Peterson paintings at Gayville Gallery

Peterson paintings at Gayville Gallery The Gayville Gallery in Gayville presents a show of expressionistic landscape paintings by Sturgis artist Paul Peterson through June.

Peterson, who was raised on a farm east of Wakonda, is showing a series of southeastern South Dakota scenes, both real and imaginary, including Spirit Mound, the Spirit Mound Church, the Volin elevator, and views along Frog Creek Road, the Missouri bluffs, and other parts of rural Clay and Yankton counties.

Petersen graduated from Wakonda High School in 1985 and earned degrees in art and education from Black Hills State University. He acknowledges a wide array of influences from Claude Monet and Grant Wood to Edvard Munch and Max Beckman.

More than 125 persons viewed the exhibit during its May 3rd opening, according to gallery owner Doug Sharples. Based on that crowd's comments, he thinks that the show will be the most popular yet at the two-year-old gallery.

"Peterson's paintings have the boldness of the modern masters who influenced him," said Sharples, "but they've also got barns and cows and plowed fields and huge skies, so people relate to them and understand them."

Gayville Gallery is located at 504 Washington Street. The exhibit will be open from 5:30 to 8 p.m. prior to concerts at the adjacent Gayville Hall. It can also be viewed by appointment. Call 605-267-2859.

A reception for the artist will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on May 17 prior to his appearance at Gayville Hall as a singer and guitar player opening for Gordy Pratt.

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