Bismarck gallery owner still explores her inner artist

In a brick building that used to be the post office in Bismarck, Jo Ann Diffee displays some of her life’s work, along with the work of some of her friends and colleagues, and those works are for sale.

Diffee’s gallery on Arkansas 7 in the Hot Spring County community offers all kinds of art objects, including portraits on canvas, pottery, jewelry and one doll. The quality of the art draws attention and generates enough sales that she has operated the gallery for 10 years and has plans for things to stay that way.

To say that the 69-year-old Diffee is an artist is talking about a lot more than her profession. Being an artist defines her spirit and is the way she defines herself.

“I always wanted to be an artist,” she said. “I never seemed to have actually decided that; God just made me that way.”

Diffee often speaks of the artist

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