Art lovers can own a piece of South Dakota history during the First Friday Art and Wine Walk in downtown Sioux Falls. Part of a collection owned by the late U-S Senator George McGovern is on sale at Rug and Relic at the 8th and Railroad Center.
A love of politics and paintings are all part of George McGovern's legacy.
"You know, people are interesting that way. I find that people that have varied tastes also end up with varied art," Rug & Relic co-owner Tove Bormes said.
George and Eleanor McGovern amassed an extensive collection over the past half-century. Works that stirred the artistic depths of the senator from South Dakota.
"The thing I liked about his collection is that he purchased what he wanted, when he wanted, where he wanted, without a whole lot of direction. I think sometimes people are afraid of art and you shouldn't be, your art should reflect you," Bormes said.
Customers at Rug & Relic are impressed by the McGovern collection.
"I think it's very beautiful and I admire his taste in art, and I admire the things he did as well, for feeding people and so forth," Margaret King of Sioux Falls said.
McGovern became friends of the Rug & Relic owners when he first stopped by here as a customer about five years ago.
"He was a fun guy. My husband said he was fun to negotiate with, but he was tougher than a night in prison," Bormes said.
Customers are buying the works mostly for their connection with the McGoverns.
"I've sold some based on who the artist was, I've definitely sold most of them based on they were a piece of George and Eleanor," Bormes said.
While acquiring art may seem to be a sophisticated pursuit, there was nothing high-brow about the collector himself.
"At the end of the day, he was just a guy from South Dakota," Bormes said.
The pieces range in price from $1-thousand on up to $60,000. The McGovern family is donating part of the proceeds to charity.