The Sioux Falls Arts Council will feature Jenny Bye as June and July’s Featured Visual Artist.

Bye says, “I became interested in pursuing encaustic painting, after a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I viewed a film explaining the encaustic process. Intrigued by the translucency in layering, and fluidity of the medium, I began reading and exploring the encaustic process. It is now my principal medium.

Encaustic is a Greek word that means to heat or burn in. Working with melted wax requires good ventilation, a flat griddle with temperature control, and tools to fuse the layers of beeswax, such as an iron, heat gun, or propane torch. Other tools needed, include razor blades, and pottery trimming tools for scraping away wax. The beeswax serves as an excellent binder for the pigment and has a longevity that exceeds other painting mediums.

I make my own paints by combining a mixture of raw pigments, melted beeswax, and damar resin crystals. By making my paints, I control the pigment load and adjust the opacity or transparency of the mixture as needed. Pre-made, encaustic cakes are convenient, but expensive and heavily pigmented.

Because of the transparent qualities, durability and versatility of the medium, I paint in layers, fused by heat. Scraping away layers, reveals the underlying structure. Since I rarely do a preliminary sketch, the spontaneous energy of each piece, is captured in the hardened wax. The addition of collage materials, is often an intricate application adding interest and dimensionality.”

via SFAC. View more here.


by Lucy Chambers
JAM Contributing Writer

Art is one of the most historic forms of human interaction and a popular pastime among many. In fact, studies from Harvard’s Women’s Health Watch show that creating visual art can reduce the effects of stress, promote relaxation, and even improve emotional resilience. Couples can re-discover the power of creativity through painting canvases and promote discussion. So, no matter how good you are at it, painting can allow you to test your partner’s artistic side and see how well you both interact to new experiences. Here’s why taking a painting class makes the perfect first date for art lovers.

Create A Fun, Stress-Free Zone

Remember those awkward moments where you sat in silence on a previous date? In a world focused on social media, people tend to get distracted by their digital conversations rather than their actual date. With a painting class, you won’t have to worry thinking about what to say next. In fact, there is no time for awkwardness. Between the time you spend on listening to the guide and following instructions, painting your canvas, and sipping wine, there will be plenty of time to discuss your artwork, laugh with each other, and enjoy your time spent together.

Set the Tone for Your Relationship

The first date sets the tone for the rest of the relationship. According to the University of Texas, studies reveal that men and women evaluate potential partners through face-to-face context. Humans focus on how that person behaves and makes them feel in person that cannot be felt in cyberspace. Whether it is a good experience or even a disaster, how we create first impressions are vital to meeting someone new.

Show Off Your Creativity

Taking a painting class allows you to express your creativity and artistic side. It allows you to create something together and show off your skills. Not to mention, you will both achieve a sense of accomplishment when the artwork is actually finished. So, whether you or your partner enjoy art, this thoughtful experience will provide the perfect opportunity to learn something new about them and yourself.

Lastly, nothing makes a great “first” date as much as having fun while you try something new. Whether it is your first time or the hundredth time you’ve painted, taking your date to an art class will become a fresh new experience the both of you can remember and enjoy.


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.

Artisans for Animals

July 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
August 11, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
8th & Railroad Center
Sioux Falls Area Humane Society
(605) 338-4441

Join us for a brand new Arts and Crafts Festival!

Featuring crafts, kids clothing boutiques, adult clothing boutiques, canned goods, fruits and vegetables, local honey, music, food and fun!

No admission fee. Free Will Donation of dog or cat food, pet toys or cash to benefit the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society.

Made in SD: Artist couple continues to flourish at studio outside of Irene

There are an assortment of signs that line SD Highway 46. They all say ‘Whimsies’ on them. For this week’s edition of ‘Made in South Dakota’ we head to the small art studio outside of Irene.

Many might not know what ‘Whimsies’ is all about, but today, we introduce you to the couple behind it all.

Theresa and Greg Preheim actually live in the space filled with artwork just outside of Irene on SD Hwy 46.

Walking inside the studio’s doors, you will find an artist’s paradise. The Preheim’s each have their own spaces. Theresa is more into collage work and abstract art, Greg really focuses on portraits for people.

Both sell their work, but they also say they love giving their artwork away as gifts to friends and family. Greg has painted numerous portraits of his wife.

“The one in the shop, that’s more abstract, he actually surprised me for Valentine’s day with that one. That’s one of the perks of having a husband as an artist,” Theresa said.

The two do a number of orders for people in the area. Talented artists who met because Theresa says she desperately needed a job, and Greg happened to be hanging up one of his signs for the company he worked for called ‘Greg Signs.’…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Harvey Dunn-WWI Illustrator

On the heels of a World War I documentary on SDPB TV, we are reflecting on those days. Today we remember Harvey Dunn. Dunn was an artist and the majority of his work is housed in the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington DC but over 100 pieces of his work are in the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings. Lynn Verschoor is the director and joined us now.

This conversation has been edited for web use, to listen to it in its entirety click here.

Cara Hetland:

Welcome to “In the Moment,” I’m Cara Hetland sitting in today for Lori Walsh, and on the heels of a World War I documentary on SDPB, we are reflecting on those days. And today we remember Harvey Dunn. Dunn was an artist and a majority of his work is housed in the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington, D.C. Over 100 pieces of his work are in the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, and Lynn Verschoor is the director of that art museum in Brookings, and joins us now. Lynn, welcome to “In the Moment.”

Lynn Verschoor:

Thank you Cara, it’s nice to be here.

Cara Hetland:

So happy to have you. So let’s start and talk a little bit about Harvey Dunn. Give me a little background of his history.

Lynn Verschoor:

Well, Harvey was the son of homesteaders, and he lived around Manchester, South Dakota, and he was raised on that farm. And he was really the workhorse in the family, he was a very big boy, and so took a lot of responsibility for the heavy, heavy work. And so then he decided, by working with his mother, he sort of determined that he really wanted to be an artist…

via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. To view more, click here.


What is it that drives the creativity within the mind of a young child? Is it the exposure to other mediums of art fashioned from the perspectives of well-refined and endlessly experienced creators? Perhaps it is the inspired desire of a blossoming imagination, eager to replicate in real life what they otherwise would find living only in the most fantastical of dreams. The question as to where this initiative stems from is as intricately varied and diverse as the children who express themselves through art. However, not all youth are granted the same opportunities for self-expression and artistry, whether it be due to deficiency of materials, funding, or support. When made aware of the needs of her community, a compassionate and diligent local teen produced a plan to make a difference in both the lives of children, and towards the conservation of our planet.

Abby Neff’s story begins with her volunteering efforts at an after-school program designed to benefit youth from low income families. While many of the children participating in the program were eager to create the planned projects and activities, their delight was snuffed out when they found themselves short of time to complete their artwork. Many of these children disclosed to Abby that they didn’t have the means or materials to finish their art at home, forcing them to return to their homes with uncompleted projects, likely never to be finished. Desperately wanting to find a way to aid the children she served in receiving suitable art supplies, Abby found inspiration in what would otherwise be a complicated predicament. Her solution was Recycled Rainbows.

Driven by her desire to provide children with art supplies satisfactory enough to incite their creativity wherever they may be, Abby began to collect unwanted crayons that would otherwise be tossed aside and left unused. The crayons she gathered were then melted down and poured into a wide assortment of molds. When finished, these newly created art utensils took on a variety of eye-catching shapes, from animals to flowers to robots and beyond. The crayons were then packaged and delivered to various organizations, charities, and schools within the community, all for the benefit of the kids who received them…

via the Sioux Falls Arts Council. To view more, click here.


Our fantastic board of directors steers our nonprofit, and we are currently seeking to fill empty positions.  No matter your skill set or trade, if you have a passion for community and the arts, we would love to have you sit at the table with us.

• Up to 8 hours of your time a month (includes monthly meeting)
• Ability to afford the JAM VIP Membership ($25/month, or $250 one-time annually)

Drop off or email us an APPLICATION at jamartandsupplies@gmail.com. We can’t wait to hear from you!

School Zone: Washington Pavilion Summer Camps

Learning new tricks, trades, and hobbies is something many of us say we don’t have time for, especially during the summer months. However, The Washington Pavilion is giving you the opportunity to pick up something new.

Throughout the summer, the Pavilion offers classes and courses for any and all ages. From painting, to ceramics, to musical theatre, there’s something for everyone. You can find a full listing of courses and sign up by clicking here.

KDLT’s Simon Floss went to find out more, and for a refresher course on throwing a ceramic bowl.

via KDLT. View video and more here.


Mixed media journaling is a great way to stay busy (and creative) while school is out.

Looking for a low cost, easy way to promote creativity in your child over the summer months? Mixed media art journaling is a great, low-pressure and therapeutic option that allows your child to find his or her own voice, document memories, express ideas, spur dialogue, even tune fine motor skills.

Building the base of your child’s journal can be as simple as picking up a notebook or book with blank pages from the bookstore, or as in-depth as binding your own using repurposed paper materials. If you are feeling ambitious, Pinterest has a lot of ways to build and bind your own journal.

The fun part about mixed media journaling is that there are no rules! So, how your child chooses to keep their journal is up to them. It can be as minimal as writing a sentence or quote, drawing a picture or cutting and pasting. The site writeshop.com is a fun place to find writing prompts, or a question-of-the-day to get them started. These can also provide great dinnertime conversation.

Use of various writing/drawing materials can increase a variety of sensory experiences, as well as allow them to creatively explore. From crayons to pencils to markers, even watercolors, pastels and chalk; the sky is the limit. Do note, if you choose to use materials like Sharpies or paints that have a tendency to bleed through, make sure the paper stock is more heavy duty.

Let them get creative with their materials. Encourage them to think outside the box by using photos, cutting pictures or words from magazines, adding found items like pressed flowers or leaves, or incorporating stickers or stamps.

Recap the day with some journal time before or after dinner, document summer travels, fill waiting time…whatever it may be, an art journal is easy to transport, cheap to make, and fun to look back on together.

CFA: Kid Artists for Kids Nite!

Kids Art Show and Sale
At Kids Nite! in McKennan Park

Tuesday, June 26
6 to 8 PM

Tuesday, July 31
6 to 8 PM

Are you creative?
Do you like to paint, draw, work with wood, make bracelets, or any kind of crafty treasures?


  • Set up begins at 5 PM. Must be in place and ready by 5 PM.
  • Only creations made by youth (17 years and younger) may be sold/displayed.
  • Booth space limited to a card table and chair provided by artist.
  • Artist responsible for handling all aspects of sales.
  • No edible items may be sold.
  • You will not be charged for your booth.

Register your booth at least one week in advance at register.SiouxFallsparks.org using activity number 170010.

HOSTED BY City of Sioux Falls Parks and Recreation

Sioux Falls Parks and rec reserves the right to determine appropriate both.

for Sioux Falls Artists