New art exhibit opens Tuesday at the MonDak Heritage Center in Sidney


The Captured Memories art exhibit by artist Daphne Clark will be on display at the MonDak Heritage Center (MDHC) in Sidney from Tuesday through Saturday, March 10. The MDHC is located at 120 3rd Ave. SE.

According to  news release from MDHC, the center is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information contact the MDHC at 406-433-3500, email or visit

Captured Memories features a series of paintings of the rough beauty and ranch life of the Montana and North Dakota border region by artist Daphne Johnson Clark. She is the daughter of Darwin and Dorothy Johnson from Fairview and granddaughter of John and Annie Walker of Cartwright. 

Clark was born and raised in rural East Fairview, North Dakota, three miles from the Montana border, where she spent the majority of her childhood at her grandparents’ nearby ranch where she chased cows, built fences, milked cows, and helped check for spring calves. 

In 2010, Clark was drawn to start painting when a friend introduced her to oil paint as a medium. 

It was then she discovered she could easily spend fulfilling hours mixing paint colors and manipulating the paints on the canvas with different brushes, strokes, and the pallet knife. The fluidity and versatility of this new-to-me medium had her hooked. 

In 2012, Clark enrolled at the Academy of Art University to pursue a master’s degree in fine art. She will spend the next couple of years working on her thesis: A Disappearing Life: Ranching in the Upper Midwest, North Dakota and Montana. It is a natural fit to bring together her background and love for ranching and the outdoors into her painting. 

There is a story in these rural areas just waiting to be told to the rest of the world and, according to Clark , she wants to be one of the people telling that story.