MICHELLE ST. VRAIN – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

MichelleStVrainCoverAs children, it is not unusual to find fascination with animals. These creatures are a source to relate to, innocent beings living through the dichotomy of coexistence with man. To me, it makes sense to be drawn to the innocence and wonder of just… being. Children hold this magical quality to them, this ability to approach life with unbridled awe. Life has hopefully not begun to teach it’s hard lessons, to discern one’s path. In the end, we are all drinking the same water, breathing the same air. One should not be so quick to discern the hierarchy of existence.

I wish I had known Michelle St. Vrain as a child. I imagine her exploring through the dense trees of Kentucky, followed by a small body of animals; bunnies hopping at her feet, butterflies flitting above her hair in a blurry crown. This is a delightful image to hold in my mind, but I am quick to point out that Michelle is not some dainty maiden traipsing in the woods with Bambi. She is a strong-willed and mindful soul, and uses her personal beliefs as a point of exploration in her work. Michelle fosters a deep compassion for all living creatures, and continuously develops that connection. Using images of animals, or at least parts of them, she creates moments of interaction with these creatures in their various forms. Instead of focusing on the variance of our existence with the animal kingdom, she finds a refreshing unity in the disparity, and I find that to be just lovely. ~Amy

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An Ear to the Ground #19

[Christopher Morris – The New York Subway, 1981]

Post Apocalypse or Just New York City: Back to the 80’s

A great photo series by Christopher Morris done in the 80’s in the NYC subway system back when it was in Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #19

5 Reasons to Stop by Tomorrow

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Tomorrow is the big day! We can’t believe its already arrived. When Jess first described her dream to us, the Creative Reuse store was a huge part of that dream. That dream is taking shape right before our eyes and we couldn’t be happier or more excited. We are grateful for the support we’ve received so far, and look forward to seeing you out and about tomorrow night.

Not like you need the extra push, but here are five solid reasons to venture out into the cold tomorrow Continue reading 5 Reasons to Stop by Tomorrow

5 Ways to Support JAM Art and Supplies

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The JAM Creative Reuse Store would not be happening if it wasn’t for you. Over the past few months, we’ve met some incredible artists and creatives in the art community – you know who you are. We’ve loved collaborating with you and meeting you, hearing your stories and needs. Plus, we love showing you off. Continue reading 5 Ways to Support JAM Art and Supplies

5 Possible Reasons You Would Shop at JAM

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The JAM Creative Reuse Store is a store similar to a thrift or pawn shop where you bring your unused, like-new art supplies to the store to donate and we re-sell them at a low cost. We are a nonprofit for artists, but we’re also helping Sioux Falls become a little more “green.” Plus we help other nonprofits by donating art supplies to their endeavors. We can only survive with your help so please bring your donations to us, or let us know how we can help you find the supplies you need. See a list of items you can donate here.

To give you an idea of WHY you would shop at JAM, I’ve listed a few common reasons creative reuse stores are popular in other big cities around the country:

1. You only need one pink permanent marker. Continue reading 5 Possible Reasons You Would Shop at JAM

5 Reasons the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls

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This is it. The final countdown is upon us. The JAM Creative Reuse Store will be opening in Exposure Gallery in Sioux Falls this Friday. We invite you to attend the First Friday events around Sioux Falls on Friday as well as to stop by and see us! To countdown to our big day, we will be serving up a series of posts this week to let you know what JAM is REALLY all about. Below are five reasons why the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls and the Sioux Falls creative community: Continue reading 5 Reasons the JAM Creative Reuse Store will benefit Sioux Falls

Around and About – Art Collective 8

Yes, it’s happening again. The Art Collective 8 is near. If you have nothing to do  Monday evening or even if you do, drop all and come down to Lucky’s on December 1. This is such a great way to get to know established and emerging local artists! Plus, I hold this event dear to me because the second time I went, I blogged about it in my very first JAM article!

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If you’ve never been to one of these events, no worries. It is so low key that you can wander around without Continue reading Around and About – Art Collective 8

Portrait of the Artist as an Old Writer: Carl Grupp’s Literary Debut

zandbroz-book-signing-carl-gruppCarl Grupp is a natural raconteur.  As most who know him will attest, the man who many consider to be South Dakota’s greatest living artist is fond of peppering a conversation, regardless of subject, with any number of asides, anecdotes and tall tales.

Therefore, one might have rightly reasoned that it was only a matter of time before Grupp, who came of age during the turbulent Sixties, turned his wealth of bizarre and interesting experiences into a book. And finally Continue reading Portrait of the Artist as an Old Writer: Carl Grupp’s Literary Debut

An Ear to the Ground #18

Sloppy Problem

[Urs Fischer – Sloppy Problem, 2013]

Sloppy Problem; Real Problem

The Power Complex of Appropriation : Is Richard Prince a Thief

This is a very poignant article/interview to read, discussing the current debacle of Richard Prince stealing the work of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #18

Pricing your work like Picasso

JAM-Like-PicassoLegend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you Continue reading Pricing your work like Picasso

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