New John Green painting unveiled at DeSmet Event & Wellness Center

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

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At a Feb. 14 unveiling and artist reception, John Green of Madison said he felt honored to be chosen to create an original painting for The De Smet Event and Wellness Center.


Green said he took a drive around De Smet to get inspiration and decided his painting would encompass both present-day De Smet and the town’s pioneer past.


His finished work,  “From Prairie to Progress,” depicts the event center and a likeness of Laura Ingalls Wilder at the center, surrounded by a view of De Smet’s main street, the Kingsbury County Courthouse, the railroad depot, the Ingalls Homestead and a pioneer farmer working with a team of horses.


Green said although he grew up in Sioux Falls, he has roots in Kingsbury County, His maternal grandmother, Mary Ellen Gillespie, was one of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s students.


He went on to say that the Gillespies and Kingsburys were two prominent pioneer families and both family names were considered when choosing a name for the county. But, in a public vote. Kingsbury won, and the Gillespies moved to Sioux Falls.


RSArchitects, who designed the building, commissioned Green to create the painting specifically for De Smet and gifted it to the center.


By Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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