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Fish decoys, houses to be part of NYM Summer Celebration July 11

The Cultural Center in New York Mills has commissioned four artists from the region to paint fish houses and fish decoys on Friday, July 11 as part of the New York Mills Summer Celebration. 

Kayleen Horsma of Menahga, Pam Robinson from New York Mills, Troy Helget from Kensington, and Bob Johnson from Baxter will paint original art on four fish houses on Main Avenue in front of the Cultural Center, beginning at 9 a.m. on July 11. 

Each of these artists will also paint two unique fish decoys. Everyone is invited to cheer on their favorite artist, enjoy the activities of the Summer Celebration, and bid on a unique work of art.

The fish houses and decoys will be completed in time to be auctioned that evening by Bachmann Auctioneers, starting at 6:30 p.m.

This project has been made possible through the assistance of the East Otter Tail chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association and Rod Osvold of the National Fish Decoy Association.

Immediately after the auction the fish houses will be featured in the Mills’ Summer Celebration parade, scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

The National Fish Decoy Association and Rod Osvold, along with the East Otter Tail chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse and Angling Association have collaborated with the Cultural Center on this project designed as a fundraiser for the Center.

Renowned artist John House will fill the New York Mills Cultural Center gallery with portraits of human nature and wild nature as part of the fish decoy show. 

Born in 1956 in St. Paul, House showed both artistic talent and a love for nature at a very early age.

His passion for fur, fin and feather overshadowed his artistic pursuits in high school, but the unpleasantness of an accounting major in college forced him to rethink the direction his life was taking.

House has been recognized as one of the foremost wildlife artists in the United States, having won competitions for his work to be placed on Minnesota’s duck, walleye, trout, turkey, and pheasant stamps. His art graces the cover of the 2014 Cabela’s spring catalog.

House has been a full-time, professional artist for over 30 years now, being largely self-taught with the exception of a year of training at The Atelier in St. Paul, in 1997. He and his wife Barbara live in the tiny town of Melby, on 80 acres where they enjoy the outdoors with their four children.

House’s work will be on display at the CenterJuly 9-19. Meet the artist at a Friday, July 11 reception, which will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. as part of the Summer Celebration.