Category Archives: Around and About

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.


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.


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

Around and About – Studio 301

Studio 301 at the Washington Pavilion Visual Arts Center

10AM – 5PM Live Art Making

10:15AM Story time with Hector Curriel in the Children’s Studio

6PM – 9PM Art Reception and Celebration

8PM Live Music with Thomas Hentges of Burlap Wolf King

Studio 301 started off as an idea in 2010 by Justin Schleep and TJ Donovan. Originally called “Take the Day,” this event is a one-of-a-kind experience in Sioux Falls. At this yearly art making event, artists set up studio spaces and create while being watched and interacting with the public. Many artists have stayed committed to the growth and change through the years of the event. It has become a networking event for visitors and artists alike, making it truly an art & community extravaganza.

The Visual Arts Center worked with and listened to local artists while planning this year’s event.  Two artists were contacted to be liaisons for the Visual Arts Center: Jeff Ballard and Michelle St. Vrain. Their job was to Continue reading Around and About – Studio 301

If By Chance: The Ceramic Art of Randy Johnston


This past Wednesday marked a changing of the guard at Augustana College’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery.  Newly arrived for a month-long exhibition are the peculiar and entrancing ceramic vessels of Randy Johnston.

Based in River Falls, Wisconsin (where he has his studio and teaches at a local university), Johnston brings a rather unique perspective to his chosen medium. Indeed, ceramics is conventionally thought of in terms of “function”– more as a “craft” than an “art.” And it is too often neglected by Continue reading If By Chance: The Ceramic Art of Randy Johnston

Around and About Sioux Falls – Paint the Plow

paint-the-plow-sioux-falls“We want to give the opportunity to the children,” said Galynn Huber, the manager of the Sioux Falls Street Division when I asked him why they only ask the schools to participate in the Paint the Plow program. He said that the joy is in watching how excited the kids get when they show off what they’ve done. They get this opportunity on Saturday, October 11 from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM at the Empire Mall.

The idea initially came to Galynn from a friend in Colorado who told him about the program. He has been running the program in Sioux Falls for the past five years. Each August, the Street Division in Sioux Falls contacts local schools to see if they are willing to participate. They currently offer this opportunity to the surrounding seven school districts for both public and private schools. This also includes Brandon, Harrisburg, and next year it will include Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls – Paint the Plow

Around and About October’s First Friday Art & Wine Walk

Art & Wine Walk

Downtown Sioux Falls, participating locations

Friday, October 4, 2014



Ever since I went to the May Wine Walk this past spring, I’ve been itching to go again. It was so much fun to see the local artists creating live work and to sample new wines. If you haven’t been downtown in a while or haven’t been before, I strongly suggest this event as a perfect opportunity to find out about both local businesses and budding local artists.

There are 21 participating locations in Sioux Falls (most of them downtown). Viewing the art is Continue reading Around and About October’s First Friday Art & Wine Walk

Around and About Sioux Falls – “Native Spirit Showing”

Jerry Fogg Show Reception

Museum of Visual Materials

500 N. Main Avenue, Sioux Falls

Friday, September 12, 5:30-7:30

Exhibit runs until October 30


Looking for something to do this Friday? There is a reception for Jerry Fogg at the Museum of Visual Materials that would definitely be worth your time. He is a regular customer of mine at Mathison’s, and I’ve worked with him for the past few years. Admission is free and there is complimentary Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls – “Native Spirit Showing”

Around and About Sioux Falls: Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit

Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit
Sanford Cancer Center, Kirby Lobby
1309 W. 17th Street, Sioux Falls
Thursday, September 4, 5pm-7pm


Sanford Health has implemented an arts program in their facilities to serve as a “Journey of Healing in the Arts. Local artists collaborate with patients in an effort to enhance each visit during their stay at the hospital. The program offers Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls: Sanford Arts Intern-all Perspectives Exhibit

Around and About: Fall Festival of Artists at Wilde Prairie Winery

Fall Festival of Artists
Wilde Prairie Winery
September 12, 12pm-9pm
September 13, 12pm-6pm
48052 259th Street
Brandon, SD 57005

The weather is cooling down a bit which reminds us that there are so many fall festivities to look forward to attending! I found out about this festival from the owner of Wilde Prairie Winery and artist, Victoria Wilde. She is a customer of mine at Mathison’s where she gets her paintings scanned for reprint. She hosts this festival every year along with many other events out at the winery. This art show is intended to be a benefit for the Edith Sanford Breast Cancer Foundation. Both visitors and contributing artists have the chance to donate towards a great cause.


Last September, I visited Wilde Prairie Winery for the Fall Festival of Artists. I traveled to Brandon, South Dakota where the winery is located. Their property includes Continue reading Around and About: Fall Festival of Artists at Wilde Prairie Winery