Harvey Dunn was Grace Ingalls Dow’s nephew by marriage. He’s a famous artist, he even has his own stamp! And while he did a lot of work as an illustrator it was his prairie canvases, inspired by yearly summers spent in Manchester, South Dakota, that were his masterpieces. The largest collection of these are in the South Dakota State Art Museum and his donation of paintings is why the museum exists. If you haven’t stopped by the art museum in Brookings on the way to DeSmet you need to on your next Laura trip.
The big news from the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, South Dakota is that they now have parking! The art museum is on the edge of the South Dakota State University campus and it’s been pretty landlocked as many campuses are. There was a lot across the street, but it was attached to campus security and even though it was fine to park there when school wasn’t in session or during the summer, many people were afraid to park there and were discouraged from parking there by the signage. (You don’t want to risk parking wrong when the people who enforce it are right there!)
Their latest mailer announced “Parking Is a Piece of Cake”:
Parking just got easier with our new FREE parking lot just west of the museum on Harvey Dunn Street. It’s reserved for museum visitors. No need to go back with a permit when you check in at the front desk.
They also announced their temporary exhibits for the year. They have more permanent and temporary exhibits, but these are ones that I think would have the most interest Laura fans.
Harvey Dunn: Cotton Candy Skies – Now through May 13, 2018
Harvey Dunn: Illustrations – May 18 through November 4, 2018
Another collection that children’s literature buffs is author/illustrator Paul Goble. Although he isn’t a Native American, Goble’s work reflects the artwork of various plains tribes. His personal collection of his work is now at the art museum.
Butterflies and Blooms: Illustrations by Paul Goble – Now through May 13, 2018
Heroes, Saviors, and Triumphs: Illustrations by Paul Goble – May 18 through November 4, 2018
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