Art show will focus on Grand Forks pride

A local artist will debut paintings focusing on Grand Forks Monday at City Hall.

Jessie Thorson is a painter who has lived in the area for 18 years. Her work was selected for the Mayor’s Choice Award and will be displayed in City Hall for about three months, she said.

Thorson said she moved to Grand Forks to earn a degree in graphic design and sociology from UND. She left her job as a graphic designer two years ago to pursue art full time.

Thorson said she typically paints animals using acrylic paints but has created a special series for the show called “An Ode to Grand Forks.” The pieces combine her love of animals with her pride for the city.

The reception is 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday and paintings will be for sale.

“People here have such a sense of pride in Grand Forks and in North Dakota,” she said. “And this town is pretty awesome. I’m lucky that there are so many cool things to paint.”