Weather Report | Andrzej Maciejewski
Ruth Brennan Gallery
12.12.14 - 03.14.15
This exhibit, entitled Weather Report, captures the dramatic changes in weather conditions over a year’s time in the small village of Moscow, Ontario, Canada.
Maciejewski took the 36 photos that make up Weather Report using his own, hand-made camera obscura, positioned near his house along Long Swamp Road in Moscow. Shooting a single view during a variety of times, seasons and weather conditions allows him to highlight just how elusive our memory of place can be: “In the summer you only have a vague memory of how your garden looked in the winter, covered with snow. Even in the evening, it is difficult to recall how the landscape looked in the entirely different light of morning.” This series creates side-by-side comparisons of place, turning time into space.
The camera obscura, an ancient prototype of today’s modern camera, consists of a box with a small hole on one side through which light passes, reproducing the scene outside against the inner wall. Maciejewski’s version is a walk-in structure, 6’ x 6’ x 10’, which allows him to photograph in virtually all kinds of weather.
Maciejewski has been photographing for 29 years. Currently, he lives in Ontario, Canada, where he teaches at the Haliburton School of Arts.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Security First Bank and the Rapid City Arts Council.
Holiday Miniature Show | Artists of the Black Hills
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
11.21.14 - 12.20.14
This third annual holiday show features small works created by local artists. ABH are professional artists, artisans, and galleries, joined together with the common goal of presenting and promoting the Black Hills region as an art destination. This exhibit features a maximum of three miniature pieces from each of the 30 plus invited artists.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Denny Gemeny; Lynn, Jackson, Shultz & Lebrun, P.C.; US Bank and the Rapid City Arts Council.
Celebration of Works | Grete Bodogaard
Lobby Gallery Wall
11.18.14 - 01.31.15
Artist's Reception: Friday, December 12 | 5 - 7pm
The Rapid City Arts Council is pleased to present the work of Grete Bodogaard, a master weaver who has lived in South Dakota for 45 years, 20 years of which were in the Black Hills region. Her work is on loan from local friends, family and collectors of her work.
Grete was born in Bodo, Norway where she first began studying textiles. She immigrated to the United States from Norway in 1969. Her weavings have been commissioned throughout the Midwest, including St. Michael’s Church in Sioux Falls and Rapid City Regional hospital. Grete’s exhibitions include an Oregon and New York touring show entitled A Fine Line; The Human Weft in Portland, Oregon; Beyond the Spill in Anchorage, Alaska; Norwegians in America in Hamar, Norway; and World Weaver’s Wall in Melbourne, Australia. The master-weaver has driven all over South Dakota as an Artist in the Schools with the SD Art Council’s program. She has also traveled extensively throughout SD teaching workshops on spinning and dyeing. Grete Bodogaard is the recipient of the 2002 South Dakota Governor’s Award for Creative Achievement. She has participated in the SD Governor’s Biennial Art Exhibitions as well as the American Tapestry Biennials.
“As I travel on my journey around the sun I have learned to spin fibers, dye yarns and weave my thoughts and ideas. I have learned from masters through apprenticeships in Denmark, craft schools in Norway and textile conservation in England. After finding my own language in tapestry weaving, I have traveled on the road of colors and design. I weave the birds I feed, the plants I grow, my frustration of wars and chaos in the world and my love of place. I grew up traveling and discovering and was influenced by Norwegian tapestry weavers. The Polish weavers in the 1960s showed me the limitless possibilities on the loom. Studies of ancient techniques have taught me how close I am to the weavers of the past and how much there is to realize and learn. Weaving is my other language, my expression of joy and frustrations.”
This exhibit is generously sponsored by Jeff Viken, Kris Spanjian, Jane Pfiefle,
Geri Konenkamp, Jim Leach and the Rapid City Arts Council.
Silva Rerum | Anna Skibska
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
09.12.14 - 12.27.14
This exhibit is a uniquely designed installation created specifically for the Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery by artist Anna Skibska. Skibska comments on her upcoming installation, “I am using and interpreting the ancient symbol of the tree...I am planning to build a monumental circle of trees of light. These are universal symbols and forms that are made out of glass. Glass is merely a vehicle to carry light and shadows in a darkened space.” Visitors can enter into the center of these trees, gaining a more personal perspective. It is the desire of the artist that this experience will trigger an internal silence and dialogue with each visitor in a place of beauty.
Anna Skibska studied at the Academy of Art in Wroclaw, in the Department of Painting. Her diploma was awarded in 1984. Skibska says, “I wrap space, embrace time and space and trap light. Thinking is my primary medium; then I convey my thoughts into ‘Anna Skibska Technique’ or photography or collages to embody my visions. I am interested in the relationship between fine art and architecture, believing that they enhance each other and that architecture is the crown for art.” Skibska has received numerous awards and grants over the years, including the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2002.
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with generous support from Pat & Jean Wyss and Black Hills Federal Credit Union.
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Lindsay Uhrich | The Cat Show
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe & Gallery
11.18.14 - 12.30.14
Artist's Reception: December 13 | 4 - 6pm
Cats are interesting creatures. They are an important part of my life and they are represented in much of my work. I have loved cats for as long as I can remember. This series work focuses on looking at cats in a different way than most people would. These photographs are not typical cat photos—they are close-ups of cats. The close photographs reveal the great amount of detail of various parts of a cat.
In order to get very close and yet still in focus photographs, an extension tube was used. An extension tube, or ring, is attached to a camera between the camera body and the lens. This technique reduces the distance of the closest focus of an object so that close-up pictures can be captured. This work was somewhat of a challenge, not only with thinking of ways to get extraordinary photos of cats, but also the fact that getting close-up photographs required me to get very close to my subject. With the subject being cats, sometimes they can get scared or annoyed with a camera right next to their face. The only times these unique creatures are still for very long is when they are sleeping.
I love my crazy cats. Enjoy The Cat Show.
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.