All posts by Tana Zwart

Penguin paints picture at Great Plains

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) – A local artist at the Great Plains Zoo displayed some of his original art Monday at the “Painting with Penguins” experience.

Oliver the penguin painted an illustration on a canvas using his webbed feet in front of an audience.

“Painting with Penguins” was a special zoo event that invited donors and their families to get up close and personal with the wild life. It was also a way of showcasing the important work that zoo keepers do, and connecting kids with nature.

Donors who attended the event said events like these are a great way for kids to learn more about the animals, and hope the zoo continues to offer similar events.

Oliver and the rest of the Humboldt Penguins, along with a penguin chick hatched this summer, can be viewed daily for free with zoo admission.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Art & Wine Walk Artist Reminder


Just a reminder for those of you that have not yet submitted information to be an artist on our October First Friday Art & Wine Walk. If you would like to possibly be paired with one of our participating locations, I will need the following information from you no later than August 31st:

approximately how much space you would need
what type of art you do
provide graphics or a link to a website showing your work
In case you have questions about what this event entails, here is the information from the original call to participate:

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. is seeking artists to apply to participate in our First Friday Art & Wine Walk on October 7th from 5:00 – 9:00pm. This would entail setting up in a business downtown that you would be matched up with. We would ask that you demonstrate your art (whether that be painting, drawing, creating pottery or jewelry, etc) on site and have some examples of your finished pieces on display. You would need to be available for the entire timeframe of 5:00pm – 9:00pm and set up in advance.

There is no cost to you, and most places will probably allow you to sell your art that night.

We will let you know by about September 1st if we are able to match you with a business for this event.

To view more, click here.

Art Day

September 1, 2016 at 3:00 PM

Event Website:

Event Location:
Downtown Library, 200 N Dakota Ave

Event Description:
It is Back to School Week at the Downtown Library! Is art your favorite subject in school? Get ready for the school year by creating a back pack from a paper sack. Recommended for grades K-5.

Contact information:
First Name: Stephanie Bents
Organization: Siouxland Libraries
Phone Number: 605-367-8719
Email Address:

via KDLT.

Painting with a Lens

I was buzzed by a ruby-throated hummingbird as I walked along Sargent Creek in Newton Hills State Park this spring. I soon found its perch in some nearby bushes. It was early evening and the valley was in shadows, so I had my aperture wide open to let in as much light as I could. The resulting photo was a pleasant surprise, as the wider aperture caused the background leaves to blur. This effect, plus the flowing lines of the bending branches, almost made the photo appear to be some sort of Impressionist painting.

Nature certainly has influenced the world of art — from the very first pictographs on cave walls to Vincent Van Gogh’s Starry Night. In the last few years, printing photos on canvas has become popular, and every so often photographs can get mistaken for paintings using this medium. Since I’ve only taken a few art classes in my life, most of what I think of as “artistic” is gut feeling. I don’t want to discount technique, like using leading lines and the rule of thirds, but for me, artistic photos are about the subject matter first and editing technique second…

via South Dakota Magazine. To view the rest, click here.

Public art gets price checked by City Hall

A steel sculpture of a woman is gone from Lyon Park.

Her hopeful silhouette – leaning forward, one arm raised to the sky – was removed in favor of government prudence.

City officials hired a company to examine the piece and determine upkeep expenses. It’s a practice City Hall plans to move forward with each time it adds to its portfolio, Planning Director Mike Cooper said.

“Now that our inventory of public art has expanded significantly over the years, the investment is pretty substantial,” Cooper said.

The sculpture at Lyon Park, “Effortlessly Buoyant” by Indiana-based artist Gregory Mendez, was removed this week after it spent more than year looking out over the intersection of 14th Street and Phillips Avenue.

Crafted out of steel, it first arrived in Sioux Falls for the 2014 SculptureWalk. It was eventually placed atop the Lyon Park sign near the park’s downtown entrance…

via the Argus. To view the rest, click here.


I’ve lived in Sioux Falls for three years now, but this was the first time that anyone in my family had been to a First Friday. While my dad enjoyed a couple of beers outside Stogeez Cigar Lounge, I explored all of the great art. At the end of the evening, we both remarked that we’d never seen so much diversity in Sioux Falls all in one place. It was beautiful to see.


Arts and Drafts: Fundraiser for JAM

This Sunday is a perfect opportunity to support JAM, courtesy of our super creative friends at Matt Jensen Marketing, and the brew masters at Fernson. Arts & Drafts, a one-of-a-kind fundraiser, will bring together two of our favorite things – drawing and craft beer.

For every beer sold, Fernson will donate $1.00 to support our work in the Sioux Falls art community. Not only that, it’s a great chance to brush up on your drawing skills. There will be a drawing prompt at a series of drawings stations, while JAM and MJM provide tips and instruction as you rotate through them.

Not so sure about the drawing part? There is no pressure, and no judging. Just come out and learn some basic skills in a casual environment with friends. Let the beer calm your reservations, and have some fun! I mean, you never know when a game of Pictionary will break out. Be packing a whole new set of sketching skills next time it happens.

Sunday, August 21,  3–5pm

Fernson on 8th
$5 minimum suggested donation to participate
$1 of every beer sold goes to JAM

Keep updated by joining the event page!


SFAC Call for Art

Seeking Featured Artists for 2017

Local artists who live or work in the Greater Sioux Falls Area (Minnehaha, Lincoln, McCook and Turner Counties).

Rotating Exhibit
The exhibit will rotate on a quarterly basis. Submissions from this Call for Art will be used to select artists for all 2017 rotations.
• January-March 2017
• April-June 2017
• July-September 2017
• October-December 2017
Submission Process
All submissions must be done on our website If you do not have access to a computer, contact the Arts Council for an alternate process.
Submission Deadline: October 15, 2016 Selections Announced: November 15, 2016
Entry Fees None
Your work may be listed for sale while it is on exhibit at the Sioux Falls Arts Council. All sales transactions will be conducted directly between the artist and the purchaser. Sold pieces may not be removed until your exhibit rotation is complete. The Sioux Falls Arts Council will not collect any commissions. A donation back to the Arts Council is encouraged, but not required.

via Sioux Falls Arts Council. View more here.


SFDC Brings Back ‘Build A Better Birdhouse’ Contest

The Sioux Falls Design Center is once again challenging all designers– and people who just like crafting to “Build a Better Birdhouse.”

It’s a friendly competition to support birding, conservation, and– of course– art and design!

On Wednesday, Kellen Boice, Director of the Sioux Falls Design Center, joined Kevin Hurd to talk more about the competition.

Last year’s competition was very successful. 48 bird houses were dropped off at the Sioux Falls Design Center…

via KDLT. To view more, click here.

White Wall Sessions

The White Wall Sessions, located beneath Last Stop CD Shop on East 10th Street, is a local music program recorded in front of a small studio audience. The well-received show premiered in September of 2013 as a Facebook project to promote music, art and culture.

“We take an artistic, documentary-like visual feel to each song, which gives the viewer a personal, introspective look at each musician and song,” says Jeff Zueger, the Sessions’ creator & executive producer. “We take a look into the music of people who are passionate, dedicated and who are committed to their art,” says Zueger.

Every song is tracked live and completely remixed using state of the art production and post production equipment to capture each unique performance. The show is recorded in full 1080 HD, giving the viewer an enriched audio and visual experience.

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