2014 Plein Air honors Dr. Robert Bell

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Last weekend’s rain didn’t stop the artists who participated Aug 9-11 in the sixth annual Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint-Out in De Smet.


Susan Purintun, an organizer of the event, said 54 people registered Aug. 9-10 and about 35 of them were participating artists. Others were artists’ friends and family members and people helping in other capacities.


Some of the artists have participated in several De Smet paint-outs since the first in 2009. Many of the artists are local, or come from neighboring communities or states. But one returning artist, Dennis Hart from Methuen, Mass., was attending his third Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint-out.  There were also six new artists this year.


Artists registered and painted Friday and Saturday and also had the opportunity to renew old acquaintances, make new ones, and share a meal both evenings — Aug. 8 at the Laura Ingalls Wilder Historical Society headquarters and Aug. 9 at the Ingalls Homestead.


Local artist Galen Wallum gave an oil painting demonstration and Sioux Falls artist Steve Randall gave a watercolor demonstration Aug. 9 at the homestead.


On Aug. 10, artists had the opportunity to display and sell their work to the public, and awards were presented.


This year’s event was dedicated to the late Dr. G. Robert Bell, an organizer of the first Harvey Dunn Plein Air Paint-Out. Bell’s wife, Phyllis, presented an award in memory of Bell to Randall, who helped the Bells bring the first paint-out to De Smet.


De Smet Farm Mutual Insurance Company and American Bank and Trust sponsored awards of $150 for people’s choice and artists’ choice. The people’s choice award went to Beth Poppen and Lili Payne who worked together on a painting titled “Pasture Morning.”  Dan Sheldon of Cresbard won the artists’ choice award with his painting titled “Ma’s house.”


Next year’s paint-out is scheduled for Aug. 7-9, 2015.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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