Granary brings back All Dakota art exhibition

Farm Forum

The Granary Rural Cultural Center in rural Brown County has reinstituted the All Dakota Invitational Art Show.

This year’s show, which includes 57 works, runs through June 30.

The Granary Rural Cultural Center had its first invitational art show in 1996. At that time, 57 artists exhibited 147 works to fill up the newly created galleries in the historic granary building. The annual show continued to be a summer highlight for many years, giving regional artists the opportunity to show their works.

In recent years, the show has taken a hiatus. It was brought back by the staff at the Dacotah Prairie Museum for its 2013 summer season of activities at the Granary, now an arm of the museum.

This year’s show includes artwork from 24 artists whose pieces represent one of five media: photography, painting, mixed media, drawing or 3-D sculpture/pottery. Each piece is eligible for the Best in Show award that will bring a $500 cash prize. The judges will also select one piece in each media as best in category.

Artists with works in this show include Martin Red Bear, Elizabeth Nehlich, Kim Herman, Margaret Schmidt, Jim Schmidt, Martha Mehlhaff, Margaret Sisley, Naomi Milosevich, Betty Sheldon, Ross Hettinger, Stuart Surma, Judith Oliver, Alexia Landreaux, Bert Klipfel, John Eichinger, Hayley Wegleitner, Jacob Bosmoe, Nick Fischer, Nicole Fischer, Ben Grote, Linda Hunt and Vic Runnels.

Viewing hours are from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. A closing reception/award ceremony will be at 3 p.m. June 30, when all prizes will be awarded, including the People’s Choice determined by visitors to the show. All are welcome at the reception/award ceremony.

This show is free and open to the public.

To reach the Granary from U.S. Highway 12, travel north from Bath on Brown County 16 or north from Groton on South Dakota 37 to Brown County 13.

From Brown County 13, go south one mile on 402nd Avenue, which is gravel, and a half mile west on 128th Street.

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