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.
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.