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Local artist to display work at library

Artist Nadine Walker, a Detroit Lakes High School graduate and current art teacher at both Waubun and Mahnomen high schools, will be displaying her jewelry and other artwork at the Detroit Lakes Library during the month of August. VICKI GERDES/TRIBUNE

Though she didn’t start her career as an artist and art teacher until later in life, Detroit Lakes High School alum Nadine Walker has always had a passion for it.

“I’ve always loved art,” she says —but that love hasn’t been confined to just one medium.

Walker enjoys painting, pottery, making jewelry and paper — she says — as well as many other forms of art.

Area residents will have a chance to view examples of Walker’s work in “a variety of art media” starting Thursday, Aug. 1, at the Detroit Lakes Public Library. Her work will be on display there throughout the month of August.

Though she has fielded offers from area art galleries to display her work, Walker said this will be the first time she has done a public exhibit in a while.

The reason, she added, is that she is too busy teaching art — Walker has been employed as a high school art instructor in both the Mahnomen and Waubun-Ogema-White Earth districts for about 20 years, and will begin work this fall as an adjunct professor at White Earth Community College as well.

“I sell my art mainly through word of mouth,” Walker added.

She and her husband, Charlie, have been married for 30 years; their son, Derek, works in Fargo, and she has three stepchildren who live in Iowa, along with seven grandchildren.

She obtained her degree in art education from Moorhead State University, and did some of her undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities as well.

Walker said that she worked on her degree while she was employed in the insurance adjustment industry.

“I would take various art classes as I was able,” she said.

“I just kept chipping away at my degree.”

The classes were also a form of therapy, Walker added.

Besides prints of her artwork, the library exhibit will also include handmade paper, pottery and jewelry.

“I made the paper from locally harvested plant fibers,” she said. “And I weave the chains myself for much of the jewelry I’ll be showing.”

Walker said she uses silver wire and a technique known as Viking chain weaving to make the jewelry.

“I’m self-taught,” she added — though the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead has authenticated her technique as being true to the original form, and has even invited her to demonstrate that technique during its annual Village Days celebration on three separate occasions.

For more information about Walker’s upcoming exhibit, please contact the Detroit Lakes Public Library at 218-847-2168.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter at @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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