SculptureWalk Visitor Center opens at Washington Pavilion

A brand new SculptureWalk Visitor Center is now open at the Washington Pavilion.

The center, located on the second floor outside the Visual Arts Center, features a large-scale map of the sculpture route, brochures, video, artwork and more.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to bridge the Washington Pavilion and the SculptureWalk in our shared goal of offering art to the public,” said Darrin Smith, president of the Washington Pavilion, in a press release Wednesday. “It’s a natural connection for our patrons to enjoy our artwork and exhibitions as well as explore the sculptures located throughout downtown Sioux Falls.”

The first and last sculptures on the route are located near the Pavilion which gives SculptureWalk visitors an opportunity to start and end at the new visitor center.

SculptureWalk installed 57 new pieces in downtown Sioux Falls in early May. An estimated 300,000 visitors enjoy viewing these artworks each year…

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‘Best group of sculptures we’ve ever had:’ SculptureWalk celebrates 15 years

Downtown’s iconic SculptureWalk is celebrating 15 years this summer.

The outdoor art gallery has been a popular attraction on Phillips Avenue for both locals and tourists. This year, the walk features 57 sculptures from artists across the country and Canada.

“This one for sure is the best group of sculptures we’ve ever had,” said SculptureWalk executive director Jim Clark. “We’ve had really spectacular sculptures in the past, but as a group this year is the best.”

A brand-new SculptureWalk and Arc of Dreams Visitor Center sponsored by First Bank & Trust will open at the Washington Pavilion this month.

The exhibit, located on the second floor next to the Visual Arts Center, will provide information about the organization to curious travelers…

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Father-daughter 6,000-mile photography trip

Sioux Falls photographer Paul Heckel, 46, and his daughter Emma, 20, wanted to carve out a little father-daughter quality time this summer.

A simple plan for an overnight camping trip ballooned into a 6,000-mile, monthlong outdoor photography adventure, starting today.

“It’s a working vacation,” said Heckel, owner of Heckel Photography. “We share a passion for travel and shooting photos, so we’re heading to some of the most beautiful landscapes in the nation.”

Their first stop after leaving Sioux Falls is Badlands National Park. Then it’s on to Colorado, Utah and California, where they’ll hit Death Valley, the Sierra Nevadas, Sequoia National Park, San Diego, Los Angeles and Big Sur. The pair then heads north through San Francisco to Eureka and on to Oregon, Seattle, Idaho and through the Grand Tetons on their way back home…

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How to Create Your Ideal Artist Space

by Lucy Chambers
JAM Contributing Writer

Whether you have just moved into a new home or just want to make some renovations in your existing one, an artist space is a priority. While it may seem that any desk or hard surface that can be placed at an angle will work, that’s not usually the truth. In order to really get your creative juices going, you need a space that caters to artistic freedom and creativity. That usually means a space that has your supplies organized and is inspiring, comfortable and provides lots of wonderful light. Read on to learn more.

Organize and Inspire

It’s hard to get in the groove and be creative when you have to keep stopping to search for needed supplies. It’s frustrating and saps away your energy.  Get rid of any clutter and bring in shelves, cabinets, and other storage solutions to organize your desk stationery, paper, drawing tools and other art supplies. Your space should also be inspiring and make you happy. Paint the walls your favorite colors, put your favorite photos and artworks on the wall, and add any other personal touches that you love, such as a small plant or some inspirational quotes. The happier you are in your space, the more your creative juices will flow.

Your space also needs to be comfortable. Make sure your desk is at a comfortable level and can be adjusted as needed. A drafting desk would be ideal. Don’t skim on your chair either; you’ll be spending a lot of time in it, so make sure it’s comfortable and supportive. Buy the best you can afford. You’ll also want to make sure your space is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If it’s not, you’ll avoid using it, and that limits your creativity.


There are few things more important to making good art than light. If your space is dark and dreary, it’ll be difficult to come up with creative ideas and they may not look right when you get them down on paper. Your space should have a good source of natural light from more than one direction. North and south exposures are best as they’ll give you consistent light all day. If you need to supplement, use lamps like Ott Lights, which simulate natural day light. Florescent lighting is too harsh and incandescent too yellow.

Having a drawing space you love to be in will pay off big time. You’ll be happier, more creative and more productive. All you have to do is remember organization, comfort, light and inspiration and you’re on your way to a perfect art space.

Lucy Chambers is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job, and loves the work-life balance it offers her.





WHAT:  PAve Bar presents “Creations & Libations,” a craft and raffle fundraiser benefitting local arts nonprofit, JAM Art & Supplies. Sorry kids, this is ADULTS  ONLY.

$25 includes admission into the upstairs event, 3 Free Drink Tickets* and 2 Make-and-Take Crafts. Buy Pre-sale admission to receive a free raffle ticket.

Join us at 1:00 p.m. Crafting will begin at 1:15 p.m., with Woven Wall Art. Starting at 3:00 p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to make a DIY Notebook (or sketchbook, if you’re crafty like that).

Raffle tickets will be for sale throughout the event. Art, prizes, and craft baskets will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. Must be present to win!

*Free Drink Tickets exclude top-shelf liquors and doubles.

WHEN:  Saturday, June 2, 1 PM – 4:30 PM

WHERE: Pave(Upstairs)
130 S Phillips Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57104



About JAM Art & Supplies
JAM is a 501 (c)(3) art nonprofit in downtown Sioux Falls with the mission to get art and craft supplies into the hands of people who will use them, to create an online community for artists, and to be a source of information for the Sioux Falls arts community.

Girls Breaker Day

Girls Breaker Day invites girls from 5th grade to 10th grade to come take stuff apart! You can bring your own stuff if you want, but we’ll have computers, keyboards, and other stuff to take apart too… and we DO have a purpose… to learn about computers & electronics. Girls Breaker Day is kind of like a “maker-fair” where girls can go from one station to another at their own pace. Join us Saturday, May 26th between 10am – 3pm in Sioux Falls. This event is FREE courtesy of Journey Group, CybHER, SDN Communications, and SEAM. Learn more at
Why? Because by the age of 10, most girls have decided that computers, electronics, engineering, science, and math are not cool, too complicated, or just for boys. We want to fix that. We need to a better job exposing and encouraging our girls to consider STEM career fields.

Butterfly art helps business take flight

When Brittany Veldkamp was growing up in Milwaukee, she used to visit a large museum with a huge collection of butterflies.

It led her to start collecting butterflies when she found them outdoors.

Years later, when she received a framed one as a gift, it inspired her to look for more pieces for her home.

“And I came across people selling just the dried insects unframed, so I decided to try it for myself,” said Veldkamp, a self-taught entomologist.

“I got compliments, and so I started selling on Etsy and then a few stores in Sioux Falls.”

She has expanded Wanderlust by Brittany to use a variety of butterflies and beetles to create framed pieces and jewelry.

“All my butterflies and insects are ethically sourced,” she said. “They’re not killed. They pass away naturally. It’s unique to see the different species and colors, and I’m constantly amazed discovering new butterflies.”

Her work will be for sale at Friday’s 605 Made Spring Market, sponsored by and located downtown at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls…

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Artists Show Off New Sculptures for 2018 SculptureWalk

It’s a new year of sculptures. 56 of them were installed in Downtown Sioux Falls Saturday morning for the annual SculptureWalk.

The sculptures are incredible to look at, but have you ever wondered who the artists behind the sculptures are?

Artists waited patiently to see their sculptures go up and now they’re ready to show them off to the community.

Sherri Treeby and Lee Leuning are no strangers to the Sioux Falls sculpture walk. They’ve been participating since the start and are especially excited for this years pieces for the 15th anniversary. They have two sculptures.

“Carmen Miranda, actually it’s ‘Carmen Marimba’ for the marimba drums. We love play on words,” said Leuning.

Their goal with their sculptures is to make them memorable as well as interactive.

“We want people to spend time. you know not just walk by,” said Leuning.

People are welcome to hit the drums on Carmin Murimba.

The other one is the newspaper delivery boy. They wanted it tell a story.

“Delivery boy, newspaper it’s the thing of the past but that was a huge part of Sioux Falls culture. That’s going to relate to some of the older and maybe be inspiring to some of the younger,” said Leuning…

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605 Magazine entered the 2018 Great Plains Journalism Awards, which is hosted by the Tulsa Press Club. The regional contest honors print, web, TV, and magazine journalists for outstanding stories, photography, and design.

There were over 600 entries this year, and the 605 team were named finalists in several categories. At the ceremony Friday, May 4 art director Liz Painter was awarded the Great Plains Magazine Photographer/Portfolio of the Year.

View Painter’s submitted portfolio below.

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605 Magazine is pumped to announce the 9th Annual 605 Summer Classic presented by University Center and Carnaval Brazilian Grill happening June 22-23 at Cherapa Place. Check out the lineup, and purchase your tickets online starting Friday, May 4. See you there!


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