Ray Kelly Guest Artist October 4 – October 29

Artist Reception October 7  •  5-8PM

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Ray Kelly is a multi-talented artist born and raised in South Dakota. Self-taught, he works mostly in graphite and colored pencils, but is also an accomplished sculptor working with bronze casting. His topics vary from western to wildlife, and rodeo scenes. He also does much commission work.

He has done artwork for Ducks Unlimited, Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, Quail Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and many other organizations. Ray’s artwork is in high demand among celebrities, having sold for as high as $18,000 with such collectors as the Stallones, Marshall/Lindy Teague, Tom Green, Jimmy Fortune of the Statler Brothers, The Mandrell Sisters, Craig Morgan, Ted Nugent, Jim Ed Brown, and the list goes on. You can catch Ray on television throughout the year on the Outdoor Life Network and other shows which feature his talents.

Boyd McPeek Featured Member Show October 4 – October 29

Artist Reception October 7 – 5-8 PM

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People of ask me where I get the ideas for my pictures. I can tell them that my pictures start as doodles in a sketchbook that I scan into my laptop. Then I trace over them to create a digital image. But as far as why I drew a purple treehouse that looks like a castle, I don’t have any really good answers. But, that won’t stop me from talking about it.

First of all, I spend time collecting images in my mind. I go for walks and look at the trees and houses and the river. I also browse a lot of picture books with glossy images of foreign lands. And then there are the videos on the internet that show a guy making a treehouse suspended by steel cables. Cool.

But most of all, I create worlds in my mind (and folders in my laptop) to hold the images I collect. I have names for these places like Skyworld, River of Grass, Outback Trail, the Spice Road and others. I develop a story line for these worlds that help me generate new ideas. For instance, Skyworld is a place in the atmosphere of some exoplanet where tempature and pressure are close to earth normal (like at an altitude of 30 miles on Venus). There balloon creatures float on the wind.

So for this show I have assembled a collection of aluminum prints that represent the curious worlds of Spice Road, Iceworld, River of Grass and a couple others. My goal is to create an image of a place that might be fun to visit if even for just a few minutes. I hope you enjoy the journey.