All posts by Tana Zwart

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…

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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.

TODAY: Write What You Know Workshop

South Dakota Writes Presents
Write What You Know: Use Your Life for Great Writing Ideas
June 20, 2016 – 6:30-8:30 PM
Jason Kurtz – Instructor
Siouxland Libraries Main Branch
200 N. Dakota Ave, Sioux Falls Meeting Room B

Mark Twain said, “Write what you know.” Most writers have heard this famous quote, but whether you are new to the craft or a seasoned veteran it can still be hard to apply Twain’s advice. This workshop will help you mine your life experience for endless writing ideas that can be applied to various genres and will help keep your creative well full and flowing.

A $10 free will donation is requested to cover cost of materials.

Local author and teacher Jason Kurtz has a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing from Hamline University, was the recipient of the SDCTE English Teacher of the Year Award in 2014 and the National NCTE High School Teacher of Excellence Award in 2015.

TOMORROW: Watercolor Workshop with Jim Heroux


Saturday, June 18th
1:00-4:00 pm
Sioux Falls Arts Council – 326 E 8th St #106A
Led by Jim Heroux, this workshop 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.

Calls for Art via Sioux Falls Arts Council


The Storm Inlet Painting Project was started as a collaboration between the City of Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls Green Business Program to “adopt a storm drain” by painting a message related to water quality and how pollution from a storm drainage system goes directly to the Big Sioux River on a storm drain inlet. Six inlets were painted by participating Green Businesses. Two storm inlets remain unpainted and available for community artists to submit designs.


Regional artists are invited to show & sell their original work at “Art on the Boardwalk,” a one day outdoor art festival sponsored by Eastbank Art Gallery. The event will take place on Sunday, August 7th from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm outside 8th & Railroad Center in Sioux Falls. Cost is $40 for a 10’ x 10’ exhibit area.


Kicking off Recovery Month,Tallgrass Recoverywill present the 4th Annual Recovery Art Show on Friday, September 2, 2016 at Exposure Gallery and Studios. “What Recovery Looks Like to You” and “What Addiction Looks Like to You” will remain the themes of the show.

For all the info and links you need, CLICK HERE.

605 Summer Classic Spotlight

For the second year, South Dakota beer will take center stage at the 605 Summer Classic. Day two (Saturday, June 25), the event kicks off with an afternoon of beer tasting, featuring a dozen breweries from all corners of the Mount Rushmore State. Attendees can also expect live acoustic music, a dunk tank run by the Sioux Falls Roller Dollz, and a make-and-take craft tent courtesy of JAM Art and Supplies.

Gates open at 3 p.m. and the tasting lasts until 6 p.m…

via 605 Magazine. To view more, click here.


June 3rd kicked off First Fridays for the summer season, and boasted a long list of happenings. We tried our best to check off as many as we could, jumping place to place in-between rain clouds. While the rain botched many of the outdoor festivities, including the block party at 8th and Railroad, the sky offered a double rainbow for a trade.


Here were some of the highlights.

Downtown Library
The library is featuring the works of 16 local and regional artists from Eastbank Gallery. If you’re picking up a book or two, make sure to take a stroll by the East and West walls.

We did a sweep through Unglued to wish them a happy first birthday, and decorate some cupcakes. Hands down, one of my favorite shops in town. If you haven’t been, you better.

Rehfeld’s Gallery
A reception for Joshua Spies, a wildlife painter, was held at Rehfeld’s. Spies is a Watertown native, and a dedicated conservationist. Through his work, he has helped raise millions of dollars to support wildlife and conservation foundations. Impeccable detail, color and depth, give his paintings a very realistic, photo-like quality. Eye to Eye, a life-size painting of an elephant, is something you definitely have to experience in person. His work is on display the month of June.

Washington Pavilion
New in the Everest Gallery is The Boomer List, an exhibition featuring photography by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders. Consisting of large format, celebrity portraits of members of the generation, it is a fascinating compilation of both people and their experiences. A video of the photo shoots add behind-the-scenes depth to the exposition. It is showing until the end of August.

Crowd participation during Meagan Dion’s presentation, ‘Asana, Art, Ananda.’

Sioux Falls Design Center’s PechaKucha Night, Vol. 18
The Design Center put on a very successful, 18th installment of PechaKucha Night, this time in partnership with the Washington Pavilion. If you are not familiar, PechaKucha is a presentation style originating in Tokyo that allows the presenter 20 slides, at 20 seconds a slide (about seven minutes a presentation).
Ten local creators and innovators got up in front of a packed Everest Gallery to talk about their passion. Some of the topics ranged from yoga to women’s rights to facing fears. Presenters included: Jordan Thornton, Ashley Thompson, Brett Cooper, Amy Gehling, Lisa Nolen, Kara Dirkson, Bryan Kegley, Matthew Rennels, Meagan Dion, and Rick Knobe. Make sure to keep your eye out for the next installment. Want to know more about PechaKucha?

Third Eye Gallery at Vishnu Bunny
Third Eye Gallery’s June show, Visions, features the works of local artists Glory Yount, Ruth Comfort, Donna O’Dea, Luke Arens, and Art by Carly. An eclectic, electric and expressive display of talent worth stopping by for. Maybe get some new ink while you’re at it.

I was disappointed to miss a couple stops. They are definitely worth noting…

Exposure Gallery
Exposures show, Echoes, featured the works of Jeff Ballard and Dave Lethcoe, as well as Kelsey Benson in the back gallery. Make sure to stop by and check it out! They will be up through June.

Sioux Falls Arts Council
The Sioux Falls Arts Council held a reception and artist talk for artists Jerry Cook and Kelly Tadlock. Their work is available for viewing through July at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office.

This Friday Eastbank Gallery hosts their Second Friday Reception for artists J.V. Nelson and Janet Judson from 5pm to 8pm.



Eastbank’s Featured Artists – June

Artist Reception June 10, 5-8 PM

Artist Reception June 10, 5-8 PM

Artist Statement
By its very nature, watercolor is a medium which encourages great expression. With transparent colors and water, I am able to create movement, depth, and value. My favorite subject is flowers done with a total “wet on wet” approach. With florals in the placing of brush and color on wet paper, I am able to feel the curve of a petal or the line of a leaf. With subsequent wetting of the paper, the glazing produces more subtle color variations and value. After 17 years of my journey with watercolor, I feel there is yet much to learn in technique and interpretation.
In April, 2015, I spent two weeks at Benejarafe, Spain…

via Eastbank Gallery. To view more, click here.

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…

via Sioux Falls Arts Council. To view more, click here.

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.

via the Sioux Falls Arts Council. Click here.