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Prairie Majesty Exhibition

Local Artists Collaborate on the Beauty of South Dakota in New Exhibition

Piper Arts is proud to present a collaborative exhibition of new works featuring Joshua Spies and Paul Schiller. The “Prairie Majesty – An Art Exhibition of the Great Plains” will run from October 11th, 2019 – November 30th, 2019 with an opening reception on Friday, October 11th from 5:00 PM – 8:00 pm. The exhibition will have pieces featuring charcoals and photography showcasing the beauty of South Dakota.

Joshua Spies is an international award-winning artist from Sioux Falls, SD. He earned his fine arts degree at South Dakota State University and has traveled the world creating a vast portfolio of drawings, paintings, charcoals, and photography. Joshua is a dedicated conservationist and, through his artwork, has helped raise millions of dollars for conservation projects locally and worldwide. After decades of travelling abroad, Joshua has a greater appreciation of the beauty and uniqueness of his home state and uses it as a catalyst for his new artistic pursuits.

Paul Schiller started his career as a photojournalist. He later co-founded Lawrence & Schiller and Five Star Call Centers with business partner Craig Lawrence here in Sioux Falls. He followed these successful ventures with “Acts of Nature” a company he and his wife Koni created to market their fine art nature images. Utilizing panoramic and macro photography to re-imagine scenes that go unnoticed, Schiller captures the remarkable diversity of South Dakota and the northern plains. His work appears throughout the Midwest in galleries, homes, corporate and healthcare facilities, including a permanent exhibit at the Al Neuharth Media Center at the University of South Dakota.

Showcasing the great plains of South Dakota, the “Prairie Majesty” exhibition will explore two artistic points of view of the same subject matter: a digital photographic capture by Paul Schiller vs. a traditional charcoal drawing of the same image by Joshua Spies.

The “Prairie Majesty” show will run through November 31, 2019. The artists will be present at the opening reception Friday, October 11th, 2019 from 5:00pm – 8:00 pm. Piper Arts is located at 1825 S Minnesota Ave, Sioux Falls, SD. Piper Arts gallery hours are Monday – Thursday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. For additional information, please contact Piper Arts at 605-339-0346.


David Sieh’s Method

Getting to Know Robert Aldern

Robert Aldern was an American modernist whose work (painting and drawing) was informed by the landscape of the Great Plains and specifically by the muddy colors and small seasonal shifts of Southeast South Dakota. Aldern was part of the post WWII generation of artists that expanded university art education by leaps and bounds; he spent a career teaching at SDSU, USD and finally Augustana University.

His personal artwork is a response to the local landscape. I never met Mr. Aldern but have come to appreciate his work for its visceral strength and keen observation. Work that appears simple and direct becomes a nuanced meditation on small color shifts and translucent patterns, available to the viewer if she is willing to continue looking without preconception. His work is not to be missed.

Piper Arts, formerly Piper Custom Framing, has a meaty selection of work on display though the end of the year. This may be your only opportunity to see a strong selection of Aldern’s work in one place.