Category Archives: Around and About


 Rhythmic Gesture & Structural Block-In

OCT 4 – NOV 15


DATES: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15

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. 

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: or (605) 929-5016

Art Exhibit — Leah Simmons

Art Exhibit — Leah Simmons

Simmons’ work is an exploration of color and line on the unexpected canvas of animal skulls.
Organic elements and geometric shapes allow the viewer to admire the beauty inherent in the structure of the bones as well as their interplay with the art.
August 1-September 30
Downtown Library
Regular hours 

USF Alumni and Faculty Exhibition Receptions

Join us for TWO art receptions celebrating the artwork of our faculty and alumni! Receptions overlap, so be sure to stop by both receptions that Friday, September 28. There will also be tasty refreshments and other Homecoming Festivities!

USF Faculty Exhibition Reception – 3-5p – Mear’s Library Gallery
USF Alumni Exhibition Reception – 4-6p – Jeschke Fine Arts Center




What is Finding Our Voices?
FOV is a visual exhibit of domestic violence & sexual abuse stories told through art. (Can be anonymous.)

What is our purpose?
To inspire hope & healing, to give survivors a voice, & make resources known for those in need.

Where can you see FOV?
Beginning in October 2018, FOV will travel throughout Sioux Falls & surrounding communities— College campuses, churches, art galleries, etc. First featured event will be at Take Back the Night.


Want to get involved or have questions?
Contact us!

unDefined, Inc
PO Box 467
Sioux Falls, SD 57101
Phone: (605)321-0077



  • Application Deadline:  July 23rd, 2018
  • Title: Literary Themed
  • Email:
  • Phone: 605-332-2665 ext 11

Description Of Exhibition: A juried exhibit of artwork using paper/books as a medium. Art that is inspired by paper/reading, words, books etc. Both two and three-dimensional work is eligible.  If you are a creative crafter, artist or DIY’er, REACH is excited to be in touch with you and learn about your creative work!

To Apply:

  1. Complete the Entry Form and Feature Exhibition Disclaimer
  2. Email to Paige Carda, PAIGE@REACHLITERACY.ORG

**Make sure to include on THE SUBJECT LINE “ARTISTS ENTRY”

REACH Artist Entry Form

REACH Literacy Center will host 20 pieces of art each month. This art will be for sale in our store and REACH will take a modest 25% commission. Items will be placed throughout the store and merchandized to show off your work and our bookstore.


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.

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 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.

CFA: RFP for Downtown Yankton Art Alleyway Project

Calling all Artists!

The Meridian District Board of Directors  and the Art Alleyway committee is seeking proposals for the design and installation of a mural in the alleyway located in the Meridian District in Downtown Yankton, South Dakota, located between the blocks of Walnut and Douglas Street on the Northside of 3rdStreet.

Please see the attached RFP for additional details.

RFP for Merdian District Artwork


5PM | August 1, 2018

Ashli Danilko | 605-660-9821

Voyage Visionaries “June is for the Roses” Art Show

Thursday, June 14 at 5 PM – 8 PM

Kristine Reiner is the next artist showcasing in Voyage’s gallery at Dawley Farms. Music will be performed by Ben Gertner from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

Reiner is a graphic designer and a mixed media artist that graduated from USF in 2016. Reiner creates abstract art by painting with roses and feels that it’s a magical thing to have someone see a different image in her work than what she originally imagined.

Reiner’s works are based on her own life experiences, she finds that her emotions are really what guide her subject matter. When creating, Reiner tends to use whatever is available but rarely paint brushes. Instead, most of her works are created using roses. From start to finish Reiner will use the different parts of the rose to achieve a unique movement that you can’t get with a brush.