Roshau has taught art for 47 years in all different types of settings and for different ages. Now that she is retired and is looking to challenge herself, the North Dakota art world has taken notice.
The Capital Gallery, in downtown Bismarck, welcomes Dickinson’s artist Roshau as a feature of their newest exhibition, “Into the West.” A variety of Americana paintings and bronzes, featuring 17 artists will run until the end of March.
“I have taught from kindergarten (at Killdeer public school) through Dickinson State University and everything in between,” Roshau said. “Everybody starts somewhere. I certainly did not start where I am at today, it came from a lot of trying and failing. I don't look at them as failures though, I just look at them as points of learning.”
Roshau has also taught incarcerated juveniles and individuals at the Dakota Women's Correctional and Rehabilitation Center in New England. She is also a founding member of the Badland Art Association.
“My classroom is the area that we live in. I was born and raised eastern Montana and spent most of my life in the Dickinson/Stark County area. I also taught school in Dunn County at the Killdeer High School and have gained a whole new appreciation from the way of the west through the people of killdeer,” she noted.
Roshau’s passion for the arts came at a young age, after witnessing her mother discover her own creative passion.
“I used to watch my mom and she had such a hunger for art... She didn't have any formal training, but she was driven to do this and being a farm wife with 10 kids, I imagine it was a place for her to escape and express herself,” Roshau said. “Art comes in many, many forms, whether it's painting, drawing, dancing, theater or music. It's the language of all humanities. Mine happens to be visual art.”
Roshau spoke of not just her own creative output but of her siblings who have gone into composing music, writing and production. Again, she gave credit to her mother as their muse. She recalled them as children, listening to their mother playing the piano as their form of entertainment without a television on the farm, learning all of the World War II songs.
“When people talk about [my] talent, I don't think it's so much of being born with a pencil or paintbrush in my hand and immediately being able to produce something great,” she said. “But I do believe that if you want to call it talent, it's passion more than anything.”
Roshau also credits Dickinson State University professor Dennis Navrat, who helped her embrace the true meaning of art terms such as texture or balance.
Her style of art could be classified as realism, capturing movement in a single frame, such as her reputable painting, “Dakota Thunder” — which will be on display in Bismarck.
“I am excited and honored to be showcasing my work [at the Capital Gallery] as a new artist from this community of great artists,” she said. “I would really like to put my deep gratitude to the people at the gallery and the people who support it.... There are patrons that donate to the gallery all the time and it really is a beautiful gallery.”
Other artists featured in the exhibit include: Walter Piehl, Minot; Kaye Burian, Manning; Vern Erickson, Bismarck; Butch Thunder Hawk, Bismarck; Monte Yellow Bird, Rio Rancho, N.M.; Michael Westergard, Plentywood, Mont.; Kalenze Kraft, Berthold; Bob Scriver, Browning, Mont. (deceased); Gary P. Miller, Mandan (deceased); Katrina Case, Anamoose; Linda Donlin, Bismarck; Michael Haynes, Salida, Colo.; Dotun Popoola, Nigeria; Brian Borlaug, Mayer, Minn.; and Patrick Shannon, Vergas, Minn.
The nonprofit gallery is located at 109 N. Fourth St. in Bismarck, with additional galleries in Medora and Fargo. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and by appointment. For more information, visit thecapitalgallery.com or call 701-751-1698. The gallery is also on Facebook, Instagram and a YouTube channel.
“Not everybody is going to paint the rodeo or paint the prairie but there is a feeling, a texture, a love for the color, spaciousness of our land and I think everybody that comes to love this place... can truly understand what these artists are saying through their art.” Roshau said. “I just think that [their art] reflects their blessings of being able to live and breath in this place we call North Dakota.”
To explore more of Roshau’s works of art and her creative mindset, visit her website at cherieroshau.art.