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Allegorical art

Granite Falls artist brings a little of his quirky nature and faith in God to his latest exhibit at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Center

January 15, 2011
By Cindy Votruba

MARSHALL - Artist Dale Streblow of Granite Falls follows a golden rule when it comes to his art - "I believe that art is man's feeble attempt to depict a portion of what God, the Master Creator, has formed by his design and for his glory."

Streblow is presenting his exhibit "Creative Order" through Feb. 19 at the Marshall Area Fine Arts Center. The exhibit features paintings and sculptures.

He said the reason behind the name for the exhibit is that he has a scripture passage on the back of all of his artworks.

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Granite Falls artist Dale Streblow sometimes likes to create art for himself, including this painting titled “Guess What I Just Heard.”

Streblow took a few art courses during two years of college, but he put off devoting his efforts full time to fine art for almost 30 years. He started doing bronze sculptures and displayed his first works at Rehfeld's Gallery in Sioux Falls, S.D. That's also when Streblow started painting again.

Throughout the years, Streblow has spent his time honing his artistic skills. He's done several sales and commissions, including a life-size figurative bronze statue for Fagen, Inc. in Granite Falls. He said he did the sculpture five years ago.

"I had about 500 manhours, and it took six months," Streblow said about creating the bronze.

He had never done mold-making or bronze-welding before he took on the project.

"It was a steep learning curve," Streblow said. "It was 30 separate pieces, all had to be welded together."

Art has been on the backburner again, Streblow said, as he helped his two oldest sons start a renewable energy business. But he did find some time to finish for MAFAC.

"The exhibit has been in the works for a year," Streblow said. He has about 25 paintings and five sculptures in the exhibit.

Streblow's subjects tend to be more on landscapes, horses and wildlife, but he said his art has him exploring the realm of allegorical, metaphorical and figurative work.

"There's some eclectic pieces I do for myself," Streblow said. They are "oddball" artworks that he doesn't have for sale.

One such piece titled "Floater" is of a levitating egg. Another is a take on Norman Rockwell's "Guess What I?Just Heard" with a Belgian draft horse and a sheep.

"My oddball pieces I?can always count on people reacting to it," Streblow said.



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