Drenth shows his newest works in the Daktel lobbyJamestown’s native son, Brock Drenth, opened his one-man exhibit of new work at the Daktel office headquarters earlier this month. His paintings will be on display for the summer. Because the office is open to the public, he selected pieces that are connected to the area and include local subjects. Drenth’s grouping includes an array of various motifs and painting methods.
By: Sharon Cox, The Jamestown Sun
Jamestown’s native son, Brock Drenth, opened his one-man exhibit of new work at the Daktel office headquarters earlier this month.
His paintings will be on display for the summer. Because the office is open to the public, he selected pieces that are connected to the area and include local subjects. Drenth’s grouping includes an array of various motifs and painting methods.
He has five works in the building, which will greet visitors coming into the main entrance, as well as the office interiors.
Three of the five are on his website and include: ”Sunflowers,” ”Abstract Shadow” and “The Kitchen” paintings. The other two are paintings are not yet on his website: www.bdrenth05.fineartstudioonline.com.
Most of the paintings are for sale.
His work has been selected for inclusion in the “Bold Brush” competition, an online gallery for artists. It is located at: http://faso.com/boldbrush/fav15/78.
As you look through the fav15 paintings you will see Drenth’s “Ashen Dress” painting. Just click on it to see the info and to view it. Drenth said there were more than 800 paintings entered in the (March 2012) competition.
He had a one-man exhibit at Jamestown College at the start of the 2011-2012 school year and donated a painting to the Dine and Bid auction in April that benefitted the JC scholarship program. His paintings usually bring in a good sum and he sells regularly.
As the public demand for his painting has increased, it becomes more difficult to obtain work. So much of his time is taken at his workplace, leaving little spare time for composing his beautiful landscapes and still life art. His subjects include the farmland surrounding Jamestown as well as still-life setups and portraits and figures. All are subjects he knows well.
Daktel and Jamestown College work in tandem to provide an off-campus venue for JC alumni, students’ and faculty art. Drenth and I have shared the walls since Daktel moved its offices there several years ago.
Area businesses, such as Unison Bank, Meeting Grounds and Daktel have provided display spaces for area artists for years. They are to be commended. Artwork adds beauty to businesses and also provides optional exhibit locations beyond the Arts Center downtown and the sites in Raugust Library, the Student Center in Westminster and the Reiland Fine Arts Building on the campus of Jamestown College.
Drenth has shown his work in nearly every venue in Jamestown and Medora, as well as California, where he recently received his Master of Fine Arts degree, and where he spent years in the field with Steffan Bauman (PBS artist) and at university sites. It’s great to have him back in Jamestown and showing his art work.
If anyone has an item for this column, please send to Sharon Cox, PO Box 1559, Jamestown, ND 58402-1559.