Come check out these great artists in our gallery through the month of October!
What medium do you use?
Prefer oil, but will play with acrylic or crayon…don’t really have a set style. I always try to do something new.
What inspires you?
Depression kind of helps inspire me to create. The dark places my mind goes gives fuel for making art.
What is art?
Everything can be art. If you’re creating something, you’re an artist.
What medium do you use?
Mixed Media, Found Art Assemblage
What inspires you?
Oh, my. Running across an item and I know immediately what will become of it in my story telling.
What is art?
Whatever inspires me!
What medium do you use?
Digitla Art – Program Clip Studio
Fun, broodful, poppy, bitchy, little harsh.
What inspires you?
Smiles, getting sweaty over nerdom/geeking out, skills, “feeling”
What is art?
Art is storytelling, and everything is storytelling. So, everything = art.
[Photos by JAM’s awesome intern, Audry.]
In an effort to provide artists and creatives with an environment of business support and coaching, The Watering Can is beginning ASN (Artists Support Network) open sessions the 2nd Wednesday every month starting Oct. 10th. This is a place to come to network, pose a business challenge & get help in finding a solution or just hang out with other like-minded people. It will be a safe place to talk about failures and rejoice in successes. As the creative community embraces these monthly gatherings, professionals will be invited to share their expertise in topics such as: grant writing, application completion, technology, social media and marketing. Stop by the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls the 2nd Wednesdays at 6:30. Bring a munchie to share.
To Register: ASN – I will attend
The Watering Can is fiscally sponsored by the Sioux Falls Arts Council with a mission to embrace the arts through community development and assistance to artists in their professional and leadership development.
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The Watering Can’s mission is to provide assistance to artists in their professional and leadership development. Beginning in October The WC is presenting Business Basics for Artists and Creatives and a Nuts & Bolts workshop.
GROWING MY BUSINESS: Business Basics for Artists
With support of the Sioux Falls Community Foundation and The Sioux Falls Arts Council The Watering Can is offering a series of 4 classes focused on business development. The series Growing My Business, Selling More will begin Thursday evening October 25th and continue each Thursday through November 15th 6:30-8:00pm. Sessions will be held at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.
This series is a perfect for creatives who want to move their business forward. It is important to understand the tools needed to promote a business as well as using demographics to identify a target audience. Not everyone is a prospect and learning to qualify who is saves time and frustration. There are many ways to generate income and we will dig into various possibilities.
- Tool kit and portfolio
- Marketing basics and qualifying prospects
- Generating income
- Pulling it all together
Fees for this series are $50 for all 4 sessions. For more information regarding the sessions email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 605-271-2904.
To register: Grow My Business Register
NUTS & BOLTS
A one-day workshop of 4 sessions Nuts & Bolts will be offered Saturday October 20th. Registration will be for the full day or individual session. There will be a gathering for all who attend after the last session to network, share the learning and experiences with other creatives.
This workshop is geared to creatives who want to do it right and provides an opportunity to hear from subject matter experts as well as others who are on the same path.
8:30 – 10:00 “Choosing the Right Business Structure” Considerations for choosing the Right Legal Structure for Your Business and Getting Starting in South Dakota: Tim Loftesness, SCORE Volunteer/Mentor
10:30 – 12:00 Pricing Creative Work for the Long Haul: Kara Dirkson, Appraiser/Consultant – Alla Prima Art Services
1:00 – 2:30 Baseline Legal Considerations: Contracts, Intellectual Property, and Attribution Rights:Alex M. Hagen, Attorney – Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP
3:00 – 4:30 Accounting, Managing Money and Record Keeping: Claudia Dail, President/Founder, The Watering Can
All the sessions are presented in a casual way with focus on information yet allowing time to share with and learn from others. Everyone is on a unique path and there are various ways to make progress. One of the goals is to create community so there are ongoing resources to continue the learning and have a support network. Coffee and check in at 8:00am at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.
The fee for the full day of all four sessions is $50.00 or one session $25.00. For more information regarding the sessions email email@example.com call 605-271-2904.
To register: Nuts & Bolts Registration
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After a diligent year and a half, Sion Lidster and Jason Kurtz of Full Circle Book Co-op will open their official brick-and-mortar location in Sioux Falls. A creative space for local artists of all ages and trades, FCBC is sure to be a springboard for countless local projects and ideas. We are so excited for our brothers in grassroots art advocacy. Congratulations and welcome to downtown! – Tana
Tana: Tell us a little about the Full Circle Book Co-op. What is it? How did the idea come about?
Sion Lidster: In its most basic form, the FCBC is a creative hub – based around a used books shop, events space and beer/wine/coffee/conversation bar – that serves affordable food!
The idea is to create a place where artists and fans of the arts can come to hang out, talk, work and meet each other. I hope that it will help inspire artistic projects and ideas.
A physical space is important in artistic movements, and I believe that service to the arts goes far beyond the artists themselves. It becomes the duty of businesses to afford artists their lifestyle, if they do indeed support that community. This means low prices and open arms. It means a meal that won’t break the bank, a full coffee cup, a round of beer and merriment. We want to feed the arts, literally!
The idea came about in order to solve a problem we were facing. Me and my friend and business partner, Jason Kurtz, both run literary non-profits, and we were struggling to find all age venues to host our events that didn’t cost more than we could afford. We decided to work together to create a space that would not only provide this, but would hopefully become an inspiring home for all artists looking for one. The co-op idea came about because we want to encourage community, but want to make it clear that you do not have to be a member to shop with us – our membership program provides additional benefits.
After a year and a half of pop-up shops and events around the community, you guys have secured a physical location. Was that always the goal? What has been the process? Where will it be located?
It was always the goal to have a physical location. In fact, we were quick to announce that the space was coming last summer before we hit some road bumps (we are artists and optimists first)! Those road bumps taught us some valuable lessons that we are now bringing to our new location. Funnily enough, the location we have now was actually the first place we ever wanted to lease – so, full circle it is!
We will be located at 123 W 10thSt, Downtown Sioux Falls (the former Hydra building).
What’s your vision for the space?
You will walk through the door to an eye full of books and histories. You will walk on and find someone writing in a notebook. There may be a passionate conversation at the bar. There’ll be poetry on the walls. There will be an artist selling their wares in a booth. A non-profit will be holding a meeting in our scriptorium. You’ll look at a menu of delicious, shareable meals. Depending on the day, you may be treated to open mic poetry, live jazz, stand-up comedy, independent theatre, figure drawing, or a zine-making workshop.
A place where you are going to come and find a surprise – whether that is a book that you never knew you wanted, a painting you’ve never seen, or a person you’ve never met. A community meeting point, open and welcoming to all.
You launched a Kickstarter to raise funds toward initial expenses. Can you give us some of those details?
Yes, we have a Kickstarter running until Thursday, October 18th. We are asking for $10,000 dollars to cover initial start-up costs, such as inventory, kitchen equipment, building improvements/maintenance, licenses, and the Kickstarter costs themselves.
We are offering a number of rewards for your donations, from gift certificates to swag bags to lifetime memberships, and more! More info here.
For those who might not be able to help monetarily, what are some other ways they can offer support?
Being a grassroots effort, there are many ways to support us that does not require your money. Sharing our posts. Inviting people to our events on social media. Interviewing us. Holding events with us. Word of mouth. Handing out fliers. Volunteering. Donating books.
Currently, $100 (100 points), a donation of 100 books (100 points), or volunteering 20 hours (5 points an hour), or a combination, will get you a year’s rolling membership. These are real physical ways to keep the doors open.
You are for the community by the community. What are some ways the community can get involved once your space is up and running?
The easiest way to get involved is to just simply ‘turn up.’ Come and buy our books, drink our coffee, join us for happy hour. Come and eat with us, break bread, share your news. Be a part of what this could be. The dream is to make this a living space, something memorable. We cannot, and don’t want to, do it without you.
If you want to hold an event, get in touch with us. If you have a non-profit and need a meeting space, get in touch with us. Consider us for your birthday parties, holiday parties, fundraising parties…
Come and perform with us, share your poetry, your acting, your painting. Bring us your books and prints to sell on the shelves…
Come to our classes, become members, bring a friend…
Create with us…
When will you officially open?
The official opening date is Friday, November 2nd. There will be a weekend full of festivities!
What kind of events will you host?
Open mic poetry, independent theatre, writing courses, TED-X style presentations, game nights, pub quiz, figure drawing, independent cinema, first page reads, writing critiques, cultural celebrations, salon-style conversations, live comedy, live podcasting, book clubs and book explorations, artistic happy hours, acting classes, photography classes, journaling classes, jazz brunch… and more!
We have many lists!
Even though you are a book co-op, like you said you are a creative space, and will have opportunities for a ray of artists. What kind of opportunities will you have available to visual artists?
When I speak of artists I speak of all mediums – written, visual, and beyond.
We want a space that is dedicated to a featured monthly visual artist. Somewhere where, instead of merely hosting work as a backdrop to our shop, we are working with the artist as part of an idea, an installation, for them to get the best of their work.
We are also going to have a space to sell prints, as well as a booth that can be hired at any time during our opening hours for people to sell their work (not specific to visual, but totally included.)
How can they reach out to you to get involved?
The easiest and quickest way is by liking and messaging us on Facebook, where Jason will get back to you quickly.
What is the best way to keep in the know? Newsletter sign-up, Facebook?
How do you see things a year from now?
Looking back on one hell of an experiment, hopefully with a full house of poets and artists to celebrate with us!
Any other pertinent details I might be missing?
I think this covered the wider, more in-depth bases really well. Got to cover ground that our ‘elevator pitch’ doesn’t scratch, so thank you very much for the questions!!!
Make sure to mark your calendars for November 2!
For more information, contact:
Shari Kosel, Program & Communications Director
Nominations open for 24th biennial Governor’s Awards in the Arts
Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council co-sponsor the biennial Governor’s Awards in the Arts to recognize individuals and businesses that have made a statewide impact through artistic excellence or outstanding support of the arts.
Nominations are open through November 15. More information about the awards and nomination forms are available at ArtsSouthDakota.org. The classifications for these awards are:
- Distinction in Creative Achievement: Nominees in this lifetime achievement category should be individual artists who have made significant contributions in any of the various arts disciplines.
- Outstanding Service in Arts Education: Nominees in this lifetime achievement category should be individuals who have made significant contributions to arts education as a teacher, mentor or catalyst.
- Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Individual: Nominees in this lifetime achievement category should be individuals who have made outstanding contributions in supporting and encouraging the arts with their time, talent or funding.
- Outstanding Support of the Arts by an Organization or Business: Nominees in this lifetime achievement category should be an organization, business or corporation that has demonstrated leadership in supporting and encouraging the arts through time, talent and funding, or by funding and presenting projects by South Dakota artists for public education and enjoyment.
- Outstanding Support of the Arts to Native Nations with Lands in South Dakota: This award will be given to an individual, organization or business from South Dakota that has made significant contributions through the arts to Native nations with lands in South Dakota. The recipient will have demonstrated strong arts traditions and revitalization in Native communities by promoting social justice and cultural understanding.
The Governor’s Awards in the Arts will be presented at the Ramkota Hotel & Conference Center in Pierre on February 12, 2019. Recipients must be present to accept the award. Nominations may be made by an organization, institution or individual and must be postmarked no later than November 15, 2018. Employees and board members of Arts South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council are not eligible for these awards.
Materials to be submitted include one copy of the nomination form and a brief personal history of the nominee and summary of accomplishments of the nominee, no more than three pages in length. Samples or representations of artists work are encouraged and must be submitted in triplicate. Up to five letters of support may be submitted. All materials should be mailed to: Arts South Dakota, PO Box 2496, Sioux Falls, SD 57101 Phone: (605) 252-5979 or may be uploaded via ArtsSouthDakota.org.
1400 East Robur Dr, Sioux Falls
Thursday, September 27, 2018
SDAF is excited to bring you an Art Battle, a live competitive painting event. The theme for the work will be revealed at the beginning of the event. Using the theme, artists will create the best work they can across three timed rounds. During each round, a new medium will be used. As the artists work, the audience is invited to move around the easels, allowing an up close view of the creative process.
At the end of the round, the audience will vote for their favorite painting.
On Friday, conference attendees will have the opportunity to place bids in a silent auction to take the paintings home. The money earned from each painting will be donated to a non-profit of the highest-bidders choice.
CALLING ALL ARTISTS
If you’re an artist who loves some friendly competition, contact us to find out more about participating in this event.
- Artists have 90 minutes to create their painting, in three 30 minute rounds.
- Artists are provided with one 24×36″ canvas, cleaning towels, a water container, *acrylic paint, and **markers.
- One medium will be used per round. Artists will be supplied with markers and acrylic paint to be used during two rounds. Each artist will bring a third medium of their choice for one round. Mediums may be used in any round order.
- Artists may use any non-mechanical tools: brushes, palette knives, rollers, sponges, tape etc.
- Pre-made images or stencils are not permitted.
- Artists may not mix paint until the round begins.
- Reference material is not permitted at the easel.
*Acrylic Colors: Titanium White, Black, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
**Marker Colors: Acrylic Broad-Point Markers in Yellow, Red, Blue, Black
Rhythmic Gesture & Structural Block-In
OCT 4 – NOV 15
EVERY-OTHER THURSDAY; 6:30-9:00 PM
DATES: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15
$250 + TAX (INCLUDES MODEL FEES)
Back by popular demand after a sold-out summer class! This course is designed as a fun and engaging introduction to figure drawing for beginners, while also providing depth, insight, and constructive feedback for more seasoned artists to continue honing their skills.
Students will draw from a live model to develop their observational drawing skills and build a conceptual understanding of the nude figure. Alternating weeks with female and male models, we will compare/contrast distinctions in anatomy and structure. Instruction will focus on capturing an energetic and accurate block-in that provides a solid foundation upon which one can build a more fully rendered drawing. Additional attention will be given to utilizing the principles of light and shadow to create a sense of volume and dimensionality. Each class will begin with mulitple quick gesture poses, where students will learn to simplify the large forms and dynamic rhythms of the figure. The second half of class will be spent on building a structural “straight line block-in”.
4-week class, every-other Thursday evening. All skill levels welcome; demonstrations and personalized, one-on-one instruction throughout. A list of materials will be provided upon registration.
Class Limit 10 Students.
Statewide Photographers Sought for Annual Photography Exhibit at the Brookings Arts Council
Friday, December 14 marks the closing date for accepting entries for the 40th Annual Photography Exhibit.
This judged competition and exhibit is open to all photographers 14 years of age and older. Heather Kuhlman, Executive Director, says, “We look forward to seeing the incredible photographic work that this event brings yearly. There are so many photographers that are so very talented and we are thrilled to showcase their photographic art to the public during the exhibit!”
Awards will be given in color and black and white categories with 1st-3rd cash place distinctions for the print division in each category. Any photographic print may be entered created within the last 5 years, with composite prints accepted as long as they are marked as such. Works should not have been exhibited at the Brookings Arts Council in the past.
Continuing this year is an online digital competition. Kuhlman states, “with the popularity of Iphones, Facebook and Instagram, we felt we were missing a genre of photographers that do not necessarily print their images. We wanted to give those photographers a platform to compete from as well!” Please submit your images to email@example.com, 800×640 pixels at 300dpi. Pictures that are submitted will be uploaded onto our website on Wednesday, January 9th. Do not submit any pictures that contain nudity, violence, obscenity, profanity, pornography or anything else that is offensive in nature. The submitted images must be the photographer’s original work. One digital winner will be announced at the Exhibit Reception on January 10th
The deadline for entering the event is December 14, 2018 with the exhibit opening on Jan. 3rd. The Awards Reception will be held on January 10th, from 4:30-6:30, with awards being presented at 5pm. The exhibit will close on February 1st.
Forms can be downloaded directly from our website at: www.brookingsartscouncil.org
For more information regarding this exhibit or upcoming exhibits call the BAC at (605) 692-4177, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, for most up to date, add us on Facebook.