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July 17, 2014

By Jeff Bahr, American News, Aberdeen, S.D.

July 17--Kimberly Herman has been drawing since she was 5 years old. Now, for the first time, other people are getting to see her work.

Twenty of Herman's pieces are included in her first art exhibition, which is running at Dacotah Prairie Museum.

"It's my first art show and I'm just absolutely very thrilled that they asked me," said Herman, who lives in Faulkton. Many of the pieces in the show "have actually been sitting in a cardboard box all these years. This is the first time they've actually seen the light."

Herman said she's also "exhilarated" to have her charcoal and graphite drawings on the same floor as an L. Frank Baum exhibit. "I'm a huge fan of 'Wizard of Oz,'" she said. "Just to be in the same general area to me is an honor."

Herman took part in an art show last year at the Granary Rural Cultural Center. She was pleased when Dacotah Prairie Museum'sLora Schaunaman asked her to do an exhibition.

Herman has lived in Faulkton for four years. She spent much of her childhood in Minnesota, but attended the last three years of high school in Britton.

She studied art during the two-and-a-half years she attended Northern State University. For many years, Herman wasn't able to devote much attention to art because real life got in the way. She's pleased that she can "start up with my art again now," she said.

"Cherished Memories" is the title of Herman's show, which runs until Sept. 8. It is in the Dacotah Gallery, on the second floor of the museum.

Herman likes to use charcoal and graphite to give a portrait a vintage look. To create those portraits, she likes to work with photographs, both antique and contemporary.

One of the pieces in the exhibit is a drawing of her grandfather. Another shows a mother and son.

Her exhibit also includes drawings of animals, such as a cat interested in a butterfly.

Herman hopes to illustrate some children's books that she's written.

She also has an interest in forensic art, in which victims supply their memories to an artist following a crime. She took a class on the subject from a forensic artist in Wisconsin.

Herman maintains an art studio on the upper level of her home, which was built in 1885. Part of the space is filled with art books she has collected.

Dacotah Prairie Museum, at 21 S. Main St., is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays.

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A reception for artist Kimberly Herman is 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Dacotah Prairie Museum. Refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.


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