On the cover: John Lopez, recipient of the 2021 Governor’s Award for Distinction in Creative Achievement, created “Black Hawk” in his Lemmon, SD studio and it is now displayed permanently at a New Hampshire farmer’s market. The complete sculpture portrays a draft horse pulling a plow and our cover photo detail illustrates the complexity and intricate artistry of Lopez’s work. Lopez said that his local Lemmon neighbors donated many of the reclaimed materials that became part of his “Black Hawk” sculpture. For more information and to see other works by Lopez, visit www.johnlopezstudio.com.

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