Downtown Sioux Falls, participating locations
Friday, October 4, 2014
Ever since I went to the May Wine Walk this past spring, I’ve been itching to go again. It was so much fun to see the local artists creating live work and to sample new wines. If you haven’t been downtown in a while or haven’t been before, I strongly suggest this event as a perfect opportunity to find out about both local businesses and budding local artists.
There are 21 participating locations in Sioux Falls (most of them downtown). Viewing the art is free, but to sample wine you must purchase a wristband which is available at each location for $15. Once purchased, you may sample wine at every location that offers it. Nearly every location participates. Last time I was able to make a loop through downtown, stopping at more than 10 stores and galleries. This time I’m hoping to make it to the entryway of the 8th & Railroad Center, along with Zing and Sunflower Photography.
One of the artists I’d like to see is Jeff Ballard at 8th & Railroad. He is a painter who recently received his MFA from the University of South Dakota. I read that his work is a response to the universal struggle of discovering one’s own purpose. I have seen a few pieces of his and I’m looking forward to seeing what he will be working on at the Wine Walk. At Exposure Gallery & Studios there are several more artists displaying their work. I have seen a couple pieces by Solomon Carlson and really like his style of drawing. He is currently working on a series of owl concepts with Sharpie, Prismacolor, and Copic markers that are really interesting! There are also three other artists at Exposure Gallery: Kevin Caraway, Annie Remerde, and Daejanae Woodward.
I have been having a memorable time immersing myself in art exhibits. I’m anxiously awaiting this event so I can slowly walk through and really take my time examining pieces. By taking our time and appreciating the effort put into the work done by local artists, we can help them emerge from an underground scene while encouraging creative growth in Sioux Falls.
Click here for a full list of participating locations! 
Allyson Bousema is weekly blogger for JAM. She hopes to make people more aware of local art events in Sioux Falls. She is also a graphic designer and production manager at Mathison’s in Sioux Falls. She’s a born and raised Iowa farm girl, but has called Sioux Falls her home for the past 10 years.