Multicultural Art


"Visitors from East End Colony"
by Kris Martens
October 2015


During the month of October, Multicultural Center has invited as its guest artist Kris Martens. Martens is a member of the Havre Art Association. She is presenting Visitors from the East End Colony, a 15” x 19” acrylic on canvas.


Visitors from the East End Colony depicts a scene of two smiling Hutterite girls. Elaborating, she adds, “Since several Hutterite colonies surround Havre, I became friends with a group of ladies from the East End Colony when they were picking apples in our neighborhood. When they can, they stop by to visit, have coffee, and sometimes, sing. The large painting is not typical to their everyday lives. When visiting, the girls like to plop down on my sofa and comfortable chairs and relax as furniture at the colony is basically simple, unstuffed, and functional. I have always love the polka dot scarves and dark plaids and prints of their attire.”


Martens started painting thanks to an adult education class about ten years ago. She started with pastel, which she considers most suited to the art work she likes to do.


The MSUN Office of Diversity Awareness and Multicultural Programs (ODAMP) invites local and regional artists to exhibit their pieces, preferably those that have some link to multicultural themes. For more information, contact or call (406) 265-3589.