All posts by Tana Zwart

From Lagos to Lemmon

Sculptor John Lopez is collaborating with two Nigerian artists to transform an empty lot in downtown Lemmon into a tribute to the town’s founder. Boss Cowman Square will be unveiled on July 9 during this year’s Boss Cowman Days Celebration and Rodeo.

The square celebrates the town’s agricultural heritage and the legendary cowboy-turned-cattle baron who gave it his name. Lopez is creating a larger-than-life sculpture of Ed Lemmon, which will sit on a pedestal in the square. Artists Dotun Popoola and Jonathan Imafidor have painted a mural that depicts Lemmon leading cattle across the Missouri River…

via South Dakota Magazine, To view more, click here.

605 Summer Classic: A Comprehensive Recap

The 7th annual 605 Summer Classic was two-day celebration of regional music, local beer, and all around good times. Sandwiched between two nights of live music was 605’s second annual all-South Dakota beer tasting. Photographer Bill Tetrault was there through all of it, making sure we remember all the fun….

via 605 Magazine. View the rest here.

Art Vendors Wanted

Round Lake Vineyards and Winery is looking for artists who want to display/sell their art or goods at the Harvest Festival and Grape Stomp on September 10. Follow this link for more information and to register as a vendor.d26b7b3d084c7ebd512fdbcab9143768

Local photographer creates Sioux Falls welcome

Local photographer Wes Eisenhauer hated to see a blank 1,600 square foot roof go to waste, so he decided to make it a greeting to be seen from the skies.

Eisenhauer posted a video to his photography business’ Facebook page of a group painting a welcome message on the roof of his building. The idea came while he was flying over downtown Sioux Falls and realized he had 1600 square foot blank canvas on the roof.

So, he went to new heights to try it out.

His business’ building is about a mile from the airport and planes are constantly flying overhead, he said. While he was flying back in from California, he could see the roof of his building for a few miles before landing…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Eastbank Gallery

Eleven years ago, 20 local artists started Eastbank Art Gallery in a storefront at 8th and Railroad Center, at a time when that part of town was known largely for the rail yards, and not much else. Over the years, things have changed exponentially, with even more change promised since the City of Sioux Falls purchased more than 10 acres of the downtown rail yard from the BNSF Railway for redevelopment. People know where Eastbank is now, and as a gallery, they have forged a good reputation with artists.

The spacious gallery has one of the largest, readily available collections of local and regional art in Sioux Falls. Unlike any other gallery in town, they are member-stocked and member-ran. The walls and display cases boast the work of the current 16 members, and range in style, technique and trade.

I sat down with vice president, Jim Heroux, to talk more.

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July Guest and Featured Artists at Eastbank

Guest Artist: John Peters

I am a Sioux Falls artist, married to Deb Peters and have four children.  B.A. from Augustana College, M.F.A. from the University of Illinois.  I have commissioned public works and Liturgical art and exhibit personal work at the East Bank Art Gallery.  I am currently the Gallery Coordinator and sculpture and 3-D design teacher at Augustana University.

I have used the box form for 41 years to create constructions/assemblages in a wide variety of media and content.  This current series is focused on 3-Dimensional designs with different kinds of metals, all found objects, in a format that invokes a sense of miniature scale, museum exhibition spaces, and the intrigue of familiar and unfamiliar found objects that all conjure memories…

via Eastbank Gallery. To view more, click here.

Featured Artist: Cheryl Longseth

I was searching for a new direction to take with my artwork when I was asked to be in an exhibit where each artist was challenged to visually represent a colloquialism. At first I selected “Hanging By a Thread” and did a piece representing that saying. Then, when I was asked to create another colloquialism piece, I chose “A Horse of a Different Color.”

For that I painted a green horse with a pink nose, and I really liked the way it turned out. More recently, I was challenged by an artist friend…

via Eastbank Gallery. To view more, click here.

Sioux Falls Arts Council to Feature Local Artists in Rotating Art Exhibit

The Sioux Falls Arts Council announced today the artists who will be featured in their rotating art exhibit for the remainder of 2016. Joan Zephier will be featured in August and September, and Sarah Odens in October and November. A short break will be taken for the month of December to prepare for a full year of rotations in 2017.

Although Joan Zephier has no formal education in art, art has had a lifelong influence on her. For 10 years, she and another artist owned and operated an artist studio where her concentration was free-form, hand-built Raku sculpture. After her own battle with addiction and road to recovery, Joan pursued her dream of creating and participating in The Recovery Art Show to raise awareness and help erase the stigma of addiction, and to tell the story of recovery. The show, now in its 4th year, continues to evolve and become more successful every year. Joan was the recipient of the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Individual Excellence in Visual Arts for her work with area high school students, assisting them in using art to tell their own stories of addiction and recovery. Joan’s body of work focuses on the emotional stories of addiction, recovery, family and spirituality, and how it looks in her own life. The opening reception for Joan’s exhibit will be Friday, August 5th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, with an artist talk at 5:30 pm.

Sarah Odens received her BA in Art and English from the University of Sioux Falls, and her MFA at Michigan State University, where she was awarded a Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the College of Arts and Letters. Her paintings explore the social implications of online images of domestic perfection, transforming them into abstract musings on the joy and the futility of chasing that very perfection. Fragments from poems and online domestic sources filter into her work. Her uneasy fascination with online domesticity – often false, rigid, staged or idealized – permeates her paintings and speaks to the rough, undone edges of crumbling cakes and the dissolving fragments of floral arrangements. The opening reception for Sarah’s exhibit will be Friday, October 7th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm, with an artist talk at 5:30 pm.

Sioux Falls Imagined: A Cultural Plan for a Vibrant and Prosperous City, approved by the City of Sioux Falls in July 2014, named the Sioux Falls Arts Council as the organization given the charge of implementing the plan. From the Artists and Creative Workers task force findings, a strong need identified for the local art community was alternative exhibition space(s). The Featured Artist Exhibit at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office opened in May 2016 as a way to start filling this need.

The exhibit is currently featuring the works of local artists Jerry Cook and Kelly Tadlock until end of July. The Sioux Falls Arts Council, located in the Crane Centre at 8th & Railroad 326 E 8th St #106A, is open Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, First Fridays 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and by appointment.

The 2017 Call for Art will be posted in August 2016. Submissions will be due by October 15th. Eligible artists must live or work in the Greater Sioux Falls Area (Minnehaha, Lincoln, McCook and Turner counties). Visit for more information.

Artist prints roots to make connections

Jordan Thornton is inspired by the root of things.

Thornton, a local printmaker, creates prints—and in turn, shadow boxes—with plants at their center. One of her latest creations is a willow tree shadow box, roots exposed, leaves extending in a three-dimensional pattern outside the confines of its wooden enclosure. It was created with a friend from Montana in mind.

“Lately, I’ve been inspired by roots, always with plants behind it,” Thornton says. “For me it’s all about that concept of growth. Roots are connectors, they connect everything—relationships, person, place, pursuit. I think about our attachment to things, what’s at the root of that mindset.”

But Thornton doesn’t just spend her time contemplating plants, The Sioux Falls native also works with students as part of the South Dakota Arts Council, teaching classes at the Washington Pavilion of Arts & Science and sharing her talent at area non-profits and schools. Some of her latest work is on display at Coffea Roasterie’s Louise Avenue location as part of a group exhibition called “Caffeinated Creativity.” The pieces will move to Coffea’s downtown shop later this month….

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Case study: MJM Proposes a Toast

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“Giving neglected art supplies a second chance at life is the best thing since jam on sliced bread!”

In many ways, spreading jam on a slice of toast is a lot like paint on canvas. Or fun fabric patterns on a soft pillow. Maybe even googly eyes glued to found objects. Each thing is better when combined with another. Toast is better with jam. Canvas is better with paint. Googly eyes are great on anything. Artists are better when they have the materials they need to make their art, and the business classes they need to help them succeed. JAM Art & Supplies in downtown Sioux Falls helps make all of these wonderful combinations possible, and many more. JAM spreads the love of art all over our community, and we’re better for it…

via Matt Jensen Marketing. To view the rest, click here.

This Weekend: SDAA Retreat at Pointers Ridge

This year we are offering a Natural Pigment Painting workshop to take place on Saturday June 25 10-4. If you are a member the workshop will be free. $35 for non-members. For more information on the workshop and to signup go here.

Event Dates and Times:
June 24th meet and greet 5:30-8:30
June 25th coffee & rolls 9:00, lunch at 12:00, potluck at 6:00
June 26th breakfast at 9:30

Enjoy painting along the river, drawing renaissance models, sign up for the Natural Pigment painting workshop. The options are endless!

We begin the event Friday June 24 at 5:30 for a meet and greet. Appetizers, ice tea, coffee will be provided. Please bring your beverage of choice.

Then on Saturday June 25th, for those who have signed up for the workshop the day begins at 9:00 for setup with the workshop starting at 10:00.

Plein Air painting will take place all day.

Lunch will be provided starting at 12:00.

Renaissance models will be outside 1:00-3:00.

Still life painting/drawing is available throughout the day. Please bring items to share and draw.

Dinner will be a potluck starting at 5:30. Please bring a dish to share. Ice tea and coffee will be provided.

On Sunday we will close with Breakfast at 9:30.

The following accommodations are available and free to SDAA members:

1 cabin available. This cabin sleeps 4…signup with fellow artists to share! It does not have a bathroom but the main building is only feet away with a bathroom and shower. It does have a refrigerator and microwave. Cost for non-members is $25 per person
1 A-frame also can sleep 4 people. This building does have a half bath with cold water only. For non-members the cost would be $50 per person Friday evening through Sunday noon. Free to members again to be shared with fellow artists.
Tent camping and RV camping is also available and offered free to members. Cost to non-members is $15.00 per tent site; the use of electricity for an RV is $20/night. There are no dumping facilities for RVs.
South Dakota Artist Alliance website with more information and registration form, click here.