Tuesday, September 07, 2021

Call for Artists | 40th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale

 The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University is thrilled to announce the 40th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show will be held November 5-7, 2021, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Sioux Falls.  To be considered for the 2021 show, please complete the artist questionnaire and return it to CWS no later than September 17, 2021.


Artists of the Plains:  40th Anniversary Exhibit  

September 13--November 7, 2021

Arne's Norwegian Ale Bowl will be there
along with fine art by previous Artist of the Plains exhibitors
Center for Western Studies

Fantle Building

2121 S. Summit Ave

Sioux Falls SD

Sunday, June 06, 2021

New Project for June 3rd Saturday Meeting

 Carve a spoon  by Mark Ivan Fortune featured in Woodcarving Illustrated Summer 2021, Issue #95!

See more of Mark's carvings on Facebook

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

In Memory of Rush Limbaugh

RUSH ON MT. RUSHMORE, carved in a 4x6x12 inch block of basswood for the purpose of raising money via the Red Cross for Sioux Falls area victims of the 1993 flood.  (Photo shows carving posed between a painted background and trees cut out from pages of a Nature magazine).  The project was inspired by Jeff Gould, then a popular radio broadcaster for KELO AM, where one could tune in every day since 1988 to hear Rush Limbaugh.  

Sunday, January 03, 2021

Bill Huntimer



September 13, 1931


December 31, 2020

We mourn the passing of our dear friend and loyal member of SDWC.  Both he and his wife Evelyn were talented club members and served respectively as Treasurer and Secretary.  Bill's service to country and community extended way beyond our woodcarving club: Over the air and far away | The American Legion.

Evelyn posted the following on FaceBook:

I am so grateful for all the kind expressions of sympathy now at the time of my husband Bill's death. He didn't really care much for Facebook or took the time to figure out a way to appreciate it. But to me it hasn't been just a gossip place, but a source of comfort at this time. Other times a place to see things that make me laugh. Even the political arguments are interesting. I didn't know Bill in his younger years. He was 49 when we met. I'm sure I missed a lot, but these last 40 years have more than made up for it. Now in the middle of the many decisions that need to be made I'll keep all the memories in my heart. He was a great man, maybe a little rough around the edges at times, but always kind to me and the children. He had a determination and drive that kept him going all these 89 years. Even through the pain of injuries and illnesses he kept going. His philosophy was that when he was sick he could work it off. Very hard for me to understand that. I'd rather just go to bed until I am well. It didn't work out so well for him this time. I guess he had to give in and go rest. A rest that he very much deserved after all he did and accomplished in this life. With God he's getting the rest, peace and happiness that he so deserves. Our family and I are going to miss him. It is a comfort to know that he is in a better place and we'll all hold these memories in our hearts. And thank you everyone for your caring expressions of sympathy. God bless you every one.

See Obituary: William Huntimer Obituary - Death Notice and Service Information (legacy.com)

Monday, May 11, 2020

An Online Conversation with Harley and Norma Refsal

Thursday, May 14, 2020 | 7:00 p.m.

Location: Online Webinar - See link below

Celebrating Norwegian Folk Art from Sámi North to Wooded South with Harley and Norma Refsal
Join Vesterheim and North House Folk School for a virtual tour of Norway as told through beautiful folk art. Guests Harley and Norma Refsal will share some favorite pieces from their personal collection and tell the stories of the lovely and diverse landscapes and history of Norway. In anticipation of the upcoming Syttende Mai (Norwegian Constitution Day) celebration, escape with us to the land of the midnight sun for the evening!
Register in advance for this webinar here!
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.