Holiday Miniature Show | Artists of the Black Hills
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
11.12.13 – 12.14.13
This will be the second annual Holiday Miniature Show that Artists of the Black Hills has held. The exhibition will showcase small works created in time for the holiday shopping season from over 20 individual members. Artwork includes numerous different mediums and styles of painting, sculpting, photography, printmaking, jewelry, collage and glasswork.
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 Hillsregion as an art 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, click HERE
Sculpture Redefined | Jill Rumoshosky Werner
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
10.04.2013 - 01.18.2014
When you think of quilting, you’re more likely to associate them with the words like “cozy” or “useful”, rather than “Sculpture” or “pop art”. Jill Rumoshosky Werner intends to change that.
“Sculpture Redefined” is an exhibit that employs the use of colorful, easily identifiable objects quilted as sculpture, to perform a specific task- To create a visual dictionary that defines conceptual ideas without the use of words.
The exaggerated sizes and vibrant quilted cloth are used as tools to develop a friendly and relatable connection to the work, while the objects themselves, though simple, convey a deeper message, sometimes even tackling dual meanings of a single word, effectively, and with a sprinkle of tongue-in-cheek humor that just may induce a hearty chuckle or two from the gallery visitor.
Many elements of her art are derived with her past professional experience as an audiologist and technical writer. At one job, she was given a company dictionary and told that her writing could only use the words it contained. “It made me wonder how abstract concepts could be conveyed without using any words at all” Says Werner.
As the title suggests, Jill Rumoshosky Werner’s work redefines traditional notions of sculpture, an art form we often associate with cold, hard materials like marble or bronze. In contrast, Sculpture Redefined contains “conceptual soft sculpture” created primarily from fabrics and utilizing techniques more often employed in quilting than sculpture. And unlike most traditional sculpture, these works burst with bold, bright colors conveying energy and excitement; they play games with scale; and they have a sense of humor.
In making sculpture of these materials, though, Rumoshosky Werner redefines not just the art of sculpture but the art of quilting as well, a fact that has garnered high praise from the premier quilting magazine, In Stitches, who notes that “Jill is not only one of the only fiber artists working on conceptual art, but her pieces exist well outside of the accepted confines of what quilting is and has been. Her 3 dimensional constructions and installations stand on the leading edge of what fiber can be.” In short Redefining Sculpture fuses two entirely different art forms into something completely unique.
Jill Rumoshosky Werner regularly exhibits her artwork in museums, art centers and galleries around the U.S. and abroad and she has won national and international awards.
This exhibit is sponsored by: Rapid City Arts Council and Framing, Fibers and High End Curiosities.
Visit the artist's website HERE
A series of interpretive events for the Pte Oyate exhibit are planned for October, November and December. All of these events will explore the theme of the special bond that exists between the Lakota people and the buffalo that was vital to their survival on the plains.
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Pte Oyate (Buffalo Nation) | Group Show
Ruth Brennan Gallery
The Lakota people have long had a relationship with the Pte Oyate (“buffalo nation”), a relationship vital to their survival on the prairie. They used every part of the buffalo to provide for themselves and their families. In return they regarded these noble creatures with tremendous respect. The appearance of non-Native people on the prairie resulted in the slaughter and almost complete annihilation of the “buffalo nation” and, consequently, of the Lakota people. Yet the Lakota have never forgotten their sacred bond with the Pte Oyate.
This exhibit portrays the story of that bond, how it was almost destroyed, and the efforts being made to renew it. It also addresses the displacement of the Lakota people and their culture, and the difficulty of reconnecting with that culture given that it has been forced almost completely from Lakota daily life.
The exhibit includes work by Keith Braveheart, Roger Broer, Layli Long Soldier, Micheal Two Bulls and Mary Bordeaux (curator of the show). These artists use the buffalo to represent the struggle Native people endure as they try to build new communities and traditions while holding tightly to a vanishing sacred past.
This exhibit is sponsored by: Security First Bank, Anton Kaiser,
Heron's Flight, J Scull Construction and the Rapid City Arts Council.
Exhibition made possible by funding from First People's Fund.
PHOTOGRAPHY @ THE DAHL
iPhone · ography | Danielle Donald
Dahl Arts Center Lobby
11.11.13 - 02.08.14
iPhone·ography is the art of producing images with a cell phone camera.
This body of work was captured using my iPhone 4 cell phone camera. I found that when I would have a moment of inspiration, often times I did not have my camera with me. In spite of this, I could not let the moment pass, so I resorted to the use of my cell phone camera. As I began evaluating the quality of the images that my phone produced; I realized that the quality rivaled my digital SLR camera.
Which lead me to imagine, in what way could I create images that stood apart from the average cell phone photograph? I discovered that the iPhone offers photo editing applications. After experimenting with a plethora of editing apps, I came across two that were simple to use and offered the affects I was looking for. All of the images in this body of work were edited using the CameraPlus app or the Picfx app.
Many of these images were taken in and around the Black Hills. I find inspiration in my surroundings; with various types of light, lines and composition. Capturing moments of nostalgia and giving them a unique appearance, allows me to tell a story. This story is simply one of how the use of a new technology was used to help create the imagery from the inspirations I have found. So let me take you on a journey. Let me show you the world through my eyes and through the lens of my iPhone camera.
Recognizing the large number of excellent professional and amateur photographers who live in or visit the Black Hills, the Rapid City Arts Council has dedicated an area exclusively to photography. This highly visible location in at the entry to the exhibition galleries is directly opposite the Giftshop @ the Dahl.
'Tis the Season | Holiday Card Contest Show
Art Start Studio
11.19.13 - 12.31.13
The Rapid City Arts Council is pleased to announce Hannah Masters from Rapid City, South Dakota is the winner of the 2013 Holiday Card Contest.
The recent call-to-artists invited pre, elementary, middle and high school students to submit Tis the Season themed artwork for the annual contest. Hannah Master’s festive illustration of a bundled-up giraffe was selected and will be used for the RCAC's 2013 holiday card.
Hannah is eighteen years old and home schooled. She is currently working on an international collaboration to illustrate and write a children’s book.
Over 75 students submitted artwork in a variety of mediums and styles. All submissions will be on display through December 31, 2013 in the Dahl Arts Center's Art Start Studio. Parents, teachers, friends and relatives are invited to stop by and check out all of the amazing art!
The Rapid City Arts Council would like to send a warm holiday thank you to all of the artists who participated in this year’s contest and their teachers who guided them through the project. We look forward to creating more art with you in the future.
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
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Emerging Visual Artists
Curiosities, the Exhibition
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe
11.01.13 - 12.31.13
Artists Reception: Tuesday, December 3 | 5 - 7pm
From the ambiguous to the macabre, art sometimes acts to release the mysterious side of life that is often hidden from the everyday. Curiosities, the Exhibition will celebrate the weird, strange, and vividly wild in the visual art form.
Curiosities, the Exhibition includes the work of 14 local artists.
Join us for an artist reception Tuesday, December 3, 5 - 7pm in the Bruce H. Lien Cultural Café.
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.