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Art show features student addiction recovery stories

Sara Babic started painting during addiction treatment. It helped her cope and gave her “something to do instead of drugs,” the 18-year-old said.

Babic is now clean, out of treatment, and on Friday, her artwork will be featured in a gallery show for the first time.

The Recovery Art Show at Exposure Gallery will feature artwork from Babic and about 50 Sioux Falls students, all of whom have been impacted by addiction.

“This program taught me to just go for it,” Babic said. “I really like how far painting has taken me in recovery and how far I’ve gone.”

Joan Swenson, an artist in long-term addiction recovery and Tallgrass Recovery employee, founded the program after seeing the conversations stemming from her own recovery art show. After a successful first year at Joe Foss and Axtell Park, the student recovery art program expanded to Roosevelt High School this year…

via the Argus Leader. To view more, click here.

Tattoo artist treasures customers who love body art

Artist Erin Bennett’s canvas is skin.

Her color scheme is a slew of blue and green ink she mixes with an electric applicator. Her subject is Sydney Zengin’s 14th tattoo.

Today, Bennett is getting ready to put the finishing touches on a design she started a couple weeks ago for Zengin, 21. It features a person walking in a forest, silhouetted against a sunset of blue and green….

via the Argus leader. To view more, click here.

A Month Of Making In Vermont

Jordan Thornton teaches art classes at the Washington Pavilion community learning center.

She recently got accepted into a month-long artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, where she will have the time and space to focus solely on her art.

“It’s really awesome, especially for someone like me who has three jobs,” explains Thornton. “I don’t get as much time to work on my art on a day-to-day basis as most people get to spend on their full-time job.”

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Sioux Falls, SD — This past weekend, Exposure Gallery & Studios teamed up with the residents of Touchmark at All Saints to put on an unforgettable collaborative art exhibit.

Exposure Gallery operator Zach DeBoer was asked to do a collaboration after the success of ArtMaze last January.

“I was contacted by Touchmark,” said DeBoer. “They wanted to do an art event at their facility and I really liked the idea. The building itself is a piece of art history.”

The All Saints School, where Touchmark is currently housed, is the design of local architect Wallace Dow. His Prairie Gothic style of architecture still remains, with the addition of enhancements and preservation efforts made by Touchmark Living Centers…

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


The Sioux Falls Arts Council is introducing our first Featured Artist Exhibit open to local artists.

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

Rotating Exhibit
The exhibit will rotate every 3 months: January-March, April-June, July-September, October-November. The transition will be as follows: Current exhibit will pick up their work by the 20th of the last month, incoming exhibit may begin installation on the 25th. * Exception to this schedule will be in 2016, when the rotations will be August-October, November-December *

Submission Process
Email to with subject “Featured Artist Submission”
 Artist biography and contact information
 Up to 7 digital images

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


Artwork With Congressional Approval

It took 20 hours for 16-year-old Will Drzycimski to paint the iconic South Dakota scene. He started with a simple picture and then added more details like leaves to his work.

His painting was chosen over hundreds of others and will hang in the U.S. Capitol Building for the next year.

Image via KDLT.

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Sticks and Steel creates garden art for good cause

The Teddy Bear Den is trying to raise $20,000 for its 20th anniversary and will get some help this weekend from Sticks and Steel.

The business is using its annual garden party sale to help raise funds.

Sticks and Steel staff created artful steel and wood garden totems based on a prototype developed by owner Terri Schuver.

Proceeds from the sale of the totems will benefit the Teddy Bear Den, which has encouraged more than 17,000 participants to seek early and regular prenatal care through an incentive and education-based program…

via the Argus leader. To view more, click here.

Rug weavers to be featured at Art and Wine Walk stop

Cathy Zepeda is a wife and mother who works full time at LifeScape. In 2010, she inherited a loom that belonged to her grandmother Violet.

“The loom was in my parents’ basement, and they didn’t know what to do with it, and I said ‘I’ll take it,’ ” Zepeda said.

She started weaving on the loom, teaching herself the craft by watching videos and reading books. In 2012, she founded Circle of Violet Weaving with her daughter, Stephanie Perry.

“I became really interested in it,” she said. “I love doing things with my hands, and the process inspires me.”

Zepeda creates rugs using the large floor loom, which was manufactured in 1953…..

via the Argus Leader. To view more, click here.

First Friday Art and Wine Walk May 6th

A record number of participating locations will host a local artist and showcase fine wines during the Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF) First Friday Art & Wine Walk on May 6th from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.

Watching the artists is free, wine tasting wristbands will be available for $25, or you can spend $5 per glass.

Participating locations and artists include…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

New sculptures on display in downtown Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, SD Artists from all over the country were welding new sculptures into place in downtown Sioux Falls Saturday morning.

The 2016 season of SculptureWalk is officially underway as artists submitted their works of art in hopes of getting a chance to show off their talents. The sculptures are owned by the artists and loaned to the exhibit until they are sold or taken out next year.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.