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Art exhibit, reception at Huron Sunday: ‘The Heart of the Prairie’ to be on display at the Stone Church in October

Posted: Wednesday, Oct 3rd, 2012

This poem by Bruce Roseland combined with a photograph by Susan Melius is part of a 24-piece exhibit “The Heart of the Prairie” which will be on display in Huron at the Stone Church beginning Sunday. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

HURON — The Centennial Stone Church will be hosting Bruce Roseland’s poetry combined with the photography of Susan Melius in the exhibit, “The Heart of the Prairie,” a collaboration on South Dakota and rural living.

If you are hurrying along the various highways that cross and crisscross North Central South Dakota, you may think of the landscape and the folks who live on this land as being plain, even uninteresting, but upon closer inspection, beauty and wonderment abound.

Roseland, a writer of free verse, and Melius, a photographer, have combined their efforts to try to open a window onto their particular section of the Missouri Coteau in hopes of encouraging everyone to see this land in the same way they do.

The exhibit, a collection of 24 pieces, is actually a showcase and corollary to the book they have collaborated to create, “Church of the Holy Sunrise,” a volume that combines Roseland’s free verse with Melius’ photo artistry to present their unique view of the land where they have both grown up and spent their entire lives.

The exhibit was first unveiled June 3 at the Dakota Discovery Museum in Mitchell and has been on tour around the state.

Both artists wish to draw attention to an agricultural and cultural landscape that is rapidly changing. They share the view that the people, the land, and nature itself deliver great beauty and fascination if you just stop and look around.

Roseland and his wife farm the original homestead site of his great-grandparents, G.T. and Elizabeth Roseland, at Seneca. He is the fourth generation operator of the family farm and uses his occupation to create poems that observe this living. Roseland has published two other works, “The Last Buffalo,” which won the Wrangler award from the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for outstanding poetry book of 2006, and “A Prairie Prayer.” Local resident Sandy Weil worked with Roseland on “Church of the Holy Sunrise.“

Melius is a farm wife who lives about 20 miles from Roseland. She uses the lens of her camera to invite people into her world.

The Stone Church will host “The Heart of the Prairie” exhibit beginning Sunday until Oct. 24. A reception, open to the public, will be held for Roseland Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. with Roseland giving a reading of his works at 2 p.m. The Stone Church will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. weekdays and until 7 p.m. on Tuesdays for the public to view these works.

For the complete article see the 10-02-2012 issue.

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