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‘Real Men Paint’ is title of Thursday art show

Alex ArtWorks Third Thursday’s Art Show, titled “Real Men Paint,” will be held Thursday, March 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Depot Express Restaurant in Alexandria. The event is free and open to the public.

This month’s selected artists are Myron Sahlberg, Paul Johnson, Ron Richter, Dean Anderson, Matt Kaufenberg and Mark Proudfoot. Their art will be on display for one month. All art exhibited is for sale.

Attendees will have the opportunity to visit with the artists at the March 20 show.

Alex ArtWorks also has artist openings for the Thursday, March 20 through Thursday, April 17 show.

For more information, e-mail or call (320) 762-8937.


Anderson sees many similarities in the skill set needed for both his profession as a dentist and artist: Seeing color, value, shape, and edges, and how they relate to each other.

In junior high, he explored the three dimensional art of wood turning, creating bowls and candleholders. During high school and college, he dabbled with pottery, metal sculpture, and soap and chalk carving. Then in 1997, he took a drawing class with his wife at Alexandria Technical College taught by Sahlberg.


Proudfoot could never get his fill of drawing when he was a kid growing up in Park Rapids. Larry Windahl, his high school art teacher, taught him the drawing basics. Later, he attended a couple painting workshops in the summer.

He graduated from St. John’s University in Collegeville in 1972 with a fine arts degree. Though he started his career in sales and broadcasting, he got involved designing the exhibits at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum.

It was through the Maritime Museum that he met Sahlberg, who encouraged him to pick up the pencil and brush again.


Johnson is in his 12th year as a communication art and design instructor at Alexandria Technical and Community College. He is a native Minnesotan and principal behind Paul Johnson Design and Illustration. He recently completed his fifth Concordia College Christmas Concert Mural.

He received his education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and was employed for 13 years as corporate artist at Banner Health System in Fargo, North Dakota.

Paul and his wife Carol live in Pelican Rapids and have two children.


Kaufenberg started drawing at an early age and later attended Alexandria Technical College and Minnesota State University, Moorhead for graphic design and website production.

After working as a freelance designer in Alexandria for a few years, his passion for drawing returned and he left the design business to pursue freelance illustration.

Although he primarily works digitally, he takes care in bringing a traditional feel to his art. His style is highly influenced by children’s book authors from the 1960s and ’70s, such as Roger Bradfield, Richard Scarry and Norman Bridwell. He lives in Alexandria with his wife and their three children.


Sahlberg began his career in Minnesota as an illustrator for Decision Magazine where he also illustrated for 17 years.

He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts from the University of St. Thomas.

Sahlberg taught drawing, painting and illustration for 28 years at Alexandria Technical and Community College. He studied portrait painting at the Minnesota River School of Fine Art in Burnsville, and his studio has been in Carnegie Hall for 33 years.

He is the first recipient of the John Singer Sargent award.

Sahlberg and his wife, Ellen, have lived in Alexandria since 1987.


One of nine children, Richter worked long days with little free time, and was not able to explore his creative talents until he became an adult.

He began taking art classes at Alexandria Technical College and learned to draw and paint portraits. He finds portraits challenging but also the most rewarding. He enjoys studying the works and styles from other artists to learn from them.

“I believe successful art is something that draws you in, makes you stop, think, feel and imagine what is happening,” he said.