Saturday, October 15, 2016

Visit to the Redlin Art Center, Watertown

We awoke on the third day of a three day trip that so far had been a total disaster.  Read over the two previous blogs.  Stepping out of the motel room there was not a breath of fresh air and the beautiful blue sky was cloudless.  Eastern South Dakota forecast showed little to no wind and clear skies with rising temperatures.  We had been totally burned to a crisp yesterday, and so it was time to grab breakfast at Perebooms and head for home.

After another excellent breakfast and fueling up the truck we headed out of town.  Pam then suggested we stop and visit the Redlin Art Center on the east side of Watertown, SD.  Every time we drive up and back on a fishing trip, we always say that we will stop the next time and visit the art gallery.  Next time had now come and we jumped off the interstate and tried to find a parking spot out of the sun.  When pulling a boat, that is not an easy task to accomplish.  The gallery did not open until 10 a.m, so we had some extra time to walk the grounds.

Terry Redlin was born in Watertown, South Dakota. He earned a degree from the St. Paul of Associated Arts in St. Paul, Minn, and spent 25 years in commercial art as a layout artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and graphic designer.  The Gallery was built in 1997, and is visible from I- 29 as you travel the interstate. Redlin's painting "Winter Snows" appeared on the cover of The Farmer magazine in 1977. Two years later, he left his job as a commercial artist to paint full-time until his abrupt retirement in 2007.  At that time Redlin was placed in a nursing home due to complications with Alzheimer's disease.  Terry Redlin died of complications from dementia in April of 2016.

To visit the art center on the inside and view some the outstanding pieces of art click on the following link or paste it into your browser.  In addition you can read an excellent writing about the artist and his life.

The Redlin Art Center

Entrance to the Art Center

Good hunting, good fishing, and good luck.  Hank

Gander Mountain


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