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Museum features art honoring SD’s 125th anniversary

“South Dakota,” by local artist Bill Wegleitner, is pictured here. (Photo courtesy of the Dakota Discovery Museum)

Area artist Bill Wegleitner will speak on the inspiration behind his painting, “South Dakota,” which was created in honor of South Dakota’s 125th anniversary.

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The presentation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell. Wegleitner will also conduct painting demonstrations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Many of the images that Wegleitner has incorporated into the work carry specific meaning, he said. “The wagon train and Calvary rider present our nation’s colors depicting the early settlement of this state and interactions with the Native Americans. The coming of the railroad and the vast herds of buffalo that roamed the land emphasize settlement’s continuing advancement, and the image of our presidents on Mount Rushmore demonstrates the need for democracy.”

One version of the painting prominently depicts the Crazy Horse Memorial as a symbol of the old and the new.

“I hope the work may serve as a reminder to us all that we are all Americans,” said Wegleitner.

-Source: Dakota Discovery Museum