RAPID CITY, SD – For many years The Black Hills Stock Show had an art auction to benefit The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation. But five years ago, Pam Teller, Stock Show Assistant General Manager and Lemmon, S.D. sculptor John Lopez had an idea to bring more life to the fundraiser.
The result was the Western Art Quick Draw Contest, which takes place in the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center Theater on Saturday at 3:30. Twelve of the artists participating in the Western Art Show will have one hour to create a work of art. Viewing will and People’s Choice voting will be at 4:30 and the People’s Choice Award will be announced at 5:30.
All the Quick Draw originals will be auctioned at 6 p.m. with the proceeds going to benefit The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation. Participating artists are: Bonnie Halsey-Dutton, Del Iron Cloud, Jim Hatzell, Kurt Holdorf, Dawn newland, Kat Thompson, Tony Chytka, Richard Tucker, Michelle Weber, Lisa Norman, Teri McTighe and Jim Whartman.
The foundation was established in 1993 to manage scholarship and grant programs benefiting the communities, region and the people who support the Stock Show and the livestock industry.
Scholarships are awarded to young adults pursuing higher education in agriculture related fields of study and who plan to put their education to work here at home.
Foundation grants are awarded to programs and projects that serve to bring greater awareness, information and services to regional and community interests by increasing knowledge and furthering rural social and economic well-being.
The Quick Draw Contest and Auction is sponsored by The Black Hills Stock Show Foundation, Black Hills Surgical Center and Bank West.