Art has a mysterious way of connecting people, even when the connection is not something intentional or anticipated by either of the parties involved. Last year, while browsing an outdoor art exhibit at the Main Street Square in Rapid City, we came upon a bronze sculptor whose work seemed very attractive. We at hART Sense Design love birds, and he was sculpting birds. We prefer realism in art, and his sculptures were hyper-realistic. We talked for a bit, we admired his art, picked up a business card which was promptly lost after being brought home, and that seemed to be the end of it.
Fast forward to this past Friday and a storytelling workshop organized by Arts Rapid City, an online hub for all things arts and culture in the Rapid City area, and bronze feathered friends were reunited with hART Sense Design. In a casual chat with one of the workshop participants, we were invited to take a look at the website of the artist she represented. Lo and behold, we found ourselves face to face with this little fellow we so admired at the Main Street Square show.
Marsh Song, bronze sculpture by Jim Green
After a mild shock of instant recognition, we decided to "immortalize" our impressions in this blog, lest we forget the name of the wonderful artist again. So without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you Jim Green, a bronze sculptor from Rapid City, South Dakota.
Jim has worn many different hats in his life: draftsman, machinist, steel fabricator, sign maker, neon bender, foundry man, and mold maker. Still, first and foremost, he is a bronze sculptor. Jim started sculpting full time in 2010. In these past four years, his work achieved quite a bit of recognition. His pieces had temporary public placements at The Dahl Fine Arts Center in Rapid City, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Outdoor Campus West in Rapid City, on the SculptureWalk in downtown Sioux Falls, and have recently been chosen as part of the South Dakota Governor's Biennial Art Exhibit which will tour museums and cultural centers throughout the state over the next two years. His work also won awards, and his sculpture "Pelican Ahoy!" was installed for permanent placement in the Benson Sculpture Garden in Loveland, Colorado.
Pelican Ahoy! bronze sculpture by Jim Green
Jim's work is known not only in South Dakota and Colorado. Several galleries in Maine, South Carolina, and New Mexico carry his sculptures as well. Who knows where these bronze feathered birds will take flight next? Deep South, farther West, or maybe even overseas? The sky is the limit.
Jim actively participates in several large art shows annually, and if you are nowhere near Rapid City, you might want to check the upcoming shows in Thomasville, Georgia or Charleston, South Carolina or even Little Rock, Arkansas. A little bird told us some of his bronze feathered friends will be making their appearance there. In the meantime, make sure to check out jimgreenart.com and visit with the jaunty pelican, the great blue heron, and friends.
The Red Knot Cafe, bronze sculpture by Jim Green
Also, while you are browsing the web, stop by ArtsRapidCity.org and look up Jim Green and hART Sense Design in the artist and brand listings on the site. Stay for a while and browse other talented Rapid City area artists' listings, then next summer, come and visit our beautiful, artsy corner of the world.
Do you have a favorite South Dakota artist? Tell us in the comments below.
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