Volunteer Spotlight: Sara Bainter

The Volunteer Spotlight is a new series here on the JAM blog and I am a new blogger, so it’s a perfect match. You may be asking yourself what is the Volunteer Spotlight? Well, let me tell you. Each month we will pick one of the wonderful volunteers here at JAM and ask them many different questions about volunteering, their lives and any projects they’re excited about and want to share with us.

Ideally, I want to sit down face-to-face with my interviewee over a hot cup of tea, unfortunately for my first interview that wasn’t exactly how it went. Our busy schedules kept us apart, but email brought us together.  Say hello to the wonderful artist and poet, Sara Bainter, whom I have the pleasure of volunteering with at JAM.

Here it goes…

Shanda: How long have you been a volunteer at JAM? And why did you get involved?

Sara: I officially started volunteering January 2017? I started getting involved because I knew it would be a great place to volunteer and give back to a community that I felt like had already given so much to me artistically and otherwise since I moved here in March 2016.

What is the best part for you about volunteering at JAM?

The best part is getting to see all of the people who are shocked at the low price of their craft or art supplies, and are going home to create! I also love watching people’s reactions as they leave Exposure Gallery. It’s just a great feeling to experience it first hand.

What do you do at JAM?

I goof off or doodle a huge percentage of the time, and sometimes I put donations out like I’m supposed to. I like to help with Weird Art Wednesdays when I can. I love watching people of all ages come in and use art supplies for free for two hours while we work on creating projects together!

What would you tell someone who is thinking about volunteering at JAM?

You will be so appreciated and needed! Please help. (laughs out loud)

What is your art background?

I feel like that’s a very long story that maybe I should write. But it starts with me being very bored, isolated and lonely in Winner, South Dakota.

What project are you currently working on that you are really excited about?

Right now I’m in the middle of moving and turning my bedroom into an art installation to facilitate more dreaming and imagining.

You have a book coming out soon, tell us a little about that.

Campfire Poetry is the paraphrased journey of heartbreak, devastation and hope, which I illustrated with various mixed media. There is a guest illustration by Christopher Reistroffer! My intention is to give creative control of the lyrics to many different bands and see what comes out of those ideas and performances!

You have beautiful illustration in your book. What came first to you, the paintings or the words?

Thank you! The words definitely came first. It seems like suddenly poetry bled from every pore and I didn’t know when it would stop.

What emotions will be triggered while reading your book?

I’m hoping some people will feel empathy. Maybe others will feel like they are not the only ones with these experiences. I want hope to be a big part of the Campfire Poetry experience.

What was the most challenging part of writing this book? And what was the most rewarding part?

The challenging part of writing is in experiencing conflict worthy of inspiring others. I don’t think I have to talk specifically about what I went through, but I do have to talk about falling down and getting back up in the unique way that I did. I felt like I had no other choice than to write this book, and once it started coming together, I felt a deep responsibility to share it with others in hopes that it will help them.

How does it feel to finally have it done and in your hands?

I really only have had access to the only copy of the proof, and even though I had to change and fix a lot of things, it woke me up and I felt an even deeper responsibility to get the book into the hands of the right people.

Where and when can we buy your book?

The official book launch is October 30th. It will be available on Amazon.com. Just search Campfire Poetry or Sara Bainter… or stop me in the street and demand a copy because I will have some on me when they come out!

 

If you would like to volunteer at JAM our next hour-long training session will be Monday October 30th from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Must be 18 years old to volunteer alone, but under 18 can volunteer with a parent! You can find more info here.

FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW: OCTOBER

This month, First Friday featured a slew of artists participating in the Art and Wine Walk. Most locations had the artists inside their shops, so the looming threat of a downpour was no concern. The rain held off just long enough for the outdoor locations to show off their craft. Instead of going to every single stop on the walk, since there were so many great artists there, I picked the “You don’t see that everyday!” locations.  ~Rachel

Rebekah Scott Designs at Atoley Spa

She learned how to sew in 4-H as a child. Then, one Christmas as a “poor newlywed,” Rebekah Scott realized she did not have to buy gifts. Family and friends received handmade gifts that year, and Rebekah realized that she could start a business with her craft and still raise a family. Thirteen years later, she is still making purses. Her website, shoprsd.com, is based on an interactive system that lets visitors pick designs and see different fabrics on the item they choose. Her wares on display at Atoley Spa had something to please everyone; a variety of styles, colors and patterns were available with more on her site.

Nathan Rueckert at A League of Your Own

“America At The Seams” is Nathan Ruecker’s latest and largest work, and also the name of his soon to be released book. For almost two decades he has worked with old tattered baseballs, turning them into various forms of art. He makes everything from keychains to crosses. Nathan got his inspiration after the September 11th attacks, and he played baseball in college. His work has expanded from the original idea of American flags and really taken off over the years. He works with baseballs because the sport is still “America’s favorite pastime,” and keeps the game close. See more of his work on his website.

“America at the Seams”

Swen’s Reclaimed Wares at Say Anything Jewelry

Mike Swenson brought his reclaimed wood art pieces to his sister’s shop for First Friday, along with some of his tools. Mike kayaks on the rivers, and his state carvings are often inspired by these rivers; he can take the less interesting shapes of some states and make them dynamic by carving in the rivers that run through them. Most of the wood Mike uses comes from barns or pallets, and all of it is reclaimed. Find the Minnesota native on Snapchat to see in progress works at swenmn, or see his shop on Etsy to buy his art.

Mike’s tool set up at Say Anything

Amy Jarding Weaving at Coffea

Amy Jarding, co-founder of JAM and a weaver for three years, set up shop at Coffea on Friday night. Mostly self taught through YouTube videos, Amy creates vibrant and stylish woven pieces in many sizes. Her large works immediately catch the eye in the space, and the hanging accents add color to the ambience. She uses new and used yarn on her frame loom, and sometimes even found objects. Follow her on Instagram or Facebook to see more of her work with weaving and other artistic endeavors.

Parklet Design Competition at Sioux Falls Design Center

South Dakota State University students of all grades submitted sculpture ideas for the Sioux Falls Design Center Parklet Design Competition this Friday. Six student groups were selected to take over parking spots near the 11th and Phillips intersection and set up their designs that passerby could vote on with tokens provided. Designs included a wide spectrum of ideas influenced by pop culture and nature. An interactive game made of balloons and complete with slingshot was compiled by a group including student Walker Kropenske. He said the piece was fairly simple and based on the game Angry Birds.  “What’s That Sound” inspired by Blue Man Group and Pinterest crafts was put together by a group of four including Rachael Selberg. She said her group wanted to create an interactive experience for children and adults too. “Feathers,” a social media positivity campaign that passerby were able to add to (#WhatMakesMeFly), was created by Liz and Angela. They were hoping to spread positive energy on social media in Sioux Falls. A stained glass house inspired Jaylee, Gaby and Samuel for their cellophane built tent. Unfortunately, the sun did not come out much to make their piece shine they way they hoped. “Palisades Pavilion” was created by Kyle Franta and Thomas Schneider, inspired by Palisades State Park and a pit stop for those attending the parklet event. All of the sculptures were large enough to fill their parking spots and draw passerby in. Learn more about the Sioux Falls Design Center and their upcoming competitions on their website.

“Palisades Pavilion”
Liz and Angela with “Feathers”
Angry Birds Interactive
“What’s That Sound?”

FIRST FRIDAY LOWDOWN

It is a loaded October First Friday! With Downtown Sioux Falls hosting the annual Art and Wine Walk, there are a lot of places to be, and a lot of art to see. Here’s a list of what’s going down, Wine Walk and otherwise!


First Friday Art & Wine Walk! A wide variety of artists and wine samples await, as you visit locations on both sides of the river in Downtown Sioux Falls from 5:00 – 9:00pm. Viewing the art and meeting artists is FREE, and for just $20, you’ll get a wristband to enjoy one sample of wine at each location. You can also purchase wine by the glass for $5. Wristbands can be purchased at any participating location on October 6, 2017, from 5:00 – 9:00pm.

2017 WINE WALK
Participating Locations and Artists:

8th & RR Center: 401 East 8th Street #200A (Two artists)
Red Door Creations – Painter
Dylan Jacobson
 – Cartoonist
Wine options:
Cupcake Riesling or 19 Crimes Banished Red Blend

A League of Your Own: 229 South Phillips Avenue
Nathan Rueckert – Recycled Baseball Art
Wine Options:
Luccio Peach Moscato or Cocobon Dark Red

Atoley Salon: 317 South Phillips Avenue
Rebekah Scott – Handmade Purses/Accessories
Wine Options:
Anna Pesä Synphony or Phat Hogg Red

Atoley Spa: 317 South Phillips Avenue
Chelsea Munson – Makeup Artistry
Wine Options:
Chloe Rose or Carnivor Zinfandel

Bead Co./Acorn19: 319 South Phillips Avenue
York & ME – Jewelry Art

Wine Options:
19 Crimes Hard Chard or 19 Crimes Banished Red Blend

CH Patisserie: 309 South Phillips Avenue #1
Merecedes Nelson – Photographer

Wine Options:
Benziger Chardonnay or Finca Las Moras Malbec

Chelsea’s Boutique: 220 South Phillips Avenue
Elisabeth Hunstad – Singer/Songwriter

Wine Options:
Slow Press Sauvignon Blanc or Concannon Petite Sirah

City Hall – Mayor’s Office: 224 West 9th Street – Artist Only Location
Various Artists – Pictured: Adam Petersen

Artist Only Location

Coffea Roasterie: 200 South Phillips Avenue
Amy Jarding – Weaver

Wine Options:
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or William Hill Cabernet

Conversation Piece: 301 South Minnesota Avenue
Create Yourself a Make-&-Take Mug

Wine Options:
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Storypoint Pinot Noir

Great Outdoor Store: 201 East 10th Street
Reina Okawa – Mixed Media

Wine Options:
Mirassou Pinot Grigio or William Hill Cabernet

Home Porch Gifts: 217 South Phillips Avenue
Elaine Fritz – Stamp & Papercraft

Wine Options:
Concannon Founders Chardonnay or Cupcake Petite Sirah

J.H. & Sons: 216 South Phillips Avenue
Kirby Schultz – Painter

Wine Options:
Benziger Chardonnay or Insurrection Cabernet

JLG Architects: 232 South Main Avenue
Dustin Sinner – Painter

Wine Options:
Cupcake Riesling or Finca Las Moras Malbec

Lot 2029: 207 South Phillips Avenue
Art Diaz & Abby Hatch – Musicians

Wine Options:
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Leese Fitch Merlot

Luca’s Boutique: 401 East 8th Street #122
Rodger Ellingson – Painter

Wine Options:
Luccio Peach Moscato or Carnivor Zinfandel

NV Studio: 106 West 11th Street
Connie Herring – Sculptor/Jewelry Art

Artist Only Location

Plum’s Cooking Co.: 401 East 8th Street #107
Linda Napolitano – Cookie Artist/Baker

Wine Options:
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or William Hill Cabernet

Prairie Berry East Bank: 322 East 8th Street
Mary Payton – Painter

Wine Options:
Anna Pesä Meritage 2014 or Red Ass Rhubarb

Rehfeld’s Art and Framing: 210 South Phillips Avenue
Kelly Dudgeon Tadlock – Painter

Wine Options:
Concannon Founders Chardonnay or Cocobon Dark Red

Rug & Relic: 401 East 8th Street #114
Jamie Jacobson – Painter

Wine Options:
Slow Press Sauvignon Blanc Crisp or Luccio Peach Moscato

Say Anything Jewelry: 225 South Phillips Avenue
Michael Swenson – Wood Working

Wine Options:
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or Dark Horse Red Blend

Simply Perfect: 401 East 8th Street #108
Mercedes Maltese – Pottery and Henna

Wine Options:
Chloe Rose or Leese Fitch Merlot

Sioux Falls Design Center: 108 West 11th Street
Paul Boerboom – Painter

Wine Options:
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Concannon Petite Sirah

State Theatre: 316 South Phillips Avenue
Jim Sturdevant – Painter

Wine Options:
Mirassou Pinot Grigio or Leese Fitch Merlot

Sticks and Steel: 401 East 8th Street #118
Artist TBD Monday, October 2nd
Wine Options:
19 Crimes Hard Chard or Finca Las Moras Malbec

Unglued: 218 South Phillips Avenue
Cambium Wood Art

Wine Options:
Chloe Rose or Dark Horse Red Blend

Urban Archaeology: 126 South Phillips Avenue
Elizabeth Munger – Printmaker/Custom Letterpress

Wine Options:
Anna Pesä Synphony or Phat Hogg Red

Young and Richard’s: 222 South Phillips Avenue
Ne’Qwa Ornaments – Glass Ornaments

Wine Options:
Cupcake Riesling or Storypoint Pinot Noir

ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK OUT:

LOADED DECKS
Third Eye at Vishnu
7 to 11 p.m.
A juried skateboard art show. Twenty artists show their deck work along side a piece of their own art and will be judged best in show.

FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Washington Pavilion VAC
5 to 8 p.m.
6 p.m. Gallery Talks for the “South Dakota Governor’s 7th Biennial Art Exhibition” in the Everist Gallery.

FLIGHT EPHEMERAL
Exposure Gallery
6 to 9 p.m.
We’re back on First Friday this month with new work from painter/illustrator Sharon Wegner-Larsen and illustrator/graphic designer Molly O’Connor.

2ND ANNUAL PARKLET DESIGN COMPETITION
Sioux Falls Design Center
12 to 7 p.m.
“What do you get when you take six parking spaces along 11th street and turn them over to students from SDSU’s School of Design?” “The 2nd Annual Parklet Design Competition!” Come explore unique roadside installations and rethink how you view parking downtown. Play and public voting 12:00 – 7:00 pm. Awards at 7:15 pm

CFA: FERNSON ON 8TH GALLERY

  • Fernson is soliciting submissions for a small exhibit of artwork to be hung at Fernson on 8th, located in eastbank of downtown Sioux Falls.
  • Submission is free, and will be selected by the Fernson team.
  • This form has no deadline – artists will be selected as needed.
  • Exhibits last between 3 and 6 months.
  • You have the option of hosting a reception at the beginning or end of your exhibit.
  • Contact mitch@fernson.com with any questions.

SUBMISSION FORM

‘Art for Arthritis: Turning Pain into Art’ event begins Friday in Sioux Falls

An event set for Friday in Sioux Falls is turning a painful disease into beautiful pieces of art.

“Art for Arthritis” pairs victims of juvenile arthritis with local mentor artists.

Artists’ works will be auctioned off Friday night to raise money in hopes of finding a cure. A mentor artist KSFY spoke with said she is grateful to be a part of this experience.

“Working with the children is awesome, I think I benefit more than they do because it’s just a humbling experience to see their creativity, see how they attack problems and experiment,” Kelly Tadlock said. “They look at things differently than adults do, so it’s just refreshing to see them grow and learn as artists.”

“Art for Arthritis’ also features dinner, a silent auction, and a diamond dig. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. in the Startlight Room of the Holiday Inn in downtown Sioux Falls.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

CFA: 38th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale

The Center for Western Studies at Augustana University is now accepting artists’ applications for the 38th Annual Artists of the Plains Art Show & Sale to be held February 16-18, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Sioux Falls.

We are excited to schedule this year’s show in conjunction with the National Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic, the nation’s largest upland hunting and conservation event. More than 20,000 people attend the annual trade show which is expected to bring thousands of people to Sioux Falls this year — crowds eager to buy beautiful artwork!

The Artists of the Plains Show is selective, featuring around two dozen professional artists each year with an eye toward including new talent. Given the high volume of potential patrons the Pheasant Fest & Quail Classic promises, we anticipate strong competition for this year’s show. Be sure to submit your application before the deadline of October 6, 2017.

As a signature program of the Center for Western Studies, this show and sale is designed to educate the public about the cultural importance and variety of regional art and artists. The largest and longest running show of its kind in the region, Artists of the Plains is an annual highlight of the Center’s Art Program and Educational Exhibits, one of several programming areas supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The hours of this year’s show will be:

  • Friday, February 16, Premiere Showing: 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., with the awards program at approximately 8:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 17, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 18, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Center for Western Studies offers CASH AWARDS in the following categories: Two-Dimensional Best of Show ($200 first place and $100 second place) and Three-Dimensional Best of Show ($200 first place and $100 second place).

The show is a gift from the Center for Western Studies and its supporters to the artists and collectors of the Northern Plains. All staff time necessary to prepare, market, and conduct the show is underwritten by the Center’s operations budget and endowment. The Center does not take a commission on any artist’s event sales.

To be considered for the 2018 show, complete the artist questionnaire and return it to CWS by October 6, 2017. The Art Committee of the CWS Board of Directors will meet in October to select up to 25 artists to invite to the 2018 show and sale. Our visitors expect high quality and a variety of artwork at this event. Artists are asked to have a minimum of five original pieces for show and sale.

For more information or to ask questions, please contact Education Assistant Kristi Thomas at 605.274.4005 or kristi.thomas@augie.edu. The artist questionnaire can also be found on our website at: www.augie.edu/cws.

30th Annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market

The 30th annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market (NPIAM) continues its tradition of celebrating world-class American Indian art in a three-day event, September 22-24, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The event showcases over 30 professional artists and features local artists such as: Kevin Brave Heart, Don Montileaux, Jim Yellow Hawk, Dwayne Wilcox, Jennifer White, Lynn Burnette, and Richard Red Owl.

NPIAM is an international gathering of American Indian artists—those who work in contemporary fine arts and those who create art using traditional materials, methods and styles. The show has become a national staple in showcasing American Indian art of the Northern Plains and artists have gained recognition through national publications and exhibits.

The event begins with an Art Reception and Juried Art Show at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Friday, September 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Artist Reception and Juried Art Show admission: $25.00 per person. The Juried Art show allows entries to compete for prestigious awards including: Best of Show—$1,500; Best of Fine Arts—$1,000; and Best of Tribal Arts—$1,000. Judging for the 2017 NPIAM Juried Show will take place Friday, September 22. Awards totaling more than $13,000 are also given in 18 art and medium divisions.
Jurors are selected from a national pool of American Indian art experts, scholars, and respected working artists. This year NPIAM welcomes Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Assistant Curator of Native American Art from Minneapolis Institute of Art; Angela Swedberg, Contemporary Artist and Certified Indian Artisan; Alexander Brier Marr, PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester; and Jeffrey L. Viken, Chair, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge Reservation.

Juror’s forums are also being scheduled as part of the NPIAM’s mission to educate art enthusiasts about American Indian Art and its significance to Indian Culture. Forums are free and open to the public.
The event continues for Art Market days, September 23-24, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Market days allow participating artist to sell their work directly to art collectors, enthusiasts and local art buyers. The market is open Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Art Market Admission is $5.00 daily or $7.00 for a 2-day pass, children under 12 are free.

About NPIAM The Northern Plains Indian Art Market (NPIAM) was established in 1988 by American Indian Services, Inc., of Sioux Falls, SD, as the Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show (NPTA). To be eligible to enter the NPIAM a Native American artist must be an enrolled member of 1 of 33 tribes in the United States and Canada the show recognizes as “Northern Plains.” American Indian Services produced the juried art show and market from 1988 to 2003. Since 2004, Sinte Gleska University of Rosebud, South Dakota, has been the producing organization. In the 30 years of its existence–one of the longest running Indian art shows in the country–over 800 artists from 7 Northern Plains states and two Canadian provinces have exhibited at NPTA/NPIAM. For more information, visit npiam.org or call Sinte Gleska University at 605-856-8100.

FIRST FRIDAY: AN ARTIST’S PERSPECTIVE BEHIND THE SCENES

September’s First Friday was filled with new experiences and new friendships. I challenged myself this month by doing as many different and exciting things as I could. Having my artwork present in two separate group art shows, while simultaneously displaying quality, was a big part of that challenge. 

My First Friday morning began with appearing on KELOLAND News to chat about the 5th Annual Tallgrass Recovery Art Show at Exposure Gallery, along with artists Betsy Ashworth and Joan Zephier. Personally, this wasn’t a first time being interviewed about my artwork, but it was a first having it air on television. As nerve-wracking as it was to piece together what I’d say to KELO, it was all worth it. Being able to have the chance to speak about a powerfully impacting exhibition is well worth any amount of nerves. I’m so thankful for Joan and everyone involved with the show.

“Here’s something you could do tonight. #Repost @mattholsen
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The 5th Annual Tallgrass Recovery Art Show is tonight from 5-9 at Exposure Gallery. A preview of the amazing pieces coming up on KELOLAND News. #kelonews” -KELOLAND on Instagram.

The most surprising thing was the intense amount of people that showed up just for this healing event. I’m, at times, the type of person that would rather stay home and resist any chance to interact with people. Then there are special times that I’m able to move into a healthier mood that pushes me to meet folks and reach out. The reception was an incredibly eventful first.

A fun, interactive aspect to the exhibit is the People’s Choice Award. Attendees were asked to cast their vote before they left. With the pieces being displayed the entire month of September, I hope you have a chance to stop by to look around.

I enjoy seeing written, story-like pieces beside a visual artwork. It’s even more powerful when the viewer gets a written accompaniment to help lead their thinking, and walk them down a path of interpretation. I like to look for little body cues as viewers take in my work, as well. When someone is reading what I’ve placed before them, and they realize how it fits with everything else they’re seeing, that’s one of my favorite moments. It’s almost like an electric connection is sparked inside their eyes. Witnessing people light up with a specific passion for any artwork is a treat.

At 7:00 p.m. I had to hop, skip, and jump over to Vishnu Bunny Tattoo for the other group show I took part in this month. This show served as an introduction to local artists that the community may not have known about otherwise.

Both Exposure and Third Eye Gallery at Vishnu are constantly brainstorming new topics and themes for artists to submit and present on. Keep your eyes peeled for calls for art. A great resource is our very own Call For Art page on JAM’s website!

I’m not a fan of bland artist statements. I like to give information in a more engaging and fun way. The “theme” of my work displayed at Vishnu is similar to a timeline with missing chunks. So, I decided to make my statement more of a funky story to follow along with. I noticed that during the night, I had to point this fact out to folks. Most of whom I chatted with had never heard of an artist statement that didn’t just state the obvious facts.

For those of you reading who are wondering how to get your work into galleries, just keep going. Connect. Keep pushing. Keep meeting people. Keep working on your art. Keep taking in constructive criticism. Keep positive. What more is there to say?
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ANGIE GILLESPIE: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

One of my favorite aspects about blogging for JAM is having the chance to go out and meet wonderful people. Sometimes they’re mysterious enchantresses or eccentric wizards. Other times, they seem like wildly excited kings and queens. This go around, I was invited into the lair of local Sioux Falls artist, Angie Gillespie. She showed me the wondrous way to create a captivating painting without the use of any paint. I thought she must have used alchemy to bring them to life in such a beautiful and mind-turning way. Having seen her process first hand, I can firmly say that her persistence with experimentation shines like gold through all of her pieces.
-Hannah
“Electric Neon” 6″ x 6″
Layers of wax covering Angela’s studio floor.
Are you from Sioux Falls, South Dakota? How long have you lived here? 

Lived in Sioux Falls my whole life except for a short couple years in Minneapolis.

How long have you been working with your art? 

I’ve painted my whole life, but started painting with wax two years ago. I actually read up and visually studied it for about six years before actually painting with wax. The timing just wasn’t right.
Angela beginning a new piece in her studio.

Dried wax.

Dried wax.

Where do you create? 

My studio is in my basement, in a home my parents built and then sold. It was lived in by two different families, until we bought it a few years back. I work every day in the same room that I once created in as a child. It even has the same wall pencil sharpener.

What do you work with? What exactly is that medium like? 

I create my encaustic medium by mixing beeswax with damar crystals which acts as a hardener. (Damar crystals are a resin.)  Many of my colors are custom created mixtures using dry pigments to which I add to the clear medium, and each layer of wax must be fused together with the previous layer by heat. I work with blow torches, irons and a heat gun. My palette is a griddle full of tins and soup cans. Wax has characteristics that can’t be changed. Almost as soon as my brush touches the panel, the wax on it has cooled. For this reason, wax doesn’t lay down and blend like acrylics or oils; that comes with using heat to push the colors around and melt. When I’m working on a piece, it’s not just about what’s on the surface, it’s also the colors that were intentionally painted before, only to reemerge when scraped away to reveal new patterns that are hidden beneath.

Angela applying wax to a board.
Angela using a blowtorch to melt wax making it liquid like.

Do you do commissions?

Of course! I love commissioned projects and working with clients who have a specific size and color palette in mind. It’s always a good feeling to make something that someone is so excited to get and hang in their home. It’s the ultimate compliment that they chose my work for something they see every day. I always feel very appreciative and grateful.

What’s your printing business?

Out of a challenge came a solution. I created APLIS Fine Art Printing as I wanted to create prints of my work that were the same size as my originals. At APLIS Fine Art Printing, I work with artists of every medium who want big beautiful prints the same size as or bigger than their originals without losing any clarity when enlarged. Through my digital capture technique, I create a base file that requires no upsampling, no interpolation of pixels. For example, I can digitally capture a 6×6 and print it out 24×24 and it remains clear without any fuzzy edges. My website lists my paper selection, sizes and prices.

The equipment and products of APLIS Fine Art Printing.

What is one of, or a combination of, most challenging pieces/projects that you’ve worked on?

Pieces that have a lot of carved lines can be tricky. If you only want to melt the very top layer of wax, you have to wait longer between fusing, or else the previous layers will get too hot and shift the piece. That takes a lot of patience and time. An overall challenge I find is to remind myself to move forward and not try to duplicate something I painted. It will drive you nuts! The only way I could possibly duplicate something is to really document every step I took; from the colors I created to what I laid down and in what order. I had to do this for a commission piece where there were two paintings that almost mirrored each other. I took pictures of each step and documented everything. I even had a little old school tape recorder… which would have been cool if I had used it, but I used my phone.

Feel all of that texture!

Where can people contact you? What’s the contact line for your printing business?

People can reach me by calling, texting, emailing, pigeon carrier, sky writing…. All my contact info is on my two websites.
AngieGillespie.com has images of my work and prints you can order!
APLISfineartprinting.com has information on digital capturing services, printing and prices. I always welcome questions about the process, and what APLIS Fine Art Printing can do for them. I love to help artists create multiple streams of income for themselves by selling prints of their work!

Follow Angela on Instagram: @angie.gillespie.artist

Can you use three words to describe your art and yourself?

Perseverance. Fearless. Optimistic.

“Bloom” 12″ x 36″
“Sea Foam” 24″ x 36″
Angela’s first piece using her beeswax technique.

It’s okay to make your own rules. I try to remember that when it comes to what I want to accomplish as an artist. I’m a huge believer in writing down goals. I have notebooks full ideas and plans, then I break it down and work on what I can accomplish now, months from now and years down the road. Every idea starts somewhere, some with giant leaps, others with baby steps. After taking a few years off and silencing my creative spirit, I found myself standing at the sidelines waiting to jump in; full of ideas and stuffed with inspiration, knowing one day, I’d paint with wax. I didn’t know what I’d create… I just had to let it all out, and remember it was okay to make my own rules.

 

An Evening of Art, Architecture and Community

with keynote by Dale Lamphere
AIA South Dakota
Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)
Sioux Falls, SD
TICKETS HERE

Renowned sculptor and South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere will give a free, public presentation as part of a celebration of art, architecture and community on Thursday, Sept. 14 in Sioux Falls.

An Evening of Art, Architecture and Community is sponsored by Architecture Incorporated and presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Dakota and the Great Plains chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel on 3200 W. Maple St., with tickets available to the public at no charge.

AIA South Dakota will also recognize SDSU alumnus and business leader Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines for his unparalleled support of the SDSU Department of Architecture.

Lamphere sculpted the breathtaking Dignity Statue that perches atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River in Chamberlain and has been further immortalized in specialty state license plates. Lamphere has also been commissioned to build the Arc of Dreams, a massive stainless steel sculpture that will span the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls.

Lamphere will give a solo keynote presentation and take questions from the audience. An Evening of Art, Architecture and Community will also feature a brief panel on how art and architecture intermingle to shape community that will include:

Panelist: Dan Pitera, FAIA, executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and recipient of the coveted Whitney Young Award.
Panelist: Tanya Olson, ASLA, PLA, principal/owner at Tallgrass Landscape Architecture in Custer.
Panelist: Tim Barry, artist and managing partner of Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha.
Panelist: Kristine Bjerke, AIA, principal architect of Architecture Incorporated in Rapid City
Panelist: Dale Lamphere, South Dakota artist laureate, sculptor, owner of Lamphere Studio near Sturgis and founding board member of Arts South Dakota.
Moderator: Patri Acevedo, AIA, CPHC, vice president/present-elect of AIA South Dakota and market leader with JLG Architects in Rapid City.

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