All posts by Tana Zwart


JERRY COOK was raised in Worthington, MN and currently resides in Brandon, SD. His fascination with texture, structure, and light started at an early age. He blends his city & farm life upbringing with a never ending curiosity and desire to constantly learn and explore.

Cook’s pieces are structured around a traditional painting format but with sculptural and textural elements. His goal is to create simple yet visually appealing and captivating pieces by using many different mediums, textures, materials and technologies. Cook’s work pushes the viewer to observe the overall composition while also allowing them to get lost in the depth and fine detail of each piece.

KELLY TADLOCK is a native of Sioux Falls, SD and currently calls Brandon, SD her home. Kelly attended Augustana College, where she specialized in Fine Art and Graphic Design….

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Senior Art Show

Event Location:
Eide/Dalrymple Gallery

Event Description:
The Augustana Art Department is proud to host the senior show for graduating art students April 29-May 21 at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. The gallery reception in honor of the graduating art students is Friday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.

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Students Collaborate with Artist Lena Ellis-Boatman

USF printmaking students collaborated with SDSU printmaking students and printmaker/installation artist Lena Ellis-Boatman to create an installation piece on an entry wall in the Visual Arts Center of the Washington Pavilion. Students provided several of their own prints that they then cut, folded, pasted, and otherwise manipulated to form a large installation piece under the guidance of Ellis-Boatman.

(via. USF Art Department. To view more, click here.)

First Friday Review: April

I have been living in Sioux Falls for about two years now, and am humbled to admit this was the first time I have really been able to fully take advantage of a First Friday. Like Dylan eloquently put in last month’s review, “If you have not been downtown on a First Friday, you are seriously not tasting the heart of Sioux Falls.”

I have tasted, and it is good.

For being April, it was an unseasonably cold evening. Whiskey promised to warm my bones at the end of the night, but not before beholding some of Sioux Falls’ finest. Here is a little recap of some of the happenings.

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Sherri Sherard: Art Educator

Art teachers are blessed in Sioux Falls, said Sherri Sherard, art educator at Edison Middle School. They are given leeway, and are able to be creative in how they teach and in what they teach.

That creative allowance shows in the array of tools and materials that line Sherard’s art supply room shelves. Students in her classroom are able to experience a wide range of artistic trades and crafts. Like many art educators know, not every student is going to be an artist. However, as Sherard notes, at least they gain the experience and process of creating certain things, like using a loom to weave. Sherard’s lessons are not just a practice in technique, they are woven with culture and history. 

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Harvey Dunn, Working Man

Fathers and sons don’t always see eye to eye when the younger man comes of age and starts making his own decisions. Thomas and Harvey Dunn certainly didn’t. Thomas thought his boy should stick to farming. Harvey had what his father considered a harebrained idea: he wanted to leave the farm behind and earn his living “making pictures.”

Thomas Dunn lost that particular argument with his strong-willed son; whether he did so gracefully is something only the two of them ever knew.

Harvey Dunn’s first step from the family’s Manchester homestead came in 1901, at age 17, when he enrolled at South Dakota Agricultural College in Brookings. ….

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

April Featured Member at Eastbank

Greg DenOtter
Artist Reception April 1, 2016 – 5-8 PM

I was born and raised in Volga, SD. My dad was an artist and pretty much everyone in the family has some sort of artistic abilities. I am pretty much self-taught on most of the mediums I have ventured into…..

via Eastbank Gallery. View more here.

Brad Bachmeier’s “Sticks & Stones” Ceramic Exhibition

Event Location:
Rehfeld’s Art and Framing, 210 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104

Event Description:
For our April First Friday exhibition, Rehfeld’s Art & Framing is featuring Brad Bachmeier, a brilliant ceramicist, as the newest addition to our roster of local artists. His exquisite work showcases a historical use of clay with natural and archaeological enhancements….

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Artist with Disability Paints with Love

Flecks of paint covered April Cundy’s white coverall as she grabbed her mom and pulled her in for a sideways hug.

This is how the 21-year-old artist works: With energy, teamwork and, above all else, love.

April’s work matches her personality. Filled with life. Her multi-layered abstract paintings are on display this month at ARTability, an exhibit hosted by the city of Sioux Falls.

The display features works from artists with disabilities, giving them a chance to show off their creativity….

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

Rep. Noem invites HS students to enter art contest

SIOUX FALLS–Budding young artists from South Dakota have a chance to display their work at the U.S. Capitol.

U.S. Rep. Kristi Noem says high school students from across the state can now enter their artwork to the 2016 Congressional Art Competition.

The competition began in 1982, and each congressional district has one winner. The selected artwork is displayed at the U.S. Capitol for an entire year, and winners are also invited to a reception in Washington, D.C…..

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