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Annual Spirit of Dakota banquet is Saturday

Posted: Monday, Oct 1st, 2012

Spirit of Dakota nominee tea committee members stand with Rosalind Crabb in front of the historic home where the nominee tea will be held Saturday afternoon. From left are Beckie Freeman, homeowner Rosalind Crabb, Sarah Rubish and Darcy Haber. Not pictured are Erica McNeil and Jenny Sorben. PHOTO BY CRYSTAL PUGSLEY/PLAINSMAN

Spirit of Dakota nominees and their guests will be treated to a stylish tea Saturday afternoon in the historic home of Rosalind and Brian Crabb, 726 Dakota Ave. S.

Committee members who have been working to plan the tea are Beckie Freeman, Sarah Rubish, Darcy Haber, Erica McNeil and Jenny Sorben.

As part of the annual event, four South Dakota artists have been invited to display their works at the Spirit of Dakota Art Show that will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Event Center. The art show is free and open to the public.

Artists include Jennifer Stone, Meranda Turbak and Sandy Ellyson, all of Watertown, and Bruce Roseland of Seneca.

The Spirit of Dakota award is South Dakota’s premier women’s recognition and is given to a woman who has demonstrated vision, courage and strength of character in the development of her family, community and/or state.

The 26th annual event begins with a social at 5:30 p.m. followed by the award banquet and celebration at 6:30 p.m., all at the Huron Event Center.

Banquet entertainment will be provided by Hans and Geri Peterson and Kaye Haug, and the invocation will be given by Mother Jean Mornard, new priest at Grace Episcopal Church.

The 2011 Spirit of Dakota Award winner, Millie Humphrey of Whitewood, 90, will be attending to give the welcome.

About the artists

Jennifer Stone calls herself a “contemplative painter,” putting her soul into each thoughtful brushstroke. “I choose to make my mark in every way, in each painting I create,” she says. “Sometimes it’s subliminal, but I’m always compelled to feel a passion for my art before I’m ready to share it with others.”

This devotion to art is what drives Stone to always seek new ways to express herself through her painting. Her goal is to have people experience her art as participants, rather than simply see it as spectators.

Meranda Turbak says her art is something that happens as the spirit moves her. “I know many artists who sit and agonize over an idea before getting their hands dirty,” Turbak said. “I am not one of those artists.

“When I feel like painting, I paint,” she said. “I might dig up some old picture I took in like an orphan as I passed the thrift store window. Sometimes I put a primer over the old picture. Sometimes I just start throwing colors at it. Either way, I just dig in! Eventually, the paint cooperates with the surface long enough to grow some kind of form I can recognize as interesting. I guess what I am trying to say is that I allow my subconscious to take over because it keeps things interesting.”

Many of Turbak’s original paintings are on display at the historic Goss Opera House in Watertown.

Sandy Ellyson’s art education began at an early age, watching the interesting shapes that clouds formed, or noticing designs in linoleum and wood grains that looked like people or animals.

“I loved to tip upside down and view the room with the ceiling as the floor,” Ellyson said. “I use these same techniques today to develop my collage paintings. I add rice paper to my initial wash of color. I turn my paper in all directions to see what shapes emerge, then I develop my painting based on the images that spontaneously occurred.

“My grandmother gave me my first set of oil paints when I was 13,” she said. “In 1991, I made a decision to seriously pursue art. I chose watercolor as a medium because I enjoyed the looseness, translucence and beautiful results of color mixing on the paper.

“The angels that appear in my work are not preplanned,” Ellyson added. “If I see the hint of an angel, I develop it.”

Ellyson recently began painting in acrylics, and her first series, “Great Expections,” is a tribute to pregnant women.

“I have spent my adult life working in obstetrics as a nurse and as a childbirth educator,” she said. “The miracle of life never ceases to amaze me. I believe my talent is God-given and my desire is that my work glorify Him, extending the joy and peace of my heart to the people who view my art and gain pleasure from it.”

Bruce Roseland, a writer of free verse, and Susan 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.

Roseland and Melius are neighbors, living about 20 miles apart in this overlooked region of South Dakota. They have pooled their talents in writing and photography to create an art exhibit called, “The Heart of the Prairie.”

This exhibit, a collection of 24 pieces, will be on display at the art show.

Roseland was born in 1951 in central South Dakota where he has spent his entire life. He and his wife Barbara (Logan), who is from Devils Lake, North Dakota, have spent their lives and raised two sons, Aaron and Adam, on the home place in Seneca, which includes the original homestead site of Bruce’s great-grandparents, G.T. and Elizabeth Roseland.

Fifteen women have been nominated by their communities to be honored, including Dr. Connie Allen, Springfield; Prudy Calvin, Watertown; Darcie Decker, Rapid City; Caroline Fuhrer, Scotland; Kathie Gerstner, Yankton; Beth Hottel, Rapid City; Irean Jordon, Faith; Gayle Kocer, Martin; Irma LeFaive, Fort Pierre; Dr. Mary J. Milroy, Yankton; Margie Peters, Murdo; Margaret Smith Pier, Pierre; Cheryl Rondeau Bassett, Wilmot; Marjorie Thoelke, Britton; and Mary Wienbar, Iroquois.

All 15 women nominated for this year’s award will be given distinguished recognition throughout the many activities planned.

The winner will receive an individually created framed bronze oval with the pioneer woman sculpted by Dale Lamphere and modeled after his nine-foot sculpture that stands outside the Crossroads. Each nominee will receive a picture of herself taken with the statue, a corsage featuring a Spirit of Dakota pin and a booklet of her nomination.

Tickets for the banquet may be purchased at the Huron Chamber Office: 605-352-0000 or 1-800-487-6673.

For the complete article see the 09-30-2012 issue.

Click here to purchase an electronic version of the 09-30-2012 paper.

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