Shop Small: The Pleasure Of Handmade Gifts From Winnipeg’s Third + Bird Christmas Market

There is something so innately pleasurable in buying — and even just seeing and touching — handmade products. I like to see the tool marks…

Win “North Dakota Beer: A Heady History” (And Beer Buttons Too)

Calling all beer nerds! You asked for it, so you got it! I’m (finally) giving you a chance to win my book, “North Dakota Beer:…

A Public Art Tour of Milwaukee

I went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in search of beer and beer history, but found a laid-back, waterfront city with a thriving arts scene. (Okay, and…

5 Reasons To Check Out Winnipeg Folk Festival

Winnipeg Folk Festival is back at Birds Hills Provincial Park just outside of Winnipeg July 6-9. If you’ve never checked out this free-spirited Manitoba music…

Alley 5.5: Discovering Public Art in North Dakota’s Capital City

I’m kinda obsessed with public art. I like the democratic nature of it, how it’s accessible to anyone who passes by. It’s always bothered me…

Claim Your Voice, Deepen Your Story, and Rewrite Your Life: Relaxing, Healing, and Empowering Writing Retreats

Jess Lourey was the first person to tell me I could write a book. We met at a workshop she conducted at the Moorhead Public…

Think Outside The Jewelry Box: 10 Handmade Jewelry Designers To Watch

If you’re stuck in the winter doldrums, try something sparkly. I’ve discovered some incredible jewelry designers in the Upper Midwest and the prairie provinces of…

Obsessed With North Dakota? Here’s A Photo Book For You

You know how your legs sometimes feel like Jell-O the day after a really good workout? That’s how my mind feels right now. I finished…

Artists Connect At Creative Social Hour

I’ve consistently been impressed with the art scene in Minot, North Dakota. This prairie city isn’t large, but it boasts more than its fair share…

Eggs To Art: In Studio With Ukrainian Egg Painter MaryJo Cayley

The thing I love the most about art is its ability to constantly surprise me. Sometimes the artists turn out to be a source of…

Say Something: A Lesson From The Canadian Museum For Human Rights

The world hurts my soul right now. I’ve had this post in draft form for more than two weeks and every time I think I’m…

Hidden Fargo-Moorhead: Fargo’s Public Art Wall

The largest piece of collaborative art in Fargo-Moorhead isn’t in a museum or gallery. It’s a sprawling, constantly mutating swirl of colors and ideas known…

Art Matters

“What an artist is trying to do for people is bring them closer to something, because of course art is about sharing. You wouldn’t be…

A Vintage Photo Mystery

If you’ve read Prairie Style File since the beginning, you might remember that I used to write about┬álocal art, artists and the creative process for…

Score Albino Buffalo Sticker Art

“Sticker art is important because it provides an accessibility to art that is more approachable than some other means of art sales,” says Albino Buffalo…