Crane to be guest artist at Tigert Gallery May 5 by David Lias Noted South Dakota artist Jon Crane will be a special guest at the Tigert Art Gallery in Vermillion on Saturday, May 5.
Crane will be at the gallery from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors to the gallery will have the opportunity meet the artist, enjoy refreshments and view five new print releases by Crane, including Eternal Witness, an image of Roseni Lutheran Church located near Union County Park.
There will also be a drawing for two $100 gift certificates, and the first 50 people who visit the gallery May 5 will receive a free mini-print of Crane's Unto the Hills.
Crane's original works will be on display and offered for sale, and he will double sign and personalize his artwork. A large inventory of Crane's prints are in stock.
Crane has painted several South Dakota scenes, including Prairie Prelude, which includes a country church near Volin.
He was also commissioned in 1997 to paint America's Holiday Tree � the Christmas tree that went to the nation's capital from the Black Hills.
Some his most recent works include paintings of South Dakota farm, forest and prairie scenes. They include The Flowers Endure, Indian Summer, Rural Delivery, Don't Fence Me In and Evening at Black Fox.
Crane is well known for his detailed watercolors of rural America. He works exclusively in watercolor, combining washes and dry-brush, using subtle hues of watercolor.
Crane was born in New Jersey in 1948, and left the crowded East for open spaces of
the West in 1967. After earning a B.A. in fine arts from the University of Northern Colorado in 1971, he spent the next five years as an Air Force pilot, logging combat missions in Southeast Asia.
He left the military in 1975 and has been a full-time artist since 1976. He now makes his home in the Black Hills, where he has built a home and studio of his own design along a secluded stream.
"I have always been a person repelled by the cities, preferring to spend my time in rural areas," Crane said. "I paint the simple landscapes because that is where I feel at peace."
He has painted hundreds of watercolors and has published limited editions since 1979. Over half of these limited editions are sold out, with several selling on the secondary market for over 10 times their issue price. His work is currently available in hundreds of galleries around the nation.
"Most of my landscapes come from actual places I have run across in my travels through the rural parts of America," he said.
Crane's large, finely detailed scenes are his trademark. It is not unusual for him to spend several hundred hours on a single piece.
"Occasionally, I work on location, but most of my painting is done in my studio at Mystic, or on the road in Ed, our motor home," he said.
Crane's goal is to share his unique vision of the world with others.
"I plan to continue sharing the world around me as I see it, to the best of my abilities, for as long as I can," he said. "I hope that my work will bring a little peace and well-being to a world that could certainly use a little. I hope you that you enjoy my work."