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Beulah Donnell

Hot Springs, South Dakota, Art Pioneer

Artist, Educator, Community Activist

Beulah's Story

Beulah Donnell (1922 – 2003) worked tirelessly to bring art to the people of South Dakota. Former Governor William J. Janklow described her as, “a lady who has devoted her adult life to the arts and to helping others know the joy such expression brings.” In 2001, he proclaimed June·22-24 as Beulah Donnell-Days and awarded her the Governor’s Award in the Arts. Today, her influence is seen in the artists she has inspired, the arts organizations and events she began, the architecture she saved, and through her own paintings.


Beulah served in the Marines, studied art at Chadron State College, Black Hills Teacher’s College, received a diploma from the Chicago School of Interior Design, and attended Autumn Art Workshops in Halsey, Nebraska for over 20 years.


She poured her creative energy into the city of Hot Springs where she and her husband raised six children. Together they opened Donnell’s Mini Mall and Art Store. Prior to this, Beulah taught kindergarten, worked at the VA Medical Center and was the Deputy County Superintendent of Schools. She founded the Southern Hills Art Association, Main Street Arts and Crafts Festival, Hot Springs Arts Council, Goddard Gallery, Springs Community Players, and Save Our Sandstone (S.O.S.)


Beulah's Gallery


Hot Springs Series

S.O.S. Save Our Sandstone

Save Our Sandstone Foundation

S.O.S. Save Our Sandstone was a group of Hot Springs residents who banded together after the Evans Hotel burned. They all worked together to raise money to help save the hotel from being torn down. Everyone held rummage sales, wine and cheese tasting parties, and auctions. Neighbors charged neighbors for coffee, they baked cookies and sold them to each other. All the money was put into a fund to save the hotel.   

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