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Sketching Around and About Sioux Falls

“Meet. Create. Repeat.”  This is the motto for the Sioux Falls Sketch Squad founded by Solomon Carlson.

sketch_squad_sioux_falls_artistsThe Sioux Falls Sketch Squad was an idea that he had been toying with for years, but decided now was the time to launch it. Like many ideas, the idea came from a need. Continue reading Sketching Around and About Sioux Falls

Around and About – Art Collective 8

Yes, it’s happening again. The Art Collective 8 is near. If you have nothing to do  Monday evening or even if you do, drop all and come down to Lucky’s on December 1. This is such a great way to get to know established and emerging local artists! Plus, I hold this event dear to me because the second time I went, I blogged about it in my very first JAM article!

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If you’ve never been to one of these events, no worries. It is so low key that you can wander around without Continue reading Around and About – Art Collective 8

Around and About – ReStorAtion Art Auction

Have you ever had something that one moment you had no knowledge of it, and the next you are really excited about it? This is what happened to me, since I hadn’t heard of the ReStorAtion Art Auction before. Don’t feel too bad if you haven’t either; it’s only on its second year. Niki Schillerstrom, Community Relations Director for Habitat for Humanity, gave me all of the details so I can let everyone know about this really awesome event.

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The first ReStorAtion Art Auction was held April of this year, near Earth Day, to serve as a reminder about upcycling and repurposing. Their main goal is to Continue reading Around and About – ReStorAtion Art Auction

Around and About – Up In Smoke Pottery

For Chad Dykstra, pottery began as just a hobby. He was introduced to the art by his father-in-law and started throwing back in 1992. It wasn’t until gentle prodding from his wife to start selling his creations in 2008 that he decided to turn his hobby into a way of life and the business now known as Up In Smoke Pottery.

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Chad and his wife Kiesha work together on the pieces. He usually throws all of the pieces and his wife does the finishing and glazing. They do a few different types of pottery; Pit fire, foil saggar, paper saggar, obvara, and blackware are each beautiful in their own ways. Plus, these pieces really travel well. Up In Smoke Pottery has sold pieces all over the United States and Canada. They’ve also won Continue reading Around and About – Up In Smoke Pottery

Around and About – Photographing Artwork

Are you discouraged from entering your work into exhibitions and ignore calls for artists because you don’t have quality images of your work? Are you thinking about getting prints of your painting? Do you need a website, but lack ambition because you lack outstanding photographs?camera-artist-taking-photograph-sioux-fallsIt can be an expensive process to have someone else do this for you. I work in a printshop where I’ve photographed and scanned art. In order to get the best looking photo of your work, take the class at Exposure Gallery & Studios and learn from a professional!

This Sunday afternoon from Continue reading Around and About – Photographing Artwork

Around and About – Studio 301

Studio 301 at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center

10AM – 5PM Live Art Making

10:15AM Story time with Hector Curriel in the Children’s Studio

6PM – 9PM Art Reception and Celebration

8PM Live Music with Thomas Hentges of Burlap Wolf King

Studio 301 started off as an idea in 2010 by Justin Schleep and TJ Donovan. Originally called “Take the Day,” this event is a one-of-a-kind experience in Sioux Falls. At this yearly art making event, artists set up studio spaces and create while being watched and interacting with the public. Many artists have stayed committed to the growth and change through the years of the event. It has become a networking event for visitors and artists alike, making it truly an art & community extravaganza.

The Visual Arts Center worked with and listened to local artists while planning this year’s event.  Two artists were contacted to be liaisons for the Visual Arts Center: Jeff Ballard and Michelle St. Vrain. Their job was to Continue reading Around and About – Studio 301

Around and About Sioux Falls – Paint the Plow


paint-the-plow-sioux-falls“We want to give the opportunity to the children,” said Galynn Huber, the manager of the Sioux Falls Street Division when I asked him why they only ask the schools to participate in the Paint the Plow program. He said that the joy is in watching how excited the kids get when they show off what they’ve done. They get this opportunity on Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Empire Mall.

The idea initially came to Galynn from a friend in Colorado who told him about the program. He has been running the program in Sioux Falls for the past five years. Each August, the Street Division in Sioux Falls contacts local schools to see if they are willing to participate. They currently offer this opportunity to the surrounding seven school districts for both public and private schools. This also includes Brandon, Harrisburg, and next year it will include Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls – Paint the Plow

Around and About October’s First Friday Art & Wine Walk

Art & Wine Walk

Downtown Sioux Falls, participating locations

Friday, October 4, 2014

5:00PM-9:00PM

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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 Continue reading Around and About October’s First Friday Art & Wine Walk

Around and About Sioux Falls – “Native Spirit Showing”

Jerry Fogg Show Reception

Museum of Visual Materials

500 N. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls

Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30

Exhibit runs until October 30

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Looking for something to do this Friday? There is a reception for Jerry Fogg at the Museum of Visual Materials that would definitely be worth your time. He is a regular customer of mine at Mathison’s, and I’ve worked with him for the past few years. Admission is free and there is complimentary Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls – “Native Spirit Showing”

Around and About Sioux Falls: Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit

Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit
Sanford Cancer Center, Kirby Lobby
1309 W. 17th Street, Sioux Falls
Thursday, September 4, 5pm-7pm

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Sanford Health has implemented an arts program in their facilities to serve as a “Journey of Healing in the Arts. Local artists collaborate with patients in an effort to enhance each visit during their stay at the hospital. The program offers Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls: Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit