My goodness there is already so much to see in Sioux Falls and it’s not even summer! Spring has hardly sprung and the town was popping on Friday night. If you have not been downtown on a First Friday, you are seriously not tasting the heart of Sioux Falls.
I started my night at JAM Art and Supplies. Jess and her crew of volunteers always know how to create an inviting, and ever changing environment at the shop. Their new sales include spring decor and an impressive amount of flowers.
Stepping through the doorway into Exposure Gallery, there were numerous multimedia pieces created by college students throughout the state. The walls were carefully curated with artwork that was calm, bold, moving, and thought provoking. I was left with a real sense that the sheer skill our students are building in this state. Continue reading March First Friday, 2016→
Hello, I’m Sharon! I’m filling in here on the JAM blog for the first time to do a Downtown Sioux Falls First Friday review for June 5th. I was able to make it to four different art receptions that evening, but there were many, many more than that going on. The weather was perfect and downtown was absolutely bustling and buzzing with people!
SIOUX FALLS DESIGN CENTER
My first stop was at the Sioux Falls Design Center for Pikachu Night. I mean, PechaKucha Night. PechaKucha isn’t nearly as mysterious as it sounds, though I still can’t pronounce it correctly. It’s a simple presentation format where 20 images are shown, each for 20 seconds, while the speaker talks about the images as they go by.
I made it just as the second speaker, Allyson Bousema, was starting. It was standing-room only and I could barely get in the door! Allyson was speaking about her new business, Prints & Repeat, a printing company focused on the unique needs of artists.
Did you know JAM gets new art and craft supply donations every day? I have said many times, “everyone has a donation.” But I didn’t actually realize that donations would be pouring in our doors faster than we can put them away. Which brings me to the first thing I wanted you to know:
1. Lately, fabric has been stacking up. That is why we’re having a fabric swap.
2. The goal for us is to entice you with getting rid of fabric you have never used in return for new fabric for your next projects. But actually, what we’d really like is for you to fill up a bag of fabric in exchange for $10. That way you don’t actually have to part with any of your coveted fabric stash.
3. There is a lot of quilting fabric. I have fabric on almost every free surface in the store. Some of this is holiday, and we’ll be putting that away until the right season rolls around. In addition to our seasonal fabric, if you don’t take this fabric home we’ll have to put most of this fabric into our warehouse. Which is sad, don’t make me do that.
4. This is happening starting today, Thursday, May 14 through next week Tuesday. After Tuesday our normal price on fabric will continue. Did you know that normally our fabric is priced by you? We’re the only store in town that allows customers to truly name their price for a product.
5. I’m not sure when this will be happening again. If this goes well, it’s something we could do quarterly, or more. To ensure this is successful for all of us, please let at least one person know about this who could benefit from getting some cheap fabric. Close your eyes and imagine the joy that person will receive from you telling them about all of the patterns and colors here at JAM’s Fabric Swap; share this post with the share buttons above or below.
Mitch Torbert, Jeff Ballard, and Hunter Murphy are happy to share with you their mission of printing a professional zine showcasing South Dakota artists. “The Local Artist” will be printed twice yearly, plus a yearly book, and distributed state-wide. South Dakota artists must apply to be considered. The mission of this exciting project is to “exist to support South Dakotan culture by exposing local, visual artists to the public in two free print publications annually, and fostering development of emerging artists.”
To be considered for “The Local Artist” email Jeff with 3-5 images (shortest dimension 1000px, include title, dimensions, medium, & year), an Artist Statement, your website URL, your mailing address, and email address. I hope you all send off your applications; they’re due October 12, 2014 at midnight with the first publication printed in April 2015.
JAM: What inspired you guys to start The Local Artist?
Ever since I wrote the blog post “Five Sioux Falls Instagrammers You Should Follow,” I have this horrible feeling that there are five more we should keep our eyes on. Of course, there are more. I just can’t discover them all by myself, so please keep me informed on who’s who in the Sioux Falls Instagramming world.
Without further ado, here are 5 Sioux Falls Instagrammers you need to start following:
jay kirsch, photographer and musician, you know him from the Argus Leader. He’s ALWAYS where it’s at in Sioux Falls, and if you’re not there, he’ll photograph it for you. Sometimes his shots are Sioux Falls news worthy, and sometimes they’re artsy. Not to mention: KITTY SHOTS!
The first big thing: If you haven’t noticed, we’re on the cover of the 605 Magazine this month! Denise DePaolo came to visit a couple weeks ago and saw all of our art supplies. She wrote an article on three “grassroots” organizations in Sioux Falls: Exposure Gallery and Studios,The Retreat Center (which is outside of Sioux Falls, near Baltic), and us! We’re curious to see what this publicity will do for JAM.
Big thing number two: We have a small correction to make to the article. After we had already chatted with Denise, we got the unfortunate news that the Hatch 605 craft market will be postponed until November. We are all bummed, but I’m sure some other opportunities for us to show off the supplies will come along.
I once had a tae kwon do coach tell me that when you’re out there on the mat, you want your performance to inspire people. Your performance should look effortless, but high energy. It should be fun, so that people think, “I want to do that, I want to start practicing tae kwon do.” David Lethcoe does this with his sculptures; his creations are fun and carry a lot of energy and he makes me want to create. But Dave isn’t performing or just acting inspired. He knows how to stay inspired; you have to keep learning different things. When you keep learning you don’t have to think out every step–your subconscious can work out the problems that your mind creates. You just need to keep it simple.Some people intuitively know how simple the world can be. That doesn’t mean they’re simple people. With Dave, it’s just the opposite. He has theory, art history, and new art movements all rolling through his head, fighting for his attention, when deep down he knows that just looking at the sky will suffice. It takes courage to admit that your subconscious can solve problems better than your ego can. Dave’s approach to life is romantic. I am a romantic—that’s probably why I became an artist. I like the idea of working in your studio, having your whole day to just clear your mind and cut materials. To me, when Dave tells us about a day in his studio, it is inspiring and encouraging. Keep things simple. Learn so your mind can stay fresh, and every now and then, look up at the sky. ~Jess
JAM: What is the path that has led you to where you are today?
Dave: I’ve always wanted to be an artist since I was young. I drew all the time and played outside. I didn’t have any artists in the family, but my older brother drew as well. I always thought he was good, and I wanted to be as good as him. After a while, he got to point where he didn’t draw any more and I kept doing it. When you’re in elementary school, art kind of makes you the cool kid because everyone wants to see what you’re doing. I would compete with another kid in the class by trying to outdraw him. We were Continue reading David Lethcoe: An Inspired Interview→
Hi everyone! I’m going to keep this really, really short because I have too much to do to write much this week, but I wanted all of you to know about the internship that we’re offering. If you know of anyone that would be interested in this blogging internship please pass it on. -Jess
Join our start-up team of creatives by becoming an intern at JAM Art & Supplies. JAM Art & Supplies is a nonprofit by artists for artists aspiring to open a new and used art supply store in 2015. Currently JAM gathers art supplies for other nonprofits with art programs. We use the JAM blog to locally interview artists, to promote, and review local art happenings. Help us focus on opening our doors by becoming an intern blogger.
Blogging has becoming a must-do aspect for any artist or creative business. Come experience how our team works together maintaining a website for the community. We will help foster your ideas and get you started with your blogging career.