CHAMBERLAIN — Dale Lamphere is still overwhelmed by the response that “Dignity” has created. On Saturday, Lamphere — the sculpture of “Dignity,” a 50-foot statue along Interstate 90 — was in Chamberlain at the Eighth Annual Art Expo, held at the South Dakota Hall of Fame. The Black Hills artist was displaying artifacts from the iconic monument, which is located at a rest stop east of Chamberlain. Since the monument’s installation in 2016, it has been received well by the native community, Lamphere said.
“That was my intent to do something that would honor the native people that we have here in South Dakota and throughout the Great Plains,” Lamphere said. Lamphere and his crew were back in the town to do an annual inspection on the monument after the winter season and found that “everything worked out real well.”
This was Lamphere’s first time at the art show in Chamberlain, and he left some of the artifacts that he brought with of “Dignity” at the Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame will be putting in a permanent display for “Dignity” at their facility. Lamphere left the model of the monument, plans and prototypes to be used for the display. He will also bring the core which was used to fabricate the face of “Dignity” as another artifact to be used in the display.
“I am really honored to have them displayed here,” Lamphere said.
The arts expo featured many types of arts, including the Mitchell barn quilts that were on display. A barn quilt is a painted representation of a quilt, painted on wood then mounted on buildings or other public areas. They are hanging in areas throughout Mitchell. A volunteer committee starts calling participants in January to bring in local talent from within approximately 50 miles around Chamberlain, said Dixie Lloyd, volunteer member. Some artists come annually like Rudy Lopez, of Pukwana, who makes flutes out of pallets and other thrown-away materials.
“Art is a lot of things. It’s not just painting or drawing,” Lloyd said. ” … People forget about that.”