September 5, 2014
by Anna Huntington, The Sculpture Project/Arts Rapid City
Artists began dropping off their work for The Wind and Water Exhibit this week. Only two pieces so far and it’s clearly going to be an exciting, thought-provoking show.
The upcoming exhibit features work by 33 celebrated South Dakota artists inspired by sculptor Masayuki Nagase’s visual themes, or metaphors, for Passage of Wind and Water. The exhibit opens at Prairie Edge Gallery (across the street from The Sculpture Project) on Oct. 3 with an artists’ reception, 5 – 7 p.m. and shows through Nov. 3, 2014.
Steve Babbitt, a photography professor at Black Hills State University who is photo-documenting Nagase’s carving of Passage of Wind and Water, heads up the organizing committee behind the exhibit.
Steve organized Into the Dark, an exhibit featuring South Dakota artists interpreting dark matter as a way of understanding the work underway at Sanford Underground Lab in Lead, SD.
Additional Wind and Water Exhibit committee members are Sandy Swallow, Lakota artist and gallery owner; Lynn Verschoor, Dakota Art Museum director; Ruth Brennan, South Dakota Arts Council board member; Teresa Fugate, Fine Art Gallery director at Prairie Edge; and Denise DuBroy, curator for Rapid City Arts Council.
Committee members invited artists to participate in the exhibit. The group plans to do a larger, juried show to mark the completion of the Nagase’s work in 2017.
The exhibit includes artwork across mediums all inspired by the natural elements wind and water. Some of the local Rapid City area artists participating are Roger Broer, Denton Fast Whirlwind, Randal Iverson, Dale Lamphere, Bob Miller, Don Montileaux, Dan Tacket, Dick Termes, Ray Tysdal, and Dwayne Wilcox.