The exhibit at the Taube Museum and Gallery through March features artwork from the Rolla Arts Council, primarily chalk pastels.
"It was a new medium for us a couple of years ago," said Velma Raasaaka, secretary of the group. "I had been working in oils at the time, but along with the others I just tried it and we all liked it.
"We have Vern Skaug -- you know, the artist from Minot -- come out once a month to teach us," she added. "We've been working in pastels for about two years now."
Terry J. Aman/MDN - - “Sakakawea” by Velma Raasaaka is part of the Rolla Arts Council’s pastel display at the Taube.
Terry J. Aman/MDN - - “King of the Wire” by Wynn Haberstroh is part of the Rolla Arts Council’s pastel display at the Taube.
The Rolla Arts Council has been in existence for about 20 years, and Raasaaka has been a member for about half that.
"Each of the active members has sent over seven to eight works," she said. "We have a variety of styles, with still lifes, animals and landscapes. For instance, one of mine is a ballerina."
Another artist, Alfred Juntunen, sent along watercolors.
"One of them is a lake with a two-story structure, and another is entitled 'A Chinaman's Hat,' which is a scene in Hawaii," he said. "We were on vacation there, and we were on one island and saw the other -- Chinaman's Hat is the name of it -- sticking out of the ocean."
The artist reception is today from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.