Category Archives: Art in the Media

Sioux Falls Nights: Crafted With Pride

SDPB takes an inside look at the studios of Pride Neon, which for seventy years has been instrumental in shaping the look of Sioux Falls’ city streets. Pride has only employed three glass blowers over the course of those seventy years. Scott Johnson is one of them.

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Local Cartoonist Named Pavilion Visual Arts Director

Local artist and business owner Jason Folkerts is going to be the new director of the Washington Pavilion’s Visual Arts Center, the pavilion announced Friday.

You have probably seen Folkerts’ work around town. Folkerts, a Sioux Falls native, is a full-time artist and owns a business that specializes in cartooning, murals and live art. He has also been a youth pastor for over 20 years and wants to help bring in the next generation of artists, holding cartoon workshops at businesses and schools.

Folkerts hopes to increase the pavilion’s engagement with local education leaders, he said in a statement.

“I’m excited to approach this new journey with some key actions,” Folkerts said in a statement. “I’m looking forward to increasing community engagement and seeing more people visit. We want to be very innovative and take some risks – the idea is to get people to say ‘wow, we have to go experience that!’”

According to Folkerts’ website, he has written six original musicals, illustrated six children’s books, has drawn over 500 editorial cartoons and has done 140 murals for schools around the nation.

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Governor’s Mansion tours now featuring art by Harrisburg student

As the free summer tours at the Governor’s Mansion resume, First Lady Linda Daugaard is featuring Native American art from South Dakota artists, including a new painting by a Harrisburg student.

As of July 12, guests can view the oil painting of a Native American dancer by Mikki Brian, who was this year’s Western Governors’ Association art show winner from South Dakota.

Brian said the piece, titled “Golden Sky,” was inspired by her Lakota culture and her connection to South Dakota. After being on display at the Western Governors’ meeting in Montana last month, the Governor and First Lady brought the piece back to the state for display in the mansion during the month of July.

“Mikki’s painting is just beautiful,” Linda said in a press release. “If you haven’t toured the Governor’s Mansion before, I hope you will come see the home and this work of art for yourself.”

The free weekly tours at the South Dakota Governor’s Mansion began in June and continue through the end of August…

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Art Maze II

A broad-shouldered man’s silhouette uses a screwdriver to open a sewing machine, presenting for his minor audience the inner mechanical workings before a curtain closes as swifty as it opened.

Stark, black coated walls light up with neon splatter paintings, changing perceptions with a flicker of lights.

A 22-year old man wanders through a hallway covered in flashing, colored lights endlessly reflected by tinfoil covered walls.

This, is Art Maze II.

Last weekend, Sioux Falls artists gathered at Exposure Gallery & Studios to present a two-floor interactive series of installations, portraits, and paintings.

Roughly 40 local artists worked in collaboration to fill every hallway, studio and corner with creations, produced using graffiti, charcoal, photography, duct tape, performance art, and everything in between…

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Local artist sketching piece for 24 hours

One local artist is giving you the chance to see a massive art piece as it’s made.

Jason Folkerts has already started working on his drawing on the plaza outside of the KSFY Studio.

It is more than 20-feet long, and he will work on it for 24 hours straight.

“A year ago I thought about the idea,” he said. “I wanted to wrap it around something, I felt it was a good opportunity to help an organization in the community, so when this came around it was perfect to do it.”

Folkerts said the sketch will consist of around 120 of buildings from Sioux Falls and will be on display at the Washington Pavilion through July once it is completed.

Folkerts is sketching the piece in coordination with Serve Sioux Falls.

He is expected to finish the piece around noon Saturday.

If you would like to see more of Jason’s work, check out his website at the link attached to this post.

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‘Wacky, different’ downtown Art Maze is back

An ephemeral arts experience returns to downtown Sioux Falls for two nights this weekend, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the surroundings.

Art Maze II will take place at the L’Abri building, home of Exposure Gallery & Studios, on Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

In January 2016, more than 4,000 people attended the inaugural Art Maze at the former DM&E building. The free-flowing, modern format of the show made the event appealing to a wide range of people.

“That’s Art Maze – it’s wacky, it’s different,” said Zach DeBoer, owner of Exposure Gallery. “The goal is just to show people that art and art shows don’t have to be boring, quiet affairs in a museum.”

Returning artist Cameron Stahlheim agrees: “It was awesome seeing so many people being exposed to artwork who would not normally have that opportunity.”

The popularity of the show and the networking that resulted encouraged DeBoer to organize a second Art Maze.

Artists are currently toiling away in their studios and in the space, getting their work ready for the show…

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Dakota Drag

Go behind the scenes with drag performers at Club David in Sioux Falls. Martina Shakers talks about drag motherhood, the mainstreaming of the art form and more.

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Artwork Being Added To Storm Water Inlets

For the second year in a row, storm water inlets along the streets of downtown Sioux Falls are being painted by local artists.

The city asked for help from artist to paint the inlets in April. This year’s theme is ‘The Big Sioux Needs You’.

Designs were selected by the Visual Arts Commission in May and they were chosen based on content, relevance to the area, their visibility and impact.

The artwork is meant to draw attention to the city’s storm drain system and water quality.

“A common misconception is that storm drains lead to the sanitary sewer system and that water that flows down these drains gets treated. That’s not the case-water that flows down the storm drains actually leads directly to the Big Sioux River with little or no treatment. As the storm water washes over the pavement, it carries with it everything the water picks up. This includes litter, pollutants, pet waste, and sediment…

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New License Plate Design Features ‘Dignity’ Statue

Applications for the license plates will be available at local treasurer’s offices and will be mailed to vehicle owners.
Car and motorcycle owners in South Dakota will have a new option for their license plates next month.

The plate’s design was created with help from Dale Lamphere, the artist behind the 50-foot “Dignity” statue near Chamberlain. The new landmark was installed in 2016 on the hills along the Missouri River.

Lamphere said “a gift to all the people of South Dakota” and “represents the strength and durability of the native cultures,” while cutting the last pieces of the statue.

The new license plate design will be available starting on July 1. Vehicle owners can apply for the speciality plates through their county treasurer’s office or online for $10 and a $5 mailing fee.

For more information, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles website.

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Parker school wins $50,000 in national competition

Facing 3,000 schools in a competition of shoe art, Parker High School students traveled to Los Angeles to claim a first-place prize of $50,000 on Wednesday.

Five finalist schools were given an all-exclusive trip to the Vans Custom Culture art competition this week, where students could meet pro-surfer Leila Hurst and musical artist Daya.

Twenty Parker students designed the four winning pairs of Vans shoes in four different concepts: music, art, action sports and local flavor. The small-town school southwest of Sioux Falls has participated in the competition for the past four years and previously has been awarded second and third place.

“We basically worked our way to the top,” said Dave Fuller, Parker’s art teacher.

The young artists worked with Fuller since February to come up with the designs for the shoes, which, Fuller said, took “a lot of brainstorming.”

via the Argus. To view more, click here.