Like most Pierce County residents who make the drive to the North Dakota State Truthful in late July, Marilyn Niewoehner has enjoyable seeing new issues and visiting individuals.
She additionally has enjoyable competing. This 12 months, she had not less than 10 blue ribbons’ price of enjoyable.
Niewoehner walked by means of her artwork and reward store, referred to as Embroideries, exhibiting prize work and crops and discussing a enterprise into a brand new State Truthful competitors meals.
Marilyn Niewoehner poses in her store, Embroideries, with one among her award-winning items.
“I went out on a limb and entered meals,” Niewoehner mentioned. “I would not enter one thing in meals that is simply not me.”
“So,” Niewoehner continued, “This 12 months, I made a decision I entered 4 loaves of bread; bitter cream pound cake and biscotti cookies. I acquired a blue ribbon on my communion bread and I wished a blue ribbon on my communion bread. And I acquired a blue on my bread machine bread, and a pink on my biscotti, and a white on my bitter cream pound cake.”
Niewoehner surmised her curiosity in competitors got here from her mom, trainer and artist Alice Jelsing.
“Perhaps she taught me to be aggressive,” Niewoehner mentioned of her mom. “She at all times entered the truthful. She at all times went to issues regionally there was a flower present; she’d take flowers. If there was this sort of a present, she’d take this. She would do it simply to take part.”
Niewoehner identified her personal blue ribbon-winning entry within the truthful’s floral competitors: an association of ferns and different greens inside a conch shell.
“I additionally took just a few different issues as a result of driving to Minot it is a lengthy technique to take stuff to the truthful,” Niewoehner famous. “You look by means of the handbook, and also you say, ‘What else can I enter?’ I’ve acquired porcelain dolls, and I entered the dolls in a class referred to as ‘Collections.’ I gained a blue ribbon on my porcelain doll assortment. That is very enjoyable.”
Niewoehner put her ribbon rely for the 2019 North Dakota State Truthful at 10 blue, seven of them for artwork; three pink and one white.
Like her mom, Niewoehner enjoys portray and enters work produced by a wide range of methods within the truthful. She additionally shows and sells her work in her retailer.
Niewoehner mentioned one other native artist with nationwide renown, Terry Jelsing, is a relative as nicely. She has taken a number of lessons provided by Jelsing.
Pointing to a floral collage product of pictures of flowers, she mentioned, “That, I made in Terry Jelsing’s collage class. A lot of us took lessons from him in the summertime.”
Niewoehner mentioned she additionally takes lessons taught by artwork teacher Bern Skaug.
Adjusting an summary ink and watercolor portray in a inexperienced body, she described the piece’s “free type.”
“I entered the one with the inexperienced body (within the state truthful). “That may be very enjoyable. I’ve a number of types of labor.”
Niewoehner turned to a show of florals and nonetheless life work. “That is pastel,” she mentioned, indicating a panorama. ” These are all pastel additionally,” she added, pointing to work of orchids and different flowers.
“They’re work,” Niewoehner mentioned of her florals, landscapes and portraits. “It’s a must to actually put an effort into them. I work from ,” she mentioned, turning a pastel portray of orchids round to indicate the small picture she copied with paint to provide her artwork. “It is a problem to get it to look the way in which you need it.”
“However then,” she added, “I loosen up and do one thing simply enjoyable to do, and simply let free, after which I do this,” Niewoehner famous, pointing to summary work accomplished with free-flowing traces and dashes of shade.
Niewoehner sells bins of playing cards adorned with the identical free-flowing ink work every accomplished by hand, not printing software program.
Different methods she makes use of embody thread portray, art work that from a distance nearly has the patina of chalks.
“You’re taking a bit of stiff material for individuals who sew you decrease your feed canine; you set in a darning foot, and you progress it is mainly machine quilting by hand,” Niewoehner defined. “You progress the material backwards and forwards together with your palms, somewhat than the machine shifting across the material. The needle stays in a single place, and you progress the material to get it accomplished.”
“It takes perhaps two afternoons to do. I am a prolific sewer, so ,” she mentioned with a slight smile.
Niewoehner mentioned she would “completely” encourage individuals to enter the North Dakota State Truthful.
“It is pleasing. It is lots of work. There’s planning not simply your challenge, however it’s a must to have your paperwork crammed out and mailed in earlier than the Fourth of July. So, it’s a must to plan a month upfront to get the paperwork accomplished,” she famous.
Niewoehner described the State Truthful employees and setting in Minot as “very welcoming.”
“Perhaps the primary 12 months you go, you would possibly really feel (intimidated). However if you get there and see what it’s, you assume, ‘Oh, I can do that.'”