High Demand for Original Terry Redlin Artwork
Public Viewing held Friday at Redlin Art Center
Flags were flown at half-staff across South Dakota today, in memory of Terry Redlin.
At Redlin Art center in Watertown, hundreds came to pay their respects, and say goodbye to South Dakota’s beloved artist.
“I think he paints memories that are our memories too.”
Of the thousands that come to the Redlin Art Center each year, at least one of his 161 displayed paintings finds a home in someone.
“When people come to the art center they usually find one painting and they’ll say, ‘I’ve been there, I know right where that is, or they’ll say, ‘I used to hunt in a spot just like that with my brother.’ They connect, they connect with the art.”
A sentiment no truer than for those in Redlin’s own family.
“Langenfeld’s Ice that pops up a lot and that’s who my family is, so its extra special to have that family connection displayed for everyone to enjoy.”
“In different parts of the family, the things we notice, like a church, or a school or we know that. He tells us stories as we go. So it’s cool to see those. You see a church and it’s in his painting and it lives forever.”
While the memories in each painting are indefinite, now in Redlin’s passing, the prints are in limited supply.
“I think people now realize there aren’t going to be anymore signatures, there aren’t going to be any more signed and numbered prints.”
A high demand now for a painted piece of the legacy, of a man South Dakota call’s its own.
“His legacy will be that his art touched the hearts of millions. He was such a believer in giving back. This place is his gift back to his hometown, and it is a true example of the heart of the man.”
The family is planning a private funeral.
They ask that friends and well-wishers consider donations in Redlin’s memory to the Salvation Army food bank in lieu of flowers.
Redlin retired from painting in 2007, he created more than 200 original works of art in his lifetime.