Category Archives: Art in the Media

Rehfeld’s and Alzheimer’s Association Partnering to Find Cure

Every 65 seconds someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s. Right now there is no cure for the disease, but that’s not stopping an area business from stepping up to help find a cure.

The 3rd Annual Art Benefit for Alzheimer’s kicked off Friday. Rehfeld Art and Framing is teaming up with the Alzheimer’s Association for the event.

Sioux Falls Artist Idali Hall’s painting is up for raffle, and all proceeds benefit the association.

Rehfeld’s owner Matt Jorgenson’s grandmother died from Alzheimer’s and his father currently has it, so he says he’s passionate about helping the organization.

“We’re starting to see a really good positive response to it. It’s a great way to raise awareness for the cause as well as get a great piece of art work into someone’s hands,” says Jorgenson.

Alzheimer’s is the 6th leading cause of death in the U.S. The disease robs a person of their memory and personality and eventually leads to death.

The Alzheimer’s Association of South Dakota wants people to know they are here to help.

“It’s important for families to know…

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Graffiti artist and About The Life, Inc. Co-Founder, Derek “Focus” Smith, has combined his culture and his love of art to make a difference where it matters. One of his most recent works is a 20-foot-by-20-foot mural in Art Alley in honor of the children who were recently discovered in unmarked graves near the Sioux San Hospital land (formerly the Rapid City Indian Boarding School). Focus also has had works in the Dahl Arts Center, at different events, and in Pine Ridge, among other places. 605 chatted with the artist to see more of what’s behind the spray can.

SOME PEOPLE MAY KNOW MY WORK FROM……murals I’ve painted in Pine Ridge while working with local students to promote their cultural awareness, as well as from “WhereThe Wild Things Are,” South Dakota’s first ever graffiti exhibit [at the Dahl].

I WAS DRAWN TO MURALS WHEN…I would see the graffiti murals in bigger cities. Figuring out how I could do that became magnetic, a gravitational force…

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Arc of Dreams hits the road

Sioux Falls newest piece of art hit the road Tuesday morning.

Sections of the Arc of Dreams were loaded onto six semis in Denver early Tuesday morning. The sculpture was assembled and polished at site in the mile high city.

Crews will make the seven-hour drive to Sturgis, where artist Dale Lamphere has a studio. Lamphere will put the final touches on the sculpture over the winter.

The Arc of Dreams will be installed over the Big Sioux River in downtown Sioux Falls in the spring of 2019.

This one-of-a-kind sculpture has been in the works for five years, from the design process to fundraising and construction. At the center of the Arc of Dreams is a 18-foot gap, 70 feet above the river, representing the leap of faith dreamers take to see their dreams come true.

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Creativity From Confinement art show sparks conversation

Creativity From Confinement is a collection of arts by South Dakota prison inmates.

“This is an inmate art show that is here to really catalyze a conversation about prison reform,” said Lawrence Diggs, the Buddhist Chaplain at the prison and the Liaison for the artists and gallery.

Tomorrow evening from six to eight, the art gallery in Aberdeen will be filled with people discussing ways to reform the prison system.

Lawrence Diggs is a Buddhist Chaplain at the prison here, he’s worked hard to make this event possible…

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Writers of the Iron Road

As an art form, graffiti on freight trains evokes a wide range of responses. Some consider graffiti writers vandals, others amass photos of work by their favorite artists. One objective reality about freight train graffiti that it is illegal. On the other hand, many large companies and municipalities now hire artists with a pedigree in illegal graffiti to do commissioned murals. Rarely, a writer’s trajectory could lead to commercial success, more often it can lead to fines and jail time.

Another given about train graffiti is that it does travel, and as such might be some of the most widely viewed art work in the nation, reaching people — if only peripherally —  who may never set foot in an art gallery. As a rural state, South Dakota may not exactly be a hotbed of graffiti, but encountering work by an urban artist in the isolated butte country of Harding County shows how built-to-roll these works really are.

Wakinyan Chief is a former graffiti artist. Your SDPB Arts & Culture correspondent caught up with him as he was spray painting an installation in Rapid City’s art alley. The alley, and his piece, is sanctioned by the city. But growing up in Chico, California, Chief got his start doing illegal graffiti…

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Arc of Dreams: Downtown Sioux Falls Sculpture Only Months Away

In a matter of months a project that will change the landscape of downtown Sioux Falls will be finished.

Many of us may not realize just what an accomplishment the Arc of Dreams will be. The dream child of a small group of men wanted to provide something special for a city they call home.

A piece of metal from a sculpture that will stand six stories tall and span the length of a football field. The Sculpture walk’s Jim Clark brought it to show us just how substantial this project is.

South Dakota artist Dale Lamphere is creating the Arc in Denver. The finishing touches will be applied at Dale’s home base in Sturgis, then trucked to Sioux Falls when it’s time to assemble it.

Since the project began five years ago, the Arc has undergone six different design changes and four wind tests. It’s not just a work of art.

“It’s an engineering marvel…

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Sioux Falls photographer to help document NASA SpaceX launch

A social media post led Sioux Falls photographer Wes Eisenhauer to a dream assignment: The chance to document an upcoming NASA SpaceX launch.

“This opportunity initially came on my radar through a twitter post that NASA made saying they were looking for people that were active on social media to come document the SpaceX launch,” Eisenhauer said.

“Someone tagged me in the post saying I would be a good fit and that I should apply.”

His application process included sharing some of his work at Wes Eisenhauer Photography, linking to his social media accounts and showing his website,

It likely helped that he’s a self-described lover of astrophotography…

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Art Moms opens for holiday season

The pop-up boutique Art Moms is back for another holiday season.

The store at 3101 W. 41st St. is in the same location as last year, but this year features more vendors. Handmade items from more than 40 artists are available.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the following dates: Nov. 16-17, Nov. 23-24, Nov. 28-30, Dec. 1, Dec. 5-8 and Dec. 12-23.

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Graphic designer to open shop, boutique in Hartford

Downtown Hartford is gaining another retailer.

Amy Hallem, who started Modish Designs & Boutique out of her home two years ago, is moving into a former taxidermy space on Main Avenue. She’ll be not far from Buffalo Ridge Brewing, which also opens next month.

“I’ve been operating out of a room in my house and most of the garage, and it spilled over into the family room and the basement,” Hallem said. “It was just time to make the move.”

The graphic designer creates logos and marketing materials for businesses and does full screen-printing and embroidery on apparel for customers. She has expanded into creating her own line of casual wear that features sayings such as “Faith Over Fear,” “Blessed Mama” and “Life’s Better on the Farm.”…

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Love cake? Love art? Join the Cake Parade

A downtown Sioux Falls art space regularly comes up with unique installations. But this one takes the cake.

Ipso Gallery at Fresh Produce is presenting a one-day-only art and culinary collaboration on Nov. 9: Cake Parade.

The gallery has paired five artists and five bakers to work together on a total of 10 pieces, cakes and artworks, to highlight the process-heavy techniques involved in both baking and art-making.

Baker-artist pairings for Cake Parade:

  • Kristine Jackson (Queen City Bakery), Mary Groth
  • Adam Rau (Looks Meat Market), Johntimothy and Patti Pizzuto
  • Allie Sydow (Josiah’s), Mark Stemwedel
  • Sarah Langenfeld (M.B. Haskett), Anthony Millette
  • Brenda Murtha, Erin Murtha

At the show, patrons will collect free color-coded tickets to get a taste of one of the five cakes. And at the end of the night, five attendees will each win a cake.

The Ipso Gallery is housed within advertising agency Fresh Produce. The gallery unique offerings included last year’s Ka-Chunk, a show providing original artworks via vending machines. …

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