All posts by Tana Zwart

RECYCLED RAINBOWS: CHANGING THE WORLD ONE IDEA AT A TIME

What is it that drives the creativity within the mind of a young child? Is it the exposure to other mediums of art fashioned from the perspectives of well-refined and endlessly experienced creators? Perhaps it is the inspired desire of a blossoming imagination, eager to replicate in real life what they otherwise would find living only in the most fantastical of dreams. The question as to where this initiative stems from is as intricately varied and diverse as the children who express themselves through art. However, not all youth are granted the same opportunities for self-expression and artistry, whether it be due to deficiency of materials, funding, or support. When made aware of the needs of her community, a compassionate and diligent local teen produced a plan to make a difference in both the lives of children, and towards the conservation of our planet.

Abby Neff’s story begins with her volunteering efforts at an after-school program designed to benefit youth from low income families. While many of the children participating in the program were eager to create the planned projects and activities, their delight was snuffed out when they found themselves short of time to complete their artwork. Many of these children disclosed to Abby that they didn’t have the means or materials to finish their art at home, forcing them to return to their homes with uncompleted projects, likely never to be finished. Desperately wanting to find a way to aid the children she served in receiving suitable art supplies, Abby found inspiration in what would otherwise be a complicated predicament. Her solution was Recycled Rainbows.

Driven by her desire to provide children with art supplies satisfactory enough to incite their creativity wherever they may be, Abby began to collect unwanted crayons that would otherwise be tossed aside and left unused. The crayons she gathered were then melted down and poured into a wide assortment of molds. When finished, these newly created art utensils took on a variety of eye-catching shapes, from animals to flowers to robots and beyond. The crayons were then packaged and delivered to various organizations, charities, and schools within the community, all for the benefit of the kids who received them…

via the Sioux Falls Arts Council. To view more, click here.

CALL FOR JAM BOARD MEMBERS

Our fantastic board of directors steers our nonprofit, and we are currently seeking to fill empty positions.  No matter your skill set or trade, if you have a passion for community and the arts, we would love to have you sit at the table with us.

Requirements:
• Up to 8 hours of your time a month (includes monthly meeting)
• Ability to afford the JAM VIP Membership ($25/month, or $250 one-time annually)

Drop off or email us an APPLICATION at jamartandsupplies@gmail.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

School Zone: Washington Pavilion Summer Camps

Learning new tricks, trades, and hobbies is something many of us say we don’t have time for, especially during the summer months. However, The Washington Pavilion is giving you the opportunity to pick up something new.

Throughout the summer, the Pavilion offers classes and courses for any and all ages. From painting, to ceramics, to musical theatre, there’s something for everyone. You can find a full listing of courses and sign up by clicking here.

KDLT’s Simon Floss went to find out more, and for a refresher course on throwing a ceramic bowl.

via KDLT. View video and more here.

KEEP KIDS CREATIVE OVER SUMMER BREAK

Mixed media journaling is a great way to stay busy (and creative) while school is out.

Looking for a low cost, easy way to promote creativity in your child over the summer months? Mixed media art journaling is a great, low-pressure and therapeutic option that allows your child to find his or her own voice, document memories, express ideas, spur dialogue, even tune fine motor skills.

Building the base of your child’s journal can be as simple as picking up a notebook or book with blank pages from the bookstore, or as in-depth as binding your own using repurposed paper materials. If you are feeling ambitious, Pinterest has a lot of ways to build and bind your own journal.

The fun part about mixed media journaling is that there are no rules! So, how your child chooses to keep their journal is up to them. It can be as minimal as writing a sentence or quote, drawing a picture or cutting and pasting. The site writeshop.com is a fun place to find writing prompts, or a question-of-the-day to get them started. These can also provide great dinnertime conversation.

Use of various writing/drawing materials can increase a variety of sensory experiences, as well as allow them to creatively explore. From crayons to pencils to markers, even watercolors, pastels and chalk; the sky is the limit. Do note, if you choose to use materials like Sharpies or paints that have a tendency to bleed through, make sure the paper stock is more heavy duty.

Let them get creative with their materials. Encourage them to think outside the box by using photos, cutting pictures or words from magazines, adding found items like pressed flowers or leaves, or incorporating stickers or stamps.

Recap the day with some journal time before or after dinner, document summer travels, fill waiting time…whatever it may be, an art journal is easy to transport, cheap to make, and fun to look back on together.

CFA: Kid Artists for Kids Nite!

Kids Art Show and Sale
At Kids Nite! in McKennan Park

Tuesday, June 26
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday, July 31
6 to 8 PM

Are you creative?
Do you like to paint, draw, work with wood, make bracelets, or any kind of crafty treasures?

Guidelines:

  • Set up begins at 5 PM. Must be in place and ready by 5 PM.
  • Only creations made by youth (17 years and younger) may be sold/displayed.
  • Booth space limited to a card table and chair provided by artist.
  • Artist responsible for handling all aspects of sales.
  • No edible items may be sold.
  • You will not be charged for your booth.

Register your booth at least one week in advance at register.SiouxFallsparks.org using activity number 170010.

HOSTED BY City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation

Sioux Falls Parks and rec reserves the right to determine appropriate both.

Art gallery to close physical location in downtown Sioux Falls

An art gallery is closing its physical location in downtown Sioux Falls.

Exposure Gallery & Studios, which has organized local art shows for the past four years, is shutting its doors.

“After months of back and forth, I’ve made the decision to close Exposure’s physical location at 401 Phillips Avenue at the end of the month,” said owner Zach DeBoer in a post to Exposure’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

Although Exposure will no longer be hosting monthly art shows, DeBoer plans to continue organizing art events throughout the year, such as Art Maze and ARTmart. In August, the gallery will be at Downtown Riverfest for a collaborative art project.

“It wasn’t an easy choice to make; all the amazing shows we’ve hosted, our collaborations with our BFFs at JAM Art & Supplies, not to mention the recent arrival of our new neighbors Jones421 and the Levitt Shell Sioux Falls- I LOVE our space and couldn’t ask for a better situation or location.”…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

CFA: RFP for Downtown Yankton Art Alleyway Project

Calling all Artists!

The Meridian District Board of Directors  and the Art Alleyway committee is seeking proposals for the design and installation of a mural in the alleyway located in the Meridian District in Downtown Yankton, South Dakota, located between the blocks of Walnut and Douglas Street on the Northside of 3rdStreet.

Please see the attached RFP for additional details.

RFP for Merdian District Artwork

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION

5PM | August 1, 2018

Ashli Danilko

yanktonartalley@gmail.com | 605-660-9821

City of Sioux Falls aims to use art to raise water quality awareness

The City of Sioux Falls is continuing an art project that aims to raise awareness about water quality issues for the Big Sioux River.

For the third year in a row, storm water inlets around downtown Sioux Falls will be painted for local artists to draw attention to the city’s storm drainage system.

Sioux Falls Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Sexe says many believe the misconception that the water that flows into storm drains goes into the city’s sanitary sewer system and gets treated.

That is not the case…

via KSFY.  View more here.

Art on a fingernail: Sioux Falls salon is labor of love

More impressive than the painted or three-dimensional designs Sheila Amrhien creates is the life she built on a curved surface often no wider than a centimeter.

Amrhien works at her desk, surrounded by splashes of color and an assortment of nail paints and materials.

Her car, parked out front, is a pink Escalade with “NAILZ” on the license plate.

Artistic Nails by Sheila at 6232 Pinnacle Place, Suite 203, is 20 years in the making and its proprietor is still evolving her craft.

“It’s really about challenging myself,” Amrhien said.

The 47-year-old Sioux Falls business owner has offered her unique skills and designs to local customers for years, and compares her clients to family…

via the Argus. here.

CFA: 42nd Annual Fine Arts Exhibit

42nd Annual Fine Arts Exhibit and Deadline Announced

ENTRY FORM

The Brookings Arts Council is excited to release the Call for Art for the 42nd Annual Fine Arts Exhibit in early August. The rules and entry forms for Fine Arts Exhibit and Competition are now available online and at the Brookings Arts Council. We always look forward to seeing the art submitted to this exhibit as it is always amazing!

This annual exhibit is open to residents of South Dakota, 18 and older. All media, with the exception of photography, are eligible. There is a limit of two pieces per artist and the work must have been completed within the past two years. The entry fee is $20.00 per piece with cash prizes awarded to the top four pieces.

The deadline for entering is Friday, July 27th at 5 pm and the exhibit will officially open August 1st. The artists’ reception will be held Thursday, August 2nd from 4:30 to 6:30pm with awards being presented starting at 5pm.

The Brookings Arts Council is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, Noon to 5. There is no admission charge. For more information or copies of the form, contact 605-692-4177, email at directorbac@swiftel.net , stop in at 524 4th Street in Brookings or check the website at www.brookingsartscouncil.org.