All posts by Tana Zwart

CFA: SPIRIT OF PEACE CHURCH EXHIBITS

  • Spirit of Peace is always looking for either new or accomplished artists to show their work
  • The space used would be the Fireside Room, which accommodates about 20 works of art, of an average size.
  • Past shows have included quilts, pottery, prints, oil and acrylic paintings.
  • For further questions, call or text  Art Coordinator, Diane Bryan at (605) 360-8210.
  • There will be no commission on sales, and Diane can help artists hang artwork.

Gallery Exhibit Features Sculptures of Erica Merchant

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University will feature wall-mounted sculpture in its latest exhibit, Erica Merchant: Fossilized Reflections.

The exhibit runs Feb. 8 – March 9.

A gallery reception will be held at 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, featuring an artist’s talk beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Merchant’s work is non-traditional and yet timeless. She transforms contemporary materials through atypical means, such as carving, burning, and melting house insulation polystyrene and bioplastics. She also employs historical and ancient building techniques to create many of her pieces. For example, in such works as “Step, in situ,” Merchant uses a rammed-earth building technique: a traditional form of building across many cultures and time periods whereby material is layered into a wall-form mold and then compressed to 50% of its original size. Merchant takes “sediments” from her life — “cereal boxes, my daughter’s shoes and dresses that she wouldn’t take off, bills I had to pay, weeds we picked together on sunset walks, VHS tapes she watched 1,000 times…” — and then breaks, crushes, and shreds them. Merchant compresses this new raw sediment into wall molds that, when complete, create windows “into the strata of our home/life/oikos.” The resulting works are haunting in their dual invocations of destruction and preservation — powerful metaphors for the fearful passage of time, nostalgia and memory that bring both loss and transformation.

In other works, such as Rebuild, Remain, Merchant “casts” her own personal fossils. She might begin by crocheting a hat or doilies — markers of the feminine and childhood. She then dips them into ceramic slip and fires them in a kiln to fossilize them. Merchant embeds the results into a plaster or lath bed that become the core of her compositions and wall hangings. Domestic and personal forms become archeological discoveries that encourage contemplation and inspire a range of free associations.

Merchant’s artworks have been exhibited around the region, including in the 6th Annual Governor’s Biennial. She has also taken part in exhibitions at the South Dakota Art Museum, Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, the Apex Gallery in Rapid City, Black Hills State University, and is regularly featured in Sculpture in the Hills exhibitions in Hill City. Her recent solo exhibitions include at the Sturgis Public Library and Minnesota State-Fergus Falls. In 2015, her work was a part of Venice Edition III, Artemotion (vending machine) at the Venice Biennale.

This exhibition is funded in part with a Project Grant from the South Dakota Arts Council, with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Please join us!

 

SFAC FEATURED VISUAL ARTIST: MICHAEL DANIELS

Sioux Falls, S.D. — The Sioux Falls Arts Council will feature MICHAEL DANIELS as January and February’s Featured Visual Artist.

Michael specializes in portrait photography as well as outdoor scenic art. Michael’s journey began when he first took photography classes in high school, and has been hooked ever since. Michael loves the opportunity to be able to get creative behind the camera and to capture amazing moments in people’s lives as well as the beauty of nature. He enjoys making his customers happy and looks forward to their reactions when they see their finished product. Michael and his wife decided to take what he loves to do to the next level by turning it into a small, family run business. Through their business, they get the chance to meet many great people and provide them with photos of moments they will cherish forever.

Sioux Falls Imagined: A Cultural Plan for a Vibrant and Prosperous City, approved by the City of Sioux Falls in July 2014, named the Sioux Falls Arts Council as the organization given the charge of implementing the plan. From the Artists and Creative Workers task force findings, a strong need identified for the local art community was alternative exhibition space(s). The Featured Artist Exhibit at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office opened in May 2016 as a way to start filling this need.

The Sioux Falls Arts Council, located in the Crane Centre at 8th & Railroad 326 E 8thSt #106A, is open Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, First Fridays 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and by appointment.

Visit www.ArtsSiouxFalls.org for more information.

The SFAC is wheelchair accessible from the back entrance of the Crane Centre.
Please notify in advance for any accommodations.

Please Contact:
Angelica Mercado
Communications and Program Coordinator
Sioux Falls Arts Council
605.271.6696 ext. 403
amercado@artssiouxfalls.org

[via SFAC @ www.ArtsSiouxFalls.org]

ARTS ADVOCACY UPDATE

From Arts South Dakota

Dear Friends,

We are happy to report that HB 1206, a bill introduced last month that threatened funding for the Department of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council, has been defeated. The House Taxation Committee received overwhelming opposition from the tourism and arts communities, including many opponents testifying during the committee hearing last week. It was clear to our lawmakers that tourism and the arts are widely supported by South Dakota citizens and are essential to our state’s economy and culture.

Thank you for following this issue so closely and for your local advocacy work. You are part of a dedicated and passionate community in our state. Arts South Dakota will continue to keep you informed of the latest arts news in South Dakota and in Washington, DC.

Arts South Dakota relies on your generous support to do our job. We are a grassroots organization that needs your help to fund operations, such as our recent work in Pierre. Our team was 100% focused on the advocacy efforts related to HB 1206, requiring multiple trips to Pierre and many extra hours of communication. Your gift today carries this mission forward. With your support we will be ready for action. No matter the amount, you are an important part of the team. Please consider supporting Arts South Dakota by clicking the donate button below. We need your help! 

Next we turn to the State Arts Conference, to be held in May, the first in more than 5 years. Watch for more information to be published soon.

Sincerely,


Jim Speirs
Executive Director
605.252.5979 ext. 0
jim@artssouthdakota.org

APPLYING ARISTOTLE’S 6 ELEMENTS OF DRAMA TO ALL ART FORMS

by Rollan Wengert, Guest Blogger

Centuries ago, Aristotle discovered the six substances of compelling art. Why art? Sure, Aristotle coined them for drama, but these elements apply to all forms of art. They are the elements that draw us to mediums: movies, music, paintings, speeches, etc. I like to apply them to writing. Like a general contractor wielding raw materials, these elements determine the type of structure we will create, and make it livable, or even more importantly make it enjoyable.

What are the elements and their purposes? How much of each is one to use? That depends on the type of structure we want to create. Continuing with the structure analogy, let’s explore each element’s purpose.

Plot (The frame and the foundation)

Some buildings have an elaborate frame segmenting various types of rooms, some are minimal and more open. The same goes for the plot. In a story, plot determines where everything goes. Plot-focused works are like an office building. Plot points are rigid. They need to be placed in proper order (not necessarily chronological) to keep a story compelling. Mystery and Thrillers tend to be heavily plot-centric. Other element-focused works may be more like a studio apartment (or a tee-pee). Even then, if the sequence of events flow illogically or dully, it can kill a story. Even static visual arts carry a plot or tell a story. Well placed elements draw focus to particular plots and helps move an audience through the piece in order to absorb the story.

Character (The walls and roof)

Frame, walls, and roof are the essentials of a building. They are enough to protect us from the elements. (Not enough to make us want to live there.) Add walls and a roof, then a house looks like a house. Likewise, add characters to a story, then you have the elements to drive a plot. I mean, how can you have conflict without characters conflicting. But, character is more than a driving force for the plot. It’s a work’s personality. It’s an audience’s means of injecting themselves into the medium. We want someone (or something, people aren’t the only ones with personality) to identify with. Dramas and comedies are often character-centered.

Diction (Wiring and Plumbing)

A structure’s wiring and plumbing work out of sight, as does diction (sort of: depending on its purpose and how well it’s done). An oversimplified definition of diction: word choice. The purpose of diction is choosing and organizing words in a manner that lets people fully understand your message. A connotative understanding. It’s the seeking and straining for the right words to express our thoughts, to get other to feel the way we what them to.  We do this primarily via grammar and voice. Grammar, eh, following those universal rules that the masses have agreed to adhere to. Voice adds the shades of meaning that enable an audience to get inside the artist’s head to understand them deeper.  And, diction’s function is not to draw attention to itself.

Music (Décor)

Nothing invokes certain moods in a house more than the décor. The color of paint, the plushness of the furniture, the fabric of the curtains. Décor creates an atmosphere, as does music in art. Music, however, is not solely our denotative understanding of the word. In Aristotle’s understanding, it is the overall flow and rhythm of a work. In painting it is the length and shape of the strokes. In writing, it can be word choice according to the way words sound or flow. Sentence and paragraph lengths. I sometimes find diction and music butting heads. One word describes something better, while the other word sounds prettier, or harsher, or more monotone (all depending on the mood I’m going for). A great book that explores the elements of Music and Diction is Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale.

Theme (The Family)

Yes. A house is still a house even if no one lives there, but it is pointless. And, a story is a story, even if it doesn’t have a theme. Themes are what we have to say. What we want others to learn. What we want our audience to think about. I don’t know how many struggle with what they want to say, but I struggle with how to express my themes. I could go right out and say, “I believe you should…” But, compelling art gets people, even those who rabidly disagree, to ponder themes. The more radical the theme, the harder it is make our expression of it compelling.

Spectacle (Wow Factor)

A flashy car pulls into the garage, an infinity pool whooshes in the back yard, and marble counter tops make even spoiled fruit look tempting; these all get the neighbors to drop their jaws. But, they are not necessary. Aristotle said spectacle was the least important of the 6. Although, many modern-day action flicks start with spectacle and then build the other elements around it. Well… Who doesn’t love a good explosion? So, what is spectacle? Anything that makes us say, “Whoa, that was cool.” In writing, it might be a detailed fight scene…or a graphic scene…maybe, it’s a good gimmick.

And, while I understand that these elements are the keys to compelling art, the implementation of each is a subjective wilderness. Are there any tricks you use in each of these areas? Which is your forte? Let me know.

Author of Caveat Ties, Soul Shocked, and Zaide: Mozart’s Lost Opera, Rollan Wengert spent hours in his room typing stories as a youth. Stories of all kinds. Stories that were never finished. Then, he grew up. Hints flowed, that maybe, he ought to choose a ‘realistic’ career path. So, he did what any confused teen would do: joined the army. Four Army and another four college years later, he began writing again.
Contact Rollan at caveatties@gmail.com.

CALL FOR ART EXHIBITORS: TULIP FESTIVAL

THERE’S STILL TIME TO APPLY!
 The deadline for ArtBurst 2018
has been extended to Feb. 15.
ArtBurst 2018
May 18 and 19, 2018
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Orange City, Iowa
On the grounds of the Sioux County Courthouse
 Exhibit and sell your art during the Orange City Tulip Festival, a celebration of the community’s Dutch heritage that draws thousands of visitors every year.
  • Juried show that accepts no more than 40 artists
  • $300 best of show prizes for both 2D and 3D art
  • $20 nonrefundable jury fee
  • $75 fee for each 10×10 booth space
For more information, email artburst@octulipfestival.com or call 712-707-4510.

SWEET ART SHOW: A LOOK BACK, FORWARD

Been wondering why you haven’t heard anything about the Sweet Art Show? Seems crazy to think that this Friday would be the night, but after three years, we decided to switch things up! Our 4th Annual Sweet Art show will take place on September 14, 2018 – still boasting the same excellent sweet treats, atmosphere, local art and killer raffle packages. Mark your calendars, ladies and gents! In the meantime, here’s a fun look back at last year’s.

[How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [Originally Performed by Marvin Gaye] [Instrumental] – Single]

Take a look at wildlife in a different perspective

An exhibit called ‘Just Scratching the Surface’ opens at the Eastbank Art Gallery on Tuesday. A member from the Eastbank Art Gallery, Denice Fox, will be the featured member for this particular exhibit. A reception for it will be held on Friday from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Fox just joined the Eastbank Art Gallery within the past six months and this is the first show she will be featured in. She usually paints wildlife or country scenes.

The Eastbank Art Gallery is located at the 8th & Railroad Center in Downtown Sioux Falls along the boardwalk. It’s open Tuesday through Friday from 11:00 AM until 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

The theme for this current exhibit is all about pheasant and upland game birds as well as more of a wildlife hunting theme. The exhibit will be available to look at through February 24th. The reason the members of the gallery chose this theme is because of the Pheasant & Quail Classic in Sioux Falls February 16th through the 18th. Many of the artists had to step outside of their comfort zone to create pieces of art for the exhibit that included quails or pheasants.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

CALL FOR ART INSTRUCTORS

About JAM Art and Supplies

Our Mission
To get affordable art and craft supplies into the hands of people who will use them, create an online community for local artists, and be a source of art information for Sioux Falls.
(A 501(c)3 non-profit since 2014.)

Like a thrift store, we take in donated, barely used supplies on a daily basis and resell them at a low price, making creating affordable for all. It’s a second chance for unused materials and keeps them out of landfills! We offer a range of learning opportunities. From Business Basics for Artists for adults to Creative Reuse Camps for kids, we are passionate about fostering art appreciation and developing creative thinking skills.

Job Description

JAM is currently seeking lead and assistant instructors in Visual Arts for our summer camp programming. Under supervision of JAM Executive Director, the summer camp instructors perform a variety of duties in coordinating and instructing art classes, camp activities, and supervision of children. Lesson plans are provided, with some leeway for creative improvisation.

Creative Reuse Summer Camp lead and assistant instructor positions are part time and classified as an independent contractor with no benefits entitled. Seeking one lead instructor and one assistant for multiple or all camp sessions. 9:00 to 4:00, Monday through Thursday, plus Thursday evening camper’s artist reception. Sessions dates:

JUNE 4-7 (ages 8-12)
JUNE 11-14 (ages 8-12)
JULY 16-19 (ages 8-12)
JULY 23-26 (ages 13-16)
AUGUST 6-9 (ages 8-12)
AUGUST 13-16 (ages 8-12)

One day campers will walk to the art studio of local creative reuse artist Steve Bormes. This walk is a couple blocks from JAM. Other projects will include art, games, and learning about creative uses for unusual materials. A collaborative art installation will be built each week, and will be displayed with a week-ending an art show on Thursday evening for friends and family.

Responsibilities Include

  • Implementing creative reuse art projects for campers ages 8 through 16 years old.
  • Supervising groups of children and facilitating activities, and lunch breaks throughout the day.
  • Walking campers to and from a local artist’s studio, making sure to create a safe environment not only when walking, but also while at the studio. Being alert and present at all times.
  • Strong technical skills in a variety of artistic mediums.
  • Initiative, self-direction and ability to be flexible and adapt to changes.
  • Great interpersonal and public speaking skills. Instructors should be engaging and patient in a classroom environment as you act as the face of JAM Art and Supplies.
  • Attending art reception at week’s end, and giving a short welcome/overview/commentary for guests.

Key Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate is a current art educator or practicing artist/creative.
  • Teaching, camp, or child care experience.
  • Ability to instruct a wide variety of techniques and ages.

Other skills and Abilities

This position requires physical effort. Frequent lifting of up to twenty-five pounds. Some bending, stooping and/or lifting will be required.

For full consideration, candidates must send the following in one complete document:

  • Cover Letter addressing their skills as they fit the job
  • Resume

Application

To apply for this position, please send the required materials to:

Jess Miller | Executive Director
jamartandsupplies@gmail.com

Please indicate your last name and “Summer Camp Lead Instructor Position” or “Summer Camp Assistant Instructor Position” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please. We will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the posted job description.

Requirements:
Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position, and undergo a background check.

Hours: 30/camp week up to 180 hours total

Pay: Starting at $250/week

 

Sioux Falls’ Arc of Dreams renderings show off new look

Renderings released Wednesday from a Sioux Falls landscape architecture firm show a more detailed look at a public art project headed for downtown this summer.

The Arc of Dreams is scheduled to be completed in July, rising over the revitalized banks of the Big Sioux River as it cuts through Sioux Falls’ urban core.

Images by Confluence show plans for Metli Plaza, a courtyard on one side of the river that will honor the project’s donors and give passersby a chance to appreciate the stainless steel arc.

“It’s all about paying tribute to the dreams,” said Jim Clark, project director. “I think that space does it. People can reflect on that as they enjoy it.”

Metli Plaza is named after former Sioux Falls city planner Steve Metli, who died in February due to complications from surgery. He was 71

Construction will start in April on Metli Plaza and the site where the arc touches on the other side of the river. Both sides of the arc will have seating for people who want to stop and admire the artwork, Clark said…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.