Special to the Times-Record
A connection to the North Dakota prairie is what has inspired artist Molly McLain to create her art which is presently being shown at the Mercy Gallery located at Mercy Hospital in Valley City.
McLain’s art is centered on environmentalism, both in her oils and her photographs. Her current work centers on a maternal theme confronting modern agricultural practices and the consequences they have on the earth. McLain states that she “senses the tension between technology and natural wisdom in agriculture and the health of the planet and offers my commentary on that through the pieces I’m displaying.”
McLain is a North Dakota native. She graduated from Valley City High School and then from Valley City State University in 2005 with a studio arts degree under the instruction of Linda Whitney, and a minor in piano pedagogy under the instruction of Beth Klingenstein.
McLain resides in Minneapolis where she teaches piano and makes art. She does ongoing residencies teaching classes introducing art and an appreciation for the environment at the Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown N.D., and through St. Paul Public School’s Community Ed Program, St Paul, Minn.
McLain continues to push herself artistically and is currently working with community mural and mosaic projects in the Phillips neighborhood in Minneapolis.
McLain will be also showing some of her work during January at the DK Gallery in Fargo, along with two other area artists Jessica Christy, also from Valley City, and Sabrina Hornung. They are a trifecta of young North Dakota artists that connected in Valley City during their junior high years. Their work parallels the region filtered through their own lens of interpretations.
The McLain exhibit will be up at the Mercy Gallery during January through April.