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Women Artists of the Black Hills

Exhibition Run

May 17 - July 20, 2024

Opening Reception

May 25, 2024 5pm-8pm

Amber Zora Untitled #020

Amber Zora

Untitled #020,Welcome to Rocketown, 2021





Amber Zora is an interdisciplinary artist and curator based in Rapid City, South Dakota. She holds a bachelor degree in Studio Art from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an MFA in Photography and Integrated Media from Ohio University. Zora was in the US Army for eight years. Her work looks at the trauma of war, the military’s impact on the environment and rural America’s dependence on the military economy. Zora has exhibited her work in local and national galleries including the San Francisco Arts Commission, Chicago Cultural Center and the National Veterans Art Museum, among other spaces. 

Artist Statement

This work is from Amber Zora’s Welcome to Rocketown series, which looks at her family’s history around the “Pyramid of North Dakota” in Nekoma and explores rural America’s reliance on the military economy.Welcome to Rocketown expands on photographic research Zora has done around Cold War missile sites, how the military has changed rural landscapes and environmental impacts. During her research on the Pyramid she learned her great grandfather painted the inside of military silos and installations across North Dakota, including the one at Nekoma.Zora is an anti-war military veteran who lives and works in Rapid City, SD.

Amy Lehman

Amy Lehman Rooted in History

Rooted in History, 2024




Amy Lehman Mirrored Mud

Mirrored Mud, 2021




Curiosity, a love of nature and a deep interest in the art of composition drive my efforts in photography. Surrounded by the natural beauty of the badlands and artistic representations of native plants, scenic vistas, unique landforms and rural architecture. I am constantly searching for the essence of my natural surroundings by trying to create works of art that satisfy my sense of purpose as an artist and are also a meaningful piece of work for the viewer. My hope is that the viewer is interested enough in the image to spend time contemplating what the image means to them.

Ann Girarde

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What has consistently intrigued and inspired me to make art are four ideas. 

  • Unleashing and attempting to understand my personal creative process

  • Experimenting with unique or unusual materials

  • Creating visuals that may surprise the viewer, demonstrating originality and creativity

  • Mastering the use of color and texture

In college I majored in Art & Design. For a dozen years afterward, I worked as a graphic designer. 

In mid-life I returned to Art Center College of Design in So. California for independent study in Fine Art. I hand selected the instructors who I felt ( for me), would be the most compatible, inspiring, accessible, and rigorous. Looking back at  my time at Art Center, it was a peak experience of my life. One that I had always wished for, but never could have predicted or realistically imagined. Life changing!

As an artist, when I begin work on a piece of artwork, I let my design ideas flow primarily from the materials I have chosen to work and play with. I try not to completely control the process or progress, but instead I pay attention to “what happens” that is interesting, unique, or unusual.Then I think about “How can I make the most of that”?  Originality, design and craftsmanship are very important to me. I work and rework, again and again, until I am satisfied. Most often, but not exclusively, I am inspired by nature and the great outdoors. So. Dakota is my adopted home of choice, since 2020.

Barbara Rowe Plight of the Ammonites

Barbara Kieffer-Rowe

Plight of the Ammonites, 2024

Mixed Media



The ancient world and nature themes in Barbara Kieffer Rowe’s work combine the artist’s fascination with forms and events belonging to the Earth over millions of years. Her advanced degrees in art, geology, and paleontology influence a wide range of imagery that incorporates intrinsic natural design. Barbara treasures artistic expression of local images that emphasize pattern, color, shape, and texture developed predominately with layers of acrylic paint. Her work intuitively and personally captures the Black Hill’s beauty and ancient intrigue in innovative multimedia process that frequently coalesce with specimens from the area’s world-famous rocks and fossils.

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Bonnie Halsey-Dutton

Beyond Barriers, 2023

Ink & Watercolor on Clayboard



The interplay of pattern, color, and visual texture are common threads in my artwork. I paint complex interwoven forms and ideas, choosing subjects that are symbolic to my life as an artist and as a woman. My most recent work reevaluates barriers and openings in life. In my painting, obstacles are symbolically represented by trees that not only present barriers, but also provide openings to navigate through. During the painting process, I enjoy applying vibrant color in multiple layers in order to create a complex composition infused with pattern.


Holding PhD in Art History and Education from the University of Arizona, art history and world culture are my artistic muses that compel my life experiences. My artwork is represented in numerous public and private art collections, both nationally and internationally. I operate a public artist studio located at 740 N. Main Street in Spearfish, SD.

Spearfish Canyon Peace, 2024

Watercolor on Clayboard



Bonnie Wagner


Race Track, 2024

Photo Collage




Egyptian Dawn, 2024

Photo Collage



I am a native South Dakotan. Growing up, I waded in Medicine Creek and played on the gentile rolling hills of central South Dakota. Decades ago, I moved to the East Coast with my South Dakota roots dragging behind me. In my travels on the planet those roots began to stretch and were evidence of an expanding home and family.

I love to travel. I went into the King’s Chamber on four trips to Egypt and the Queen’s Chamber on three of those trips. I have floated up and down the Nile River. I climbed many mountains, the Pyrenees in France, Mount Serat in Spain, Himalayas in Nepal, Nyainqêntanglha Mountains of Tibet, Manchu Picchu in Peru, Mt. Sinai on a camel’s back, and on my circle journey, which was to bring me home, the Rockies of Colorado. By then the roots were dangling and getting weary.

Since my return to South Dakota in 2008, I walk the gentle loving Black Hills again. I now get together with my high School classmates in South Dakota to continue sharing lifelong friendships. Most of all, I am thankful I can walk the Land under the expansive wonderful South Dakota Sky and heal the frayed roots! I am blessed.

Brenda Gamache


Over the Edge, 2015

Watercolor & Felt Pen




Morning Hummingbird, 2024

Acrylic, Watercolor, & Felt Pen



From childhood, my eye caught colors and shapes that made me question realism.

I am no a trained painter, good or bad I’m not sure. Sometimes it’s better to not follow the rules. My subject matter comes from my mind. Most of my paintings have no plan. I just start and see where painting takes me.

Carol Hilgemann

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Carol Lee Hilgemann was born in 1947 at Aberdeen, South Dakota. She received a B.S. degree in art education from Northern State University, Aberdeen in1969. That fall, Carol moved to the Fairbanks, Alaska area teaching at Taylor Junior HS; Ben Eielson HS, Eielson Air Force Base, retiring in July of 1997. Since1989 Hilgemann’s work has been featured in numerous national group exhibitions. Solo exhibitions include the Well Street Art Company, Fairbanks; the International Gallery of Contemporary Art, Anchorage; Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage; the Alaska State Museum, Juneau; and the Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery. Her work in private and public collections include the Alaska State Museum, Juneau; Anchorage Museum of History & Art; University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks; and the Dimond High School 1% for Art, Anchorage, Alaska. She is featured in the book Found and Assembled in Alaska by Julie Decker, and in COLLAGE in all dimensions by Gretchen Bierbaum; Patrina Gardner. Currently Hilgemann lives in Spearfish, SD and is a Signature Member of the National Collage Society.


Artist Statement

Assemblages and collages have been noticeably practiced since the early 20th century. To me, these techniques are the perfect metaphor for the culture of our times. Hunting, gathering, stockpiling and sorting images, objects and ideas become major components of my creative expression as antique and common place objects are figuratively and symbolically pieced together in intimate, small scale assemblages/collages. The fragments that make up the assemblages are similar to the images and moments that make up our daily lives. Each element has a history and a context. No fragment is important by itself, but taken all together, they assume a significance that is greater than the sum of the parts. I intend to have the pieces work at the visual level by the careful placement of objects as distinct but related forms, and at the emotional level by suggesting important cultural and spiritual content from the artifacts. I am interested in evoking memory and emotion from the debris of life, reinventing and redefining, mixing the mysterious with the popular, always alert to unexpected relationships. Using materials that have a previous history gives the work a multitude of meanings. Ultimately, assemblages are representations of the complexity of human existence.

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Intermingled, 2023




An Independent Spirit, 2020




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Soulful, 2020




Claudia Wieland-Randall

Claudia Wieland Randall

Cradle for Life, 2003

Cow Hip, 3 Cow Ribs, Churro, Hemp & Linen Boucle Yarns. Wedge Weave Technique



Claudia Wieland Randall

Nestled in the Grass, 2003

Cow Hip, 3 Cow Ribs, Silk Wrapped Paper Yarn, Paper & Hemp Yarn



The art of weaving connects me with people through the world and through centuries.

I meld it with my facination of the sculptural beauty of bones found while hiking.

Deborah Mitchell Gift

Deborah Mitchel

Gift, 2024




I identify as an expressive artist unbound by the structures of media. I look for beauty among ruins. My garden and events in my life inform my work. In my practice the idea of metaphorically making the world “right” is important. That can be as disparate as issues of injustice to aesthetic imbalance. My goal is to convey content powerfully and without viewers being distracted by questions of craft or medium.


In the past I was known for creating monotypes on location which quite literally interpreted the world around me. Over time I became more studio-bound creating monotypes based on my garden, travel, and eventually my imagination. I play with bold color, repetition of surface design and patterns, layering, building forms, and assembling found objects or collage.

Denice E. Fox

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Denice Fox Sparring Partners

African Queen, 2022




Sparring Partners, 2020




Denice E. Fox finds inspiration in wildlife, livestock, landscape and the lifestyle of western South Dakota.  Interested in art since childhood, Denice is a self-taught artist in multiple mediums with a current focus on scratchboard art. Scratchboard is a two-dimensional subtractive art form using various tools to remove, or scratch through, a layer of black India ink revealing a white clay underlayment. The majority of the value, tones and textures within the artwork are achieved by varying the amount of surface layer that is removed.


Denice has exhibited her artwork and participated in juried shows and exhibitions nationally and regionally.  Her work is in private collections across the country.  She is a signature member of the Artists of the Black Hills and a member of the International Society of Scratchboard Artists.  She has worked with many wildlife organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Wild Turkey Federation.


The outdoors, nature, horses, western life, ranching hunting and fishing influence her work.  She drew her inspiration from her father, who was an artist and game warden.  She currently draws from her husband who is an avid sportsman and horseman, her two children, six grandchildren along with friends and family involved in ranching, rodeo and cowboying.  Her involvement with her horses and horse activities fuels her creativity and personal inspiration through first hand experience.


Desy Schoenewies

Ghosts...and She Never Had to Shop Like We Do, 2022

Oil on Canvas



Although I work within multiple imagery and painting mediums, my work is about the conjecture between memory and place. Revisiting a place evokes a particular feeling that is more honest than our faulty memories of that space. Our memories exist as flickering images influenced by broken recollections, imagination, and emotion. In my work, I attempt to capture those complex overlapping feelings and our unease with changing time when we revisit familiar places and stories.


Regarding my most recent series, Ghosts: the bright colors on the catchy label designs that filled the super market aisle kept me amused as I stocked those shelves during my youth. The COVID-19 pandemic found me longing for my familiar former grocery shopping experiences, where all I had to worry about was my budget and the calories. I began to think about the evolution of the American supermarket as a testament of abundance, yet still prone to the fickle demands of convenience. Within a single lifetime, this essential space has swelled from modest corner shops to super-giant-mega-marts stocked with endless selections. Now, we demand our basic goods to be delivered our doorsteps, emptying this once social space to instead fill our homes with cardboard boxes. My latest series of paintings are an attempt to capture impermanence, visualized as a lifetime’s worth of change and framed around a familiar common space, the grocery store.

Gayle Tesche BlackHillsSunset

Gayle Tescher

Black Hills Sunset, 2023

Oil on Canvas




Born and raised on the eastern South Dakota prairie, Gayle grew up with an appreciation of the beauty of nature. She and her husband now reside in Hot Springs, as retirees.

After Highschool graduation she attended Black Hills State College, to become a Secondary Education teacher. She decided to minor in Art because of the influence her mother, also an artist. While attending college in Spearfish, Gayle took classes from Richard Dubois and Dick Termes, among others. Her work is largely in oil and acrylic, featuring landscapes as the subject matter. Her work has recieved awards in competitions at the Prairie Hills Art Show, and South Dakota State Fair. The largest exhibition of her work was as part of the 150 pieces 4 Generation Art Show at the SD State Veterans Home in Hot Springs, featuring artwork by several of her family members.

Gayle’s work is realistic, but has expanded to the use of a palette knife, and deeper study of light and color. She started painting more again after retirement. The artist’s hope is to share her love of landscapes from across the state, and encourage people to see all the natural beauty that surrounds us.


Artist Statement

When looking at my artwork, I want the viewer to get the feeling they can enter into that world seamlessly. Most of my work is landscapes with a an emphasis on values, color, and light. i enjoy pulling out the subtle shades of color that we sometimes take for granted, not registering their presence. Painting is relaxing for me, taking me out of my head to where time doesn’t matter. Hopefully, it can transport others to another place, or time, eliciting feelings of peace or nostalgia. Working in oil or acrylic depending on my mood allows me to create believable landscapes visualizing the light, season, and colors I want to focus on. Landscapes of preserving the memory of old buildings and time gone by, influences me as well. I create buildings that bring a smile or good memory into this frantic world. It’s my way to spread the feelings of peace and tranquility that nature brings. My work is a compilation of visual snap shots of places, memories, or imaginings of somewhere I’d like to be. Art for me, has evolved over the years from strict realism to more freedom of expression.

Gina Gibson Phases

Gina Gibson

Phases, 2020

Scanned Cable Slices from Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) Printed on Acrylic 



Gina Gibson is a Professor of Graphic Design at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota. She has a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Digital Art from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and an MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. An internationally exhibiting artist and lecturer, her work has been seen at the Cynthia Broan Gallery in New York City, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, Taiwan and the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy. Most recently her work was exhibited through Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Illinois and the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2020 she became the first ever Artist-in-Residence at the Sanford Underground Research Facility (SURF) in Lead, South Dakota. SURF is the deepest underground laboratory in the United States with facilities reaching a mile below the surface. It houses experiments in dark matter and neutrino physics, biology, geology and engineering. This site is also the home of the former Homestake Gold Mine.

Ginger Heinzen


Spring Bouquet, 2006

Watercolor on Paper



Flander's Field, 2023

Watercolor on Paper



Hello, my name is Ginger Heinzen, I have been painting for many years using many mediums from china painting, acrylics, silk painting and now finally watercolors, which I love but did not think I could do well, but I was determined to move past the FEAR and teach myselfhow to paint pieces that I was pleased with, as time goes by I have come to love working with the watercolor paints and how they move. Enjoy

Haley Friedt

What's Cookin', Good Lookin'? II, 2024




Haley Friedt was born and raised in Rapid City, SD where she still resides and creates. Her work is a conglomerate of snark, current issues, and nostalgia.

In her free time, Haley enjoys hiking, creating, watching movies, reading, and spending quality time with her partner and their son, Sherman.

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Hope Christofferson Luminiferous Aether

Hope Christofferson

Luminiferous Aether, 2024





Hope Christofferson spent her childhood homeschooling in the magical Black Hills of South Dakota, surrounded by nature which served to spark a love for fairy-tales. Having an interest in traditional mediums, her works primarily consists of watercolor and clay. She is now traveling the world in search of mythological creatures for a modern bestiary where the parallel functions of myth and technology are explored. 

Over the course of the past few years Hope has explored her interests in nature and fantasy through artist residencies in secluded cabins and medieval cities. Through her travels she meets many wonderful people with whom she tells stories, illustrates, sings, and builds new worlds that synthesize the varied perspectives of creative minds. When not painting, Hope can be found swimming with mermaids or dragon-hunting on her unicorn.


Artist Statement

I believe in the continued use of fantasy as a tool to digest reality through play. I’m fascinated by how folklore once rationalized events like lightning, rainbows, love, death, and plagues. I draw parallels between the functions of folklore and the scientific counterparts that have come to replace it. Logic can explain how things happen, but not always why they happen. Choosing to see the world in an inquisitive light invites belonging and hope into the soul. The metaphors within myth and folklore provide answers that nothing else can address. Fueled by my deep love for nature, I incorporate personal symbology derived from my past to illuminate the sacred significance of plants and animals within human life. Many of my paintings are made in the woods, where I use watercolor to blend the intricate details of trees, mushrooms, and flowers with narrative symbolism.

I reference folklore and myth to show how in a contemporary context ancient tales take on new meanings- becoming warped reflections of society’s current needs. A reconnection and respect for nature leads to behavioral changes that are increasingly important in a world that is rapidly developing. Fantasy illustration brings attention to humanity’s tendency towards magical thought, and the power of archetypal guidance. The metaphorical power of art allows me to understand my own anxiety around the future. I paint, sculpt, and film as an exploration of memory and dream. Through surrealistic references to inner quests, I leave my paintings with a sense of belonging and purpose within this tumultuous yet deeply wonderful universe.


Jordan Barnes

Summertime Blues, 2024

Acrylic on Canvas




Early Thaw, 2021

Acrylic on Canvas



Jordan Barnes Cottonwood

Cottonwood, 2022

Acrylic on Canvas




Born in Pasadena, California, attended Pasadena City College, Art Center College of Design (then located in Los Angeles), graduated University of Oregon in Art and Art History. Traveled extensively in Australia and Europe. Spent forty years living, working in New York City. Member for five years of the Art Student’s League before my move to Rapid City, South Dakota, in 2020. Studied Art wit Suzanne Bravender, Frank O’Cain, and Frederick Wong. My Art is in private collections in Australia, Greece, and NYC. I have been part of individual and group shows, a member of the 1100 Watercolor Society from 2018 through 2020, the Northern Plains Watercolor Society from 2020 to 2024. My CV includes murals for the Central Park Cafe NYC (now demolished) and various awards including a Blue Dot (2017) and Red Dot (2019) for paintings, Art Student’s League.


Artist Statement

Never give up on your creativity. Keep seeking inspiration, ideas, then put them into any and all mediums you can think of. Don’t be afraid to fail: it’s the best teacher. Learn from the masters and learn from youth. Work with discipline. Be honest and be discerning. Create what matters in your world.

Karen Cade Bison Serenity

Karen Cade

Bison Serenity, 2023

Oil on Canvas



Award winning artist Karen Cade lives in the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota. 


Karen interest in art was kindled when she was twelve years old when a teacher encouraged her to explore art. With this encouragement, she began to sell portraits to her classmates. She continued to develop her art talent as an art student in college. 


Karen is an accomplish wildlife and western painter working in oil, pastel, ink and mix media. Karen enjoys bringing the beauty of nature by creating a reflection of how she sees nature. 


She has been accepted in many local and national art shows. She is a self-published artist with over 30 limited edition prints. Her artworks are included in many corporate, public, and private art collections.

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Black Hills Fantasy, 2022

Watwercolor & Colorpencil



Karen Hovey

KarenHovey Sanctuary

Sanctuary, 2022

Watercolor & Colorpencil



My inspiration comes from the colors and textures around me here in the Black Hills. The intense blue of the cloudless sky, the vivid sunrises and sunsets, the textures of the rocks, trees, and grasses challenge me to interpret them on paper with whatever means I can.

My interpretations are more of spirit than actual representation. I see everything in nature as living entities with living energy and spirit which compels me to translate into the colors that you see in my work. While I have tried to learn to draw throughout my life, it was during the time I lived near Chicago and was able to complete a Certificate in Drawing at the Art Institute of Chicago that I really became serious about making art.

Through the guidance of some fine artists and instructors there, most notably Kaye Buchman, I began

painting and adding color to my drawing. I would say that my style is experimental.

The joy is in the making.

Katie Hoffman


Monstera, 2024





Tooth, 2019




I am an explorer in the world of art, always testing and always curiouser and curiouser. This has led me to embrace a variety of mediums. In my creative journey I’ve always tried to find the one medium that felt right, that could accurately express my thoughts, feelings, and sense of self to the world. One of my interests has always been textiles, but it wasn’t until I picked up that needle and thread to start my first piece of embroidery that I knew I had found a home for my creative self.

Katie Plymate Stardazer

Katie Plymate

Stardazer, 2024




I believe that collage is a direct way for me to interact with my intuition through exploration and design of images from various times, locations, and subjects. Each work has its own way of pushing me through introspective reflections of my experiences and beliefs. This allows me to uncover facets of my identity through imagery and symbolism to create final works of art. Through creating, I am able to deepen my understanding of the world around me and within me.

Kim Kringen

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Two Magpies, 2021

Colored Pencil



Post Macrow, 2022

Colored Pencil



Having grown up on the Pine Ridge, Cheyenne River, and Rosebud reservations in South Dakota, and studying fine art under Oscar Howe at the University of South Dakota, I developed an admiration for the relationship the indigenous populations have with their cultures, arts, and homeland.

While I too am inspired by the landscape, I seek to incorporate elements of my own heritage into my art. My love of animals, particularly horses, is reflected in much of my work. A Scandinavian Dala horse standing in a South Dakota prairie is one way I can bring my worlds together.

I am an oil painter, but have recently been working in colored pencil. My colored pencil is on 400 Series color-toned mixed media paper.

Kristina Hemmerling

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Attempting Subtlety, 2024

Oil on Canvas



Fester, 2014

Oil on Canvas



Expressing emotions through colors is my goal with my paintings. I go with a more abstract approach, with the focus on combining beautiful colors and strong strokes. I use a variety of mediums and materials, with subjects varying from sunsets to self-portraits. While I always have an emotion in my mind when I paint, I love it when viewers find their own feelings when they look at my paintings.

Laura Coyne Ink Pastel Bluebird

Laura Coyne

Bluebird, 2022

Ink & Pan Pastels 



Local art lover who dabbles in many mediums, collage and one line art are my favorites

Lorita Deurmier Entangled Soles

Lorita Deurmier

Entangled Soles, 2023

Watercolor on Paper 



My name is Lorita Deurmier. I grew up on a small farm in south eastern SD, along the Missouri River. After moving to Rapid City and meeting an artist friend, I started watercolor. In 2020, I became a signature member of the Northern Plains Watercolor Society. Some of my favorite techniques include dropping in salt, throwing splatters of paint or water, and removing color for a highlight. Watercolor has been my passion and therapy, for the last 30 years or so.

Lynn Cali Tangerine Skies

Lynn Cali

Tangerine Skies, 2024




Lynn Cali has had a lifelong passion for Art and Photography. Believing the best images are often found in nature, much of Lynn’s subject matter can be found through the lens of a camera.

Having received a dual degree in Art and Communications, Lynn worked for decades producing illustrations, layout, and design for offset, flexographic, and screen printing in MO, VA, and NY. First utilizing her skills on the drawing table and dark room she transitioned to producing graphics for printing through the modern digital era.


More recently, Lynn ran Art and Photography programs for a Youth Center. Believing everyone has artistic ability and art can be made out of anything, she facilitated experimentation in Fine Art mediums, guided crafts, and lead Middle School/Teens in editing, printing and matting their digital photos. She displayed their work throughout the facility and set up exhibits at the local library, and helped them enter contests.


Since returning to South Dakota with her husband recently, she has been experimenting with various art mediums and has captured a wide variety of digital images that showcase its beauty and celebrate the unique landscape of the region. Minimal editing has been done to the digital photos. In addition to framed prints, some of her images are printed as blank greeting cards that are suitable for framing.

Martha Blegen


Basket Weave, 2023




Log Cabin, 2024




Quilting gives me everything I have loved from the work I have done over the past 50 years. Planning what will occupy the space, the division of the space and carrying out the plan. Color comes from Joseph Albers color theory at art school and the exact reproduction of color from photography and the offset lithography printing process.

Layout, geometry, straight line, and repetition is part of all commercial printing.

I have used many tools and machines in my working life. Hand work is most satisfying and now I continue to do what I learned to do first, sewing.

Mary Wipf Rudbeckia lanciniata

Mary Wipf

Rudbeckia Ianciniata, 2023

Original Relief Block Print



The linoleum block printmaking process challenges me to reduce botanical forms to their essence in terms of shape, color, and pattern. My aesthetic concerns are balancing the negative with positive shapes, and caring for directional forces in a way that captures a botanical portrait. The process demands much in the way of delayed gratification; a level of pre-planning and increased technical precision not found in my drawings. Yet, I derive much satisfaction from the process, and experience the re-inking and printing of multiples as ‘mantra of motion’ - another pattern

Meghan Murphy


Cage, 2023

Photography on Canvas




Skull, 2023

Photography on Canvas



Meghan is finding photographic inspiration in the scenery of the Pine Ridge Reservation and the Black Hills.

Mickey MacKaben

Mickey MacKaben InviteAllYourSenses

Invite All Your Senses to the Moment, 2023

Acrylic, Masking Tape,& Glaze



As a visual expressionist, painting is a pathway that allows me full access to my conscious and unconscious thoughts, feelings, and emotions.


I like to “paint it out” and approach my paintings intuitively, listening to my inner voice as it guides me through my process. Visual language is my comfort zone, allowing me to communicate in ways that transcend words. This is especially true for me as a neurodivergent individual with dyslexia and ADHD.


My creative practice allows me full access to my innerverse and to communicate freely without pressure. My guides and soul talk to me through my process. It’s all about flow and listening to my inner self. Each color I choose, every mark I make, it all comes from within.


The more I paint, the more my mind relaxes and I open the channel to my inner world, allowing messages to come through. Some of the messages are for me alone, and some are for me to share.

Morgan B. Fields

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Born Between Twigs, 2024

Barbedwire & Twigs 



I’m Morgan B. Fields, I was born in Omaha, NE. I attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha, as a Susan T. Buffet Scholar, I graduated with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture, Printmaking & Graphic Design with a minor in Art History in May 2021. I currently reside in The Black Hills, living and work in Hot Springs, SD. 


I construct work that references memories of my past. I am interested in expressing discomfort, individualism, death and rebirth. Using romanticism and black humor, I hope to establish a better understanding of myself.


Feminism guides my work. As a woman who has dealt with life-long manipulation and abuse, the sanctity of sisterhood offers hope and courage. I continue to make progress in my work and my own mental health struggles. Through a labor intensive process of combining sculpture and abstraction, I analyze the experiences of humanity, emphasizing the feminine drama, and highlighting the hardships of life and death. 


Pinecone Boneworks

Delight of Dreams, 2023

Framed Assemblage 



I moved to Rapid City in January 2021 and immediately began exploring the area and learning my new home. A lifelong hiker, I immediately began wandering the many local trails and was drawn to the gorgeous things I found in nature – not only the living, blooming things, but also the things that had once been a vibrant part of the local environment – the bones of wild animals, the ghostly driftwood that lay near Pactola Lake, the delicate paper of a discarded wasps’ nest, the empty husk of a dead beetle. I began collecting the things I found and bringing them home to create art with them, each collage a unique creation that highlights the beauty of the natural world of South Dakota. I create these collages as a way to bring nature indoors, to remind people of the beauty of the natural world, and hopefully to encourage them to explore the areas and enjoy the glory of living world.


Randi Inez Eggum

Sanctuary, 2024

Oil on Canvas



My name is Randi Inez Eggum and I have lived in the Black Hills for the last 8 years, but my love for it has extended a life time. I come from a military family and have lived in a nomadic childhood that took me all over the world. Even with my experiences of going to 23 countries and 30 states in 20 years, my heart will always belong to South Dakota. My passions have always been in the arts. I enjoy many mediums whether it is plein air or ceramics. I am especially inspired by breath taking landscapes and changing colors that comes with the natural world.

Sammi Gartland Trout Rising

Sammi Gartland

Trout Rising, 2023

Watercolor on Paper 



My name is Sammi Gartland. As a lover of nature and the beauty it has to offer, my art is a reflection of the world I see around me. I’m fascinated by wildlife and gorgeous landscapes, and I love to showcase that in my paintings. I enjoy creating beautiful art that brings joy and beauty to people’s lives. As a full-time working mom with 3 littles under the age of 7, I understand the importance of having art in your home that speaks to your soul. I always had a passion for art, but I went for a different career path and graduated as a Civil Engineer. I later worked as an Army Engineer Officer before transitioning to commercial construction management, where I spent the last 11 years. Though it’s not a traditional route to artistry, I believe my experiences have given me the discipline and attention to detail that are essential in creating realistic and captivating paintings. My art embodies the intricacies and boldness of life in vivid watercolors. I draw inspiration from my travels, including places I have lived like Colorado, Missouri, Washington, Pennsylvania (where I am from) and the beautiful Black Hills where we have planted our roots.  I thrive on creating beautiful and meaningful watercolor paintings that celebrate the beauty of the natural world, and I am constantly inspired by the intricate details found in the plants, animals, and landscapes of the Black Hills.

Sandra Newman

Sandra Newman

Deadfall on the Gallatine, 2023

Oil on Canvas



Sandra Newman

Colors of Winter, 2024

Oil on Canvas



My intention when I paint, is to take the viewer where I’ve been. I want them to feel what I felt as I was painting in that location. I like to push values and colors and paint the scene as it could be rather than exactly how it was. I was born and raised in the Black Hills and love the diversity here, but also take every opportunity to travel and paint wherever I can.

Sarah Peterson Bowl

Sarah Peterson

Bowl, 2005

Terracotta Clay



Born and raised near Chicago, IL, Sarah spent summers and hunks of the winters in Breckenridge, CO in her youth. She soon considered the West her home and has been inspired by the landscapes and Native Cultures in Colorado, Arizona, and South Dakota. Her formal Art and Counseling Education allowed her to see and feel all the beauty that surrounds us.


Sarah has been a potter since 1973. Her functional forms are inspired by the classic Asian, North and South Native American, and Modern Art. Form follows classic function. Terra cotta and Anasazi mica clay are the color of the red earth she has lived with in Sedonas AZ, Wheatridge Co, and Hot Springs SD. She acknowledges, celebrates, and respects the four basic elements of nature: earth, wind, fire, water. These are the natural geologic process which the potter simply mimics. The potter’s process is the geological process. Sarah has been incorporating natural cabochons and sliced stones in her work with embellishments of copper, platinum, and 24 carat gold lusters.


For the last few years, Sarah has been exploring spiritual symbols that are common to more than one culture. She has forged a new path by giving modern expressions to the ancient symbols. Many artists copy these symbols, but Sarah's work is moving far beyond imitation. She is interpreting the ancient universal symbols in modern terms and as her understanding of these symbols grow, she will help all of us relearn our connection to the eternal spirituality of humankind.

Sophia Clarke


Drinking, 2024

Digital Illustration




Ambrosia, 2022

Digital Illustration



Sophia Clarke

B. 1997 Oxfordshire, UK

Lives and works in Spearfish, SD

Sophia Clarke spent the formative years of her life in The Bahamas. The country’s vibrant colours and bold personalities inspired a similar ferocity in Sophia’s attraction to lively palettes. Her work contains consistent threads and connections to her home, ranging from folklore, social issues, and flora and fauna.

Sophia is studying to receive a Bachelor of Education from Black Hills State University Spearfish, SD in 2023, majoring in Art and English. She has worked on local projects such as the Lookout Art Tunnel, and murals . She has also been featured in the HeavyBubble Quarenzine19 show, For the Love of Art. She has been featured in the Matthews Opera House numerous times.

Susan Stoddart Forest Improv

Sue Stoddart

Forest Improv, 2024

Watercolor on Paper 




Sue has lived in the Black Hills for over 30 years. During that time, she has grown to love the peaceful beauty of the forest and trees. 

Through plein air study, Sue creates impressions of forest scenes using watercolor and oil.  As a former Geology major, she is drawn to natural mineral pigments such the variety that can be found in iron oxides such as umber, ochres, and sienna. Often, the majority of her paintings are created with these pigments as they just seem to fit with Black Hills scenery.

Sue has a spontaneous painting style in order to quickly capture the essence and mood of a scene. This is important when painting outdoors because the light and atmosphere can change fast - completely altering a landscape. Even in studio work, Sue likes to keep the painting loose to retain the impulsive appearance of her art. She loves all the drips, splatters, and accidents inherent in the watercolor medium. 

One of Sue’s favorite places to be is in the forest painting and at times hiking quite a ways to find her subject. Listening to the woods come alive, absorbing the scents, sun and wind, then putting all those things into her art are part of her creative process.  She hopes her paintings transport you to a place of peace and beauty. 


Artist Statement

Susan interprets the Black Hills landscape with watercolor. Often painting en plein air, she packs her supplies on her wanderings into the forest to record places seldom seen.  Using expressive brushstrokes and mineral pigments, Susan shares with you the magic, mystery, solitude and peace found in the  forest.

Susan Drey Triangle Situation

Susan Drey

Triangle Situation, 2023

Pastel & Watercolor



My passion for art began at the early age of five when I took classes at the Des Moines Iowa art center. Although, when it came to my career, I followed in my dad’s footsteps, choosing the more practical field of architecture. After 15 years of practice, I moved on to other art related vocations, including my own wedding photography business, followed by six years as a landscape designer. Then in 2016, at age 60, I took the leap of faith and decided to pursue my art full time…. with the added income of driving a school bus! 


My art is inspired by the beauty and joy I see around me with subjects that include street scenes, native wildlife and birds, landscapes, and portraits. My work has an energetic and expressive style that perfectly reflects my background in architecture, my love of nature, and my great lust for life. My work has been shown at galleries in Rapid City, Sioux Falls, and Minneapolis, MN, and won numerous awards including first place Gold Medal at the annual Northern Plains Watercolor Society exhibition in Rapid City in 2020.


I have always loved drawing – the feel of the pencil on the paper - the gesture of making a mark. The quality of line is fundamental to my work, and where my emotion towards the subject is most expressed. I try to allow the viewer to see a part of my creative process through my vivid lines, which often take on a life of their own, as I work my way to the final composition. With each piece I search for the essence, the innate structure, and the central character of my subject.

Susan Kay Turnbull

Susan Kay Turnbull Garden Sunset

Garden Sunset, 2024

Acrylic on Canvas



Susan Kay Turnbull Feeling Summer...

Feeling Summer...,2024

Acrylic on Canvas



I was born in Hot Springs South Dakota and have been living in Rapid City since 1971. I attended the Chicago Academy of Art. I’ve had shows in upstate New York, Santa Fe, and Rapid City and other Black Hills locations.I am an award-winning graphic designer, children’s book illustrator toy, inventor and Creative Director. I founded Hot Pink, Inc 38 years ago and partnered with my creative husband, Bill Fleming. Our full service advertising agency won countless awards for creativity throughout the years and we’ve recently retired and are enjoying creating art together in our home studio.

From an early age. I have loved drawing and painting. I started drawing cartoons at age 5 and fashion drawing in my teens. I have always enjoyed painting people, especially faces and I love nature its color and light. I mainly work with pastels, acrylic and oil paint and digital, I do a little clay and stone sculpting as well. My favorite artists are Picasso Matisse, Monet, DeKooning, and Peter Max. They have been great influencers for much of my artwork, and still are.

A few years ago I had the pleasure of attending the Woman of Abstract Expressionism show at the at the Denver Art Museum and it inspired me greatly, especially a few new artist favorites like Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, Elaine DeKooning and Grace Hartigan. I’m fired up and really enjoying exploring this new direction with my art. I love the challenge of large scale paintings as well. I continue to paint with a lot of emotion, color and light, but with a new found freedom, it comes deep from within. I love moving and playing with the paint and letting the image emerge.

This new path is fulfilling and fun.

Garden Sunset

I started this painting a year ago. I wanted to paint with red… something vibrant and full of life. I had no image in mind. I wanted to follow the color and light, just let it happen and enjoy the process. I really liked a lot of what I had done, but it didn’t feel finished. It sat in the studio for months. I was distracted with the passing of my mother. My creative juices were blocked. A month or so later I decided it was time to finish this painting. I had to let go of some of the marks and brush strokes I really liked in order to move on. I covered them with bold new strokes of this paint and pushed the piece into a whole new direction. I did leave some original areas but added the darker strokes of paint creating even more contrast and motion. Then I added more highlights to create more depth. It felt like a lot of push and pull, contrast and movement… the very emotions I had been feeling for the last few months. Finally, the light breaking through the intense, colorful brushstrokes brought it all together. As I looked at the finished work, it felt connected to nature… its struggles and contrasting colors symbolizing the end of a beautiful day. Thus the name, Garden Sunset.


Feeling Summer

Recently, I have felt the need to expand my artwork into new color spaces and larger scale. A fresh direction. When I begin this painting, I had no image or subject in mind. I mixed the set of new, lighter colors and begin to just move paint around. I used a lot of body motion to paint directly with my hands and forearm, using fewer brush strokes, and more free-flowing paint… tipping and moving the canvas from wall to floor, spraying and scraping into the paint. I enjoyed seeing what was happening and was fully immersed into the process. Some of the painted areas are deliberate and some were happy accidents. I love the process of deciding what to leave and what to cover up. The layers build and create some wonderful depth. This painting came from deep within… a feeling of experiencing the light and colors of nature emerged. When I was done it just felt like something warm and breezy.

The feeling of summer.


Terry Slagel

River Guardian, 2024

multi media; handwoven reeds, stalks, snail shell from Fall River, glass bead, wool yarn



Heart of the Hills, 2024

multi media; handwoven handspun bison, wool, alpaca, silk, clay, amber



Terry has been creating with fiber for over a half century. She began weaving in Colorado in the 1990’s. In addition to self-directed study, she has studied under numerous nationally and internationally known fiber arts teachers. In 2012, she completed a six-month apprenticeship at Vävstuga, the Swedish weaving school in western Massachusetts.

Having returned to her South Dakota roots as a fourth generation business owner in 2008, Terry now teaches a variety of fiber arts at her shop, Fall River Fibers in Hot Springs. When not at the shop, she is traveling, sharing time with family, or creating hand woven textiles and mixed media fiber arts in her home studio.

Tia Erin


Aurelia, 2023





Reflections of Perspective, 2020

Digital Manipulation



Tia Erin is an experimental artist living and working in South Dakota. Her work is a reflection of her constant exploration of mediums and motivations. Obtaining her associate degree in Photography from Northwest College in Powell, WY started a journey that led to Spearfish, South Dakota where she would begin her BFA in Photography with an Art Management minor at Black Hills State University. Later adding BFAs in Studio Art and Graphic Design. Being able to work with a flexible modality has led to an eccentric portfolio spanning digital, 3-D, traditional, and alternative process artworks. Paired with a fascination for investigating the boundaries of various creative processes and creating new dynamics by mixing mediums has created an endless opportunity for experimentation and collaboration. She has exhibited in several spaces in South Dakota and Wyoming. In the future work will continue to be exhibited around the Black Hills and beyond.

Believing in the connection that art can influence, one of her priorities is building community. Moving to Lead, South Dakota in 2020 created a network of artists, educators, facilitators, and supporters of the arts in the Black Hills. In the summer of 2022, she began working with the Matthews Opera House as their Visual Arts Coordinator facilitating exhibits in the gallery and other art experiences. Looking to the future, Tia is ready to continue her exploration of art in her own studio practices as well as work with her community to host accessible creative environments.

Visit the gallery in Hot Springs to see the exhibit in person!

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