Guest Artist Karen Kinder January 3-28

Guest Artist Reception Friday, January 6th   •  5-8PM

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“Impressions of the Prairie” 

 
Bio  
Born in Day County, South Dakota and raised on the family farm 
south of Andover. Attended country school for 2 years then 
attended school in Bristol. 
Graduated from Northern State University with a BS In Art Education 
in 1973. 
Taught elementary art, 10 years in Sioux Falls and 21 years in 
Brookings 
Retired from teaching art in 2012 and continue to live in Brookings 
where I am focusing my attention on painting in my studio. 
I was very pleased to be one of 10 winners of the 2016 Over 60 
Competition of “The Artist’s Magazine”. 
 
Artist Statement 
 
My eyes have always been drawn to the horizon. I’ve watched clouds push 
from west to east since my earliest years on the family farm. Though I’ve 
long since left there – the images remain and I seek them out. 
 
I began including sheep in my landscapes and have continued because of 
the fun of modeling their forms with brightly colored shadows.  There is 
so much more to them than white! 
 
Painting in acrylics during college taught me to paint fast in an attempt to 
get them to blend and launched my energetic style. “Discovering” oils 
twenty-five some years ago freed me to paint the way I wanted to with 
layers, blending, and thick brush strokes. 
 

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Glen Bruns Featured Artist November 1-27

Featured Artist Reception November 4, 5-8 PM

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Come view the works of Glen Bruns, a collection of landscapes done with a beauty in simplicity.  He works proficiently in layered acrylics and mixed media to create innovative works that capture the nature of subject matter.  He was recognized as a finalist in artist magazine and has received a variety of other awards and artistic accomplishments.

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Steve Randall Guest Artist November 1-27

Guest Artist Reception November 4, 5-8 PM

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I was a combat artist in Vietnam in 1968. On some level I still am. But now my passion is plein air painting- in the open and on location in South Dakota. I paint what I see where I am at the time- in the impressionist style- having only a moment to capture the significance of a subject in its light and context.

My subjects may be highly recognizable landmarks in South Dakota like the Corn Palace or Falls Park, or they may be the less conspicuous, but no less special, places people recognize in their travels along the Missouri River or through Spearfish Canyon. In that light, I believe that my paintings have relevance and significance, reinforcing a sense of place for the people of South Dakota.

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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.