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Public Art

Photo: Saturday Distractions

Saturday Distractions

Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby
South Dakota
Materials: Bronze

Artist Statement:

Saturday Distractions was the 2013 People’s Choice award winning sculpture from the City Art Walking Sculpture Tour.
The figurative bronze features a young, lanky, active boy lost in the wonder of his book. The dog adds an extra level of life and humor, patiently waiting for a drip from the ice cream cone. Sculptors Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby met in college and started their own sculpture studio Bad River Artworks in 1989. They work collaboratively on art commissions across the United States.

Location: In front of Mom & Pop's, 629 N Riverfront Drive

Photo: Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby

About Lee Leuning & Sherri Treeby

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 “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.

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 detail in their representational works. He presently resides in his hometown of Sioux Falls.

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. During their 22 years as Bad River Artworks, they have worked efficiently with art committees and planners. It is always their goal to create an artwork that perfectly reflects the desires of their patron. Ego and personality are never an issue in their sculpting process as they achieve this goal.