Elements of Ritual / An Endless Journey | The Legacy of Doris Rudel
Ruth Brennan Gallery
12.09.16 - 03.11.17
Opening Reception: Friday, December 9 | 5 - 7pm
This exhibition surveys the artistic career of local artist, Doris Rudel, who passed away in July, 2016. This diverse body of work includes 35 pieces of art spanning the past 35 years of Doris’s lengthy artistic career. The show includes wall-hangings, free-standing sculpture, elaborate necklaces and collars as well as other articles of adornment. At final count, Doris and her husband, Rudy, had visited twenty-one countries on five continents. These expansive traveling experiences have been woven into her broad and meticulous creative process.
“Traveling among peoples of diverse cultures, I have been privileged to view many objects of great beauty, style and craftsmanship: court finery, intended to display wealth and power as well as ancient traditions of colorful mythology and symbolism. The remarkable jewelry and clothing I have seen is never merely decorative. It speaks of values, beliefs, achievements and status. These pieces become ‘art in everyday affairs’ for many nomadic tribes. I have assimilated many different cultures in my work to convey the gift of friendship I have formed as a traveler and student of ancient cultures.” - Doris Rudel
Rudel was born in Harvey, North Dakota. She lived the majority of her life in Pennington County, near Rapid City and the Black Hills National Forest. Her formal training was in commercial art. She studied visual arts at the Montana Institute of the Arts and at the University of London in the United Kingdom. Her professional visual arts career spanned four decades.
Exhibit generously sponsored by Rudel Family (Cheryl, Ross, Rhea, Chad),
Arlene Ham Burr, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
THE HORSE NATION OF THE OCHETHI SAKOWIN | Various Artists
Sen. Stan Adelstein & Lynda K. Clark Gallery
12.16.16 - 03.24.17
Artists' Reception Friday, December 16 | 5 - 7pm, Participants' Talk 6pm
This is a multi-media group traveling exhibition inspired by the voices and perspectives of the Šúŋka Wakȟáŋ Oyáte (Horse Nation), gathered through community informed processes. This show represents a partnership between The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, artist Keith BraveHeart and the Dakota, Lakota and Nakota people. Pieces from The Heritage Center and other collections will be featured alongside original artworks made specifically for this exhibition.
The exhibit expands on the 2014 film We Are A Horse Nation made by Keith BraveHeart about the Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. The intention of this exhibit is to create an exhibition space that presents itself as an environment that pays respect to the Horse Nation of the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ. As such, it is also the intention that this exhibit be driven by a grassroots, community-influenced process as opposed to an institution-led show.
Exhibit courtesy of The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, co-curated by Keith BraveHeart, Mary Maxon and Ashley Pourier, with support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Black Hills Community Foundation, South Dakota Humanities Council, Joyce Dobbert, Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies, and Racing Magpie L.L.C.
Exhibit sponsored by Denny Gemeny, Black Hills Federal Credit Union, South Dakota Arts Council and Rapid City Arts Council.
Animal Attraction | Dede Farrar
12.23.16 – 3.4.17
Animal Attraction is an exhibit of paintings that focuses on animals that have close relationships with humans including pets, wildlife and working animals found on farms and ranches. Using rich colors and textures, Farrar’s representational approach to these animals helps viewers to see these relationships in new ways.
Emerging Visual Artists | Various
Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe & Gallery
Celebrating local and regional visual artists on the rise, and providing a nurturing place for them to be seen and to grow! Exhibitions change regularly, spotlighting a variety of artists, styles and mediums and introducing audiences to new names and fresh perspectives.