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ReStorAtion Art Auction Event

It’s time to invite your friends and family!

Dear friends, bidders and artists,

We are excited for the fifth annual Habitat art auction. It’s hard to believe it’s already been five years. And thanks to your help, we’ve raised enough to roof THREE Habitat houses in four years!

Saturday, April 21
7 pm
The District (near the Empire Mall)
Free admission

We have the most unique, creative collection yet! Americana art, doggie beds, sofa tables, potting tables, stained glass and fish to name just a few…

105 works!! ALL made with ReStore items.

CHECK THEM OUT HERE!!

2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference

SIOUX FALLS, SD (April 5, 2018) Arts South Dakota, the South Dakota Arts Council and the Sioux Falls Arts Council are excited to welcome art enthusiasts from every corner of the state to converge at the Downtown Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls, SD for the 2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference on May 4 & 5, 2018. The South Dakota State Arts Conference occurs every five years, and 2018 is the first time the conference is taking place in Sioux Falls. Organizers are pleased to offer a reduced registration fee of $125 and a reduced hotel rate of $124 until April 16, 2018. For more information on visit www.ArtsSouthDakota.org.

The conference is the state’s biggest arts event of the year and an opportunity to celebrate South Dakota’s unique cultural heritage and vibrant arts community. Attendees will have the opportunity to share their enthusiasm for the arts and network with national and state leaders.

The conference’s three keynote speakers are top arts professionals and leaders. First, at 6 p.m. on Friday May 4, Randy Cohen, Vice President of Research and Policy at Americans for the Arts will serve as the opening Keynote Speaker. Cohen will talk about building a healthier South Dakota through the arts—how we derive not just cultural benefits from the arts, but also how we benefit socially, educationally, and economically—making our communities a great place to live and work.

Next, at 8:30 a.m. on May 5 Janet Brown, Past President & CEO of Grantmakers in the Arts, will offer a welcome keynote. Brown will focus on the arts for changing times and share what a successful arts organization looks like in 2018.

Finally, at 11:30 a.m. on May 5, Jane Chu, Chairman at National Endowment for the Arts, will serve as the lunch keynote speaker. Chairman Chu will focus on the impact of the arts in South Dakota and communities across the nation.

Along with the keynote presentations, the weekend will have helpful and practical learning sessions, as well as exciting art, performances and presenters who are the best in their fields.

The weekend of the conference will also see the installation of the 2018 Sioux Falls SculptureWalk pieces, with new sculptures and artists throughout downtown Sioux Falls on the morning of Saturday, May 5.

The South Dakota State Conference is sponsored by The White Wall Sessions, Workplace I.T. Management, First Bank & Trust, Sanford Health and Jack & Linda Stengel.

For more information on the 2018 South Dakota State Arts Conference schedule and presenters, visit the Arts South Dakota website, www.ArtsSouthDakota.org.

Arts South Dakota, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, enriches the lives of South Dakotans and their visitors, by advancing the arts through service, education and advocacy. Launched in November 2015, Arts South Dakota is a statewide arts service and advocacy organization headquartered in Sioux Falls. It brings vitality to South Dakota communities and enriches people’s lives through the promotion of the creativity and visitor industries, by nurturing cultural leadership and education, and recognizing artistic excellence. The private, nonprofit group works closely with the South Dakota Arts Council, the state and federally funded division of South Dakota Tourism.

via SFAC.

USF Art Receptions Thursday

I AM – Senior Exhibition by Yuharelly Comparan
Jeschke Fine Arts Center Gallery
Reception: Mar 22nd 3-5pm
Artist talk @ 4pm

BELONGING – Senior Exhibition by Tenley Schwartz
Norman B Mears Library Gallery
Reception: Mar 22nd 3-5pm
Artist talk @ 5pm

BRIA SHAY NEFF: FACES OF THE ENDANGERED

Gallery Opening at the Washington Pavilion starting April 5th, with a special appearance on April 6th at 6pm.
Her work will be up at the Entrance Gallery from April 5th through June 10th in the Visual Arts Center.
Free Admission.
Bria has also been awarded the State Honoree for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, and has received the high honor to travel to Washington D.C. and represent South Dakota as their top youth Volunteer.

via the Washington Pavilion:

Bria, now 11, has donated over $13,550 to support endangered species and conservation. She is a founding member of the of the Endangered Species Coalition’s Endangered Species Youth Activists (ESYA) Network. A proud recipient of the Points of Lights award, a 2017 Young Eco-Hero Award winner, a member of the Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Program and the winner of IFAW’s Animal Hero Award in 2016. She has won many art awards such as Doodle for Google, SD Jr. Duck Stamp, State Fish, Celebrating Art and the Get to Know Art Contest. She has painted over 200 species and supports the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Wolf Conservation Center in New York, Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Programs and the Wildlife Warriors in Australia with the proceeds of her paintings.

She has published two coloring story books, one that helps fund the care of endangered species at The Great Plains Zoo. She is also passionate about shelter pets and has funded over $1,600 from the sale of her art to the Sioux Falls Area Humane Society. Bria has collaborated ideas and art with schools in Australia, New York and South Dakota. She has an active media site on Facebook, named “Faces of the Endangered” and a website pigtailsart.com where she sells her art to followers in 48 countries. Bria is excited to share her art and passion with the world. “All kids can change the world. We just need to work together and believe we can do great things.”

A reception for this exhibition with a short artist talk will be held Friday, April 6 in the Entrance Gallery.

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.