BHSU alumni opens art show about colorful farming life

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, October 26, 2015/Categories: 2015





   

   

   

       

            

       

       

            

           Black Hills State University opened a new and original exhibition "Herding Cats," featuring colorful farming life and children by BHSU alum Jessie Palczewski-Longbrake. The artwork will be displayed in the Ruddell Gallery in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union until Nov. 13. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

           

       

   



Black Hills State University just opened a new and original exhibition "Herding Cats," featuring an array of colorful cows by BHSU alum Jessie Palczewski-Longbrake, who now teaches pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade art at Dupree School in Dupree, S.D.

The works will be displayed in the Ruddell Gallery in the David B. Miller Yellow Jacket Student Union until Nov. 13. The Ruddell Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

It is not a coincidence that this unique exhibition is about cows. Growing up in Reeder, N.D., Palczewski-Longbrake learned to appreciate agriculture and animals.

"Growing up in an agricultural environment has exposed me to many different types of animals and their tendencies. This knowledge has allowed me to use them as characters in my paintings. As my work has progressed, I have been integrating my children, family members, and myself into the paintings as well," said Palczewski-Longbrake.

?"The techniques are very similar to watercolor, but Palczewski-Longbrake uses intense color dyes instead of watercolor paint - a technique she learned from the late Richard DuBois, BHSU Professor Emeritus. You are shocked by the bold color and impressed with her skill to make them appear effortless," said David Wilson, professor of art at BHSU.

According to Palczewski-Longbrake, her inspiration came from watching her toddlers trying to learn from life, their passion for animals and interactions with them. Then she decided to portray cows in the manner that her children see them.

"The paintings reflect both actual and fictional events. They are based on memories and situations from my past and the everyday life of my children" said Palczewski-Longbrake.

For more information on the "Herding Cats" exhibition, visit the BHSU Ruddell Gallery Facebook page.
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