Category Archives: Around and About

Five Reasons You Should Buy Local Art

If you are not buying art, you should be. Art can be exciting, inciting, and stimulating, plain and simple. But, if you are looking for more specific reasons, here are 5 great ones, starting off with a perfect one for this time of year.

1. Art can be a meaningful gift
The gift of art can be very meaningful and timeless. You’ll be giving the recipient something they can appreciate for years instead of something that they might throw in a drawer or on a closet shelf. Art is the gift that keeps on giving. A piece of art is something that they can look at, interpret, re-interpret, and enjoy for a lifetime. Plus, it makes you look good. Taking the time to pick a piece unique to the person on your list shows thoughtfulness. Never be accused of having a Continue reading Five Reasons You Should Buy Local Art

Frogman’s Print Workshop 2015

I used to call myself a painter. Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning books still stand proud on my studio bookshelf. Then, four years ago, at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT, I took my first printmaking class from Gesine Janzen. Ever since, the coat of dust on my paintbrushes has grown thicker as I have expanded my collection of brayers and carving tools. I was attracted to printmaking as a medium because of its ability to replicate imagery; to be able repeat an image, but to retain unique charms in each individual print. Through relief printing, I found a rhythmic sort of therapy in the carving techniques. However, it was the immense sense of community that comes with being a printmaker that caused me to fall in love with the medium.

With my passions aligned as they are, learning that one of the most renowned print intensive workshops in the world was located a mere forty-five minutes from my hometown of Sioux Falls, SD seemed like a scene out of my best daydream. Now, after having experienced Frogman’s Print Workshop for the first time last week, I am now of the opinion that being so nearby at all times of the year caused me to do Frogman’s all wrong.

IMG_3953Frogman’s Print Workshop happens every year during the first two weeks of July at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. Well over a hundred printmakers come from around the world to learn new techniques, share their own processes and work, and to create new relationships with kindred souls who share their passion for print. The 2015 workshop was the 34th year of Frogman’s. There are two week-long sessions filled with multiple Continue reading Frogman’s Print Workshop 2015

Mr. Caraway and Mr. Carlson Go to Vishnu Bunny

Every artist has their peculiar obsessions. Some keep them hidden, preferring to let them lurk at the margins of their work. Others, like Kevin Caraway and Solomon Carson, place them front and center and render them in big, bold, strokes.

Thus, it is only fitting that Caraway and Carson will be exhibiting together this Friday at Vishnu Bunny, as part of the monthly First Fridays series. With a title like 1 + 1 =!?, one must be intrigued. Continue reading Mr. Caraway and Mr. Carlson Go to Vishnu Bunny

The Art of Doing: Oliver Herring’s Task Parties.

Most of us think of artists as rather solitary figures, toiling away in front of a blank canvas or untouched piece of marble in a desperate attempt to express themselves.

There are, of course, some who still fit this description.  More and more, however, the most interesting and dynamic art is breaking down the traditional barriers between an artist and their audience, allowing everyone to take part in the creative process.

Take Oliver Herring.  One of the great experimental artists of his generation, he has effectively embraced the idea of giving total strangers control over his work

And on more than one occasion, this has resulted in him literally embracing total strangers. Continue reading The Art of Doing: Oliver Herring’s Task Parties.

Sketching Around and About Sioux Falls

“Meet. Create. Repeat.”  This is the motto for the Sioux Falls Sketch Squad founded by Solomon Carlson.

sketch_squad_sioux_falls_artistsThe Sioux Falls Sketch Squad was an idea that he had been toying with for years, but decided now was the time to launch it. Like many ideas, the idea came from a need. Continue reading Sketching Around and About Sioux Falls

Around and About – Art Collective 8

Yes, it’s happening again. The Art Collective 8 is near. If you have nothing to do  Monday evening or even if you do, drop all and come down to Lucky’s on December 1. This is such a great way to get to know established and emerging local artists! Plus, I hold this event dear to me because the second time I went, I blogged about it in my very first JAM article!

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If you’ve never been to one of these events, no worries. It is so low key that you can wander around without Continue reading Around and About – Art Collective 8

Around and About – ReStorAtion Art Auction

Have you ever had something that one moment you had no knowledge of it, and the next you are really excited about it? This is what happened to me, since I hadn’t heard of the ReStorAtion Art Auction before. Don’t feel too bad if you haven’t either; it’s only on its second year. Niki Schillerstrom, Community Relations Director for Habitat for Humanity, gave me all of the details so I can let everyone know about this really awesome event.

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The first ReStorAtion Art Auction was held April of this year, near Earth Day, to serve as a reminder about upcycling and repurposing. Their main goal is to Continue reading Around and About – ReStorAtion Art Auction

Around and About – Up In Smoke Pottery

For Chad Dykstra, pottery began as just a hobby. He was introduced to the art by his father-in-law and started throwing back in 1992. It wasn’t until gentle prodding from his wife to start selling his creations in 2008 that he decided to turn his hobby into a way of life and the business now known as Up In Smoke Pottery.

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Chad and his wife Kiesha work together on the pieces. He usually throws all of the pieces and his wife does the finishing and glazing. They do a few different types of pottery; Pit fire, foil saggar, paper saggar, obvara, and blackware are each beautiful in their own ways. Plus, these pieces really travel well. Up In Smoke Pottery has sold pieces all over the United States and Canada. They’ve also won Continue reading Around and About – Up In Smoke Pottery

Kimble Bromley’s Art of Hypnosis

Picasso famously said that “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”

Kimble Bromley believes he has found one potential solution: hypnosis.

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Last Saturday, Bromley, whose series Moby Dick is currently on display at the Washington Pavilion, conducted a hypnosis workshop intended to unleash the inner child-artist of all those in attendance, including this writer.

Each participant was asked to Continue reading Kimble Bromley’s Art of Hypnosis

Around and About – Photographing Artwork

Are you discouraged from entering your work into exhibitions and ignore calls for artists because you don’t have quality images of your work? Are you thinking about getting prints of your painting? Do you need a website, but lack ambition because you lack outstanding photographs?camera-artist-taking-photograph-sioux-fallsIt can be an expensive process to have someone else do this for you. I work in a printshop where I’ve photographed and scanned art. In order to get the best looking photo of your work, take the class at Exposure Gallery & Studios and learn from a professional!

This Sunday afternoon from Continue reading Around and About – Photographing Artwork