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Michelle Lindblom's art is different than most you will find in Bismarck. The bright colors and abstract shapes are sure to catch people's eyes, but her gallery is also different than most. She uses it as her studio, too.

Lindblom has been creating original artwork for about as long as she can remember. A few years ago, her passion outgrew her home studio, and she decided to open a working art studio-store in downtown Bismarck.

"It's not just a gallery or a store, people can come in and watch me work," says Lindblom.

As a full-time associate art professor at Bismarck State College, Lindblom can't always operate her gallery on normal business hours, but she does her best.

"I teach full-time. It's tough to be down here. I don't have someone hired to keep this place open all day long. It's mainly my work studio space. So, I'm here when I'm here."

Although best known for her acrylic work on canvas, Lindblom has recently expanded into jewelry that benefits a very special cause.

"The jewelry, I don't take any profits for that. I send it all to the organizations. And, I need to make more which is a great thing."

The profits from her jewelry go to charitable organizations that help pay for children in Africa to attend elementary school. She says she creates the items from pieces of old jewelry and other neat things she finds at craft stores. As for her paintings, Lindblom is inspired by her daily life.

"My subject is myself and my interaction where I live, who I interact with. So, just about anything is subject for me."

Lindblom says she enjoys being part of the downtown retail and entertainment district in Bismarck, and she is amazed by the vitality she has seen in the five years or so since she opened the gallery on Fifth Street, across from White Drug.

"Just the activity, the wonderful neat stores that are down here people come down and say I never knew this was down here."

This accomplished artist has exhibited her work in galleries from New York City to Norway, but Lindblom says that people from out-of-town often comment on how nice it is to see a unique, original working gallery like hers in Bismarck.

You can check out Michelle's Art and see what times the studio is open at www.Mick-art.com.

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