Diederich Exhibit- The Art of Samson's Gift

The Artwork of Sampson’s Gift: Ellen Jean Diederich’s Neo-Impressionist Art

The Brookings Arts Council will be exhibiting the artwork of Ellen Jean Diederich in its Main Gallery, from July 3 through July 27, 2018.

Ellen Jean, a watercolor and acrylic artist and author hailing from Fargo, North Dakota has been an artist for over 20 years. She’s been painting professionally since 1985. Recognized by her use of color and Neo-Impressionistic style, she says that she enjoys painting flowers, architecture and domesticated animals.

Ellen describes painting as a “gift” she was given which grew from experiences that helped her to thrive as an artist. Her artwork grew and was shaped by a series of factors that led to where she is today. She credits “amazing art teachers” and her supportive family for her much of her success. She’s proud of her Midwest heritage where she grew up on a farm and enjoyed working with animals. Recognized as distinguished alumni, Diederich earned her BFA in fine art with honors from Moorhead State University. She is a signature member of Watercolor West, The Red River Watercolor Society, The Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and The Watercolor Society of Alabama. Her work has won several national and international juried art exhibition awards as well as publishing honors.

Her current show features pieces from Samson’s Gift, a 2015 Illumination Book Award Gold Medal winner of as well as other watercolor and acrylic pieces. Ellen says, “‘Samson’s Gift’ is a story I was compelled to write about an orphan lamb who gives of himself for the right reason. In reading this tale, children can relate to Samson as he comes to realize that someone needs his beautiful wool more than he does. The wonder of it all is the irreplaceable joy one receives in giving for the right reason and how that can change your attitude about life.” She adds, “I hope my book ‘Samson’s Gift’ will share the message of the joy of giving with your children.”

To see and learn more, the Brookings Arts Council invites you to an artist’s reception which will take place June 7th from 4:30-6:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served, with an Artist’s talk about the making of Samson’s gift to begin around 5:00 pm.

Along with the exhibit, Ellen will also be offering a Samson’s Gift portrait painting class for children ages 7-12. The class will provide students with a short drawing lesson and instruction of how to draw Samson’s portrait from Ellen’s book Samson’s Gift. She will also be instructing them on how to mix paint and watercolors. As the paint dries the children will listen to the story. Each student will receive a copy of the book signed by the illustrator/author to take home with their painting. The class will take place from 1:30-3:00 pm June 7, 2018. Interested individuals can register in person at the Brookings Arts Council 524 4th St. or online at www.brookingsartscouncil.org. The cost of the class is $25 per child.

The exhibit is open to the public July 3rd through July 27th 2018. There is no admission charge. The Brookings Arts Council is open Tuesdays through Fridays, Noon to 5, and Saturdays from 9 am to Noon. For more information contact 605-692-4177 or email artscouncil@brookings.net