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Eastbank Featured Artist for November

Artist Reception November 4, 5-8 PM

I was a combat artist in Vietnam in 1968. On some level I still am. But now my passion is plein air painting- in the open and on location in South Dakota. I paint what I see where I am at the time- in the impressionist style- having only a moment to capture the significance of a subject in its light and context.

My subjects may be highly recognizable landmarks in South Dakota like the Corn Palace or Falls Park, or they may be the less conspicuous, but no less special, places people recognize in their travels along the Missouri River or through Spearfish Canyon. In that light, I believe that my paintings have relevance and significance, reinforcing a sense of place for the people of South Dakota.
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Eide/Dalrymple Gallery Exhibit:
‘School Yard Bets’ by Kat Burdine ’08

Event Details:
Alumna artist Kat Burdine ’08 returns to Augustana University’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery with “School Yard Bets,” an exhibition of contemporary prints and installation, opening Thursday, Oct. 13, through Saturday, Nov. 12.

A homecoming gallery reception is set for 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 14, with an artist’s talk beginning at 6 p.m. (NOTE THE NEW TIME!)

This is an exhibition that includes, as Burdine notes, “prints that poster-burdineposter2don’t act like prints, sculptures that act like dogs, and other new works that do not work.” Think a suspended canoe, a screen-printed swag rocker, carved representations of stray dogs, and numerous screen prints — all employed by the artist in her exploration of the cultural and individual construction of identities.

As Burdine explains in her artist statement, this exhibition is “an individual’s attempt to resolve, reject, and navigate expectations; strange affinities and aversions are formed to otherwise benign material, and behavior. Seemingly ordinary moments transition into arbitrary proving grounds.” Take the suspended canoe, for example, entitled “But Does it Float?”

Burdine was reading an old woodworking manual and came across the line, “A man is not a woodworker until he has built his first canoe.” Taking this traditionally masculine labor as a challenge, Burdine created a “failed” canoe — one whose bend was exaggerated to a point of self-destruction, with a rudder that will sink her, and a spine that will veer her off course.

Says Burdine: “She hangs somewhere between function and dysfunction in total confidence. Unfazed by the question of her worth, ‘but does she float?'”

“It is this playfulness that is found throughout the exhibition that allows Burdine to disarm our expectations and allow the viewer to contemplate socially assigned narratives, be they gender roles or other societal expectations,” said Dr. Lindsay Twa, chair, associate professor of art, and director of Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.

About the Artist
Following her graduation from Augustana in 2008, Burdine worked for OYE-Organization for Youth Empowerment in Honduras for two years, where her duties included organizing community art programs for at-risk Honduran youth. Following her return to the United States, Burdine served as an art director/graphic designer for the Sioux Falls creative firm Fresh Produce. Burdine earned her MFA in print media in 2015 from the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art. She has taught at Oakland University, Wayne State University and currently teaches foundations studio courses at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery is located on Commons Circle (30th Street and Grange Avenue), in the Center for Visual Arts at Augustana University. The gallery is open to the public and free of charge. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Closed Sundays and major holidays



10-Year-Old Brings Color To Great Plains Zoo

artinmediaEarlier this year, at just 9-years-old, she was putting a face to endangered animals, selling her animal paintings to raise money for a national wildlife organization. Now Bria Neff of Tea is taking her talents and using them to benefit animals in her own backyard.

9-Year-Old Artist’s Animal Portraits Featured In Gallery
A Picture Is Worth An Endangered Animals Life
“There it is,” Neff said pointing out the tiger to her mother at the zoo.

At first glance, Bria Neff appears quiet, a sweet 10-year-old girl.

“The Bengal Tiger can come in all different colors,” Neff explains to us.

Underneath her glasses though, is a fierce businesswoman ready to take on the world. In fact, her trip to the Great Plains Zoo today isn’t simply to see the animals, she’s here to promote her book… her coloring book….

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S.D. Art Teacher of the Year

A Sioux Falls elementary school teacher has been named South Dakota Art Teacher of the Year.artinmedia

artinmediaJohn V. Nelson, who teaches at Rosa Parks Elementary School, will be recognized this weekend at the South Dakota Art Education Association’s annual meeting.

Nelson began teaching at Rosa Parks in 2007 when the school opened. He has been an art teacher for students of all ages in South Dakota since the mid 80s.

“He balances his teaching and artist careers with boundless enthusiasm,” Rosemary Buchmann, an art teacher in Bennett County, said in a press release. “I don’t know when he sleeps.”…

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Watercolor Workshop – Saturday, October 22nd, 1:00-4:00 pm at the Sioux Falls Arts Council 326 E 8th St, Ste 106A

We are excited to be able to offer our space to be able to offer our space to Eastbank Art Gallery for this workshop. Led by Jim Heroux, it is for beginners and intermediate watercolor painters, and will feature how to paint landscape in a simple way. If you have watercolor paints and brushes, you may bring them to class. If you do not have them, all materials will be provided.

The class size is limited to 8 attendees to provide individual attention. The class fee of $50 plus tax ($53.25) is payable in advance. Registration and payment can be made at Eastbank Art Gallery 401 E 8th St, Ste 116.

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Pavilion to help teachers with $24,500 grant

The Washington Pavilion wants to help teachers add art into their STEM lessons through the help of a $24,500 grant.

Grant funds came from the Institute and Museum Library Services, which awarded 206 grants totaling $21 million to help museums in the U.S. improve service to the public.

The Pavilion plans to use the funds to expand their Community Learning Center’s Teacher Circle program, which encourages educators to integrate “STEAM” education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) into their curriculum….

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Eastbank October Featured Artists

Artist Reception October 7 • 5-8PM

Ray Kelly is a multi-talented artist born and raised in South Dakota. Self-taught, he works mostly in graphite and colored pencils, but is also an accomplished sculptor working with bronze casting. His topics vary from western to wildlife, and rodeo scenes. He also does much commission work….
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Artist Reception October 7 – 5-8 PM

People of ask me where I get the ideas for my pictures. I can tell them that my pictures start as doodles in a sketchbook that I scan into my laptop. Then I trace over them to create a digital image. But as far as why I drew a purple treehouse that looks like a castle, I don’t have any really good answers. But, that won’t stop me from talking about it.

First of all, I spend time collecting images in my mind. I go for walks and look at the trees and houses and the river. I also browse a lot of picture books with glossy images of foreign lands. And then there are the videos on the internet that show a guy making a treehouse suspended by steel cables. Cool….
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Sioux Falls Design Week Begins

Sioux Falls Design Week begins this Friday and goes on all next week. It’s a celebration of art and design, landscape, architecture and more!

SFDW begins Friday, September 30 and goes through Saturday, October 8. Throughout the week, there will be 17 events. Watch the video HERE to learn more about what you can see and do during SFDW.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, click here.

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A little bit off the First Friday beaten path, right on what might be considered the cusp of downtown, sits a real gem. Nestled on the corner of 27th and Minnesota is Piper Custom Framing and Fine Art Gallery.  As a custom frame shop foremost, it’s possible that it might not even be on your radar as a gallery to stop in and visit. Living only a few blocks north, I have driven past the storefront countless times. Each time curiously eyeing it. Done the same? Save yourself prolonged wonderment. Go in.

The gallery is cozy, and full of carefully selected, beautiful art from Midwest artists – print to sculpture and everything in-between. Not only that, the framing selection makes Hobby Lobby’s wall o’ frame look like a cheap floozy, and the staff are incredibly welcoming, experienced and wonderful to talk to. They welcome local artists with open arms, and are always willing to sit down and have a chat with them.

You can feel that this is a place where quality, and the individual customer experience is the top priority. They care immensely about what they do, and that passion shows the minute you walk in the door. Reaffirming, once again, that there is really nothing better than small business, and really nothing better than buying local art.