Jessica Wachter knew when she started art classes in the third grade at Solheim Elementary in Bismarck that she wanted to grow up to be an artist. Through years of continued classes, including a fine arts degree from NDSU in Fargo, her parents offered constant encouragement for her to follow her passion.

“That first class I took sparked something in me and I just ran with it,” she says. “I knew from then on I wanted to do something in the creative field. Now as an adult, I feel privileged to make this my career, to share my passion with so many people. I genuinely feel this is my calling and don’t see it as work, even though the days and nights can be very long. I wake up every morning ready to get back in the studio!”

At 31, Jessica has become a nationally-recognized artist, having her work shown from Florida to Arizona to California. January through March, she will be featured in the annual Scottsdale Celebration of Fine Art, sharing her work with tens of thousands of visitors.  

However, you don’t have to travel the country to find Jessica’s remarkable art. She is in the midst of her first Bismarck showing, #NoWords solo exhibition in The Capital Gallery, downtown Bismarck. With pieces from 10 inch square to 10 feet high, the gallery has been transformed by the beauty and diversity of her expressive art.

The exhibition runs through December 31 at The Capital Gallery, 109 N. 4 Street. More details may be found at, on Facebook, or by calling 701-751-1698.