Thursday, June 10, 2021

Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

Note: I fell in love with this slender book because of its authenticity--and because it brings to life a rural part of the US seldom mentioned in literature. It is an example of the joy independent publishing can bring to writers and readers alike. 

Title: Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota
Author: I. Reid
Publisher: Independent/Amazon
ISBN: 979-8709411425
Price $9.50, paperback, $2.99 Kindle
Page Count:  60 pages
Formats (PB, Kindle)

Originally posted on Midwest Book Review


Faulkton, South Dakota, has become known as the prairie's little art city because of the many murals on buildings and giant art by Guido Van Helten. A crane was used to allow Van Helten to draw on several sides of a grain elevator. The people of the town, of course, watched the progress of the art. Tourists drive to Faulkton for the experience of seeing and taking photos with the elevator art. The city hired Van Helten as they refuse to simply exist or perhaps become obsolete. They were able to hire him due to a stroke of luck. I. Reid took hundreds of pictures along the trip from Minnesota to South Dakota and in the city of 800 people. Also, citizens of the town contributed photos to the book, which were used with permission. The Pickler Mansion in Faulkton, the one-room schoolhouse museum and other local landmarks are described in this full-color travel book. 

Little Art City on the Prairie: Impressions of Faulkton South Dakota

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