Top: Orabel Thortvedt as a young girl carving sculptures into the banks of the Buffalo River near Georgetown, Minnesota, c. 1910.

Bottom: Annie Stein taking a picture of herself in the mirror, c. 1900.

These women were born in the Red River Valley a generation apart, but both pursued unconventional paths for women of their times. Neither married and both were renaissance women, pursuing painting, music, sculpture and photography.

The work of Orabel and Annie is being featured in “Prairie Daughters,” an exhibit at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Hear more about it on Art Hounds.