In The Moment ... Meet The Street Poet

Jun 5, 2017

In The Moment ... June 5, 2017 Show 107 Hour 2

Vernon Patterson writes poetry about personal growth, his experiences with loss, addiction and war. He recites his poetry on the streets of Minneapolis to anyone who will listen. He's known as The Street Poet. In The Moment producer Steve Zwemke fist heard The Street Poet while standing in line for a concert outside a local venue in Minneapolis and brings you more.

Traditional art, or folk art, is now featured at The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. An exhibit titled "Black Hills Bounty" opened this weekend with a Friday night reception and Saturday demonstrations by some of the artists. Folk art is characterized by identifiable methods of creation, some of them reaching back into antiquity. Weavers use a loom, spinners use a wheel, and indigenous artists use native materials. Many of the items on display at The Dahl are simply decorative. There are forged metal calla lilies and three-dimensional leather creations suitable for framing. But other items have use. There's a felt cowboy hat, a thick warm lap robe, and a bow with arrows used for hunting game. Some of the arts on display are as old as civilization; others are as new as detailing motorcycles. This weekend SDPB's Victoria Wicks watched artists work and learned more about their crafts, to bring us this story.