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Published November 11, 2011, 12:00 AM

Prairie Boutique marks three decades

Fargo - Every year, Connie Bruse mails more than 1,200 red postcards to remind people that Prairie Boutique is just around the corner. “We have a huge following,” she said.

Fargo - Every year, Connie Bruse mails more than 1,200 red postcards to remind people that Prairie Boutique is just around the corner.

“We have a huge following,” she said.

Now celebrating its 30th year, Prairie Boutique consists of a small group of artists and crafters – 11 this year – offering jewelry, photography, paintings, quilted art, sculptures, stained glass, pottery and other wares.

The show began in 1982 in the clubhouse at Fargo’s Prairiewood Golf Course.

“We’ve always done this during hunting season for the people that are left home,” said Bruse, who has spearheaded the event for about a decade.

Even in its infancy, the show drew a sizable crowd to the clubhouse, she said.

“You went in one door and out the other door because you couldn’t back up,” she said.

Later on, the event moved to bigger digs at the Holiday Inn.

It’s now held at Living Waters Lutheran Church at 4451 40th Ave. S. in Fargo, near the Osgood Hornbacher’s.

“We are happy to be at that location because it’s a great stopping point,” said Bruse, who lives with her husband, Kevin, on a hobby farm with horses northwest of Horace.

Saturday’s event runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with free admission and lunch available for purchase from the church’s youth group.

Like most of the artists and crafters involved in Prairie Boutique, Bruse, a longtime registered nurse, does her quilting and jewelry-making on the side.

The group is particular about the quality of art that it allows into the show, she said.

For most, it’s the one time of the year they’re able to show and sell their work, with many using the proceeds for Christmas shopping, Bruse said.

“We’re pretty close-knit, and we have a lot of fun,” she said. “We put on the Christmas music a little too soon to get people in the mood.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Mike Nowatzki at (701) 241-5528

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