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Photo: Carmen Marimba

Carmen Marimba

Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby
South Dakota
Materials: Bronze & Stainless Steel
Gislason & Hunter
Selling Price: $25,000

Artist Statement:

Carmin Marimba takes one back to the 1940’s when Latin music was introduced to America via 40’s musicals such as “Road to Rio” and television programing such as “I Love Lucy.” Carmin smiles, sways and plays the Caracas as she invites the viewer to interact by playing music with her. who preserved the written word.

About Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby

Lee Leuning was born in Lake Hendricks, Minnesota and grew up in north Sioux Falls. He attended South Dakota State University in Brookings earning a wildlife biology degree.  He worked 28 years as a wildlife officer for Tennessee and later South Dakota.  During his wildlife career he developed his artistic talents through watercolor wildlife paintings.   He attended 3 years at Northern State University studying bronze sculpture.  Lee has an innate ability to originate artworks that appeals to a broad public.  Lee is known for his attention to correct anatomy and exacting humanistic detail in their representational works.

Sherri Treeby is a native of Ohio who moved to SD in the early 80’s and attended Northern State University.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in art education and a Master’s Degree in art history graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1990.  She was a professor of art at Presentation College in Aberdeen, teaching art history, drawing, painting, and design.  The arts community recognizes her for her tutoring of upcoming young professional artists.  In 2008 and 2010, Sherri was chosen the ”Woman Sculptor of the Year” by American Mothers, Inc.

Since forming Bad River Artworks in 1989, Sherri and Lee have created over 220 individual sculptures, large and small.   She brings to the team a strong background of art history and an ability to blend that knowledge into their artwork.

Together Lee and Sherri practice a continuing and demanding critique as they sculpt their artworks.  This practice helps produce a well-defined, thoughtful and dynamic sculpture that is without errors and says professional quality.