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Badlands Arts Showcase In Watford City May 26


Scandinavian Dancers

Watford City's Long X Council on the Arts is pleased to present the Badlands Arts Showcase and Fundraising Gala on Thursday, May 26. Guests will enjoy an evening of original western North Dakota dance and music performances, art, coffee, dessert and hors d'oeuvres for purchase as part of one of the first events held in the beautiful new theater space in the new Watford City High School.

"Part of the mission of the Long X Council on the Arts is to celebrate Western North Dakota artists and provide the community access to the arts," said chairman Jan Dodge. "This goal of this event is to fulfill that mission and to raise funds so we can continue to do so for years to come."

The evening will begin at 5:30 when the doors open to the art show and silent auction featuring photography, painting, pottery, jewelry and more from local and regional artists. Each artist has donated a piece to the silent auction to benefit the Long X Arts Council and many artists will have their work for sale as well.

Desserts, coffee and punch will be available while guests browse and additional hors d'oeuvres and sweets will be available for purchase as well.

At 7:00 doors will open to the performance showcase featuring Scandinavian music and dance by Minot's prestigious Rinat Mousafarov Institue of Dance, winners of North Dakota's Favorite Blues Band Award, Whiskey Rebellion, North Dakota's Favorite Folk Artist winner Jessie Veeder, nationally renowned cowboy poet and musician DW Grothe, yodeling sensation Kristi Goldade, as well as performances by Watford City's Meadowlark Dance Students and Watford City High School Choir Students and other local favorites.

Kristi Goldade

"The theater space itself is a sight to see," said committee member, organizer and performer Jessie Veeder. "Including the space in the design of the new school proves this community's commitment to the arts. I am so proud to be a part of this event and I think people will be blown away at the facility and the talent we have right here in our backyard."

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Tickets will be available for sale at the Long X Visitors Center and other area businesses as well as online at

The Long X Council on the Arts is seeking sponsorships and donations. Find out how you can help support area arts and learn more about the lineup of artists and performers at


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