Photo thanks to Caitlin Pollitt at NSU
Showed first at Johnson Fine Art Center Art Gallery, NSU, Aberdeen, SD
Nov 2019 – Jan 2020
“I viewed your beautiful show several times since it opened, and was really taken with your conception, approach, and technique. … Thank you again for adding so much to our season.” Dr. Kenneth Boulton, Dean, NSU School of Fine Arts
“Thank you for being so much fun to work with, I’m so glad your work is in the JFAC Gallery where it is connecting with people. What I really enjoyed about your opening is watching people light up with recognition when looking at your paintings. Then they felt comfortable enough to tell their personal stories!”
Alexis Doerr, JFAC Gallery Directory and Lecturer of Art, School of Fine Arts
I have loved everything about showing The Spirit of Prairie Life at the JFAC Gallery. Everyone I encountered at NSU was welcoming. Alexis Doerr, the Gallery Director, kept me informed from planning to art reception, and made the exhibit shine. Professor Kilian invited me to talk with his painting class. We toured the exhibit and talked for some time about different aspects of being a professional artist. They were very bright and engaged, and it was a pleasure talking with the class.
At the reception visitors seemed very positive about the exhibit, and a few people at the reception volunteered childhood memories that the artwork brought to mind for them. My goal with sharing my artwork is to help viewers feel a connection, and so it was very gratifying to hear that that was happening for some visitors.
JESSIE RASCHE ARTIST STATEMENT
The series “The Spirit of Prairie Life” celebrates the abundance of life on the prairie. It focuses on the connection our animals have with each other and with the land. Emotional connection is the focus of my artwork because I believe personal relationships and connections to the life around us make life fulfilling.
I hope viewers of this exhibit feel a nostalgic connection to the prairie and the animals we share it with, as they are surrounded by the calming influence of resting and grazing animals and the movement of native birds.
The exhibition consists of 29 paintings of the Midwestern prairie lands. All of these paintings have strong brush and pallet knife marks, expressing a love of the materials and process as well as of the subject matter.