Local artists to share talents at Artistry Uncorked Friday night


HURON —Nine Huron businesses are participating in the 2024 Artistry Uncorked event, co-sponsored by the Huron Chamber and Visitors Bureau and the Huron Area Arts Council, in which the work of area artists will be showcased.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 5, and continue until 7 p.m., allowing for plenty of time to visit each of the locations.

Don’t Spill the Beans, at the corner of Third Street and Dakota Ave. S will sponsor three exhibitors — Marian Sprecher, a long-time local watercolor artist, the Huron Photography Club and the budding artists of Holy Trinity School will set up at the downtown coffee shop.

Just across the hall at the Centre Plaza location, Just Fabulous Boutique is also sponsoring three exhibitors with a delightful mix of works.

Cindy Gregg of DakotaAnne Trinkets has been designing and making fine jewelry of precious metals and stones for about 18 years. Starting in Germany, she passed through England, spent time in Florida and settled in Letcher 19 years ago.

Also at Just Fabulous Boutique will be Lori Long of Spencer, displaying her work from Long Prairie Gourds. She was smitten with the gourd bug about 20 years ago and has since worked at perfecting the dying, painting and carving skills to turn the fruit into beautiful and useful accessories.

Then, for something completely different, Stacey Roberts of Little City Farms, northeast of Carpenter, will show wool art created from materials from her own animals.

She said she started slowly, with crochet, and never thought she would be spinning her own yarn.

Three more sponsors are located downtown, Potter’s Shoes, Walker’s Flower Shop, and Black Tie Rentals.

Potter’s will host Shaun Schnathorst, who operates Xtreme Graphix from his studio north of Huron. Schnathorst said he took every art course available as he was growing up and finished with a degree from Staples Technical College in Minnesota.

More of his work can be found at the Kansas Mall between and Second and Third Streets on Dakota Ave. S.

Walker’s Flower Shop will show the work of Jane Meekins, a Huron native. She works in acrylics, mixed media and collage. Her artistic history includes work as a muralist and as a courtroom artist for a prominent Sioux Falls newspaper.

The final downtown exhibit at Black Tie Rentals. Its artist, Adam Fleisschhacker, has been drawing and creating art most of his life. He moved to Huron in 2005 but didn’t begin working with oil painting until 2018.

He said he reads and researches extensively and derives much information from videos available in the internet.

The next stop is at Lewis Drug, where retired Lewis Drug manager Helen Trandall will show some of the pieces she has created since her restart in the art business in 2017.

Trandall majored in Art with a French minor while she attended college. She left there early and returned to Huron where she began her life-long relationship with the pharmacy retailer. At the urging of a friend, she joined a group and got back into painting.

Swinging west on 21st St. SW, Double D Western Wear will host the work of Charlene Fleming of rural Willow Lake. Fleming retired in 2013 from a 31-year career teaching art in Watertown.

She currently serves on the Board of the Harvey Dunn Society and each year anticipates that group’s Plein-air event held in August in De Smet. Her preferred media are watercolor and pastels but she said she is trying something new for the Huron event.

Back on Dakota Avenue, SimplyUS Boutique will exhibit the work of photographer Malwina Aviles.

Slumberland Furniture holds the anchor position and is currently negotiating to showcase art from Huron High School.

Each participating business will offer various wines for sampling as well.