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Mountain Love is one of four sculptures unveiled downtown Sturgis Saturday.
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Four new sculptures unveiled in downtown Sturgis

STURGIS, S.D. – Four new sculptures were unveiled Saturday in downtown Sturgis in  conjunction with the annual Arts Festival.

Mark Bruch, president of Downtown Sturgis Foundation, says the art is part of the rotating Sturgis Art Walk which is hoped to bring more people to the downtown area.

During the sculpture unveiling  ceremony, Bruch briefly spoke about each sculpture on the tour. The four new sculptures will be on display in downtown Sturgis until May of next year.

The sculptures include;

  • Sunriser by artist Jeff Satter. Sunriser is a stainless-steel piece showcasing the diverse beauty of nature, combining modern metal elements with abstract shapes. Satter, a Sioux Falls artist, has displayed more than 20 pieces throughout the Midwest since starting in 2017.

  • Mountain Love by Christine Knapp. Mountain Love is one of two works Knapp was selected to display in Sturgis this year. Knapp, who is headquartered in Lyons, Colo., is known for her impressive, realistic bronze pieces frequently featuring human and animal subjects.

  • Twisted Toad by Christine Knapp. Twisted Toad is the other sculpture being showcased this year in Sturgis. This sculpture was juried into and toured the United States with the Society of Animal Artists Annual Exhibition.

  • Tenderness by Reno Carollo. Tenderness exemplifies Carollo’s history of art exploration and collaboration. Carollo has developed his craft over the past 43 years from jewelry to large resin pieces such as Tenderness. Thie unique colors of this sculpture will add a vibrant splash to Main Street Sturgis.

In addition to the Downtown Sturgis Foundation, the Downtown Business Improvement District, the Greater Sturgis Area Foundation, the Sturgis Area Arts Council and the City of Sturgis also helped make this year’s Sturgis Art Walk a reality.

Bruch said the foundation worked with the city and the city’s public works department to determine the location of the sculptures.

Each of the artists will get an honorarium for having their art displayed.

“We’re trying to make our Main Street as nice as we can,” Bruch said. “Sculptures and art are a great way to enhance the downtown, and hopefully keep folks downtown a little longer.”

You can visit the Downtown Sturgis Foundation website at www.DowntownSturgisFoundation.org to learn more about the ArtWalk and other year-round initiatives to promote the downtown area.

The Art Walk event is organized by the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the Downtown Sturgis Foundation.

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