Patrick Neiles Exhibit /Nicholas Legaros Sculpture Installation to Occur in May

at the Brookings Arts Council

 

            An exhibit by photographer Patrick Neiles May 2nd through June 1, at the Brookings Arts Council, 524 4th Street in Brookings.  

 

Neiles is a Brookings resident. Born of artistic parents that encouraged his creativity, Patrick found his love of photography in the second grade during a family vacation. As with many artists, his curiousity for other art forms led him to painting and doodling, but eventually he found his way back to his original love, photography. Throughout his art explorations, his parents encouraged, guided, critiqued and discussed his art with him. Through that he found great guidance and a place to grow.

 

Patrick sees himself primarily as a nature photographer. When describing his work he states, “ I love seeing art in the mundane, like old dried leaves on black mats, rust on metal and leaves lying in the snow.   Things that most people would see as worthless…” Through the use of different lenses, Neiles has now found love in his telephoto lens and the way it assists him in the creation of abstracts.

 

The Brookings Arts Council is pleased to unveil our newest leased sculpture for the 2019-2019 season. “Dreams Take Flight” was created by sculptor, Nicholas Legeros of Minnesota, and is funded by a generous patron of the arts. This sculpture is part of a larger grouping of figures that was originally designed to commemorate the women and men of Northwest airlines and the career of its long time CEO Donald Nyrop. The original sculpture is at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, MN. There is another copy recently installed at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. The ten year-old girl is holding a 747 and is standing on a dome representing three continents.

 

This sculpture is part of a larger grouping of figures that was originally designed to commemorate the women and men of Northwest airlines and the career of its long time CEO Donald Nyrop. The original sculpture is at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, MN. There is another copy recently installed at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. The ten year-old girl is holding a 747 and is standing on a dome representing three continents.

 

Nicholas Legeros has a Masters of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota. For over twenty years he was an Artist-in-residence and instructor at the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. He also taught for Metropolitan State University, Breck Schools and the Edina Art Center. Sixteen years ago Mr. Legeros left teaching to pursue a full-time career as a sculptor. His recent large commissions include a statues that honor Donald Nyrop and the women and men of Northwest Airline at Centennial Lakes Park in Edina, MN, of Goldy Gopher for Coffman Union, Sid Hartman for the Target Center and a 17’ high statue of St. Joseph for St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, MN. Mr. Legeros served on the board of the Northeast Minneapolis Arts Association (NEMAA) for seven years (three as President) and five years on the board of the Northeast Community Development Corporation.

 

The public is invited to attend a joint artist’s reception and talk, to be held Thursday, May 3rd from 4:30-6:30 at the BAC, 524 4th Street in Brookings. Light refreshments will be served.

 

The exhibit is open to the public through Friday, June 20th. There is no admission charge. The Brookings Arts Council is open Tuesdays through Friday’s 12-5, Saturdays 9-12pm. For more information, contact 605-692-4177 or email at directorbac@swiftel.net