Category Archives: An Ear to the Ground

CFA: SPIRIT OF PEACE CHURCH EXHIBITS

  • Spirit of Peace is always looking for either new or accomplished artists to show their work
  • The space used would be the Fireside Room, which accommodates about 20 works of art, of an average size.
  • Past shows have included quilts, pottery, prints, oil and acrylic paintings.
  • For further questions, call or text  Art Coordinator, Diane Bryan at (605) 360-8210.
  • There will be no commission on sales, and Diane can help artists hang artwork.

CALL FOR ART EXHIBITORS: TULIP FESTIVAL

THERE’S STILL TIME TO APPLY!
 The deadline for ArtBurst 2018
has been extended to Feb. 15.
ArtBurst 2018
May 18 and 19, 2018
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Orange City, Iowa
On the grounds of the Sioux County Courthouse
 Exhibit and sell your art during the Orange City Tulip Festival, a celebration of the community’s Dutch heritage that draws thousands of visitors every year.
  • Juried show that accepts no more than 40 artists
  • $300 best of show prizes for both 2D and 3D art
  • $20 nonrefundable jury fee
  • $75 fee for each 10×10 booth space
For more information, email artburst@octulipfestival.com or call 712-707-4510.

Intensive Painting Workshop Opportunity

2-WEEKEND INTENSIVE
5 FULL DAYS–30 HOURS OF INSTRUCTION! 
Dates: JANUARY 19-21 & 26-28
$550 + tax
Once-a-year opportunity!  This year’s winter still life painting workshop has been augmented to add an additional weekend of instruction, allowing more time for an immersive experience and practical application of creating a still life from start to finish.  
In this 2-weekend workshop, with over 30 hours of instruction, students will be guided through a step-by-step approach for designing and painting a still life–from initial setup and compostion, to block-in and final rendering.  The advantage of two weekends provides students additional hands-on experience into the final rendering process that cannot be covered in just one weekend, allowing time to explore ‘indirect’ (i.e. layered) painting techniques such as glazing and scumbling that are often employed as ‘finishing’ layers.  Instruction will be centered around balancing the elements of design, observational & conceptual understanding of form, as well as learning to render volume with tone, color, and paint application. Lectures will discuss materials, composition & design, color palette and color theory.  
Class Limit 10.  Designed for all skill levels.  Schedule consists of Friday evening demonstrations, followed by two full days of student work with personalized, one-on-one instruction.  A list of suggested materials will be provided with registration.

WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
FRIDAY 6pm – 9pm
Instructor demonstration & lecture
SATURDAY 9:30am – 4:30pm
Student work day separated into morning & afternoon sessions with an hour lunch break.  Individual instruction and demonstration throughout the day.
SUNDAY: 9:30am – 4:30pm
Student work day separated into morning & afternoon sessions with a break for lunch.  Individual instruction and demonstration throughout the day. 
 
Limit 10 students. 50% non-refundable down-payment due to hold place.
Contact Anna for more information or to REGISTER
 
 
PAYMENT & REGISTRATION
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:
anna@annayoungers.com or (605) 929-5016

Sculptor Seeks to Restore Bronze Sculptures

Local sculpture artist, Darwin Wolf seeks to expand the preservation and restoration arm of his business, Wolf Bronze. If anyone within 300 miles of Sioux Falls sees a green sculpture that isn’t supposed to be green, contact Darwin. Get the word out!

See his work or contact him on his artist Facebook page Darwin Wolf, Sculptor.

Summer shower before waxing away the green.
Getting to work on Abe Lincoln at Sioux Falls’ Scheels during their reno. He has never looked this rough since!
Flat horizontal surfaces are the worst, but we restored this to new condition and the green never came back.

Simple: before and after the salts of winter get splashed on Abe’s boots at Sioux Falls Scheels.

“Release the Cranes” at the Washington Pavilion

For five years Reina Okawa’s cranes have greeted visitors at the north entrance of the Washington Pavilion. But this fall, the exhibit comes down. This Tuesday, August 29, the Pavilion offers a last gathering to appreciate the cranes that have become a fixture in the Sioux Falls community. The cranes have been at the Pavilion so long that Meagan Dion, the lead curator for the Visual Arts Center, clarified that the exhibit was always a temporary one. “It wasn’t ever intended to become a permanent installation,” she said. “But we wanted to give people as much time to appreciate [the cranes] as possible.”

Reina Okawa’s original sketch for “You, Me and the Cranes”

Since they were installed in 2012, the cranes have become a Sioux Falls community favorite. The send-off event  on August 29, “Release the Cranes! A Farewell Party”, celebrates the partnership between Reina Okawa and the Pavilion and gives the community a chance to say goodbye to the exhibit. Okawa will be at the event, though the actual removal of the cranes will not happen until later. The 30-foot-long strings of “You, Me and the Cranes” hold thousands of origami cranes, a limited number of which will be given away early at the party.

The farewell party intends to alert everyone that the cranes are going away, and ensure that the community has a chance to say goodbye. “We just want to make sure people can enjoy them one last time,” said Dion.

Some of Okawa’s other origami work is on display in the “Above the Fold” exhibit in the Visual Arts Center Gallery until September 16, 2017. The Visual Arts Center will be closed during the farewell party, but the cranes and her work in the gallery can be viewed any time the building is open until the end of the exhibition.
Please join us in saying goodbye to the cranes from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29. If you’ve only seen the large cranes towards the bottom of the strings, try going to the fourth floor to see the smaller more colorful ones! You can RSVP on Facebook to the “Release the Cranes! A Farewell Party”

-Rachel

Beware the Locals – Coming soon!

Does Sioux Falls really have interesting things that happen within the city? You bet ya’! Filmmaker Dempsey Tapley has taken on the challenge of capturing these interesting things and people in the form of film–Beware the Locals. As time ticks faster, and as we approach another lovely Sioux Falls summer, I am genuinely excited to see all of the collaborative work come together. ~Hannah Continue reading Beware the Locals – Coming soon!

Let’s Celebrate Jordan Thornton’s Artist Residency

Landing an artist residency is a big deal. So when an artist does, it’s cause for celebration.

One of JAM’s favorite artists, Jordan Thornton, has “nailed” down her first artist residency!

It happens to be in Vermont, and there happen to be fees and costs that come along with that, so the Sioux Falls community has the awesome chance to help Jordan in her journey.

But before I get to that, here’s a little more information about Jordan.

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She’s a printmaker with a deeply-rooted love of nature, which you can easily see in her work. Handpulled and hand-printed woodcut prints, often displayed in shadowboxes (that she usually makes herself) are her forte.

Jordan describes her current work as having a focus “on plant imagery, primarily the roots. The visual part of these pieces is of the physical plant, while the thought behind the work focuses on our own roots: what holds us to a place, a person, a pursuit.”

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If that’s not enough info about her craft, check out our Inspired Interview of Jordan.

She’s been honing her craft for years. And she’s also been applying for residencies for years. And then the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT offered her an artist-in-residence spot for the upcoming month of August.

Here’s the catch: getting to Vermont isn’t free.

So that’s where you come in.

Jordan’s got a Kickstarter campaign that’ll cover the remainder of her residency fee and travel costs. But, most importantly, this campaign puts her art into the hands of the people investing in it.

To kick off the campaign, Coffea Downtown is hosting a launch party which doubles as the artist reception for Jordan’s three month show at Coffea. The party’s going down on May 6th from 6-8pm.

If you can’t be there to high five her and join the fun in person, you can still join the fun online:

An Ear to the Ground #30

Thingness

I can say for certain that art is a hard thing to define. When asked to define art you often betray your inner thoughts and through the act of defining art, you often describe what you find Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #30

An Ear to the Ground #28

 [Robert Whitman – Untitled (shirts and clouds)]

Lines of Sight: Asian American Poetry on the Visual Arts

Asian American Writers Workshop is shining a light on some great writing done by poets and artists on the nature of visual art. Here is a quick sampling.

John Yau from Further Adventures in Monochrome

“I dwell in possibility, Emily Dickinson

I dwell in impossibility, Yves Klein

You should understand that I did not want you to read a painting. I wanted you to bathe in it before words domesticated the experience, and you turned to such stand-bys as “illumination” and “transcendent” to describe what happened to you. Painting should not be sentenced to Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #28

An Ear to the Ground #26

 [Misato Suzuki – Early Summer Rain]

Believer Mag Interview: Kumail Nanjiani

New interview with one of my favorite standup comedians Kumail Nanjiani. I saw Kumail perform at The Meltdown in 2011 in LA and have been in love ever since. Kumail talks about inspiration, writing and his love of getting Continue reading An Ear to the Ground #26