Chamberlain celebrates 10 years of local art
CHAMBERLAIN -- Ten years ago, Dixie Lloyd, of Chamberlain, decided she wanted to put together an art show for her friends and family with various artistic hobbies.
CHAMBERLAIN - Ten years ago, Dixie Lloyd, of Chamberlain, decided she wanted to put together an art show for her friends and family with various artistic hobbies.
On Saturday and Sunday, artists with skills ranging from quilting to metalworking showed off their work at Lloyd's 10th Art Expo at the South Dakota Hall of Fame in Chamberlain.
Lloyd said she wanted to give people a chance to share their hobbies while also giving families something free to do, so none of the artwork at the expo was for sale.
"There's no money exchanged, so it's really just a community service," she said.
The Art Expo is held annually during Chamberlain's Alumni Weekend, and Lloyd says that the event usually draws around 500 people during its two-day run.
This year's expo featured displays from dozens of artists, some who stayed at the Hall of Fame to present their art and some who set up displays and left.
Jessica Grage, of Gregory, decided to show her realistic pencil drawings by working on them at the expo.
"I've always been drawing, ever since I've been a little kid," Grage said.
Grage, who does commissioned artwork but primarily works on her family's ranch, said she draws a lot of animals and is currently trying to draw more South Dakota wildlife. After studying photography at the University of South Dakota, she uses her photography skills to inspire her drawings, rather than relying on other people's images.
"I take pictures of the stuff I want to draw with my digital camera, and then I just put it on whatever screen I have at home and draw from there," she said.
Not all the artists at the Art Expo used mediums as traditional as Grage's. Edgar Husman, when not working on his ranch northeast of Kimball, spends his time on an art form so uncommon that, to his knowledge, only two other people in the state do it: he builds small, complex steam and gas engines that cause a variety of attached parts to move in some way.
He builds his engines using blueprints, most of which he either orders from advertisements in hobby magazines or has his son order for him online, as Husman doesn't know how to use a computer.
In addition to the many small parts required by the blueprints he buys, some of his engines feature decorative details that Husman decided to add himself. For instance, one steam engine has a spinning part on top of which he attached a small toy ballerina.
It took Husman 13 months to finish his first machine, which he said is now displayed in a museum. Since then, he said he's much more efficient, and now works on several projects at a time, making him able to complete each in a few months.
Husman's hobby is so time-consuming in part because he makes virtually every part of his engines himself with a milling machine.
"It takes quite a bit of good equipment," he said. "It's a very slow process."
But Husman said the time it takes to finish each piece makes the end result all the more worthwhile.
"You're tickled pink when you see one running," Husman said. "In fact, you're surprised it runs."