Local artists' work on display in Brookings The artwork of Jean Peter-Larsen and Lisa Shoemaker is on display at the South Dakota Art Museum through Oct. 30, as the latest installment of the South Dakota Artists Series.
Larsen and Shoemaker, from Beresford and Sioux Falls, respectively, have been featured in regional and national art shows for years.
Larsen, who has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from The University of South Dakota, has lived in South Dakota since 1995.
Her previous work has included a series of paintings titled "Fence Charms," based on childhood memories of watching her nanny hang charms made of colored glass in her grandmother's orchard to help the fruit grow.
Larsen noticed the similarities between Old Mary's charms and bits of plastic, cloth and empty seed sacks that get caught on barbed wire fences in rural South Dakota.
Larsen's most recent work again features "Fence Charms," but instead of canvas, she uses oak and aspen panels, patterned after altar panels created during the Renaissance. She paints with thin coats of acrylics and multiple coats of glaze.
"My art is constantly evolving," said Larsen. "But its principal theme is the isolation of rural women combined with their dependence upon, and burdening by, fertility."
Larsen also works themes of the dissipation of rural America and symbols of fertility into her work.
Shoemaker's most current artwork explores the uncontrollable, turbulent aspect of nature versus its beauty. Her latest water-based oil paintings draw inspiration from western South Dakota landscapes.
The Ohio native currently owns a visual art studio in Sioux Falls, where she also creates computer graphics for the Argus Leader.
Shoemaker has a background in medical and scientific illustrating, and is a member of the South Dakota Artists' Network, the Chicago Artists' Coalition and South Dakotans for the Arts.
In July 2002, Shoemaker received an artist grant from the South Dakota Arts Council, which went toward funding for her landscapes.
"I view nature as reality and humanity's state of existence as escape from that reality," said Shoemaker.
South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds through the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Admittance is free to the South Dakota Art Museum, located on Medary Avenue at Harvey Dunn Street on the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings. The museum is closed holidays and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday
through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays.
There will be a reception for the artists on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The event includes gallery talks at 5:30 p.m.