All posts by Tana Zwart

Bear piece made of forks, knives earns Sculpture Walk’s People’s Choice

An Ohio artist’s sculpture of a bear made of steel cutlery won the 2018 Sioux Falls SculptureWalk People’s Choice award.

“Bear Lee, Standing,” created by Ohio artist Gary Hovey, was selected by visitors to the annual public art exhibition of sculptures that line the streets of downtown Sioux Falls after earning the most votes in the 15th annual SculptureWalk balloting.

Standing six feet tall near the corner of 11th Street and Phillips Avenue, the grizzly bear sculpture is crafted out of stainless-steel dinner forks and knives. Standing six feet tall, the unique sculpture captured the most votes in the 15th annual SculptureWalk balloting.

SculptureWalk Director Jim Clark had a hunch Hovey’s piece would capture attention in Sioux Falls.

“That minute in May when I saw Bear Lee, Standing
come off the truck, I knew we had another very special sculpture in a very special year,” he said…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.


Come check out these great artists in our gallery through the month of October!

Sean Boettcher

What medium do you use?
Prefer oil, but will play with acrylic or crayon…don’t really have a set style. I always try to do something new.

What inspires you?
Depression kind of helps inspire me to create. The dark places my mind goes gives fuel for making art.

What is art?
Everything can be art. If you’re creating something, you’re an artist.

Terri Brown

What medium do you use?
Mixed Media, Found Art Assemblage

What inspires you?
Oh, my. Running across an item and I know immediately what will become of it in my story telling.
Joseph Cornell.

What is art?
Whatever inspires me!

Mikey Martinez – Comic Book Genie

What medium do you use?
Digitla Art – Program Clip Studio
Fun, broodful, poppy, bitchy, little harsh.

What inspires you?
Smiles, getting sweaty over nerdom/geeking out, skills, “feeling”

What is art?
Art is storytelling, and everything is storytelling. So, everything = art.

[Photos by JAM’s awesome intern, Audry.]

Expanding Tribal History Through Art at Avera’s Prairie Center

An exhibit at Avera Health is aiming to teach people about Native American culture.

The Sample Works of the Lakota Tribe exhibit is on display this month at the Prairie Center on Avera’s main campus in Sioux Falls. For the past three years, Avera has partnered with the Center of American Indian Research and Native Studies to educate the public about tribal history.

This year’s exhibit is about the 1890 massacre at Wounded Knee.

“What we hope to do with this exhibit is expose as many people as we can to this story, but also to the Lakota historical impact upon our state. This is not an often told story, but we want to expose as many people to it as we can,” said J.R. LaPlante, Director of Tribal Relations at Avera Health.

This narrative is titled Takuwe, meaning “why.” Dr. Craig Howe is the curator of the exhibit. He says the title comes from tribal leaders asking why this story hasn’t been told more…

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Artists Support Network Free Open Sessions

In an effort to provide artists and creatives with an environment of business support and coaching, The Watering Can is beginning ASN (Artists Support Network) open sessions the 2nd Wednesday every month starting Oct. 10th.  This is a place to come to network, pose a business challenge & get help in finding a solution or just hang out with other like-minded people.   It will be a safe place to talk about failures and rejoice in successes.  As the creative community embraces these monthly gatherings, professionals will be invited to share their expertise in topics such as: grant writing, application completion, technology, social media and marketing.   Stop by the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls the 2nd Wednesdays at 6:30.  Bring a munchie to share.

To Register:  ASN – I will attend

The Watering Can is fiscally sponsored by the Sioux Falls Arts Council with a mission to embrace the arts through community development and assistance to artists in their professional and leadership development.

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REGISTER: Business Basics for Artists and Nuts & Bolts workshop

The Watering Can’s mission is to provide assistance to artists in their professional and leadership development. Beginning in October The WC is presenting Business Basics for Artists and Creatives and a Nuts & Bolts workshop. 

GROWING MY BUSINESS: Business Basics for Artists

With support of the Sioux Falls Community Foundation and The Sioux Falls Arts Council The Watering Can is offering a series of 4 classes focused on business development.  The series Growing My Business, Selling More will begin Thursday evening October 25th  and continue each Thursday through November 15th  6:30-8:00pm.  Sessions will be held at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

This series is a perfect for creatives who want to move their business forward.  It is important to understand the tools needed to promote a business as well as using demographics to identify a target audience. Not everyone is a prospect and learning to qualify who is saves time and frustration.  There are many ways to generate income and we will dig into various possibilities.

Topics covered:

  • Tool kit and portfolio
  • Marketing basics and qualifying prospects
  • Generating income
  • Pulling it all together

Fees for this series are $50 for all 4 sessions.  For more information regarding the sessions email or call 605-271-2904.

To register: Grow My Business Register


A one-day workshop of 4 sessions Nuts & Bolts will be offered Saturday October 20th. Registration will be for the full day or individual session.  There will be a gathering for all who attend after the last session to network, share the learning and experiences with other creatives.

This workshop is geared to creatives who want to do it right and provides an opportunity to hear from subject matter experts as well as others who are on the same path.

8:30 – 10:00   “Choosing the Right Business Structure” Considerations for choosing the Right Legal Structure for Your Business and Getting Starting in South Dakota:  Tim Loftesness, SCORE Volunteer/Mentor

10:30 – 12:00 Pricing Creative Work for the Long Haul: Kara Dirkson, Appraiser/Consultant – Alla Prima Art Services

1:00 – 2:30  Baseline Legal Considerations:  Contracts, Intellectual Property, and Attribution Rights:Alex M. Hagen, Attorney –  Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP

3:00 – 4:30  Accounting, Managing Money and Record Keeping: Claudia Dail, President/Founder, The Watering Can

All the sessions are presented in a casual way with focus on information yet allowing time to share with and learn from others. Everyone is on a unique path and there are various ways to make progress.  One of the goals is to create community so there are ongoing resources to continue the learning and have a support network.  Coffee and check in at 8:00am at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

The fee for the full day of all four sessions is $50.00 or one session $25.00. For more information regarding the sessions email info@thewateringcan.orgor call 605-271-2904.

To register: Nuts & Bolts Registration

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Artist Brings Washington Pavilion Staircase to Life

The Washington Pavilion is known for its lively shows, movies and exhibits.

Now it’s added the talents of a man who is bringing more life to the Pavilion through his art work.

“I’ve always drawn. I’ve just never stopped,” says Chuck Bennis of Brookings.

Bennis can now add this mural to his resume. It depicts space, Falls Park and South Dakota while wrapping around a stairwell at the Washington Pavilion.

“What I wanted to do with this space is to make an ordinary stairwell, and make it something special,” says Bennis.

Bennis free handed the entire piece with markers. He’ll be satisfied if he can inspire just one person to start drawing.

“I hope my style connects with this space too. It’s something bold something fun,” says Bennis.

Those with the Pavilion knew the stairs were the right place to bring this masterpiece.

“Everybody is just kind of walking up and going up and down them. It was one of those great locations where we thought we could really utilize this,” says Washington Pavilion Director Jason Folkerts…

via KDLT. To view more, click here.

Sioux Falls Design Center celebrates variety of design disciplines

The Sioux Falls Design Center is hosting a week-long event to celebrate the various types of design like architecture, landscape, and graphic design. There are several events planned throughout the week at different locations in Downtown Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls Design Week – Sustainable Neighborhood Summit

It started on Friday, September 28th but doesn’t end until Friday, October 5th. The various activities include workshops, panel discussions, talks, demonstrations, and a pop-up shop of local designers. All of the events are free to attend.

On Monday, there is a hands-on workshop that explores the design thinking process and how you can solve problems through the lens of the end user. It’s from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.


Sioux Falls Heritage Museums preparator Eli Show gets to work directly with all of the objects patrons see daily at the Old Courthouse Museum. Show is currently coordinating the next big exhibit, “Toys,” which opens November 29 from 5-8 p.m. and will be full of nostalgic toys from the 1920s through the 90s and 2000s.

Also a well known artist himself and one of the masterminds behind local band We All Have Hooks for Hands, 605 got to get a look at what a typical day in his life looks like.

I really enjoy stopping at Queen City Bakery before work or when I’m out running errands. I’m obsessed with their doughnut muffins. I’m currently working on my dad-bod, so I need baked goods.

I usually buy most of my clothes online, but if I’m looking for a good pair of “mom jeans” to lounge around in, I’ll hit up a few thrift stores. My OG faves are St. Vincent de Paul or Union Gospel Mission Thrift

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Youngers Studio Tuesday Night Drawing Group Resumes

Tuesday Night Drawing Group resumes this week!
Tues, Oct 2nd– Nude figure pose, Ann will be our model
Send a reply or call/text if you plan to attend 🙂

Looking forward to seeing you all again!
10/2 – Nude Figure (Ann)
10/9 – Portrait/Costume
10/16 – Nude Figure (Marcus)
10/23 – Nude Figure (Monica)
10/30 – Nude Figure (Monica)
335 N. Main Ave. Ste. 210
Sioux Falls, SD 57104