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First Lady Rounds Hosts South Dakota Art Showcase

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PIERRE, S.D. - First Lady Jean Rounds will host the First Lady's Prairie Art Showcase from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Ramkota RiverCentre in Pierre. Thirty-five artists have been invited to display their works at this year's event. Their work includes acrylic, watercolor and oil paintings, hand-dyed silks, pottery, stone sculptures, sculptured metal, turned wood, jewelry, photography, bronzes and more. Art subjects include wildlife, nature, landscapes, contemporary and traditional Native American, animals, florals, cityscapes and people. "The exhibition reveals the extraordinary creativity of South Dakota artists," said First Lady Jean Rounds. "I am honored to have the privilege of bringing such a gifted group together to showcase their talents and Made in South Dakota products." Donated artwork is available for drawings. The public can register at the art showcase. A pumpkin decorating workshop for 50 children and adults will be held in the Courtyard from 12:30-2 p.m. Reptile Gardens will give demonstrations at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Amphitheatre II. JoAnn Fischer has room for 15 students, ages 10 and older, in her class on making polymer clay beads, which begins at 2 p.m. in Amphitheatre I. Visitors may also test their aim with the LaserShot shooting simulator offered by the Department of Game, Fish and Parks. All activities are free and open to the public. Information regarding the Made in South Dakota program will also be available. South Dakota Arts Council support is provided for the beading class with funds from the state of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development and the National Endowment for the Arts.