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Jelsing's art a study in universal relationships

November 5, 2010
By Terri Kelly Barta

Terry Jelsing has a ton of educational credentials, he has received national recognition for his work, and he creates his artwork out of a restored granary on his family farm, near Rugby. His artwork is his heart and soul.

Well, of course there is his brain, too, where he conceptualizes projects throughout the day. He works in a variety of media to create two-and three-dimensional works of art.

"I try to make the viewer aware of common, universal relationships by depicting this energy in painting, sculpture and drawings," said Jelsing.

Some fine examples of his work will be exhibited from Monday, November 2 - Saturday, November 13 at the Cando Arts Center. The Arts Center is located at 4th and Main Street in Cando. The hours of the exhibition are from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

"This exhibition is the first one I've done in four years, since moving back to Rugby, " said Jelsing.

On Saturday, November 13 there will be a reception and gallery talk from 3-5 pm. featuring Jelsing speaking about his work.

The name of his exhibit is "Prairie Boy: Recent Work by Terry Jelsing.

He has related his experiences of growing up on the family homestead to his return as an adult to that same homestead. "I see limits to things now," he said about his change in the way he looks at the same experience (growing up on the family farmstead).

"My work is functional,"said Jelsing. "It has to mean something to me."

Jelsing has many definitions of art. Here are some of his thoughts: It's a system of communication. Art is more of a conceptual idea. It's about tolerance. Art is about finding the common good in all people. It's all about being focused and keeping disciplined.

When asked about his favorite medium, he replied, "I use anything I need."

Much of what he does has to do with capturing an event, a moment.

"I am trying to make a worthwhile contribution to whatever is going on from my perspective," said Jelsing.

He looks at exhibiting his work at show a chance to get a sense of closure on that particular body of work. He gets to start fresh after a show closes.

A celebrated artist in his own right, Jelsing is currently teaching art at Rugby High School. He enjoys passing on what he has learned to others.

"I remain a student of life," he said.



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