Collecting art can be enjoyable for many and challenging for others.  Others, meaning my wife and I.  We rarely agree on the same thing.

However, Jon Crane and Charles Peterson prints do add flavor to our home.  Finally we agreed on something?

I know you will agree that we have outstanding talent right in our backyards.   And that talent is gathering in one place for a big exhibit.

Thirty-two of South Dakota’s finest artists will showcase their talent at this year’s First Lady’s Arts Showcase, scheduled for Oct. 23-24, 2015, in Pierre. The event is held in conjunction with the annual Governor’s Invitational Pheasant Hunt.

“We have a number of talented artists in South Dakota and I’m honored that so many of them will be attending this year’s Art Showcase,” said First Lady Linda Daugaard. “This is an event that local residents attend every year. It’s also an opportunity for those attending the Governor’s Pheasant Hunt to take a little piece of South Dakota home with them.”

The First Lady’s Prairie Arts Showcase is open for public viewing and as you will notice in the list below there will be more than just painters.
The 32 artists selected for the Arts Showcase are incredibly diverse. They include:
• Kevin Aker, Rapid City, photography
• Mark S Anderson, Sioux Falls, acrylic
• Bryan Bortnem, Rutland, jewelry, paintings and sculpture
• Pat Brown, Fort Pierre, metal (copper) jewelry
• Deb Burckhard, Kimball, horse hair pottery
• Frank Denton, Beresford, wood turning
• Russ Duerksen, Sioux Falls, acrylic paintings & limited edition prints
• Judith Edenstrom & Collette Gesinger, Sioux Falls, alcohol ink on tile, acrylic paintings
• Deborah Eich, Pierre, photography
• Jerry Fogg, Sioux Falls, mixed media, pencil pen portrait
• Jim Green, Hermosa, bronze sculpture
• Nicole Heitzman, Parkston, acrylic paintings, engraving wood
• Annette Hinker, Pierre, glass
• Dave Huebner, Bushnell, clay
• Lorie Luers, Pierre, artisan beaded jewelry
• Earlene McNeil Larson, Mission Hill, recycled fiber
• Linda Meyer, Lead, pottery
• Donald F. Montileaux, Rapid City, ledger art, painting
• Molly Noem Fulton, Fort Pierre, calligraphy inks, gouache, watercolor, pen, repurposed wood
• Pamela Olson, Rapid City, hand beaded gourd birds, re-designed vintage jewelry
• Adam Oswald, Pierre, oil, acrylic, pencil
• Dawn Rasmussen, Kadoka, jewelry
• Melanie Ratzlaff, Parker, acrylic charcoal
• Cristen J. Roghair, Okaton, photography
• James Schoon, Vivian, jewelry sterling silver
• Joshua Spies, Watertown, acrylic oil and pencil
• Teri Mc Tighe, Faith, graphite pencil watercolor
• Karen VanderWal, Brookings, jewelry
• Benjamin Victor, Aberdeen, bronze sculptures
• Jennifer White, Sioux Falls, acrylic on canvas
• Larry Wold, Armour, taxidermy, bronze