Donna Richter and Nanc Skaret hard at work creating necktie purses. (Submitted photo)

Art Festival gallery. (Submitted photo)

Have you heard the time-honored phrase "You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear"? Well, the ladies of the First Presbyterian Fine Arts Festival can! That's right: these crafty ladies have used their talents to magically transform men's silk neckties into beautiful, stylish purses. These purses, among other handcrafted items, will be offered at the gift gallery of the First Presbyterian Fine Arts Festival, held September 20-21, 2014, at First Presbyterian Church in Bismarck.

This year's Festival theme is "Celebrating Creation on the Prairie." As in years past, the Festival will exhibit artwork in several media categories from artists of all ages.

Featured artists for 2014 include Michelle Lindblom, local artist and educator. Besides working in her downtown Bismarck studio and teaching art at Bismarck State College, Lindblom has exhibited nationwide as well as in the United Kingdom and Norway.

Butch Thunderhawk will also appear as a featured artist. Thunderhawk, a member of the Hunkpapa Lakota tribe, teaches tribal art at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. His work includes ledger art, stained glass, printed gourds and Lakota tribal arts. Both featured artists will be on hand at the gallery, exhibiting and conversing about their work.

Other venues to visit during the two-day event are the coffeehouse, which is open during gallery hours; Gwen's Gift Gallery, featuring antiques and collectibles; the celebratory High Tea, with two seatings; and a special Sunday church service. Attendance is free with the exception of High Tea seatings ($15); call Priscilla Wilson at 701-255-3910 for reservations.

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Jan Scultz is a seasoned Empty Nester claiming one husband, three adult children and five adorable grandchildren. In her spare time, she teaches online English for BSC, practices yoga, walks many miles and reads lots of books.