Art gallery will open downtown

Art gallery will open downtown The corner of Center and Main streets will soon be attracting art lovers to downtown Vermillion. The former Maurice's building is being transformed into The Main Street Gallery. Its inaugural opening is scheduled for April 2. (Photo courtesy of Aaron Packard) The former Maurice's store on Vermillion's Main Street is being transformed into a place for art lovers.

Next month, the building, located on the corner of Center and Main streets, will be known as The Main Street Gallery.

The structure's renovation and restoration into an art gallery will be celebrated at its opening April 2.

Tennessee native Paul Roden is honored to exhibit "Visions for the Campaign Year" at the inaugural opening of gallery.

Roden's socially satirical prints will be on display through the month of April, with an opening reception Friday, April 2, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Roden's prints have most recently taken inspiration from the looming cloud of the presidential election. Like a politician, these prints have many levels of content. What Roden chooses to put on the surface of a piece might be very contradictory to the reality of a situation translated in the details underneath.

Almost completely logical, Roden acts as a coordinator of two-dimensional space, the same way a movie director moves his actors around the stage. In each print, the viewer is presented with a coherent collection of images put together in an intentionally vague way.

The interpretation is left open-ended, with the opinion of the artist hiding in the fine print. The show is diverse within its margins of relief and intaglio printing (and a few strokes of paint) � with works from miniature to human scale; black and white to a full range of color; crowded buildings to empty landscapes.

During his tenure in Vermillion, Roden has earned several acknowledgements from South Dakota and Iowa. He has won the best of show award two years in a row in the annual Wilbur Stilwell Student Awards Exhibition, garnered an honorable mention from Sioux City Arts Center's Local Perspectives Show, and won the Juror's choice award from the first annual South Dakota Governor's Show, currently traveling the state.

All of these acclaimed images will be on display at the opening night festivities of The Main Street Gallery.

The gallery is located on the corner of Center and Main streets in downtown Vermillion.

For more information, contact Paul Roden: (605) 675-9110 or the Main Street Gallery: (605) 624-9222.

After its grand opening April 2, the gallery hours will be 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

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