Art show offers some quiet time at Stock Show

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Black Hills Stock Show can be a hectic place. It’s easy to get sensory overload. But the Stock Show offers an island of tranquility among the hustle and bustle.

A visitor to the BankWest Western Art Show discusses art with a vendor at the Black Hills Stock Show and Rodeo Sunday afternoon. Photo Date: Jan. 27, 2019.

A visitor to the Art Show discusses a vendor’s wares Sunday afternoon.

The BankWest Art Show, located in the lobby of the Civic Center’s Fine Arts Theater, offers a quiet place to look at western art and reflect on western history.

Painters, jewelers, and photographers – 11 in all – have come from South Dakota and the surrounding states. They are displaying some of their finest works.

All of the works are for sale, and reprints in different sizes can be ordered.

For the artists, though, the event is more than just a display of beautiful artwork. It tells the story of the men and women who work the lands of the west.

“The western culture is important, our heritage is important,” said Cristen Roghair, of Cristen Joy Photography. “It’s enjoyable to live and to ranch and to raise horses. We love this lifestyle. We want to share this with people. People come here who are involved in the lifestyle, who appreciate it, and people who aren’t as familiar with it get to learn a bit more about it.”

The art show will host a quick draw competition on Friday, Feb. 1, at 5:30 p.m. The event will be followed by a viewing and auction of the works.

Half of the proceeds from the auction will go to the artists. The other half will go to the Central States Fair Foundation to fund its scholarship program.

The art show is open from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., through Feb. 2.

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