NOTHING TO SEE | Various Artists
06.23.16 – 08.27.16
We are now exhibiting two bodies of work from a collaborative art project that was part of the Big Read in Spearfish. This was the vision of retired art teacher, Dr. Jo Powell and the Matthews Opera House and Art Center staff.
The first body of work is based on an original graphic novel story, “Nothing to See” by Chanel Wiggan, a student at Black Hills State University. Five Spearfish artists and teachers were invited to create seven storyboards illustrating this graphic novel. Those artists included are: the author, Chanel Wiggan, Desy Schoenewies, Kaylie Hairychin, Jo Powell and Jayne Rose.
The other body of work included in this exhibit is a group of 24 painted and decorated styrofoam pieces of “wall jewelry” created by youth , ages 10-18, at the Canyon Hills Center in Spearfish. This three day project focused on the idea of value and what it is that makes an item valuable. Many factors go into making something valuable. They include demand, materials used, rarity, personal value, an item’s history, etc. The theme of value is applied throughout the narrative of “Nothing to See”. The youth from Canyon Hills Center chose to approach this adornment project in an free-association method of decoration
CUT & PASTE | Dwayne Wilcox
Ruth Brennan Gallery
06.03.16 - 09.10.16
Cut & Paste is a unique exhibit showcasing the sculptural work of local Lakota artist Dwayne Wilcox. His 3D constructions are made of paper, often utilizing ledger paper. The artist uses this medium to convey his view of a contemporary living culture through humor, acute observation of the world around him and impeccable craftsmanship. Wilcox is most well-known for his contemporary ledger drawings, however, his mixed-media work has been winning awards for years.
Wilcox is an Oglala Lakota, born and raised on Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. He is a self-taught artist that has been practicing his craft for over thirty years. Wilcox’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the collections of institutions throughout the United States including the Smithsonian, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth and the Peabody Museum at Harvard. His work has received numerous awards from the Sante Fe, Northern Plains and the Head Museum’s Indian Art Markets. He was awarded a Bush Fellowship in 2006. Wilcox lives and works in Rapid City.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Lynda Clark Adelstein, Security First Bank, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
ARTISTS OF THE BLACK HILLS ANNUAL EXHIBITION
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
05.27.16 - 08.13.16
This will be the 11th annual show that Artists of the Black Hills has held. The exhibition will showcase the work of over 35 individual members whose artwork includes numerous different mediums and styles of painting, sculpting, pastels, photography, printmaking, jewelry, collage and assemblage.
Artists of the Black Hills (ABH) is an organization of professional artists, artisans, and galleries who joined together with the common goal of presenting and promoting the Black Hills region as anart destination. Each of the members has been juried into the organization by a selection committee made up of a cross-section of ABH artists representing the entire body of the membership. The intent of this organization is to make evident the large pool of artistic talent in the Black Hills area and the impact that art has made, and continues to make on the quality of life in the Black Hills. For more information on the group, please visit their website HERE.
Exhibit sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Perfect Hanging Gallery, Debra Radley, South Dakota Arts Council and the Rapid City Arts Council.
REFUGE | Deborah Mitchell
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
05.13.16 - 08.27.16
Deborah Mitchell works primarily as a printmaker who also sketches and draws on location. Refuge is made up of two parallel bodies of work. The first is Mitchell’s abstracted monotypes which reflect her experiences while traveling abroad (especially in Turkey). The other body of work is a series of large-scale drawings inspired by Mitchell’s hikes in the Black Hills region.
Mitchell is a third generation artist whose images are inspired by the natural world. She grew up outside of Boston and studied at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. She finished her BFA at Utah State University where she also completed her MFA in Printmaking. Currently Mitchell teaches Art, Art History and directs the Apex Gallery at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology. She also works as an artist in Rapid City. She was among 6 artists awarded the South Dakota Arts Council’s Artist Fellowship for 2015.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Judy Sneller, South Dakota Arts Council and
Rapid City Arts Council.
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Emerging Visual Artists
Behind The Scenes | Victoria Dodge and Kailey Tennessen
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
06.24.16 - 07.29.16
Artist's Reception: Saturday, June 25 | 5 - 7pm
Behind The Scenes offers two exhibits in one. Selected works from Victoria Dodge’s solo exhibit entitled Double Take, and Kailey Tennessen’s exhibit entitled Reverie.
Dodge’s work focuses on double exposure photography, mixing portraits with scenery. Originally a landscape photographer, Dodge used double exposure techniques to learn more about portrait photography. “When I decided on an image to use with a certain person it was more about what the after image made me feel rather than what looked best.” Dodge says.
Tennessen’s work uses photo manipulation to create surreal imagery inspired by dreams, nightmares, and fantasies. “Some photographs in the series portray feelings of being trapped alone and scared; others portray a girl who is growing free from her physical reality.” Says Tennessen.
The pairing of these two photographers offer an eclectic, yet cohesive show that uses the tools of photography and Photoshop to create strongly emotional imagery.
The RCAC’s Emerging Visual Artists Program showcases the talents of local artists and provides a cohesive structure to help artists organize, plan and sustain creative careers, and increase satisfaction in their art practices.
Still photography is permitted for personal, noncommercial use with a hand-held camera/mobile device. Sharing on social media is encouraged! Photographs may not be published, sold, reproduced, transferred, distributed or otherwise commercially exploited. The use of flashes, tripods or video cameras is prohibited unless permission is obtained from the Curator.
Animals are not permitted in the galleries, with the exception of service dogs.