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Art exhibit uses Greek mythology and 1920s for subjects

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BROOKINGS, S.D. — A new exhibit called “Centaurs & Flappers” opens at the South Dakota Art Museum Sunday, Aug. 9.
Artist Dale Bandel is known for his wood and metal sculptures and paintings. “Centaurs & Flappers” marks the first exhibit for the Gary artist, who has been painting and sculpting wood since 1980.
The exhibit uses two common themes found in much of Bandel’s work - Greek mythology and the 1920s.
“Greek mythology has been a deep well of artistic inspiration for hundreds of years and the 1920s were a very interesting time period,” said Bandel about the themes of his work.
In 2006, Bandel redeveloped his painting style by adding mixed media, such as metal and acrylics, to his oil paintings. “Centaurs & Flappers” features 16, two- and three-dimensional pieces, all of which share the distinct characteristic of metal leafing — a method of enhancing mixed media paintings by adding iridescent colors and metallic sheen to various details and backgrounds.
“Dale easily moves from painting in two dimensions to carving in three dimensions,” said John Rychtarik, curator of exhibits at the South Dakota Art Museum. “He continues to challenge himself with his compositions and the variety of mediums he chooses.”
A formal reception takes place Friday, Sept. 11 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., with an artist’s presentation at 5:30 p.m. An informal reception to meet Bandel will be held earlier that day in the museum at 10 a.m. “Centaurs & Flappers” will be on display until Dec. 13.
The exhibition, discussion and reception are free and open to the public. Valet parking is provided for the evening reception courtesy of Delta Chi Fraternity. 
The South Dakota Art Museum is at the junction of Medary Avenue and Harvey Dunn Street on the campus of South Dakota State University. Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 4 p.m. For more information, call toll free 866-805-7590 or visit