Madison’s Thomas Hentges to provide music
Heritage plays a large role for the artists featured at this weekend’s Madison Area Arts Council Double Header art show.
Jerry Fogg and Chad Nelson, both with Madison ties, will display several of their pieces at Saturday’s show from 7 to 9 p.m. at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, 106 S.E. 2nd St. They will be joined by singer-songwriter and Madison native Thomas Hentges who will perform solo as “Burlap Wolf King.” The Double Header art show is a one-night event that is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
Fogg is a Yankton Sioux tribal member who draws on his background for inspiration. He works with mixed media to create Native American tribal art. Fogg uses leather in many of his pieces, along with any number of things that he comes across. In other artworks he makes tribal designs on top of copies of government documents.
His work may depict anything from legends and myths to historical events. Whatever the tale may be, Fogg said, he hopes viewers come away with the whole story.
“There’s a lot in my pictures that has to be said,” Fogg said. “I can tell some of the best stories.”
Fogg is from the Crow Creek Reservation and now lives in Sioux Falls. He attended Dakota State University in the 1970s and majored in art. Fogg was named the 2012 “Runner-Up Best in Show” at The Center for Western Studies Artists of the Plains Show. His artwork is part of the “Interpretations of Wounded Knee 1973 and 1890” exhibition currently at Augustana College. Fogg himself was a participant as a teenager of the 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee.
Nelson is an acclaimed printmaker. He also works with silverpoint, watercolor, ceramics, mobiles and woodworking. According to his website, www.chadnelsonartworks.com, Nelson’s work “tends to focus on his Nordic heritage, spirituality, children, students, the Stone Age, science and learning.”
Nelson teaches art at Brandon Valley High School. Nelson is a Sioux Falls native; his father is originally from Madison. He earned the 2011 “People’s Choice” Award at The Center for Western Studies Artists of the Plains Show. He has work on display at Eastbank Art Gallery and Piper Custom Framing and Gallery, both in Sioux Falls, as well as HGS Gallery in Luverne, Minnesota.