march, 2022

10mar5:00 pm7:00 pm*Marshall: David Strom Exhibit & Reception5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, 509 West Main Street

Gallery David Strom. March 10-April 29. In-Person Reception: March 10, 5-7 pm. Virtual Artist Talk: March 17, 5:30 pm


Event Details

Join an IN-PERSON artist reception on Thursday, March 10 from 5-7pm. Enjoy musical guests, "Happy To Be Here": Samson Obel (cello), Emily Hoffmann (vocals), and Darwin Dyce (flute and uke)!

If you would like to see this exhibit in person by private appointment: email


Drawing to Painting: May I Have This Dance...

Exhibit runs March 10 - April 29, 2022

The SMAC GALLERY is located at 114 North 3rd Street, Marshall

(It is best to call before arrival or set up an appointment to ensure the office is open.)

Check out this exhibit either in-person or virtually (Virtual reception will be on Thursday, March 17th at 5:30 pm. Email for the link.)

David Strom paints and draws in Windom, MN. He received his BFA in painting from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1973 and studied at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME, in 1972 and Edinburgh Arts ’73, Edinburgh, Scotland. He married Marilee Webster in 1978. They co-owned First Floral Hallmark retiring in 2017. Strom works with acrylics and pen & ink on paper and canvas. The southwest Minnesota rural landscape has been his main interest.

In 2019 he did a series of black acrylic and ink drawings on 40” x 60” large format paper with 26” x 45” images. These drawings are a combination of realism and fantasy and refer to gray steel grain bins, elevators, wind turbines, round bales, roads, ropes, rows of crops in all stages of development and rest, and the abstract way that we define the land using maps, specifically plat maps. These elements are combined by putting them in vignettes and connecting them together much like one would make a quilt or illustrate a graphic novel.

2021-2022 Strom received a grant from Southwest Minnesota Arts Council (SMAC) to interpret these drawings into twelve 36” x 60” acrylic on canvas paintings. The process has been very illuminating. Two obvious major differences are color and the ability to paint over and over and over again. The paintings use the drawings as a starting point and then take off from there. Strom thinks of it like music with sharps and flats, slow and fast, rest and rhythm etc. The end result will be 12 Dancing pairs of drawings and paintings reflecting and interpreting the landscape he lives in and what lives within him.

Strom has shown extensively in the region, including most recently at Arts on Grand, Spencer, IA (2021); Pearson Lakes Art Center, Okoboji, IA (2012 & 2017); Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN (2016); SMSU, Marshall, MN (2012 & 2014); The Phipps Center for the Arts, Hudson, WI (2014 & 2022); Witter Gallery, Storm Lake, IA (2013 & 2018); Remick Gallery, Windom, MN (2013 & 2022); Art Center of Saint Peter, Saint Peter, MN (2011); Riverland Community College, Austin, MN (2010). His work has been accepted numerous times in the juried Minnesota State Fair Fine Arts Exhibition. Strom has received Individual Established Career Artist Grants from SMAC, through funding by the McKnight Foundation, in 2004, 2011 & 2021.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Funding provided by the McKnight Foundation. Minnesota thrives when its artists thrive. The McKnight Foundation supports working artists to create and contribute to vibrant communities.


(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

509 West Main Street


Southwest Minnesota Arts PO Box 55, 509 West Main Street, Marshall MN 56258

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