Beauty in the Beast
Look inside prairie storms through the work of five South Dakota artists.
Have you ever wanted to look inside the eye of a storm? What you find might surprise you: power, majesty, fury – and beauty.
Beauty in the Beast is an art exhibition exploring both the beautiful splendor and beastly strength of prairie storms. Featuring the work of Mary Groth, Nancyjane Huehl, Dale Lamphere, Craig Lawrence and Paul Schiller, the exhibit highlights several different interpretations of storms ranging from landscape and oil paintings to photography, poetry and sculpture.
Schiller has been chasing prairie storms over the past eight years with the KELO-TV weather team, capturing hundreds of prairie landscape images as massive storm cells travel across South Dakota. He asked the other four artists to come together to create in their own art forms, exploring the beauty inside the chaos of violent storms and the landscapes that underlie them. This unique collaboration of talents will give viewers fresh appreciation of the prairie's mammoth storms.
"You will look differently on prairie storms after viewing this dynamic collection of artistic work," said Schiller. "This group's many talents will amaze you."
Schiller is also working on an accompanying book to be released later this summer featuring images that capture both the chaos and savagery of prairie storms and the joy of the rainbows that follow them. The relationship between the land and the skies above is woven through the images and the words that support them.
Visit Beauty in the Beast, featured in the Visuals Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls, from May 18-August 12. Admission is free.
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