An Ear to the Ground #9

Your New Muse: Walking for Inspiration

I always heard that taking hot showers helped you think, increasing blood flow and encouraging synapses in your brain to fire off but in this article from the New Yorker by Ferris Jabr, he extolls the beauty of walking in coaxing inspiration to our conscious levels.

[Dave Whyte – Hexagon Ripple]

Addicted to the Score: Stepping Out by David Sedaris 

In this short story David Sedaris gets addicted to his fitbit score. An interesting throwback to the Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #9

Around and About Sioux Falls – “Native Spirit Showing”

Jerry Fogg Show Reception

Museum of Visual Materials

500 N. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls

Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30

Exhibit runs until October 30

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Looking for something to do this Friday? There is a reception for Jerry Fogg at the Museum of Visual Materials that would definitely be worth your time. He is a regular customer of mine at Mathison’s, and I’ve worked with him for the past few years. Admission is free and there is complimentary Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls – “Native Spirit Showing”

First Friday Review – September 5th

This is my first First Friday Review. There were so many events going on that it was impossible to go to all of them and give each the amount of time they deserved to experience what each unique place had to offer.

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Art in the Alleyway

I began my First Friday journey by wandering downtown, past Mama’s Ladas, and into the alleyway, curious as to what the giant sign was suggesting was back there. Turning the corner, a magical little world was in full swing with artists proudly showing off their work at tables and booths, musicans setting up for their upcoming performance and small crowds of people gathered and talking. Everything from prints, paintings, graphic design, tshirts, pottery, woodworking, clothing, and decorative deer antlers were on display.  It was an Continue reading First Friday Review – September 5th

An Ear to the Ground #8

Your New Best Friend: Somebody app

Miranda July has a new app and short film out. The film is great per usual for one of the smartest working artists right now. Her app is a mix between social networking and performance, intimacy and and comradery. A perfect app for our current times. Here is the film, please watch, it will be a great uplift to your day.

The world is filled with nervous breakdowns: Difficult Girl

New short story by Lena Dunham, I shouldn’t have to say more than that.

[Pablo Picasso – Guernica]

Something Needs to Change : Illegitimate by Dread Scott

A poignant and strong response to the Ferguson situation. My vote goes to the Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #8

Around and About Sioux Falls: Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit

Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit
Sanford Cancer Center, Kirby Lobby
1309 W. 17th Street, Sioux Falls
Thursday, September 4, 5pm-7pm

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Sanford Health has implemented an arts program in their facilities to serve as a “Journey of Healing in the Arts. Local artists collaborate with patients in an effort to enhance each visit during their stay at the hospital. The program offers Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls: Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit

You Must Know: 4 Big Things for JAM

The first big thing: If you haven’t noticed, we’re on the cover of the 605 Magazine this month! Denise DePaolo came to visit a couple weeks ago and saw all of our art supplies. She wrote an article on three “grassroots” organizations in Sioux Falls: Exposure Gallery and Studios, The Retreat Center (which is outside of Sioux Falls, near Baltic), and us! We’re curious to see what this publicity will do for JAM.

Big thing number two: We have a small correction to make to the article. After we had already chatted with Denise, we got the unfortunate news that the Hatch 605 craft market will be postponed until November. We are all bummed, but I’m sure some other opportunities for us to show off the supplies will come along. 
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Now, if you’re a newfound fan of ours because of the article, great! We love meeting new people. Would you like to meet us in person? I, Jess, will be giving a presentation at Pecha Kucha, which brings us to the third big thing I wanted to tell you. Continue reading You Must Know: 4 Big Things for JAM

An Ear to the Ground #7

Nature of Things: Who knew birds were artists too?

[Photo – Mike Copeland/Getty]

Art of Attention: Brands as Living Things

A great article by Agatha Wara at Dis Magazine. This article is something you should pay attention to because it’s an interesting look at what a brand wants and how that relates to the working artist.

“Brands share the same evolutionary goals as organisms, that is, to succeed. Success means a standing-out in competition above other species (brand-species) in order to guarantee continuance over time. For brands, this is achieved through attraction, an intelligent sorting of sophisticated semiotic coding that responds to social, economic, and political environments in order to evoke human interest. “

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David Lethcoe: An Inspired Interview

 

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I once had a tae kwon do coach tell me that when you’re out there on the mat, you want your performance to inspire people. Your performance should look effortless, but high energy. It should be fun, so that people think, “I want to do that, I want to start practicing tae kwon do.” David Lethcoe does this with his sculptures; his creations are fun and carry a lot of energy and he makes me want to create. But Dave isn’t performing or just acting inspired. He knows how to stay inspired; you have to keep learning different things. When you keep learning you don’t have to think out every step–your subconscious can work out the problems that your mind creates. You just need to keep it simple.
Some people intuitively know how simple the world can be. That doesn’t mean they’re simple people. With Dave, it’s just the opposite. He has theory, art history, and new art movements all rolling through his head, fighting for his attention, when deep down he knows that just looking at the sky will suffice. It takes courage to admit that your subconscious can solve problems better than your ego can. Dave’s approach to life is romantic. I am a romantic—that’s probably why I became an artist. I like the idea of working in your studio, having your whole day to just clear your mind and cut materials. To me, when Dave tells us about a day in his studio, it is inspiring and encouraging. Keep things simple. Learn so your mind can stay fresh, and every now and then, look up at the sky. ~Jess 

JAM: What is the path that has led you to where you are today?

Dave: I’ve always wanted to be an artist since I was young. I drew all the time and played outside. I didn’t have any artists in the family, but my older brother drew as well. I always thought he was good, and I wanted to be as good as him. After a while, he got to point where he didn’t draw any more and I kept doing it. When you’re in elementary school, art kind of makes you the cool kid because everyone wants to see what you’re doing. I would compete with another kid in the class by trying to outdraw him. We were Continue reading David Lethcoe: An Inspired Interview

Around and About: Fall Festival of Artists at Wilde Prairie Winery

Fall Festival of Artists
Wilde Prairie Winery
September 12, 12pm-9pm
September 13, 12pm-6pm
48052 259th Street
Brandon, SD 57005

The weather is cooling down a bit which reminds us that there are so many fall festivities to look forward to attending! I found out about this festival from the owner of Wilde Prairie Winery and artist, Victoria Wilde. She is a customer of mine at Mathison’s where she gets her paintings scanned for reprint. She hosts this festival every year along with many other events out at the winery. This art show is intended to be a benefit for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Both visitors and contributing artists have the chance to donate towards a great cause.

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Last September, I visited Wilde Prairie Winery for the Fall Festival of Artists. I traveled to Brandon, South Dakota where the winery is located. Their property includes Continue reading Around and About: Fall Festival of Artists at Wilde Prairie Winery

Heading off to College? Or wish you were?

Hi everyone! I’m going to keep this really, really short because I have too much to do to write much this week, but I wanted all of you to know about the internship that we’re offering. If you know of anyone that would be interested in this blogging internship please pass it on. -Jess
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Join our start-up team of creatives by becoming an intern at JAM Art & Supplies. JAM Art & Supplies is a nonprofit by artists for artists aspiring to open a new and used art supply store in 2015. Currently JAM gathers art supplies for other nonprofits with art programs. We use the JAM blog to locally interview artists, to promote, and review local art happenings. Help us focus on opening our doors by becoming an intern blogger.

Blogging has becoming a must-do aspect for any artist or creative business. Come experience how our team works together maintaining a website for the community. We will help foster your ideas and get you started with your blogging career.

Applications due September 30, 2014

JAM Intern Blogger Job Posting

 

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