HJ/EDEnterprise Dispatch, Oct. 31, 2005

D-C receives grant for arts

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Dassel-Cokato students will be learning techniques from a professional artist this week.

Jim Mondloch from the St. Cloud area will be teaching techniques in watercolor to Jonathan Hartman’s art classes from Monday, Oct. 31 through Friday, Nov. 4.

DC received a grant from the National Endowment For The Arts and the Minnesota State Arts Board and used the money to hire Mondloch for a week-long art lesson.

Mondloch’s art work will be featured during an open house at the Performing Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 4, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., Mondloch will demonstrate his techniques in watercolor.

Mondloch is a resident teacher registered through the Minnesota State Arts Board, in which schools may request residents to teach in a variety of areas.

The average time Mondloch spends at a school is one to two weeks per grade level.

Recently, Mondloch has taught at the Elk River High School and at St. John’s Prep School.

In December, he will be teaching at St. Pete’s Elementary School in St. Paul.

According to Mondloch, he enjoys seeing students learn and grow through painting and finds it rewarding “watching the students express themselves through a paintbrush rather than describing something with words.”

Mondloch enjoys many different types of art, but watercolor is his chosen medium.

Most of his work are watercolors of landscapes. Some were inspired by the area in which he lives.

For example, his website shows several works from around Avon and Clearwater of white winter days and orange sunsets.

Mondloch has his own gallery, White Spruce Gallery in Waite Park, Minn.

This is a seasonal gallery and is anticipated to be open in mid-November.

Mondloch’s paintings can be viewed on his web site at www.jimmondloch.com. Mondloch can be reached at (320) 253-1809.

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