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Photo: Sunrise Serenade

Sunrise Serenade

Bad River Artworks (Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby)
South Dakota
Materials: Bronze, Steel, and Wood
Selling Price: $30,000.00

Artist Statement:

An interactive sculpture, the Shinto Gates gong has a low melodic tone that lasts a surprisingly long time. It’s designed to be a meditative experience. Our rooster and his offspring (called cockerel) are welcoming the new dawn. His son is mimicking the King of the Barnyard awaiting his time to usurp his majesty.

Photo: Bad River Artworks (Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby)

About Bad River Artworks (Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby)

Lee Leuning and Sherri Treeby reserve a portion of their time away from commissioned artwork to produce two original bronze sculptures of a Norman Rockwell type realism to enter into community yearlong sculpture walk venues. They excel in humorous and insightful sculptures that have a hidden story, so when the viewer figures it out, they feel good about themselves. Their ability to connect with the common man and make viewing sculpture as really fun has led to their winning a Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk Award or purchase for each of its 16 years. They are the only artists to have been juried in each and every year. What is truly notable of this achievement is the national status of Sioux Falls Sculpture Walk (SFSW). It is by far the largest yearlong exhibit in the US with 56 major artworks downtown, 25 at Avera complex and 20 at Sioux Falls University. Most artists selected are nationally recognized and over 200 apply each year to be able to exhibit in Sioux Falls. Other Cities Sculpture Walks advertise that they have artwork that made it previously into SFSW.

They are selected every year to appear on television and radio coverage of the opening day of the SFSW and to give sculpting demonstrations at the Walk’s major fundraisings.

They have been accepted into all the major Midwest cities the now increasingly popular art venue is growing into. They include St. Louis, Springfield, Chesterfield, St. Joe, Marysville, Mo., Salina and Hutchinson Kan., Mason City and Sioux City, Iowa. Decatur, Ind., Mankato, St. Cloud, Stillwater, Bemidji, Victoria, Minn., Sheridan Wyo., Golden, Colo., Castlegar, B.C. Canada, Watertown, Yankton, Milbank, S.D.. They have won “People’s Choice”, or judges awards at all these events on a regular basis.