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In The Moment ... August 28, 2018 Show 410 Hour 2

Artists have been using some form of watercolor to capture life and light since humans painted on the walls of caves. Today in Rapid City, the Celebration of Light art exhibition features more than 30 watercolor artists and nearly 60 works of art.

You can see the Northern Plains Watercolor Society annual exhibition at the Dahl Arts Center now until October 3rd.

Victoria Wicks

This weekend the Artists of the Black Hills kicked off their annual exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. The group consists of more than forty artists who create sculptures, photographs, and paintings in various mediums. One of the artists is Carol Lee Hilgemann, who assembles found objects into 3-D collage. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.

Artist Turns Emotion To Ceramic

Jun 11, 2018

A new exhibit in Rapid City’s Dahl Arts Center captures human emotion through ceramics. The self-taught artist uses her experience with people during her time as a nurse to create expressive figures.

Yoko Sugawara, also known by her artist’s name Tenyoh, expresses complex feelings. She lived in New York working with HIV patients before moving to South Dakota. She studied at Oglala Lakota College on Pine Ridge then became a nurse in Rapid City.

In The Moment ... March 20, 2018 Show 300 Hour 2

The art exhibition Moving Trees, Chasing Shadows comes to the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City Friday with an artist reception at 5:00 p.m.

As Sheila Miles explains, Moving Trees, Chasing Shadows is painted from abstracted photographs taken from inside a moving car. They include large oil paintings and a series of smaller watercolors.

Dirk Quinn Band

Feb 16, 2018

Capitalizing on over a decade of steady touring Dirk Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style that appeals to fans ranging from jam band groupies to jazz aficionados.  The Dirk Quinn Band's high energy funk/jazz that mixes influences from the jazz greats to the sounds of Bela Fleck and John Scofield sets the table for rhythmic experimentation with a modern edge.

The Dirk Quinn Band performed "Live at the Dahl" in Rapid City on September 15, 2017.

In the Moment ... February 14, 2018 Show 277 Hour 2

Head to the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Mountain Time to meet not one, but six versions of Chase Padgett's musical vision.

His stage show is called "Six Guitars." He joins us to talk about the show.

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Jim Yellowhawk and his father, Gerald Yellowhawk, are artists in the traditional indigenous way, with some notable variations. Their art combines the historical with the modern, often with humor and irony.

Their art is now on display at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City, through March 3.

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In The Moment ... November 14, 2017 Show 219 Hour 1 

A lifelong love of the sea helped a professional sign maker from Rapid City find his artistic inspiration.

"The Curious Art of Jerry Root" opens Friday, November 17 at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

We're joined by artist Jerry Root and his wife Laurie.

In conjunction with the opening reception of "The Curious Art of Jerry Root," you can also enjoy the first evening of Holiday Art Market at the Dahl Arts Center and an exhibit reception for "Unwrapped."

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A Rapid City artist whose paintings are based on his own collages is displaying his work at the Dahl Arts Center. The exhibit, Occasional Void, opened this weekend. Luke Gorder's paintings mix incongruous images for an often surreal result. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.

The exhibit Occasional Void is at the Dahl Arts Center until June 24. Also showing is Comic Spirit, artwork with humor as a theme, compiled from the works of various Native artists from the 1970s to now.

Courtesy of SD Governor's Office

It was a big day for literacy in Rapid City on Tuesday, Sept. 27. Children had the opportunity to hear First Lady Linda Daugaard read stories, and third graders got to meet children's author Jennifer Richard Jacobson.

Both women say engaging children early in reading and writing leads to an understanding of the power of communication.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks went to the Dahl Arts Center to talks with Daugaard. She then crossed the street to the Rapid City Public Library to find Jacobson, who gave an evening talk there to the general public.

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Candace Forrette uses clay to re-imagine geography. The result is a series of abstract landscapes featuring stoneware, metal, and smoke. Her exhibition, titled "Meditation/Reflection," opened this weekend at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

Forrette now lives in Billings, but she grew up in Rapid City and was surrounded at the opening by local friends and family. SDPB's Victoria Wicks joined them to learn more about the artist's process.

Candace Forrette's work is on display at the Dahl Arts Center through Dec. 3. To see images of her work, click on the link below:

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Watercolorists from the Black Hills and beyond opened a display of their paintings this weekend in Rapid City. A Colorado artist and author critiqued the works included in the 21st annual Northern Plains Watercolor Society's exhibition.

Colette Pitcher says watercolor is an interactive medium with light and emotion. SDPB's Victoria Wicks has this story.

The exhibition is on display at the Dahl Arts Center through Oct. 22.

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Some of the artists whose works are included in the Seventh Biennial Governor's Art Exhibition have been creating art for decades. And many of them live in the Black Hills. Two of them are Barb Hallberg, a potter, and Tim Peterson, a painter. SDPB's Victoria Wicks visits the exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City to learn what distinguishes these artists' work.

The Governor's show is at the Dahl through December 10. It then travels to Brookings, Vermillion, and Sioux Falls, ending its run in January 2018.

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This weekend in Rapid City, a one-block stretch of Seventh Street was closed to traffic and open to the CHAOS Maker Fair. Simply stated, the event featured things people make, whether high-tech, like holograms and musical bananas, or low-tech, like wooden block bridges. Vendors offered food and goods for sale, musicians took to a small stage under a huge tent, and tables displayed technology in a fun way.

Hank Harris and Jeff Severson join Dakota Midday for live music and musings on everything from the influence of nature to the nature of South Dakota music. They perform together Friday, June 24th at 7:30 p.m. (Mountain Time) a the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.

Artist bios:

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Dwayne Wilcox is a Lakota artist who works in both ledger art and sculpture. His work hangs at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. He also has a show called “Cut and Paste” at the Dahl Arts Center through the summer. His work examines current Native culture with a keen sense of observation, craftsmanship, and humor.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray caught up with Dwayne Wilcox while he was installing the current show at the Dahl. He asked about the message the artist hopes to convey through ledger art. 

Dakota Midday: Deborah Mitchell's "Refuge" Exhibit

May 11, 2016

Artist Deborah Mitchell’s exhibition “Refuge” opens this weekend at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. It’s a meditation on refuge on a global and personal scale. Mitchell recently received a South Dakota Arts Council Artist’s Fellowship. She immersed herself in the beauty of the Black Hills, walking and drawing every day. She sits down with Dakota Midday host Lori Walsh to talk about the refuge of work, the refuge of art, and the refuge of contemplation. 


MJ McMillan is a South Dakota rancher and poet. He joins Dakota Midday during National Poetry Month to talk about poetry that celebrates day-to-day life, for day-to-day people. McMillan and host Lori Walsh discuss rhyme, ranching, and rambling, and McMillan recites a signature poem from his latest collection.

McMillan is also joined by Deb Lux, with the Rapid City Arts Council, who talks about the Word 4 Word event at the Dahl in Rapid City.

Dakota Midday: Wood Shock

Feb 18, 2016

Wood Shock is an antiquated term used in the late 19th century to classify a person who is genuinely lost in the wilderness.  Artist Bryan Christiansen has adopted the terminology to expand on themes of hunting and nature in his latest exhibition at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  Wood Shock is a collection of freestanding sculptures and wall-mounted assemblages that pursue points of intersection between humans, their environments and proximity to nature.  Wood Shock opens Friday and is on display through May

Watercolor artist Sarah Rogers talks about her 30 year love affair with painting. She discusses how some of her animal portraits evoke friends and family members, her deep connection to the Black Hills, and why artists must overcome doubt and failure to return, always, to the work at hand.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

George Bernard Shaw, in his play Man and Superman, invented the adage “those who can, do, and those who can’t, teach.” But Peter Kilian, professor and department chair at Northern State University, says art instructors cannot teach effectively if they’re not actively doing art.

Banjo Babes

Aug 28, 2015

Banjo Babes is a grass roots collective of professional women banjo players organized by California banjo chanteuse Erin Inglish.  The Banjo Babes release a calendar and album every year to celebrate the music of the women who play the instrument.  The Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City hosted Banjo Babes Erin Inglish and Jami Lynn along with Mary Temple in February in the Bruce H. Lien Cultural Cafe. 

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A military veteran and longtime Black Hills journalist has turned his photography into abstract art. And now those photographs by Bill Cissell are featured in an emerging artist exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center. Cissell, one of those guys best described as a character, says he keeps life interesting through diversity.

Maya Van Nuys With Robert Dewan And Friends

Jun 12, 2015

Recent Rapid City Stevens High School graduate Maya Van Nuys assembled a cast of well-known and respected local players for a showcase concert last February at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City.  Van Nuys is a classically trained violinist with a love for the blues and American roots music.  She came up through the Dahl's Emerging Artists Series.  Maya's father, guitarist Frank Van Nuys, introduced her to all kinds of music that inspired her current path as a musician.  The next stage in Van Nuys' career is taking her to Kansas where she plans to further her music career with collaborator

Trace Bundy

May 15, 2015

Listening to Trace Bundy is one thing, but seeing the "Acoustic Ninja" play live can confound even the most accomplished music fans as to how he can manipulate the fret board with his hands and fingers.  Surprisingly, Bundy is self-taught.  He uses harmonics, looping, multiple capos and his unique finger tapping skills to deliver jaw-dropping performances.  His most recent project, "Elephant King," was released in May, 2012.  It includes an 11-song studio CD and a live DVD disc.  Bundy performed at the Dahl Arts Center

A new exhibit at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City reflects the mountain lifestyle, with images of the landscape, wildlife, sports and people. The 11th annual Dahl Mountain Photo Competition and Exhibit features 52 photographs by both amateurs and professionals selected from over 100 entries. The exhibit is a part of the Dahl Mountain Culture Festival and runs through April 25. A list of winners is here. Dahl curator Denise DuBroy joined Dakota Midday and discussed the competition and show.


Feb 20, 2015

Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza Holbrook form the acronym SHEL, a folk/pop powerhouse from Ft.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

A series of multicolor woodblock prints from pre-Industrial Japan are on display at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City. These colorful and intricate prints are on loan from Richard Hicks, a retired BHSU art professor living in Spearfish, whose grandfather was curator for the industrialist Charles Lang Freer in Detroit.
The Dahl is closed this week (Jan. 5-9) for cleaning, so the 18 Japanese prints are available for viewing again on Jan. 10 and remain on exhibit through March 7. Richard Hicks is scheduled to give a gallery talk on February 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Grete Bodøgaard moved from Norway to South Dakota in 1969 and has created and taught textile art. She has also built a cadre of loyal friends. Now Bodøgaard is in hospice care in Rapid City, and some of her friends pulled together a retrospective in celebration of her works for a show at the Dahl Arts Center.
As Bodøgaard’s son and husband tell SDPB’s Victoria Wicks, these friendships, as well as her art, are her legacy.

Photo by Victoria Wicks

On the first Friday of every month in Rapid City, novice musicians with the itch to perform can find audiences and mentoring at open mic night at the Dahl Arts Center. The Emerging Artists program started in January 2012 has launched the early careers of some local musicians. Open mic coordinator Deb Lux tells SDPB’s Victoria Wicks that the first step is to just get over fears and do it.
Emerging Artist concerts are held at the Dahl every Friday evening from 5 to 7 p.m., with open mic on the first Friday of every month. Admission is free, and audiences are welcome.