DIGITAL ORIGINAL: A life accented by a passion for art

Digital Originals

A teaching artist living in Bismarck is involved with all things creative across many ages. You could say she has her hand in everything.

Nicole was raised in North Dakota but attended college in California. When she moved back to Bismarck a few years ago, she was thrown into the art scene instantly and was asked to paint a mural in Art Alley.

She was asked to paint what North Dakota meant to her. Gagner said it meant canning with her grandmother. So she created a huge mural of cans filled with pickles and other veggies.

Whether it’s painting little houses she found at a thrift shop, adding new designs to a previous art piece, or creating images of her own, art is woven into everything Nicole Gagner does. Her style is very eclectic, vintage and unique. Her home and studio are covered in special items she found in thrift shops and markets that are often accented with a touch from Nicole.

Gagner has been painting since she was a child but didn’t sell her first painting until she was in college. It was then she realized art could be a real thing in her life.

At first, she thought she’d be a journalist because it sounded practical. But when she got to college she met the professors that sparked the interest in her to pursue a career in art.

Gagner is now in her second semester as an adjunct teacher at Bismarck State College. She loves this age group because she says it’s fun to see what they’re interested in. She also travels around the state stopping in rural communities, teaching art classes to people of all ages.

Besides painting, she helps out behind the scenes with a small-batch hot sauce and mustard venture that her husband started called “Morningside Provisions.” It’s a new business but she said you can find the product at local markets.

Nicole Gagner documents her artistic adventures on her Painter Nicole page, if you are interested!

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Recent Videos

Amidon Testing

Thumbnail for the video titled "Amidon Testing"

Girls Basketball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Girls Basketball"

Germ Off

Thumbnail for the video titled "Germ Off"

Off-sale Take out

Thumbnail for the video titled "Off-sale Take out"

MLK Assassination Anniversary

Thumbnail for the video titled "MLK Assassination Anniversary"

Abbot Rapid Test

Thumbnail for the video titled "Abbot Rapid Test"

Local Newspaper Cuts

Thumbnail for the video titled "Local Newspaper Cuts"

Legion Baseball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Legion Baseball"

Robert One Minute 4-4-20

Thumbnail for the video titled "Robert One Minute 4-4-20"

Robert Suhr KX News At 6pm Forecast 4-4-20

Thumbnail for the video titled "Robert Suhr KX News At 6pm Forecast 4-4-20"

Tennis

Thumbnail for the video titled "Tennis"

Free Ice Cream

Thumbnail for the video titled "Free Ice Cream"

Local Businesses Staying Alive

Thumbnail for the video titled "Local Businesses Staying Alive"

Job Service Update

Thumbnail for the video titled "Job Service Update"

COVID-19 Case Numbers 4-4

Thumbnail for the video titled "COVID-19 Case Numbers 4-4"

TRNP Partial Closure

Thumbnail for the video titled "TRNP Partial Closure"

Basketball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Basketball"

Stadium Lights

Thumbnail for the video titled "Stadium Lights"

Sanford Virtual Docs

Thumbnail for the video titled "Sanford Virtual Docs"

Baseball

Thumbnail for the video titled "Baseball"
More Video

KX News Trending Stories

Don't Miss

Daily Pledge

More Daily Pledge