Events and Shows

Art Shows


10/08/2016 - 11/16/2016


Exhibition of New Work by Ellen Jean Diederich October 8th - November 16th.
Ellen Jean Diederich will be at the OPENING Saturday October 22nd from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Please stop by and see me at my opening, or the show at your convenience. I have been hiding some special new paintings just for this event.

"Ellen Jean Diederich has been that rarity, a successful artist for over 20 years. A foremost Neo-Impressionist her work embodies the heartland of America. She paints the beauty of everyday life. From farms and fields to the cities and streets she captures hope and beauty in the world. Please join us in welcoming Ellen Jean Diederich." - Jean Stephen Galleries


FMVA Holiday Art Show

11/11/2016 - 11/12/2016

Moorhead Center Mall, Moorhead, MN

Holiday Art Show, November 11-12
10:00 - 8;00 Friday and 10:00 - 5:00 Saturday.
My booth is located near Herbergers.
Stop by the Moorhead Center Mall on Nov. 11-12 for the FMVA Holiday Art Sale. Buy art from FMVA members in a comfortable, festive environment, and stay to hear from artists about their craft. This is also the perfect time to pick up my holiday notecards and a signed copy of my new book "Samson's Gift." My booth is located near Herbergers.

Hope to see you there!

Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase FARGO

11/18/2016 - 11/20/2016


Pride of Dakota Holiday Showcase at Scheels Arena in FARGO ND

Friday November 18, 4 pm- 9 pm
Saturday November 19, 9 am- 5 pm
Sunday November 20, 11 am- 4 pm

Stop by to see all these local and growing business in the North Dakota Community for a variety of their products. Ellen will have her new 2016 calendar cards books and her book "Samson Gift". See Ellen's new 2016 calendar Celebrating 30 years of profession painting is a 14 month calendar and history. " Samson's Gift " won a 2015 Illumination Gold Medal for Gift/Keepsake/Specialty Bible category for Christian literature and is getting great reviews. See the Bismarck Tribune's review on "About this Artist " on this website.
Here is the link if you want to look at the article here:
"Samson's Gift a Great Book for Kids"

Holiday Open House,

12/09/2016 - 12/10/2016

Ellen's studio/home

Holiday Open House December 9-10 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day.
Celebrate original art and see Ellen's New Paintings.
I will have everything available here at my studio, so just ask if you can't find something you are looking for. Email ahead any special inquiries to

Stop by Ellen' Studio
3374 Maplewood Court, Fargo, ND 58104 701-235-4241
We have refreshments and treats, beautiful art and music and many specials.



10/29/2016 - 10/29/2016

Ellendale, ND Opera House

Children’s Workshop - Samson’s Gift
Kids ages 7 and up
October 29th, Saturday 9:15am - 11:00am

“Samson’s Gift” is coming to Ellendale! Join author and artist Ellen Jean Diederich for a special story-time and art project. The lesson will help children with drawing, using watercolor and color. Each child will be provided with paper as well as a copy of Ellen’s book, “Samson’s Gift,” as a gift. Please bring a prang watercolor set with you.

The children’s class is provided by the Ellendale Area Art Council.

If you would like to sign-up your child or have any questions please email Lana Schlecht


10/29/2016 - 10/29/2016

Ellendale, ND Opera House

Watercolor Workshop
October 29th, Saturday 11:15a.m. - 5:00p.m.
Class Fee: $40

Ellen Jean Diederich is returning to Ellendale, ND with another watercolor workshop! The workshop is a continuation of the previous Ellendale class. There will be a brief review and Ellen will pick-up where it was left off last time. The main focus of the class will be on leaning to create voluminous cylinder shapes to paint trees.

Students are welcome to bring what art supplies they have available. Ellen will have supplies for sale for those who need it. There will be no lunch break during class, so please eat before you come, or feel free to bring along a snack.

Newcomers are welcome!

For more information please email Lana Schlecht

Paint Samson's Portrait - Children's Watercolor Class

12/01/2016 - 12/01/2016

MacRostie Art Center 405 1st Avenue NW , Grand Rapids, MN 55744

MacRostie Art Center AGES 7-12
Thursday 3:30p.m. - 5:00p.m.
Contact MacRostie Art Center by calling: (218) 326-2697 or email:
$25 MAC members and $35 non-members

To register click the link: MacRostie Art Center Session Registration

Center Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

Join author and artist Ellen Diederich for a special story-time and art project. Diederich is the author of Samson's Gift, and she will incorporate watercolor art instruction with the story. Art supplies are provided and children will get a free signed copy of Ellen's Gold Medal award winning book "Samson's Gift".

Using Colorful Darks to Create Powerful Paintings

12/02/2016 - 12/04/2016

MacRostie Art Center 405 1st Avenue NW , Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Using Colorful Darks to Create Powerful Paintings
With Ellen Jean Diederich
December 2-4 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at MacRostie Art Center

Contact MacRostie Art Center by calling (218) 326-2697 or email at
$240 MAC members and $250 non-members

To register click this link: MacRostie Art Center Session Registration

Center Hours:
Monday – Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: Closed

High contrast in values is one of the most effective ways to make your paintings eye catching. The trouble is students, and even professional artists, often feel nervous about placing a strong dark into their painting. Often times a strong dark can muddy your color palette or be used incorrectly and make your piece seem off, further validating the tendency to avoid dark values. Yet often times at a juried exhibition the paintings with a strong value range are the award winners. This workshop focuses on coordinating color dominance and effective value contrast to increase your success.

Samson's Gift Book Signing

12/17/2016 - 12/17/2016

Family Christian Bookstore, Fargo ND

A "Samson's Gift" book signing event with author, Ellen Jean Diederich. The event will be hosted by Family Christian Bookstore, located at West Acres Mall, Fargo, ND.

For more information please contact the bookstore at (701) 282-6232.
Location: 3902 13th Ave Sw Ste 713 Fargo, ND 58103
Store hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 9 pm

Creative Watercolor Techniques Workshop

04/11/2017 - 04/14/2017


Creative Watercolor Techniques workshop with Ellen Jean Diederich
April 11, 2017-April 14 Fargo Holiday Inn Class is from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
This class is designed to explore technique and design to create new imagery. Previous painting experience is required. The two primary lessons are on working wet & wet in watercolor and the grid. We will be adopting all types of water- media including, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, watercolor pencil, metallic paints. Please join us and add your insight to the painting process.

Email or 701-235-4241 to receive a syllabus and registration form.

Beginning Watercolor Workshop

08/01/2017 - 08/04/2017

Holiday Inn, Fargo, ND

Beginning Watercolor with Ellen Jean Diederich RRWS, TWSA, WW, WSA
August 1-4, 2017 Tuesday - Friday 9;00 - 3:30 at the Holiday Inn, Fargo

This workshop is designed for the beginning painter or those who want a good review in watercolor. You will learn basic techniques and graduate by using them to create one or more watercolors. The class is held at the Holiday Inn, Fargo in a room with natural light and great atmosphere for painters.We will really go over understanding the paint and Ellen creates a comfortable class setting ad working environment. Any age. Class fee is $215.00.

For a syllabus, registration, more information, and supply list, please email or call toll free 866-221-5860.

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3374 Maplewood Court, Fargo, North Dakota 58103 •
phone 701.235.4241 • toll-free 866.221.5860 • fax 701.280.2016