All posts by Tana Zwart

Post Pilgrim Gallery’s Jennifer White

Sioux Falls, SD — A new art gallery in Sioux Falls has emerged as a place for contemporary Native American artists to showcase their talents and broaden the scope of the Sioux Falls arts community.

Post Pilgrim Gallery, located in the lower level of Last Stop CD Shop on East 10th Street, is operated by Native American painter Jennifer White.

“I never knew I wanted to do something like this,” said White. “Once Prairie Star went away, I realized the necessity for a place for Natives to show their work.”

Prairie Star closed late August of last year, and Sioux Falls witnessed the loss of its most coveted places to buy and sell Native art for the past 20 years…

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Watercolor Workshop with Jim Heroux

Watercolor Workshop – Saturday, June 18th, 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 $53 is payable in advance. Registration and payment can be made at Eastbank Art Gallery 401 E 8th St, Ste 116.

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Family home with an edge: Original art decorates rooms

…As she’s adapted to parenting, Koch says her home décor also has evolved. “When we moved in, I was in the hippie phase with a lot of knickknacks and bright colors. Today, my décor is evolving more toward the simplicity of things – more family-esque.”

But Koch’s style is not without an edge.

Each room hosts an unexpected feature or original art. A rusty tree cutout decorates one corner of the formal dining room. Wallpaper finishes the mudroom ceiling, and a graffiti-style mural by local artist Shaine Schroeder draws attention upward, accentuating the entry’s two-story expanse.

Initially, the original art was custom designed to decorate an exterior wall at their previous home. When they moved in, Koch says its placement off the home’s entry was her husband’s idea, and she has grown to love it…

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Joshua Spies Artist’s Reception

Event Location:
Rehfeld’s Art And Framing

Event Description:
National and International award winning wildlife artist, Joshua Spies, will be displaying his artwork at Rehfeld’s Art & framing for the month of June. Artist’s reception will be Friday, June 3rd, 6-9pm. Joshua will be present to speak with guests about his work.

Recent accomplishments include having his artwork selected to be in the MGM movie “A Guy Thing,”…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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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