LAURA JEWELL – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

LAURA-JEWELL-FEATUREDWhat does home mean? Is it where you were raised? Where you are now? Even if you’ve never left, there is that special gut feeling that just tells you… you are here. You are home. The sanctity of that word blankets many attachments to the notion. That creaky second stair on your family’s porch, the soft nape of your mother’s neck, the warm smell of the wood burning tool you were given as a child. Anything can be home, if it is home to you. Laura Jewell recognizes the importance of knowing your home, and understanding your roots.

 Laura is the kind of person that makes you want to close your eyes and smile. She has a captivating, almost magical quality to her that is effortlessly translated into her artwork. Her most recent series, Rural Superstitions and Astrology, focuses on different lessons she has taken from Old Farmer’s Almanacs. In approaching these lessons, Jewell has had the opportunity to reconnect to her roots as a country girl from rural Kansas, and find re-purpose in the activities of her youth. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to hear her words, and am happy to share them with you. Please read on, and reflect on the lessons that you’ve learned, and the home that you hold dear.  -Amy

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

I’ve been interested in art since I can remember. I grew up in the country, in Kansas, and my first art set was a wood burning tool, which I thought was the coolest. I did 4H and did the arts and crafts, did that in high school. Then when I went to college I tried some different things, like Agriculture Business. I just wasn’t into the math part of things, so I started taking art classes and went from there. I moved up here and finished school at USD,  and just kept going I guess.

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Were you attending school in Kansas before USD? What was your major?

Yes, I have a BFA in printmaking.

Did you have mentors, or anyone that helped you through the schooling process?

I had a lot of really fantastic professors. I took a couple of classes from Continue reading LAURA JEWELL – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

An Ear to the Ground #14

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Giving Kids LSD Since 1980: Carsten Holler’s Shroom Room

Carsten Holler is back with another life reversing installation at the Gagosian Gallery booth at Frieze in London. I wish I could attend this one. I am always attracted to large exhibits that separate viewers from reality.

Ant Man Strength:  Shanghai’s Migrant Workers

“Shanghai’s migrant workers are the foundation of Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #14

Around and About – Studio 301

Studio 301 at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center

10AM – 5PM Live Art Making

10:15AM Story time with Hector Curriel in the Children’s Studio

6PM – 9PM Art Reception and Celebration

8PM Live Music with Thomas Hentges of Burlap Wolf King

Studio 301 started off as an idea in 2010 by Justin Schleep and TJ Donovan. Originally called “Take the Day,” this event is a one-of-a-kind experience in Sioux Falls. At this yearly art making event, artists set up studio spaces and create while being watched and interacting with the public. Many artists have stayed committed to the growth and change through the years of the event. It has become a networking event for visitors and artists alike, making it truly an art & community extravaganza.

The Visual Arts Center worked with and listened to local artists while planning this year’s event.  Two artists were contacted to be liaisons for the Visual Arts Center: Jeff Ballard and Michelle St. Vrain. Their job was to Continue reading Around and About – Studio 301

An Ear to the Ground #13

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Article in the New York Times about appreciating art and giving the work the time it needs to truly make an impact on yourself.

The Best way to take in art: Breathe in and slow down

“When you go to the library,” said James O. Pawelski,  Director of Education for the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, “you don’t walk along the shelves looking at the spines of the books and on your way out tweet to your Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #13

Making Sense Of It All: The Museum Of Visual Materials

As an artist, relationships with galleries, patrons, collectors, and the many other varieties of art enthusiasts become just as important, if not more so, than the created work itself. Creating art and showing it in a gallery space is not, in the least, simply about making money. Exhibiting works of art creates communication with the world outside of the studio. The artist and the gallerist share a certain level of involvement and appreciation with the art. –JAM blogger Jordan Thornton

Downtown Sioux Falls is rich with beautiful, historic architecture. One of the oldest buildings there is home to a non-profit by the name of The Museum of Visual Materials. A few days ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Anna at the MoVM. Our morning was filled with hot coffee, a tour of the museum, and a conversation that shed light on the vision behind the museum.

The first question I had for Anna was not one that required much research, but ended up providing the majority of the information I was seeking to learn about the museum.

JAM: “Why is it called The Museum of Visual Materials?”

Anna: “The founder of the museum, Dr. Rose Faithe, named the museum after her uncle Dr. Mathew Faithe’s truck. He had labeled it the “Museum of Visual Materials” and drove around town showing the community the items he had collected throughout his many travels. She also wanted a place where the five senses could be explored.”

We then delved into the where and how of discovering the five senses throughout the museum.

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Sight: The art gallery, the reason I had emailed Anna in the first place. The museum alternates artists every two months. Those interested in displaying their work Continue reading Making Sense Of It All: The Museum Of Visual Materials

ANDRES TORRES: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

Andres-Torres_FeaturedSometimes understanding what you don’t know can be one of the most beneficial truths to attach bearance. By acknowledging that void, there is an internal release provided, a demand for discovery and intuitive action. For Andres Torres, that visceral approach is matched with strong intellect and an explorative understanding of art theory. His abstract paintings have a captivating allure that provide interest for a multi-faceted audience, which he creates through finding an articulate intersection between playful and purpose.

JAM had the pleasure of talking with Andres before he moved to Wisconsin for graduate school. It feels so much longer than two months ago, when we were sitting outside in mid-August, enjoying iced tea and Torres’ thoughts. I have always enjoyed his company and valued his opinion, and his absence has not gone unnoticed. During these fleeting days of fall, take this time to read on, and reminisce on the warmth of summer, and the flowing thoughts of a genuine soul. ~Amy

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

Well, I’d have to say that my mom was a huge part of me becoming an artist, along with my grandmother. I’ve always been exposed to Continue reading ANDRES TORRES: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

If By Chance: The Ceramic Art of Randy Johnston

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This past Wednesday marked a changing of the guard at Augustana College’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.  Newly arrived for a month-long exhibition are the peculiar and entrancing ceramic vessels of Randy Johnston.

Based in River Falls, Wisconsin (where he has his studio and teaches at a local university), Johnston brings a rather unique perspective to his chosen medium. Indeed, ceramics is conventionally thought of in terms of “function”– more as a “craft” than an “art.” And it is too often neglected by Continue reading If By Chance: The Ceramic Art of Randy Johnston

Around and About Sioux Falls – Paint the Plow


paint-the-plow-sioux-falls“We want to give the opportunity to the children,” said Galynn Huber, the manager of the Sioux Falls Street Division when I asked him why they only ask the schools to participate in the Paint the Plow program. He said that the joy is in watching how excited the kids get when they show off what they’ve done. They get this opportunity on Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Empire Mall.

The idea initially came to Galynn from a friend in Colorado who told him about the program. He has been running the program in Sioux Falls for the past five years. Each August, the Street Division in Sioux Falls contacts local schools to see if they are willing to participate. They currently offer this opportunity to the surrounding seven school districts for both public and private schools. This also includes Brandon, Harrisburg, and next year it will include Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls – Paint the Plow

Some Quick Thoughts About Carl Grupp

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Today, the art world is a really big place. In the last few decades, the advent of the internet and the decline of Western cultural imperialism have opened making it an almost global network of creativity.  Major galleries and museums now make a point to feature artists from all walks of life and countries of origin.   If Picasso, a Spaniard, was the world’s foremost artist-celebrity in his heyday, one might argue that China’s Ai Weiwei has inherited his mantle.

But in some ways, the art world has changed for the worse.  Sadly, it is still exclusive and money-driven, prone to excessive hype and bizarre trends. And for all intents and purposes, it is still based in a handful of cultural meccas: New York, Paris, London, Tokyo.

This is why it can be refreshing, even enlightening, to look at the work of artists living in places where the art world has scarcely penetrated, where the creative impulse isn’t overwhelmed by Continue reading Some Quick Thoughts About Carl Grupp

First Friday Review – October 3rd

The sweaters, tall boots, and scarves came out this past Friday. Trekking around Sioux Falls in the blustery, cold weather was a sharp reminder of what is in store for the upcoming months. Luckily, I had the wonderful Jana Anderson accompany me as we wove our way through the streets of downtown Sioux Falls. We hit as many places as we could for the First Friday event of October, absorbing art and happily participating in the Art and Wine walk.

Did I mention that I love First Fridays? How great is it that the community chooses to promote art and the downtown small business world every month? Attend more than one of these and you’ll be sure to see some of the same smiling faces, people who eagerly support this re-occuring event. Without these people, this wonderful evening wouldn’t be happening.

Take a peek below to read about the venues, the artists and the experience of spending a few minutes at as many places as we could.

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The first stop of the night was at Exposure on North Philips. The big Art Show sign points you Continue reading First Friday Review – October 3rd

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