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.
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.
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.
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!
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]
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.
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.
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JAM’S 2017 TOP 10
From all of us at JAM, Happy New Year!
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!
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!
Iowa State Students:
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.
8th & RR Center: 401 East 8th Street #200A (Two artists)
Red Door Creations – Painter
Dylan Jacobson – Cartoonist
Cupcake Riesling or 19 Crimes Banished Red Blend
A League of Your Own: 229 South Phillips Avenue
Nathan Rueckert – Recycled Baseball Art
Luccio Peach Moscato or Cocobon Dark Red
Atoley Salon: 317 South Phillips Avenue
Rebekah Scott – Handmade Purses/Accessories
Anna Pesä Synphony or Phat Hogg Red
Atoley Spa: 317 South Phillips Avenue
Chelsea Munson – Makeup Artistry
Chloe Rose or Carnivor Zinfandel
Bead Co./Acorn19: 319 South Phillips Avenue
York & ME – Jewelry Art
19 Crimes Hard Chard or 19 Crimes Banished Red Blend
CH Patisserie: 309 South Phillips Avenue #1
Merecedes Nelson – Photographer
Benziger Chardonnay or Finca Las Moras Malbec
Chelsea’s Boutique: 220 South Phillips Avenue
Elisabeth Hunstad – Singer/Songwriter
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
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or William Hill Cabernet
Conversation Piece: 301 South Minnesota Avenue
Create Yourself a Make-&-Take Mug
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Storypoint Pinot Noir
Great Outdoor Store: 201 East 10th Street
Reina Okawa – Mixed Media
Mirassou Pinot Grigio or William Hill Cabernet
Home Porch Gifts: 217 South Phillips Avenue
Elaine Fritz – Stamp & Papercraft
Concannon Founders Chardonnay or Cupcake Petite Sirah
J.H. & Sons: 216 South Phillips Avenue
Kirby Schultz – Painter
Benziger Chardonnay or Insurrection Cabernet
JLG Architects: 232 South Main Avenue
Dustin Sinner – Painter
Cupcake Riesling or Finca Las Moras Malbec
Lot 2029: 207 South Phillips Avenue
Art Diaz & Abby Hatch – Musicians
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Leese Fitch Merlot
Luca’s Boutique: 401 East 8th Street #122
Rodger Ellingson – Painter
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
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or William Hill Cabernet
Prairie Berry East Bank: 322 East 8th Street
Mary Payton – Painter
Anna Pesä Meritage 2014 or Red Ass Rhubarb
Rehfeld’s Art and Framing: 210 South Phillips Avenue
Kelly Dudgeon Tadlock – Painter
Concannon Founders Chardonnay or Cocobon Dark Red
Rug & Relic: 401 East 8th Street #114
Jamie Jacobson – Painter
Slow Press Sauvignon Blanc Crisp or Luccio Peach Moscato
Say Anything Jewelry: 225 South Phillips Avenue
Michael Swenson – Wood Working
Alma Mora Sauvignon Blanc or Dark Horse Red Blend
Simply Perfect: 401 East 8th Street #108
Mercedes Maltese – Pottery and Henna
Chloe Rose or Leese Fitch Merlot
Sioux Falls Design Center: 108 West 11th Street
Paul Boerboom – Painter
Risata Moscato d’Asti or Concannon Petite Sirah
State Theatre: 316 South Phillips Avenue
Jim Sturdevant – Painter
Mirassou Pinot Grigio or Leese Fitch Merlot
Sticks and Steel: 401 East 8th Street #118
Artist TBD Monday, October 2nd
19 Crimes Hard Chard or Finca Las Moras Malbec
Unglued: 218 South Phillips Avenue
Cambium Wood Art
Chloe Rose or Dark Horse Red Blend
Urban Archaeology: 126 South Phillips Avenue
Elizabeth Munger – Printmaker/Custom Letterpress
Anna Pesä Synphony or Phat Hogg Red
Young and Richard’s: 222 South Phillips Avenue
Ne’Qwa Ornaments – Glass Ornaments
Cupcake Riesling or Storypoint Pinot Noir
ALSO BE SURE TO CHECK OUT:
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.
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