The following artists have
been chosen as the 2006 Custer Stampede Artists by a jury of their
peers. There are 22 artists in total. Twenty life-size buffalo
will be painted as well as 10 tabletop buffalo, all to be auctioned
Saturday, September 30, 2006, in Custer.
We are excited about the
artists that have been chosen, each bringing their unique ideas and style
to our event. This year eight artists have been chosen to be Artist
in Residence in Custer during the months of February, March and
April. A detailed list of these Artists in Residence can be found on
the Events Calendar page.
492nd Street West
from my experience at the Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park, I will
paint a herd of bison moving across the hills. My vision remembers
the vast herds that once roamed the land and honors those who are restoring
the bison to our land.
W 28th St.
vision for the buffalo is to paint it to look like antiqued and burnished
bronze, a solid and majestic treatment for such a proud and beautiful
animal. I also intend to etch small, faint scenes of life on the
plains and in the hills to show the rich tradition and heritage of
southwestern South Dakota. These will be done in faded silhouette and
will blend in with the antiqued treatment of the statue. It is a
subtle and beautiful approach.
Blue Skies Road
vision is for a buffalo named “Community Pride Buffalo”. The buffalo
would be painted in subtle tones, and then on an advertised weekend, the
buffalo would be available to the Custer area people. These people
would be invited to write on it. They could write a ditty, a poem, a
favorite quote, etc., something inspirational or thought-provoking.
It would be open to all ages of citizens. There are so many
literarily gifted people in this community, and this would give people a
chance to “make their mark”.
101st St NW
vision is a buffalo painted in acrylic paint and accented with leather,
reflecting images of the past.
Big Bend Road
City, SD 57702
a sculptor of many years, and many mediums, I have most recently been
working with a material I feel has a lot to offer for your
exhibition. I plan on creating a buffalo, which will have the look
and texture as if it were real stone. This will not have a carved,
sculpted or chiseled look, but will appear as if it were a natural
formation itself. The high strength grout I use is ideal for exterior
applications. Combined with a thermoplastic sealer, it provides a
coating tougher than concrete, with UV protection to maintain its color and
vision for the life-size buffalo is a buffalo roundup in a realistic
prospect depicting a cowboy on horseback, towards the rear of the
fiberglass buffalo. Towards the rear you will see the herd in the
distance, then increasing in size as the herd emerges to the front.
At the front the fiberglass buffalo will be leading the herd, surrounded by
other buffalo to each side. I want to capture the feel of being in
the middle of a roundup. Buffalo are such strong animals; I want the
viewer to feel the pounding of the herd as they draw near. The
material I will use is enamel paint; I have been able to create realistic
murals using enamel. It has the blending capability of oil with a
faster dry time like acrylic, and is weather proof.
vision for the table top fiberglass buffalo is a buffalo with gold and
copper inlay, emerging from the copper and gold leaf will be a montage of
wildlife from the area. Wildlife would consist of buffalo, eagle,
bighorn sheep, deer, mountain lion and antelope.
Karen's progress at: www.kcartworks.com under his psuedo name: Rufus
Paul, NE 68873
preliminary vision of the buffalo is to keep the natural likeness of the
buffalo, incorporating the importance of the buffalo to the peoples of the
region, specifically Native Americans, through the use of the Medicine
Wheel and other Native American symbols.
12th Ave. NE
vision of the buffalo I would like to paint for the Custer Stampede is as
follows: I would use the landscape of Custer State Park as background
with a herd of stampeding buffalo on each side of the “canvas”.
Deadwood and Wild Bill Hickok are important parts of South Dakota’s rich
history, I would like to make my image a tribute to them. On one side
I would put a large hand of playing cards. It would be the famous
“Deadman’s Hand” that Wild Bill had the day he was shot. They would
be splayed out as when they are held, and would fill about three-fourths or
half of the side. Behind them I would make a sepia-toned image of
Jack McCall with Wild Bill as he was shot. The sepia tones would make
it look like and old-fashioned photo. On the other side, I would make
cards as they look today in a winning poker hand. They would be
bright and the background for it would be Deadwoods' skyline as it looks
today. Brightly colored poker chips and playing cards would go up all
the legs, and on the forehead I would put an old, yellowed newspaper, the
Black Hills Pioneer August 2, 1876, and the headline of “Wild Bill Hickok
Killed Last Night at the Saloon # 10” and a detailed story of the
buffalo symbolizes many things in South Dakota. It symbolizes the
strength of the American Indian and their way of life. It reminds us
of our roots. It also reminds us of the struggles that have taken
place on this land. I want to take the meaning of the buffalo – its
strength and its history as the basis of my vision. Our people’s past
struggles and strengths are the root of present day South Dakota.
American Indians and Whites are finding strength to bring transformation to
the present and to the future. The struggles are bringing out a new
beauty in us all. And this is why my vision for the buffalo project
is butterflies and wide-open spaces. Butterfly medicine traditionally
represents courage, change, transformation, freedom. It takes courage
to make great changes. I will paint a flock of butterflies on the
buffalo’s head and back. They will be the heaviest around the head
and front. As they travel down the back their numbers will grow less
and less. The back half of the buffalo will be green plains with
South Dakota native wild flowers coming up the buffalo’s legs and
rump. Underneath the butterflies in front, it will be painted like
the blue skies over the Plains. The butterflies I paint are patterned
after real butterflies, but they are of my own creation. The
butterflies on the buffalo will be of all colors. This symbolizes all
the different kinds of people who call South Dakota home.
the progress of Butterfly Medicine at
www.littlebigheartranch.com under his
psuedo name: Earl.
N Huber Dr.
past year has a life of its' own and I seen to be drawn to the theme of
Sunflowers. I've done many such paintings and decided to keep with
the idea. I plan on painting a landscape featuring sunflowers on the
one side and the other side will feature a variety of other flowers.
Sunflowers speak to happiness and joy and I hope this buffalo does too.
City, SD 57701
preliminary vision is to paint a Badlands landscape on the fiberglass
bison. I envision a landscape of lines, shapes and colors. On
the dorsal side or backbone of the bison, I may mold clay (stoneware) slabs
of Badlands formations. These slab forms would be in low relief as
not to detract from the basic form, and yet make it more interesting as a
mixed media piece. The stoneware slabs would be fired in a kiln and
attached with a very permanent glue or perhaps with screws and glue.
The sections would be finished with glazes and stains or with acrylics.
creation would be that of a white buffalo. According to Indian
legend, the birth of this rare animal was an omen of good luck. I
envision him as powerful and mystical. The theme of his being would
be to bring good fortune to all who view him. I would fashion the
ruff area of his coat, chest and legs of white quartz. His horns and
hooves would gleam of crushed black granite. A garland of horseshoes,
accented by native flora, would encircle his neck. Perhaps, a gold
ring in his nose? Maybe a dreamcatcher on his hip? Or, a
sprinkling of “gold” or mica at his feet. The possibilities are so
exciting. It has occurred to me that not everyone who views my
buffalo will know the story of the white buffalo. I would propose
painting scenes along both sides of the animal depicting a herd of buffalo
welcoming the white new-born calf.
Lady C Ranch Rd.
Springs, SD 57747
proposal is to create not a single buffalo but a herd of buffalo to
symbolize their return to the plains that we are now experiencing and that
will hopefully continue into the future. To accomplish this, I
propose to add a herd of small, three-dimensional bison that will run from
the head to the tail on top of the bison’s back. These small bison
will be made of plastic and be firmly adhered to the bison’s back with a
technique I used in the 1980’s. Both my herd of small bison and the
large fiberglass bison will be painted in the same manner. They will
first be primed white, then sponge-coated with a mixture of acrylic gel medium
and modeling paste that I have used for decades. This will give all
the surfaces a “tooth” to receive the paint. The palette I plan to
use is the color of the southern Black Hills – ochres, greens, earthen
reds, browns and blacks. The paint will have a flowing effect
running, bleeding down the sides of the bison. I hope the overall
look to be like the wonderful glazed ceramic horses of Tang dynasty China.
Kit Carson Trail
buffalo would be painted as a realistic buffalo, with scenes around the
buffalo including: a rider on a horse, shooting with a gun, bow and arrow
or a spear at a herd of buffalo; two Indian hunters in wolf skins sneaking
up to a herd of buffalo; and an Indian village.
52 Box 170P
Springs, SD 57747
American Bison has long been a victim of man’s lust for violence and greed,
both in history and in modern times. It is only under the darkness
and quiet solitude of night where they can find true peace, as it was meant
to be, under the Bison Moon. My vision is of a painting of the herd
resting under starry skies with the aurora borealis and on the other, the
goal with the painted bison project is to show the inner strength and
beauty of Tatanka. In the Lakota culture the bison is represented by
the color red. Red is the color of the direction North and it
symbolizes sacrifice and purification. I believe that when people see
the red Tatanka, they will instinctively feel the power and honor of this
great animal. Red is not the only color I will use, but it will be
I am not a resident of South Dakota, I have an “outside, looking in” point
of view. My idea for the buffalo would be entitled, “Pieces”.
The entire sculpture would be divided into pieces of a puzzle. Each
piece would either be a solid color or a scene depicting the landscape or
point of interest of South Dakota. The pieces to be a solid color
would be a color associated with the west such as turquoise or golden
orange. The pieces with a picture would be scenes such as sunset in
the Badlands, a young buffalo jumping, a prairie dog or gold pan.
City, SD 57709
vision, titled “Survivor” depicts the female bison (cow) weathering the
storm in her thick, woolly coat as she shows the strength and courage to
stand face first into the winter wind while protecting her family. A
colorful spin on the female version of this intelligent, beloved animal.
Springs, SD 57747
design that I am envisioning will be “Honoring Women”. All too often,
I feel, we forget to honor the women veterans, grandmothers, mothers, and
caregivers that are so important to our society. This buffalo will be
painted (in oils) depicting women in different roles. On one side,
the main body will be painted with a woman veteran riding a horse across
the sky. The other side will have a grandmother surrounded by children.
The legs and hind quarters of the buffalo will display symbols such as a
pink ribbon for breast cancer. Since the White Buffalo Calf Woman is
one of my cultures most important woman the background will be painted
and Gary Wallinga
Cloud, MN 56301
as the Aboriginal people of Australia saw no distinction between the
spiritual and the physical, Native Americans considered the buffalo, which
was so central to their way of life, as having spiritual
significance. We would like to extend the Aboriginal way of
illustrating this connection between the earthly and the spiritual to this
important Native American symbol. Our painting tools are sticks, just
as used by the Aboriginal people, with which we apply dots of acrylic
paint. We work simultaneously, usually sitting on the floor with the
painting between us. We move between abstract and representational
art, while always trying to maintain the mystical quality of Aboriginal
art. Almost all of our paintings have been inspired by nature. Nature
is full of patterns and the use of dots in our painting lends itself to the
creation and replication of patterns. A beautiful example of natural
pattern is the Lake Superior agate. Our vision for this buffalo
project would be to create an “agate-like” pattern or effect of different
earth tones, over much of the buffalo. On the back of the buffalo
will likely be tones of black and blue, representing the heavens, and
towards the bottom of the buffalo will be more red tones representing earth
and the human body. The buffalo head will be covered in patterns of
larger dots in red and black representing the prayers of man.
Imbedded within the “agating” will be various circles, symbolic of the
power of the world which makes itself known to us in circles of various forms
(the earth, the moon, the sun, the life process, etc.). A red “road”
(the road of good or the straight and narrow) will traverse the length of
the buffalo on which will be symbols representing the four ages of man
(rock, fire, pipe and bow).