Exceptional artists seem to be found in some of the unexpected places, but when they are deceased, their distinguished work can become hard to live without. The following local artists have completed some very impressive and extraordinary pieces that are brilliant and easy to appreciate!
Before he passed away in 1988 at the age of 80 years young, this novelist and short story writer of mostly Western's, some science fiction, and a few adventure and non-fictions, had completed 105 works that were in print!
He was born in Jamestown, ND and according to Wikipedia, is considered to be one of the most popular writers in the world. They quote John Wayne stating that he considered Louis to be the most interesting man in the world.
You can read more about this amazing writer at the North Dakota Tourism website ndtourism.com.
Gary P. Miller passed away after a long battle with leukemia. His gallery currently feature his picturesqe art that includes vivid painting of old western scenes. His gallery was opened by him and his wife back in 1975 and his artwork lives on and is currently for sale on his website where they state that "Gary was born an artist. He had the heart of a pioneer and the vision of an explorer. His hands were unique. They were strong as those of a blacksmith yet produced the most delicate artistic detail".
You can read more about this local artist at the website garypmillerart.com.
In 1903, Lawrence Welk, famous for his weekly show, was born in a small town in North Dakota. He had 7 siblings and spoke both German and English growing up. He worked hard helping his family on the family farm and learned to love music at a young age.
His first instrument was an accordian. Throughout his young adulthood, he joined and played big band music and created several recordings.
In 1951, he produced The Lawrence Welk Show, which became a major hit by 1955. This info and more can be found on Wikipedia.com.
Lawrence Welk Homestead in North Dakota
You can read more about this historic homestead at history.nd.gov.