Through May 31: CWS Features 'En Plein Air' Art Exhibit

Event Details

Date: January 5 - May 30, 2014

Times: Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Location: Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the CWS Fantle Building, 2121 South Summit Avenue

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

Regional artists Cathleen Benberg and Steve Beaubien share a unique joy for painting en plein air, or outdoors. Their work is featured in a show that opened on January 6 and closes May 31 in the newly revitalized Madsen, Nelson, and Elmen Galleries of the Center for Western Studies (CWS) Fantle Building.

Originally scheduled to close April 26, the popular show is being held over until Saturday, May 31, and several new pieces by Steve Beaubien were added April 28.

A gallery reception with artists' talks by both Cathleen Benberg and Steve Beaubien was held from 4-6 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Painting natural landscapes as well as architectural scenes, both artists evoke the spirit of life on the Northern Plains where the lines between city and country are often blurred.

Cathleen Benberg grew up on a farm in northwest Iowa and majored in art at Northwestern College in Orange City. She has lived in Philadelphia, Pa., Apache, Okla., Mandan, N.D. and moved to Sioux Falls in 1991. A graphic designer by trade, she enjoys drawing en plein air landscapes and portraits in pastel and charcoal.

Steve Beaubien, a fine art painter in oils, was born and raised in northwest Iowa, relocated in the mid-1990’s and, today, is making his home in Sioux Falls, S.D. Throughout his developing career as an artist, many friends, teachers and other artists have influenced his artwork.

The exhibit is located in the Madsen/Nelson/Elmen Galleries of the Fantle Building at the Center for Western Studies, 2121 South Summit Ave. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Admission is free.



Center for Western Studies
Augustana College
Phone: 605.274.4007