Virtual Gallery 708


Salina Public Library art exhibits showcase local artistic talent and compelling exhibits of interest to the public. The virtual gallery will feature a new exhibit each month. If you’d like to learn more about the artist, or would like to purchase art showcased, please contact Salina Public Library Programs Coordinator Glory Benacka at 785-825-4624, ext. 219, or email [email protected].

 

Due to COVID-19, in-person exhibits and receptions have been suspended until further notice.

Current Exhibit

Western Impressions by Jim D. Nelson  |  Oct. 21–Nov. 30

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Oil on Canvas

“On the Other Side”

Oil on Canvas 2020, Jewell County, Kansas 18x24”

“J.J. Peate from Lincoln County 1868” Oil on Canvas

“J.J. Peate from Lincoln County 1868”

Oil on Canvas 2020, Jewell County, Kansas 48x36”

“Dog Soldier Scout” Oil on Canvas

“Dog Soldier Scout”

Oil on Canvas 2020, Jewell County, Kansas 16x14”

“The First Sighting of Native American Scouts on Spillman Creek” Acrylic on Canvas

“The First Sighting of Native American Scouts on Spillman Creek”

Acrylic on Canvas 2019, Jewell County, Kansas 32x18” 

“The Colorado Boys” Original Oil on Canvas, Print Pictured

“The Colorado Boys”

Original Oil on Canvas, Print Pictured 2015, Jewell County, Kansas 45x36” 

“Fort Jewell and William Street 1870” Oil on Beligan Linen

“Fort Jewell and William Street 1870”

Oil on Belgian Linen 2019, Jewell County, Kansas 18x16”

“Moffett Massacre 1864” Oil on Masonite

“Moffett Massacre 1864”

Oil on Masonite 2017, Jewell County, Kansas 20x24”

“A Fate Worse than Death” Oil on Masonite

“A Fate Worse than Death”

Oil on Masonite 1996, Lincoln County, Kansas 10x14” Courtesy of Greg Mincho, Colorado 

“Partners” Oil on Canvas

“Partners”

Oil on Canvas 1994, Lincoln County, Kansas 48x36” 

“Dog Soldiers West of Denmark” Acrylic and Oil on Wood Panel

“Dog Soldiers West of Denmark”

Acrylic and Oil on Wood Panel 2016, Jewell County, Kansas 14x24”

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

"The body of work mainly, the intent was to emphasize the Forsyth Scouts which were a volunteer group of farmers from Lincoln County numbering 52 that signed up with General Sherman at the Shimeron Ranch, which was Southeast of Lincoln in 1869. That party of ex-Colorado first calvary members and farmers headed by J.J. Peate proceeded with the calvary and the Pawnee Native Americans to attack the Cheyenne at the Battle of Summit Springs North of Adalia, Colorado at Beecher Island also known as the Battle of the Arickaree. They were surrounded on this little island dug in, they were attacked by many thousands of Native Americans and there were only three hundred of them and they were able to survive for three days. They were rendered to eat rotten horse meat at the last stage of the battle. They were also reinforced by an element from Fort Wallace at the conclusion of the battle and they survived. My painting is not only to honor these Forsyth Scouts but also the paintings depict the Spillman Creek Massacre, the Moffet Massacre and other Native American raids in North Central Kansas that occurred in the late 1860s. I've researched quite a few of these paintings and tried to make them historically correct."
 
 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

J.D. Nelson (Jim) was born in Beloit, Kansas, and after a trip to New York City and seeing old master paintings at the age of fourteen he was inspired and determined to become a painter. When he was 18 years old, Jim moved to New York City where he began studying on a Ford Grant with The Art Students League of New York. He has worked as a muralist with industrial designer Raymond Loewy and a plethora of his Western-style paintings have been used by Caxton Press as book covers. During the Vietnam war, Nelson worked as both a combat artist and mapmaker. Today his military paintings depicting the Vietnam War are included in 25 military museums nationwide. After the war, Nelson continued his study in Europe where he copy painted in the Louvre and Prado Museums. He is a passionate realist specializing in portraiture, military and western-style subject matter. Please visit jdnelsonportraits.com to learn more about his paintings.

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