Vermillion artist featured at show Prints created by Vermillion artist Valerie Lueth were selected for the 16th annual Parkside National Small Print Exhibition. The show runs through Feb. 20 at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, in Kenosha, WI.
Leuth's work, "Twins," an intaglio print, received a Purchase Prize, meaning the university bought the piece for its permanent collection. Two other prints, "The Irritated Tosser," a lithograph, and "Butterfly," an intagilo print, also were selected for the exhibition.
The Vermillion artist's pieces were among 122 selected prints from 94 artists. Printmakers from 45 states submitted more than 830 entries, and independent juror Wayne Kimball of Brigham Young University determined exhibition selections.
To be considered for the Parkside National Small Print Exhibition, artwork must be original prints completed in the last two years. In addition, the print or its mat cannot exceed 18 inches in any dimension.
HEAD:Peterson attends theater festival
Twelve Dakota Wesleyan University theater students and their director attended the regional Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Cedar Rapids, IA, recently.
Students attending the festival included Carrie Peterson, Wakonda.
During the festival, Wesleyan students participated in workshops dealing with all aspects of theater and attended more than 11 productions during the week. The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is produced by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, which is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Education, The Kennedy Center Corporate Fund, Delta, the National Committee for the Performing Arts, and Dr. and Mrs. Gerald McNichols.
On Sunday, Feb. 23, from 4 to 7 p.m. the Vermillion First United Methodist Church is sponsoring a benefit Hoedown Concert for drought stricken ranchers in western South Dakota.
All proceeds from the hoedown will go to Hands Across South Dakota, a non-profit organization that provides ranchers in western South Dakota with hay, feed, and transportation needs for cattle, provide food assistance to struggling ranch families, and counseling services for ranchers and their families in this time of tragedy and transition.
The hoedown is going to be a great time supporting a great cause and will feature great musical groups from the areas including: the Poker Alice Band, The Vermillion High School Jazz Choir, a great barbershop quartet from the Beresford area, Vermillion's own Buckaroos, a local Vermillion troubadour, Tim Duggan, and the local group, Kickland, Johnson, and Martin.
A chuck wagon dinner will be served at the cost of $4 for adults and $2.50 for children. A free will offering will also be taken. All proceeds will go for relief. Please feel free to come and go as you please.
The event will be emceed by Brook McBride, pastor of the Vermillion UMC and Steve Miller, pastor of the UCC. The entire community is encouraged to come join us as we support the ranchers out west. Bring a cowboy hat if you've got one.
"I have been working with the organization Hands Across South Dakota for several months now and at our last meeting we read some of the applications for help some of these proud ranchers have filled out," McBride said. "These ranchers are salt of the earth type folk. They're what make South Dakota, South Dakota. Listening to their stories, story after story just brought me to tears. These people are really hurting!
"One comment that still haunts me was from a rancher from Faith, who wrote ? 'all my life I've been so proud to be able to help feed the world. But now to not be able to have enough money to feed my own family ? well, it just makes me so frustrated and helpless. I really don't know where to turn. And everywhere I turn it's like looking in a mirror. People are really struggling out here.' When people are hurting we all want to help and we thought that this hoedown would be a great way to do that."
If you have any questions about the hoedown, or would like to make a donation to Hands Across South Dakota come to the hoedown or send a check to: Hands Across South Dakota, c/o Vermillion United Methodist Church, 16 N. Dakota St., Vermillion, SD, 57069. If you have any questions please call the Vermillion UMC at 624-2179.
Hands Across South Dakota is also looking for farmers and ranchers willing to donate hay or cattle feed to ranchers out in western South Dakota. Anyone interested in helping in any way should contact the Hands Across South Dakota coordinator, Janelle Bishoff, at (866) 295-6479 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call McBride at 624-2179.