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“Journey Women” artworks displayed Thursday

Several Madison area artists part of collaborative effort

Emmeline Elliott 

 A dozen or more pairs of hands shaped each artwork featured at the next Madison Area Arts Council art show.

Selections from "Journey Women" and "Journey Women II: Shrine•Altar•Box" will be shown at Thursday's Madison Area Arts Council art show. A number of artists with local ties were part of the collaborative art project.

Selections from “Journey Women” and “Journey Women II: Shrine•Altar•Box” will be shown at Thursday’s Madison Area Arts Council art show. A number of artists with local ties were part of the collaborative art project.

Selections from both showings of “Journey Women” will be presented Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center, located at 106 SE 2nd St. The one-night show is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served, including a cake to celebrate MAAC’s 49th birthday.

“Journey Women” is a collaborative art project among South Dakota female artists, several who have local ties. Twelve artists created 12 art dolls for “Journey Women,” which were exhibited at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center in Sioux Falls in 2009. “Journey Women II: Shrine•Altar•Box” involved 13 artists and was displayed at the Pavilion in 2012. The “Journey Women” artists are currently working on their third endeavor, which will show in 2014.


Madison artist Ginny Freitag organized “Journey Women” along with Connie Herring, who gave the project its name. Freitag had looked at journals of art dolls and thought it’d be fun to do with a large group.

Month by month, the artworks are rotated among the artists. The artist can add or alter the piece, but not remove items. A journal travels with each object for the artists to record their additions and thoughts on the artwork.

Freitag said she enjoys receiving a new piece each month. The project gives each artist an opportunity to use her own set of skills to add to the object.

“It’s fun. It’s surprising and working out of your comfort zone,” Freitag said.


Fellow artist Lisa Shoemaker said the “Journey Women” art doll sculptures were a challenge that helped her grow in the use of her normal medium of oil and acrylic painting.

“It wasn’t just a journey with the dolls, but it was a journey for all the artists,” Shoemaker said. Real life issues affecting the artists “reflected back in the work, either consciously or unconsciously.”

Working with the first couple pieces of a “Journey Women” project can be intimidating because the object is still something of a blank canvas, Shoemaker said. By the third or fourth rotation, the artwork is finding a direction.


Freitag likes to add things that tie items together on the artwork, which gets harder to do as the project nears completion. She said it’s inspiring to see the mediums the other artists use on the pieces.

“The creativity of the group is incredible,” Freitag said.

Along with Freitag, Herring and Shoemaker, other “Journey Women” artists include Jill Frederick, Eve Fisher, Donna Hazelwood, Winnie Giles, Angela Behrends, Beth Prostrollo, Allyson Nagel, Lynn Verschoor, Erin Castle, Grete Bodogaard and Nancy Losacher.

Thomas Hentges returned to Madison, again.

We welcomed Thomas Hentges, Burlap Wolf King, last week for a ‘Hometown Record Release Party’ which benefited the Madison High School Music Program. Together, we raised $206 for the cause, which will be donated to the program in the coming weeks, check back for more on that!

Thomas performed at The BrickHouse

Thomas performed at The BrickHouse

Alright, we’re going to be trying a few things, so breathe…

And you thought cats lived longer than arts councils?

Well, we’re going forward into 2013 with another kick, with even more great programs and yes, great food too. But, we need your support now more than ever before, so that means we need to hear more, and yes, see more, from our local creative friends and supporters of the arts.

This January 12th, we’re sponsoring acclaimed watercolor artist Jennifer Stone for a one day class and group show at The BrickHouse, and this looks to be by far the best deal of the year for a chance to work alongside such a noted and respected artist as Jennifer. We’re trying something new by offering these one-day classes for the community, and yes, there’s a very small charge (you won’t find a better deal around for classes of this quality) but we hope to continue to offer these classes in the coming year, so if you support it, they’ll be way more to look forward to right outside your back door.

Jen Stone Poster

We’re also scheduling the usual mix of great events you’ve come to love, from small concerts, to Double Header art showings, and a variety of speakers and writers from our Chautauqua Series – we’ll be calling on a few past friends for a surprise or two this year.

We’re thankful for all the support this past year, and if you haven’t made it to one of our fine events, be sure to come on out this January 12th, we’d love to see all of you (and way more often too!)

Just don’t go asking about cats.

Join us for ‘Watercolor Foundations’ with Jennifer Stone…

Watercolor class to be offered this year.

We’re thrilled to offer an extraordinary opportunity this January 12th at The BrickHouse Community Arts Center with the instructional offering of ‘Foundations of Watercolor’ with artist Jennifer Stone. 


Jennifer Stone is an acclaimed artist from Watertown, South Dakota. She has been painting professionally for more than ten years, drawing inspiration from everyday beauty and experiences. Her style is unique and interesting, and as captivating as the artist herself.

Jennifer is an accomplished artist and educator who hosts and conducts workshops annually to promote the arts and artists. She is a multiple national award recipient who was most recently honored with inclusion of her painting, Procrastination, in the San Diego Watercolor Society International Exhibit.

Her philosophy is that “An artist needs to paint with intention,” she says. “But after a while, you just need to let your brush dance, and it becomes a painting that invites the viewer to be a participant, not just a spectator.” Her approach is the same when it comes to teaching.

Jennifer Stone

Jennifer Stone

During this class, you will receive an introduction to the fundamentals of basic watercolor principles and techniques that will add fun and interest to your piece all while learning from this highly accomplished and energetic instructor! Personal expression is an important component to this class, so be ready to explore your creativity while learning the foundations of watercolor painting.


As part of the class fee of $90 (plus tax), supplies for the day will be provided, and lunch will be provided as well. A public reception and art show featuring the artwork created that day, along with selections from Jennifer Stone, will be held from 6-8pm, at The BrickHouse.

Space is extremely limited for this exclusive opportunity, and spots must be reserved through email at:

Our last show with Phantom Balance was pretty sweet…

We know, we’re not been the best at the blogging, but to our well-reasoned defense, we share way too much on Facebook and Twitter, so that does the bulk of our news and such. Anyhow, we wanted to take a moment to catch you up on our last two great events at The BrickHouse, if you click the links, you’ll be able to see a full album of images, so take a moment and check that out.

From our September Double Header

Our September Double Header was another knockout, with Carly Rochelle, Angela Meyer, Matt Caffee, William Henderson, and the music of Phantom Balance.


From our August Double Header

In August, we featured the work of Nancyjane Huehl, Chad Nelson, and the music of Carolina Story, and yet again, another great night was had in downtown Madison.

This coming November 1st, from 7-9pm, we’re thrilled to present a special Double Header at The BrickHouse with our guests artists, Lisa Shoemaker, Derek Meier, and Brian Iverson.

Also joining us at The BrickHouse, Pat Boyd, Director of South Dakotans for the Arts and Michael Pangburn, Director of the South Dakota Arts Council, who will be visiting our community for the day, as we begin a community discussion and review on the future of us, the Madison Area Arts Council.

As always, Double Header events are open to the public, refreshments are served, there might even be some sweet music, and yes, come on out and support your local arts community.

Double Header this Saturday in Madison…

We’re kind of been behind as of late with the blog postings, our apologies, but we’re still cranking out the best art content we can on Facebook and Twitter, so check that out for the latest.

Work of Nancyjane Huehl to come to Madison…

We’re getting more than excited about our next Double Header with Carolina Story and artists Chad Nelson and Nancyjane Huehl.

So, we thought it would be fun to tease you with a few images from Nancyjane, so be sure to mark those calendars for Thursday, August 30th, 7-9pm at The BrickHouse.

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