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Estate sale allows Jim Dahl’s eclectic art to be enjoyed by many

November 24, 2012
By Karin Elton , Marshall Independent

MARSHALL - Many of the shoppers at the Jim Dahl estate art sale Friday weren't just random art collectors - they knew the artist and wanted something to remember him by.

Dahl died of a brain aneurysm Aug. 18 at the age of 54.

His many paintings, sculpture boxes, pen and ink drawings, charcoal and pencil sketches ranging in size from detailed matchbooks to larger paintings and drawings and three-dimensional mixed media works were all up for sale Friday at First Lutheran Church. Proceeds from the sale will go to his mother, Wanda Dahl of Marshall.

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The late Jim Dahl’s mother, Wanda, looked at one of her late son’s artworks Friday afternoon at a sale at First Lutheran Church in Marshall. The art sale continues today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wanda Dahl said her son was "always trying something new."

The variety of art was commented upon by many viewers.

"There is such diversity in his art," said Jeff Leach of Marshall, a pal of Dahl's since their Marshall High School days. "It's like they are not from the same artist. He was artistic all of his life. He was always doodling."

He even drew on matchbook covers. For sale for $8 each are many covers with likenesses of whomever was sitting near him wherever he was. The matchbooks will be sold for $5 if the buyer's face is on the book.

Even on his breaks at work at Patzer's Hardware, he would have a pencil and pad, said Vickie Radloff, who works at Patzer's and was helping out the family and the Marshall Area Fine Arts Council at the sale.

During a delivery, Dahl sketched the driver while he sat in the passenger seat. The sketch is hanging in the back room at Patzer's, said Dahl's brother, Mark Dahl of Anchorage, Alaska.

"He drew two sketches," he said. "One of the young driver looking forward and one of him turning to look at him."

Mike Henle and Mark Klaith of Henle Printing stopped by the sale to collect a piece or two for the shop in memory of Dahl.

"He worked for us for seven years in the darkroom," said Henle.

Henle said Dahl's personality was reflected in his art. "Some of the things he said are in here," he said indicating an art piece.

Sometimes Dahl literally put himself into the work. A pair of eyes with glasses peer out of one painting. He's in another one, sitting on a beach playing harmonica, said his buddy Leach.

Dahl made the sign for her late husband's business, said Linda Erb of Marshall.

"He made the DFG (Diversified Financial Group) sign," she said. "It says 'JD Signs' on it."

Erb collected Dahl's yardbirds.

"I have seven yardbirds and I just bought two more," she said. "I'm giving one to my brother for Christmas. I own seven and I've bought them and given them for gifts for years."

One yard ornament is of a blue jay made out of a hammer, she said.

Dahl created a lot of art out of found objects.

"He was quite a collector," said Wanda Dahl. "He would make art out of a stone, a stick, a pebble."

Dahl's sister, Lynn Sulackow of Rice Lake, Wis., was busy at the sale photographing the pieces and trying to keep track of who was buying what.

"I'm going to combine the photos of his drawings with his poetry," Sulackow said. "I hope to have the book available in time for the unveiling of the Mrs. Whitney statue."

Dahl was working on the statue at the time of his death.

The sale continues today from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at First Lutheran.

 
 

 

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