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‘Pubs at Lakes’ paintings benefit Humane Society

The Fireside, is just one of the paintings Moorhead artist Kim Jore created for her ’Pubs at the Lakes’ series. The paintings will be for sale as a part of the Humane Society of the Lakes fundraiser July 18 at Holiday Inn.

Is Zorbaz your favorite year-round hangout? Or how about The Fireside, Cormorant Pub, or Hotel Shoreham?

This Thursday, July 18, the Holiday Inn Beach Bar & Grill will be hosting the grand opening of a new art series that features 10 iconic watering holes of the lakes area, dubbed “Pubs at the Lakes.”

Besides the aforementioned establishments, the watercolor series also includes the Holiday Beach Bar itself, as well as the winter-only Hillbilly’s Ice Hole, Randy’s, The Roadhouse, Pit 611 and The Bridge.

Created by Moorhead artist Kim Jore, the paintings themselves will be available for sale, along with some slightly smaller, 11x14-inch prints  though the pubs’ respective owners will have first dibs on the original watercolor replicas of their respective establishments.

Half of the proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Humane Society of the Lakes, Jore noted.

“Every year I do 10-12 new pubs, and have a fundraiser with it (the art opening),” Jore said. “Half of the proceeds from the sales go toward the cause.”

In the past, because Jore’s paintings focused exclusively on Fargo-Moorhead area establishments, the causes that her paintings have benefitted have also been based in that area, like the Fargo Food  Bank and Lost & Found Ministries.

“This is my fourth collection, and I decided to branch out into the lakes area,” she said. “I’ve been working on this for the whole year, traveling around the lakes and visiting all the different places I wanted to paint.”

While she was there, Jore would spend some time visiting with the owners, the staff and some of the regular clientele at each establishment, hearing some stories of its storied past and soaking up the atmosphere.

“I wanted to do the ones that had been around for a long time,” she said, explaining that absorbing the history of each pub on the list was part of her preparation.

“When I do my initial sketches I meet the owners and talk to some of the clients there get a feel for what I’m going to paint —then go back to my studio and paint it,” she said.

This year, the cause that she chose to benefit from the paintings was based in the lakes area as well.

“I love animals,” she explained — and the Humane Society is also a cause that is important to some of her regular clients as well.

The opening for “Pubs at the Lakes” is set to begin at 6 p.m., with music provided by Mike Holtz, former member of Carmen the Cactus. There will also be food and beverages.

Though the event is set to end at 9 p.m., those who are unable to attend may also continue to donate to the cause or purchasing prints of Jore’s “Pubs at the Lakes” paintings, available online at, from now through Labor Day.

For more information, please contact Jore via e-mail at, or call the Riverzen Gallery at 701-293-2030. The gallery is located at 315 Main Ave., Suite 101, in Moorhead.

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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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