Fernson Brewery
1400 East Robur Dr, Sioux Falls
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00-10:00 PM

SDAF is excited to bring you an Art Battle, a live competitive painting event. The theme for the work will be revealed at the beginning of the event. Using the theme, artists will create the best work they can across three timed rounds. During each round, a new medium will be used. As the artists work, the audience is invited to move around the easels, allowing an up close view of the creative process.

At the end of the round, the audience will vote for their favorite painting.

On Friday, conference attendees will have the opportunity to place bids in a silent auction to take the paintings home. The money earned from each painting will be donated to a non-profit of the highest-bidders choice.


If you’re an artist who loves some friendly competition, contact us to find out more about participating in this event.


  1. Artists have 90 minutes to create their painting, in three 30 minute rounds.
  2. Artists are provided with one 24×36″ canvas, cleaning towels, a water container, *acrylic paint, and **markers.
  3. One medium will be used per round. Artists will be supplied with markers and acrylic paint to be used during two rounds. Each artist will bring a third medium of their choice for one round. Mediums may be used in any round order.
  4. Artists may use any non-mechanical tools: brushes, palette knives, rollers, sponges, tape etc.
  5. Pre-made images or stencils are not permitted.
  6. Artists may not mix paint until the round begins.
  7. Reference material is not permitted at the easel.

*Acrylic Colors: Titanium White, Black, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
**Marker Colors: Acrylic Broad-Point Markers in Yellow, Red, Blue, Black

Become A Better Artist Through Candle-Making

by Lucy Chambers
JAM Contributing Writer

The value of art is often the message, not necessarily the medium. As with any hobby or career, it can be easy to fall into a rut, creative or professional. It’s important to find new inspiration and take on new challenges in art because it can strengthen your brain and even help slow or prevent an eventual decline in cognitive skillsIn addition, more than three-quarters of people surveyed said that learning something new made them feel more proficient and versatile in their skill set, and two-thirds said it helped expand their circle of connections. Choosing a new, creative activity with a low-barrier to entry, while also providing multiple avenues for creativity – like making candles – can support artists and their work.

Steps to candle making

The candle making process is pretty straightforward and quite practical, as well as extremely popular; more than three-quarters of American families use candles at home. Wax – whether paraffin, beeswax, animal fat, soy or other material – is melted gently in the upper pot of a double-boiler on low heat, usually a stove-top or electric hot plate. Coloring and fragrance are added to the melted wax, and then it’s poured into a mold or jar where the wick is already in place and allowed to set. Be sure to follow safety precautions when preparing the candle medium, and ensure that the molds or jars being used can stand up to the high heat of melted wax! 

Getting creative with candle-making

Candle artists have so many avenues of expression for their art. Use containers on hand in new and creative ways or craft new molds to convey themes, ideas or objects, familiar and new.  Come up with custom candle colors using commercially produced dyes or plants, roots, and flowers from home gardens. Get creative with fragrances by adding essential oils, mint, lavender, basil or dried flowers to the melted candle medium to set your work apart. Some artists carve designs into cooled candles while others carve the candles themselves into figures, abstract shapes, or other recognizable objects. 

Artists are likely to find that the benefits of candle making reach beyond the actual candles themselves. The creative process of overcoming the fear and anxiety of learning something new develop new expressive skills that can generate inspiration and ideas for other projects. Thinking creatively in new and meaningful ways can be just the tool that helps artists overcome a rut.

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.


 Rhythmic Gesture & Structural Block-In

OCT 4 – NOV 15


DATES: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15

Back by popular demand after a sold-out summer class!  This course is designed as a fun and engaging introduction to figure drawing for beginners, while also providing depth, insight, and constructive feedback for more seasoned artists to continue honing their skills. 

Students will draw from a live model to develop their observational drawing skills and build a conceptual understanding of the nude figure. Alternating weeks with female and male models, we will compare/contrast distinctions in anatomy and structure. Instruction will focus on capturing an energetic and accurate block-in that provides a solid foundation upon which one can build a more fully rendered drawing. Additional attention will be given to utilizing the principles of light and shadow to create a sense of volume and dimensionality. Each class will begin with mulitple quick gesture poses, where students will learn to simplify the large forms and dynamic rhythms of the figure. The second half of class will be spent on building a structural “straight line block-in”. 

4-week class, every-other Thursday evening. All skill levels welcome; demonstrations and personalized, one-on-one instruction throughout. A list of materials will be provided upon registration. 

Class Limit 10 Students. 

Tuition payable by cash, check or credit card (via Paypal).  50% down-payment is required to hold a spot.  Checks payable to Anna Youngers Fine Art.

To REGISTER, or for additional information, contact: or (605) 929-5016

Augustana University is gifted 351 works of art by Carl Grupp

Augustana University has been gifted 351 pieces of art.

The paintings, original prints, and drawings from artist Carl Grupp will form the Carl Grupp Legacy Collection at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.

Grupp (born in 1939 at Moorhead, Minn.) has long been recognized as one of South Dakota’s and the region’s most preeminent artists.

As a dedicated arts educator, Grupp helped to inspire, develop and guide the careers of several generations of artists. From 1969 until 2004, he was a professor at Augustana, and also chaired the art department from 1986-2002.

Carl Grupp founded the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana, with an ambitious exhibitions program and permanent art collection, which is now named for him.

Over the years, he helped build the Carl Grupp Permanent Art Collection that now numbers nearly 4,000 objects and includes significant examples of works on paper from a range of important historical and contemporary artists, including: Marc Chagall, Degas, Homer, Matisse, Picasso and Warhol…

via the Argus, To view more, click here.

CFA: Photographers Sought for Annual Photography Exhibit

Statewide Photographers Sought for Annual Photography Exhibit at the Brookings Arts Council

Friday, December 14 marks the closing date for accepting entries for the 40th Annual Photography Exhibit.

This judged competition and exhibit is open to all photographers 14 years of age and older. Heather Kuhlman, Executive Director, says, “We look forward to seeing the incredible photographic work that this event brings yearly. There are so many photographers that are so very talented and we are thrilled to showcase their photographic art to the public during the exhibit!”

Awards will be given in color and black and white categories with 1st-3rd cash place distinctions for the print division in each category. Any photographic print may be entered created within the last 5 years, with composite prints accepted as long as they are marked as such. Works should not have been exhibited at the Brookings Arts Council in the past.

Continuing this year is an online digital competition. Kuhlman states, “with the popularity of Iphones, Facebook and Instagram, we felt we were missing a genre of photographers that do not necessarily print their images. We wanted to give those photographers a platform to compete from as well!” Please submit your images to, 800×640 pixels at 300dpi. Pictures that are submitted will be uploaded onto our website on Wednesday, January 9th. Do not submit any pictures that contain nudity, violence, obscenity, profanity, pornography or anything else that is offensive in nature. The submitted images must be the photographer’s original work. One digital winner will be announced at the Exhibit Reception on January 10th

The deadline for entering the event is December 14, 2018 with the exhibit opening on Jan. 3rd. The Awards Reception will be held on January 10th, from 4:30-6:30, with awards being presented at 5pm. The exhibit will close on February 1st.

Forms can be downloaded directly from our website at:

For more information regarding this exhibit or upcoming exhibits call the BAC at (605) 692-4177, email us at, for most up to date, add us on Facebook.

Art Exhibit — Leah Simmons

Art Exhibit — Leah Simmons

Simmons’ work is an exploration of color and line on the unexpected canvas of animal skulls.
Organic elements and geometric shapes allow the viewer to admire the beauty inherent in the structure of the bones as well as their interplay with the art.
August 1-September 30
Downtown Library
Regular hours 

Subliminal Creativity: Peace and Tranquility in Nature

by Lucy Chambers
JAM Contributing Writer

Many great artists have taken inspiration from the great outdoors. One such example is Vincent Van Gogh, who recommends that artists “keep [their] love of nature, for that is the true way to understand art more and more.” Time spent in nature promotes peace and tranquility, which can lead to artistic creativity. Moments of peace and tranquility can be found in the flowing rivers, swaying branches, the lonely, shape-shifting clouds, or any of the beautiful and wondrous creatures found in the natural world.

Water and Mental Health

The fact that the sound of flowing water has positive psychological effects on the human brain is a testament to the power and influence of nature on our minds and spirits. One of the ways that we know this to be true is that psychologists have been using ocean sounds to promote peace and tranquility during various forms of therapy for years, and they will continue to do so because it works. Some scientists have even suggested that the sound of flowing waters, waves and the changing of the tides affects the rhythm of our brain waves, which creates a more peaceful train of thought.

Time spent in nature helps to promote creativity because we are able to escape the ebb and flow of our everyday distractions and stimulations. Our brains are able to rest, relax and recharge once we get away from our cell phones and social media and surround ourselves the natural world. In fact, people are roughly fifty percent more creative after spending just a few days immersed in nature, away from the city. If you are looking for a boost in your creativity a trip to the cottage, lake or the beach could be exactly what you need.

The Sublime in Nature

The natural world has an uncanny ability to capture our attention and foster moments of awe in the human brain. Have you have ever caught yourself staring at the ocean, sunset, or simply off into the distance at a maze of trees, thick and green as the sea? If you have, then you will understand William Wordsworth’s sentiment, “poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.” All humans experience powerful emotions in moments of love, longing and loss. If we spend time in nature and reflect upon these powerful feelings and memories we can not only feel more peaceful, tranquil and unified with our emotions and our surroundings, but we can promote and, potentially, peak our artistic creativity.

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.

Spreading Kindness Through Art

Two artists from KELOLAND are trying to spread kindness through art.

Sarah Nelson and Rebekah Rinehart  have been creating “kindness” murals around the country. Now, they are painting one in their home state at the Empire Mall.

The mural is part of their social media movement ‘The Kind Way’.

The goal of their movement is for people to take pictures with the murals and post on social media what they think kindness is.

“That’s probably been the most rewarding part is seeing what kindness is to everybody, because it comes in so many shapes and forms. It’s so different to everybody. To see how even just a small act of kindess impacts everybody in their day,” Nelson said…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.


In the summer of 2016, Ashley Flynn says she was going through “serious mom guilt” about working full time and sending daughter Nina to daycare as a baby. Going through the transition and adjusting to a “new normal” as a family with husband Colby, an idea of writing a book of poems about their lives came to her after late nights of rocking and coming up with rhymes.

An “anthem for working mothers everywhere,” Flynn hopes her recently-released children’s book My Favorite Job is You helps as a light-hearted look at late nights, early mornings, all while parenting and having a career. 605 chatted with the Sioux Falls author on the process, her inspiration, and what she likes to do with her family in their (very little) spare time…

via 605 Magazine. To view more, click here.

Retro gaming meets South Dakota pride in Sioux Falls’ newest T-shirt company

Jeff Hayward’s new apparel business was born from video games.

He was having fun with the Nintendo NES Classic – a gift from his wife – when he realized he was getting swept up in the nostalgia of 8-bit games.

Hayward hopes to capitalize on it this week when he and his wife, Kristin Hayward, open Sodak Supply Co., an online apparel company based in Sioux Falls.

“I think people have a pride in our state and the region but also kind of remember growing up in the ’80s and ’90s,” Hayward said.

The Haywards, both native South Dakotans, envision their business as an homage to their home state and to retro gaming…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

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