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Vern Erickson paintings on display at Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Posted on 8/13/2012

Washburn, N.D. - The Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in Washburn is displaying original Lewis & Clark themed paintings by North Dakota artist Vern Erickson.

The new exhibit, titled "Journey West," features original oil paintings and a few ink drawings of Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery, including one preliminary sketch used as a model for a painting. Most of the paintings included in the exhibit were created within the last year, and all but two have never been on exhibit before. The "Journey West" collection is a new addition to the Lewis & Clark Fort Mandan Foundation's existing collection of Erickson's work.

"The images in this exhibit show the natural and cultural history of the American West, especially the Missouri River in North Dakota," said Kevin Kirkey, interpretive resource manager for the Foundation. "Vern's style is very reminiscent of classic western artists like Frederic Remington and Charles Russell."

Erickson first became interested in painting when he was exposed to work by western artist Charles Russell while growing up in Esmond, N.D. He has been a freelance artist since 1979, and has previously worked as an artist and photographer for the ND Game and Fish Department.

"Journey West" will be on display at the Interpretive Center through October 31. Along with the exhibit, visitors will also experience brand new, state-of-the-art interactive exhibits that tell Lewis & Clark's story with new depth. Fort Mandan and the Headwaters Visitor Center are also open.

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