentation, nationally-acclaimed musician Greg Hager will perform at 3 p.m. in the Wayne and Bernice Stroup Event Center. Admission to both the Interpretive Center and Fort Mandan is free all day, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the Event Center.