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Gallery Exhibit Features Sculptures of Erica Merchant

The Eide/Dalrymple Gallery at Augustana University will feature wall-mounted sculpture in its latest exhibit, Erica Merchant: Fossilized Reflections.

The exhibit runs Feb. 8 – March 9.

A gallery reception will be held at 7-9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, featuring an artist’s talk beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Merchant’s work is non-traditional and yet timeless. She transforms contemporary materials through atypical means, such as carving, burning, and melting house insulation polystyrene and bioplastics. She also employs historical and ancient building techniques to create many of her pieces. For example, in such works as “Step, in situ,” Merchant uses a rammed-earth building technique: a traditional form of building across many cultures and time periods whereby material is layered into a wall-form mold and then compressed to 50% of its original size. Merchant takes “sediments” from her life — “cereal boxes, my daughter’s shoes and dresses that she wouldn’t take off, bills I had to pay, weeds we picked together on sunset walks, VHS tapes she watched 1,000 times…” — and then breaks, crushes, and shreds them. Merchant compresses this new raw sediment into wall molds that, when complete, create windows “into the strata of our home/life/oikos.” The resulting works are haunting in their dual invocations of destruction and preservation — powerful metaphors for the fearful passage of time, nostalgia and memory that bring both loss and transformation.

In other works, such as Rebuild, Remain, Merchant “casts” her own personal fossils. She might begin by crocheting a hat or doilies — markers of the feminine and childhood. She then dips them into ceramic slip and fires them in a kiln to fossilize them. Merchant embeds the results into a plaster or lath bed that become the core of her compositions and wall hangings. Domestic and personal forms become archeological discoveries that encourage contemplation and inspire a range of free associations.

Merchant’s artworks have been exhibited around the region, including in the 6th Annual Governor’s Biennial. She has also taken part in exhibitions at the South Dakota Art Museum, Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center, the Apex Gallery in Rapid City, Black Hills State University, and is regularly featured in Sculpture in the Hills exhibitions in Hill City. Her recent solo exhibitions include at the Sturgis Public Library and Minnesota State-Fergus Falls. In 2015, her work was a part of Venice Edition III, Artemotion (vending machine) at the Venice Biennale.

This exhibition is funded in part with a Project Grant from the South Dakota Arts Council, with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Please join us!

 

SWEET ART SHOW: A LOOK BACK, FORWARD

Been wondering why you haven’t heard anything about the Sweet Art Show? Seems crazy to think that this Friday would be the night, but after three years, we decided to switch things up! Our 4th Annual Sweet Art show will take place on September 14, 2018 – still boasting the same excellent sweet treats, atmosphere, local art and killer raffle packages. Mark your calendars, ladies and gents! In the meantime, here’s a fun look back at last year’s.

[How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [Originally Performed by Marvin Gaye] [Instrumental] – Single]

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.

10 BEST BLOG POSTS OF 2017

Man, is it just us or was 2017 on supersonic speed? As you may or may not know, one of our big goals here at JAM is to be a source of art information for the Sioux Falls community through our website and blog. We have published over 160 posts in the last year on topics ranging from local art events to local artists and art educators, and everything in between.

Didn’t get a chance to read them all? We got you. Here is our top 10 hit list of our most popular posts to help you ring in 2018.

[Psssst.  Want a backstage pass to the local art scene? Join our team! We are always looking for dedicated and reliable bloggers and photographers. We have internship opportunities, too. Holler at us!!]

JAM’S 2017 TOP 10

10. “RELEASE THE CRANES” AT THE WASHINGTON PAVILION

9. FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW: SEPTEMBER

8. AUGUSTANA STUDENT INVITATIONAL

7. ELEMENTS AND OTHER APRIL REVIEWS

6. ANGIE GILLESPIE: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

5. FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW: FEBRUARY

4. ANGELA BEHRENDS: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

3. GENEVA COSTA: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

2. ERIN NGUYEN: ART EDUCATOR

1. AMBER HANSEN: ART EDUCATOR

From all of us at JAM, Happy New Year!

ART STUDENTS CREATE STEAMROLLER PRINTS

Though the wind may have been a minor nuisance, it was a beautiful, sunny day to create art outdoors on Thursday, October 12. For the first time ever, in a parking lot on the campus of Augustana, a dozen art students and 2 faculty collaborated with Myrl & Roy’s Paving in Sioux Falls to create large-scale prints using a steamroller.

Working in teams, students spent months prior preparing their 4-by-8-foot fiberboards, utilizing everything from traditional hand-carving tools to electric routers in order to create a relief. The surfaces were inked, covered with material, paper, carpet, a board, then pressed by the steamroller to create the print. The pressure of the steamroller was crucial for image transfer.

Part of the challenge was to find fabric large enough to print on.  While many students used bedsheets, some were able to find fabric large enough. One group used a piece of satin that printed very well. Another group decided to quilt together pieces of fabric so that the colors coordinated with parts of the image in order to create a color-blocked, screen printed feel. It turned out fantastic!

Photo courtesy of Senior Art Student Katie Munson

Students found that designs with more detail, though beautiful, tended to be more difficult to image than those with less intricate carvings.

Approximately 50 large-scale prints were created in five hours. Some of them are currently hanging in the atrium of the humanities building at Augie through the end of the semester. Be sure to check them out!

Photo courtesy of Senior Art Student Katie Munson

Faculty:

  • Chad Nelson
  • Lindsay Twa

Augustana Students:

  • Colter Benson
  • Breanna Burklund
  • Taisya  Gowlovech
  • Hannah  Grapevine
  • Nora Strom
  • Lotte Solvang
  • Ajla Sundstrom
  • Ella Ng
  • Wyatt Dickson
  • Katlin Munson

Iowa State Students:

  • Caleb Henkelman
  • Jordan Luckow

FIRST FRIDAY LOWDOWN

It is a loaded October First Friday! With Downtown Sioux Falls hosting the annual Art and Wine Walk, there are a lot of places to be, and a lot of art to see. Here’s a list of what’s going down, Wine Walk and otherwise!


First Friday Art & Wine Walk! A wide variety of artists and wine samples await, as you visit locations on both sides of the river in Downtown Sioux Falls from 5:00 – 9:00pm. Viewing the art and meeting artists is FREE, and for just $20, you’ll get a wristband to enjoy one sample of wine at each location. You can also purchase wine by the glass for $5. Wristbands can be purchased at any participating location on October 6, 2017, from 5:00 – 9:00pm.

2017 WINE WALK
Participating Locations and Artists:

8th & RR Center: 401 East 8th Street #200A (Two artists)
Red Door Creations – Painter
Dylan Jacobson
 – Cartoonist
Wine options:
Cupcake Riesling or 19 Crimes Banished Red Blend

A League of Your Own: 229 South Phillips Avenue
Nathan Rueckert – Recycled Baseball Art
Wine Options:
Luccio Peach Moscato or Cocobon Dark Red

Atoley Salon: 317 South Phillips Avenue
Rebekah Scott – Handmade Purses/Accessories
Wine Options:
Anna Pesä Synphony or Phat Hogg Red

Atoley Spa: 317 South Phillips Avenue
Chelsea Munson – Makeup Artistry
Wine Options:
Chloe Rose or Carnivor Zinfandel

Bead Co./Acorn19: 319 South Phillips Avenue
York & ME – Jewelry Art

Wine Options:
19 Crimes Hard Chard or 19 Crimes Banished Red Blend

CH Patisserie: 309 South Phillips Avenue #1
Merecedes Nelson – Photographer

Wine Options:
Benziger Chardonnay or Finca Las Moras Malbec

Chelsea’s Boutique: 220 South Phillips Avenue
Elisabeth Hunstad – Singer/Songwriter

Wine Options:
Slow Press Sauvignon Blanc or Concannon Petite Sirah

City Hall – Mayor’s Office: 224 West 9th Street – Artist Only Location
Various Artists – Pictured: Adam Petersen

Artist Only Location

Coffea Roasterie: 200 South Phillips Avenue
Amy Jarding – Weaver

Wine Options:
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or William Hill Cabernet

Conversation Piece: 301 South Minnesota Avenue
Create Yourself a Make-&-Take Mug

Wine Options:
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Storypoint Pinot Noir

Great Outdoor Store: 201 East 10th Street
Reina Okawa – Mixed Media

Wine Options:
Mirassou Pinot Grigio or William Hill Cabernet

Home Porch Gifts: 217 South Phillips Avenue
Elaine Fritz – Stamp & Papercraft

Wine Options:
Concannon Founders Chardonnay or Cupcake Petite Sirah

J.H. & Sons: 216 South Phillips Avenue
Kirby Schultz – Painter

Wine Options:
Benziger Chardonnay or Insurrection Cabernet

JLG Architects: 232 South Main Avenue
Dustin Sinner – Painter

Wine Options:
Cupcake Riesling or Finca Las Moras Malbec

Lot 2029: 207 South Phillips Avenue
Art Diaz & Abby Hatch – Musicians

Wine Options:
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Leese Fitch Merlot

Luca’s Boutique: 401 East 8th Street #122
Rodger Ellingson – Painter

Wine Options:
Luccio Peach Moscato or Carnivor Zinfandel

NV Studio: 106 West 11th Street
Connie Herring – Sculptor/Jewelry Art

Artist Only Location

Plum’s Cooking Co.: 401 East 8th Street #107
Linda Napolitano – Cookie Artist/Baker

Wine Options:
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or William Hill Cabernet

Prairie Berry East Bank: 322 East 8th Street
Mary Payton – Painter

Wine Options:
Anna Pesä Meritage 2014 or Red Ass Rhubarb

Rehfeld’s Art and Framing: 210 South Phillips Avenue
Kelly Dudgeon Tadlock – Painter

Wine Options:
Concannon Founders Chardonnay or Cocobon Dark Red

Rug & Relic: 401 East 8th Street #114
Jamie Jacobson – Painter

Wine Options:
Slow Press Sauvignon Blanc Crisp or Luccio Peach Moscato

Say Anything Jewelry: 225 South Phillips Avenue
Michael Swenson – Wood Working

Wine Options:
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or Dark Horse Red Blend

Simply Perfect: 401 East 8th Street #108
Mercedes Maltese – Pottery and Henna

Wine Options:
Chloe Rose or Leese Fitch Merlot

Sioux Falls Design Center: 108 West 11th Street
Paul Boerboom – Painter

Wine Options:
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Concannon Petite Sirah

State Theatre: 316 South Phillips Avenue
Jim Sturdevant – Painter

Wine Options:
Mirassou Pinot Grigio or Leese Fitch Merlot

Sticks and Steel: 401 East 8th Street #118
Artist TBD Monday, October 2nd
Wine Options:
19 Crimes Hard Chard or Finca Las Moras Malbec

Unglued: 218 South Phillips Avenue
Cambium Wood Art

Wine Options:
Chloe Rose or Dark Horse Red Blend

Urban Archaeology: 126 South Phillips Avenue
Elizabeth Munger – Printmaker/Custom Letterpress

Wine Options:
Anna Pesä Synphony or Phat Hogg Red

Young and Richard’s: 222 South Phillips Avenue
Ne’Qwa Ornaments – Glass Ornaments

Wine Options:
Cupcake Riesling or Storypoint Pinot Noir

ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK OUT:

LOADED DECKS
Third Eye at Vishnu
7 to 11 p.m.
A juried skateboard art show. Twenty artists show their deck work along side a piece of their own art and will be judged best in show.

FREE FIRST FRIDAY
Washington Pavilion VAC
5 to 8 p.m.
6 p.m. Gallery Talks for the “South Dakota Governor’s 7th Biennial Art Exhibition” in the Everist Gallery.

FLIGHT EPHEMERAL
Exposure Gallery
6 to 9 p.m.
We’re back on First Friday this month with new work from painter/illustrator Sharon Wegner-Larsen and illustrator/graphic designer Molly O’Connor.

2ND ANNUAL PARKLET DESIGN COMPETITION
Sioux Falls Design Center
12 to 7 p.m.
“What do you get when you take six parking spaces along 11th street and turn them over to students from SDSU’s School of Design?” “The 2nd Annual Parklet Design Competition!” Come explore unique roadside installations and rethink how you view parking downtown. Play and public voting 12:00 – 7:00 pm. Awards at 7:15 pm

30th Annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market

The 30th annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market (NPIAM) continues its tradition of celebrating world-class American Indian art in a three-day event, September 22-24, in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The event showcases over 30 professional artists and features local artists such as: Kevin Brave Heart, Don Montileaux, Jim Yellow Hawk, Dwayne Wilcox, Jennifer White, Lynn Burnette, and Richard Red Owl.

NPIAM is an international gathering of American Indian artists—those who work in contemporary fine arts and those who create art using traditional materials, methods and styles. The show has become a national staple in showcasing American Indian art of the Northern Plains and artists have gained recognition through national publications and exhibits.

The event begins with an Art Reception and Juried Art Show at the Old Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Friday, September 22, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Artist Reception and Juried Art Show admission: $25.00 per person. The Juried Art show allows entries to compete for prestigious awards including: Best of Show—$1,500; Best of Fine Arts—$1,000; and Best of Tribal Arts—$1,000. Judging for the 2017 NPIAM Juried Show will take place Friday, September 22. Awards totaling more than $13,000 are also given in 18 art and medium divisions.
Jurors are selected from a national pool of American Indian art experts, scholars, and respected working artists. This year NPIAM welcomes Jill Ahlberg Yohe, Assistant Curator of Native American Art from Minneapolis Institute of Art; Angela Swedberg, Contemporary Artist and Certified Indian Artisan; Alexander Brier Marr, PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies from University of Rochester; and Jeffrey L. Viken, Chair, The Heritage Center at Red Cloud Indian School, Pine Ridge Reservation.

Juror’s forums are also being scheduled as part of the NPIAM’s mission to educate art enthusiasts about American Indian Art and its significance to Indian Culture. Forums are free and open to the public.
The event continues for Art Market days, September 23-24, at the Sioux Falls Convention Center. Market days allow participating artist to sell their work directly to art collectors, enthusiasts and local art buyers. The market is open Saturday, September 23, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Art Market Admission is $5.00 daily or $7.00 for a 2-day pass, children under 12 are free.

About NPIAM The Northern Plains Indian Art Market (NPIAM) was established in 1988 by American Indian Services, Inc., of Sioux Falls, SD, as the Northern Plains Tribal Arts Show (NPTA). To be eligible to enter the NPIAM a Native American artist must be an enrolled member of 1 of 33 tribes in the United States and Canada the show recognizes as “Northern Plains.” American Indian Services produced the juried art show and market from 1988 to 2003. Since 2004, Sinte Gleska University of Rosebud, South Dakota, has been the producing organization. In the 30 years of its existence–one of the longest running Indian art shows in the country–over 800 artists from 7 Northern Plains states and two Canadian provinces have exhibited at NPTA/NPIAM. For more information, visit npiam.org or call Sinte Gleska University at 605-856-8100.

An Evening of Art, Architecture and Community

with keynote by Dale Lamphere
AIA South Dakota
Thursday, September 14, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (CDT)
Sioux Falls, SD
TICKETS HERE

Renowned sculptor and South Dakota artist laureate Dale Lamphere will give a free, public presentation as part of a celebration of art, architecture and community on Thursday, Sept. 14 in Sioux Falls.

An Evening of Art, Architecture and Community is sponsored by Architecture Incorporated and presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) South Dakota and the Great Plains chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA). The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Ramkota Hotel on 3200 W. Maple St., with tickets available to the public at no charge.

AIA South Dakota will also recognize SDSU alumnus and business leader Jerry Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines for his unparalleled support of the SDSU Department of Architecture.

Lamphere sculpted the breathtaking Dignity Statue that perches atop a bluff overlooking the Missouri River in Chamberlain and has been further immortalized in specialty state license plates. Lamphere has also been commissioned to build the Arc of Dreams, a massive stainless steel sculpture that will span the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls.

Lamphere will give a solo keynote presentation and take questions from the audience. An Evening of Art, Architecture and Community will also feature a brief panel on how art and architecture intermingle to shape community that will include:

Panelist: Dan Pitera, FAIA, executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and recipient of the coveted Whitney Young Award.
Panelist: Tanya Olson, ASLA, PLA, principal/owner at Tallgrass Landscape Architecture in Custer.
Panelist: Tim Barry, artist and managing partner of Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha.
Panelist: Kristine Bjerke, AIA, principal architect of Architecture Incorporated in Rapid City
Panelist: Dale Lamphere, South Dakota artist laureate, sculptor, owner of Lamphere Studio near Sturgis and founding board member of Arts South Dakota.
Moderator: Patri Acevedo, AIA, CPHC, vice president/present-elect of AIA South Dakota and market leader with JLG Architects in Rapid City.

“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