Through My Lens | Lifeways Exhibit
Inez & Milton Shaver Gallery
10.13.14 - 10.25.14
A photography exhibit of winning photographs from the Lifeways photo contest Through My Lens, inspiring wellness and health in our community.
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.
Arboreal Musings | Linda Beach
Ruth Brennan Gallery
09.05.14 - 12.06.14
Trees are the longest living organism on earth. They have been worshiped, used for shelter, and planted as symbols of hope and celebration. Fiber artist Linda Beach creates large-scale quilted wall-hangings with trees as the unifying theme. Beach’s quilts go beyond the traditional quilting methods - she creates wildlife and nature scenes by piecing together small sections of cotton fabrics. This exhibit will feature 18 quilts interspersed with quotations dedicated to the subject of trees.
Beach is a self-taught artist who began quilting as a hobby but quickly realized that it was more of a full-time job. Her love of the outdoors is the inspiration for the scenes she creates. Beach has won numerous awards for her work and has had exhibitions across the United States in galleries as well as public installation projects.
This exhibit is presented by the Rapid City Arts Council with generous support from Denny Gemeny and Western Mailers - Rosemary Harvey.
Selections from the Permanent Collection
Lobby Gallery Wall
10.10.14 - 10.25.14
Intended as a legacy for future generations, the Rapid City Arts Council strives to grow and maintain a permanent collection with a primary focus on work by artists who have lived and worked in the region. With a mission to preserve the work of local artists in mind, a variety of art has been collected.
The Rapid City Arts Council’s collection is a result of planned collecting goals and the actual resources available. In 1976, an endowment of $6,000 was given by the Rapid City Art Association to the Rapid City Arts Council to facilitate purchases for the permanent collection. Shortly after this, an endowment from the Ann Pier Fund was added and individuals made additional contributions in following years. The interest accrued from this endowment continues to supply funding for collections purchase and care today. While this amount is meager, it has allowed for smaller purchases to be made from local and regional artists. Also significant to the collection are the private contributions from individuals, grants and businesses that aided in the acquisition of artwork.
The first acquisition, in 1978, was a watercolor painting, Chinese Dragon, by Duane Baumgartner. Since then, art has been donated by and purchased from numerous artists that reflect the diversity of artistic styles, mediums and expressions that are found in our area. The work collected over the years is eclectic and interesting, from a magnificent copper collar made from found objects by Doris Rudel, sculptures by John Eng, cityscapes by Dave Thiessen and James Van Nuys to more conceptual works by artists like Bob H. Miller.
Each piece in the Rapid City Arts Council’s collections holds a unique message and style to be considered by the viewer, offering a historical reference to the diversity of art within the present time. This is truly a growing tribute to the talent and creativity we find in our midst.
CURRENT EXHIBITIONS - Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe & Gallery
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Emerging Visual Artists
Carissa Doolittle | The Cowboy
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe & Gallery
10.06.14 - 11.14.14
Artist's Reception: Saturday, November 1 | 5 - 7pm
Carissa Doolittle is a photographer, whose exhibit entitled “The Cowboy” is inspired by her father’s work as a cowboy. “A person’s life is like a poem” says Doolittle. “The beauty of life and poems is that they don’t have to rhyme or have repeating lines. Both are uniquely their own. As a photographer, I am inspired by my dad to recite his poem to others through photographs. My dad is a cowboy, and the life he lives has a rhythm and beat to it all his own. My goal is to capture just a small glimpse into the hard but beautiful life he lives. The images I have chosen do not all feature my dad but include animals, people and surroundings he encounters.”
The majority of the photographs that are exhibited are captured from the back of Doolittle’s horse. “I carry my camera with me while working cattle so my images are up close and personal for the viewer. I hope to give the feeling of being right there amongst the livestock and cowboy.”
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.