Category Archives: Art in the Media


What is it that drives the creativity within the mind of a young child? Is it the exposure to other mediums of art fashioned from the perspectives of well-refined and endlessly experienced creators? Perhaps it is the inspired desire of a blossoming imagination, eager to replicate in real life what they otherwise would find living only in the most fantastical of dreams. The question as to where this initiative stems from is as intricately varied and diverse as the children who express themselves through art. However, not all youth are granted the same opportunities for self-expression and artistry, whether it be due to deficiency of materials, funding, or support. When made aware of the needs of her community, a compassionate and diligent local teen produced a plan to make a difference in both the lives of children, and towards the conservation of our planet.

Abby Neff’s story begins with her volunteering efforts at an after-school program designed to benefit youth from low income families. While many of the children participating in the program were eager to create the planned projects and activities, their delight was snuffed out when they found themselves short of time to complete their artwork. Many of these children disclosed to Abby that they didn’t have the means or materials to finish their art at home, forcing them to return to their homes with uncompleted projects, likely never to be finished. Desperately wanting to find a way to aid the children she served in receiving suitable art supplies, Abby found inspiration in what would otherwise be a complicated predicament. Her solution was Recycled Rainbows.

Driven by her desire to provide children with art supplies satisfactory enough to incite their creativity wherever they may be, Abby began to collect unwanted crayons that would otherwise be tossed aside and left unused. The crayons she gathered were then melted down and poured into a wide assortment of molds. When finished, these newly created art utensils took on a variety of eye-catching shapes, from animals to flowers to robots and beyond. The crayons were then packaged and delivered to various organizations, charities, and schools within the community, all for the benefit of the kids who received them…

via the Sioux Falls Arts Council. To view more, click here.

School Zone: Washington Pavilion Summer Camps

Learning new tricks, trades, and hobbies is something many of us say we don’t have time for, especially during the summer months. However, The Washington Pavilion is giving you the opportunity to pick up something new.

Throughout the summer, the Pavilion offers classes and courses for any and all ages. From painting, to ceramics, to musical theatre, there’s something for everyone. You can find a full listing of courses and sign up by clicking here.

KDLT’s Simon Floss went to find out more, and for a refresher course on throwing a ceramic bowl.

via KDLT. View video and more here.

Art gallery to close physical location in downtown Sioux Falls

An art gallery is closing its physical location in downtown Sioux Falls.

Exposure Gallery & Studios, which has organized local art shows for the past four years, is shutting its doors.

“After months of back and forth, I’ve made the decision to close Exposure’s physical location at 401 Phillips Avenue at the end of the month,” said owner Zach DeBoer in a post to Exposure’s Facebook page on Wednesday.

Although Exposure will no longer be hosting monthly art shows, DeBoer plans to continue organizing art events throughout the year, such as Art Maze and ARTmart. In August, the gallery will be at Downtown Riverfest for a collaborative art project.

“It wasn’t an easy choice to make; all the amazing shows we’ve hosted, our collaborations with our BFFs at JAM Art & Supplies, not to mention the recent arrival of our new neighbors Jones421 and the Levitt Shell Sioux Falls- I LOVE our space and couldn’t ask for a better situation or location.”…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

City of Sioux Falls aims to use art to raise water quality awareness

The City of Sioux Falls is continuing an art project that aims to raise awareness about water quality issues for the Big Sioux River.

For the third year in a row, storm water inlets around downtown Sioux Falls will be painted for local artists to draw attention to the city’s storm drainage system.

Sioux Falls Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Sexe says many believe the misconception that the water that flows into storm drains goes into the city’s sanitary sewer system and gets treated.

That is not the case…

via KSFY.  View more here.

Art on a fingernail: Sioux Falls salon is labor of love

More impressive than the painted or three-dimensional designs Sheila Amrhien creates is the life she built on a curved surface often no wider than a centimeter.

Amrhien works at her desk, surrounded by splashes of color and an assortment of nail paints and materials.

Her car, parked out front, is a pink Escalade with “NAILZ” on the license plate.

Artistic Nails by Sheila at 6232 Pinnacle Place, Suite 203, is 20 years in the making and its proprietor is still evolving her craft.

“It’s really about challenging myself,” Amrhien said.

The 47-year-old Sioux Falls business owner has offered her unique skills and designs to local customers for years, and compares her clients to family…

via the Argus. here.

Contour wants your furniture to be worthy of an art gallery

The wood may be long-dead, but it has plenty to say.

Consider the Jesus Cut. The hand-crafted wood slab table currently stored in Dudley Deffenbaugh’s garage does in fact have features that look astoundingly sacred when viewed from the foot of the table.

Near the top of the table a Y in the wood looks like a bowed head and outstretched arms. Near the bottom, a peppering of nail holes.

“This is his arm, his wound, and where they had his feet nailed.” Deffenbaugh said. “It’s pretty crazy, actually.”

There’s only one Jesus Cut table. And that’s the point of Contour Furniture.

Deffenbaugh is one of the co-owners of Contour Furniture, a furniture company he founded with his sons Jesse and Jordan and others, to craft and sell functional, hand-made pieces of art made from found and reclaimed local wood.

The Deffenbaugh family isn’t a stranger in the world of local construction and design. There’s Deffenbaugh Home and 4-D Design & Consulting…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Sioux Falls man makes art out of nature’s treasures

‘The Nature Artist’ in Sioux Falls uses things most people pick up and throw away or use as firewood to make his creations. Scott Mertens has been doing this for 18 months now.

He salvages nature’s little treasures, like sticks, pine cones and mushrooms and turns them into art.

“I never knew I had it in me,” he said.

He says he finds his supplies all over southeastern South Dakota.

“You don’t look the coolest no doubt. You can find some of it along the department stores. After your done shopping, I’m going to get pine cones under the tree,” Mertens said.

From ‘welcome’ signs to picture frames, his business has just taken off, but he continues to alter his craft.

“It started with all the bigger ‘welcome’ signs, and as it came to be a business opportunity. I started to shrink them down to sit on shelves,” he said.

He has his work all over his house and yard. The finished product comes in many shapes and sizes. He makes them all in his garage in Southwestern Sioux Falls…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Nail artist places at major competition

Sioux Falls nail artist Sheila Amrhien painted her way to top rankings in several categories at her first major competition.

Amrhien has been in the industry for 28 years and has owned Artistic Nails by Sheila for the past two decades. She returned from the recent Oregon Nail Expo, a national competition, with three trophies.

Her entries required 3-D nail art with a hero theme, stamping and chrome, and Swarovski crystals. Amrhein estimates she spent 80 hours on the entries, working on them nonstop after work and mounting them.

“The competitions in the nail industry are truly just a way to challenge our skills and strive to improve…

via SiouxFalls.Business. To view more, click here.

‘Art with Heart’ event to benefit Children’s Home Society

“Art with Heart” is a Sioux Falls art studio’s way of raising awareness and money for good causes in the community.

The latest effort by Rehfeld’s Art and Framing is a benefit for the Children’s Home Society.

“They have a creative arts program that we are trying to raise some funds for,” owner Matt Jorgenson said. “Our artist for First Friday is going to be Brad Kringen. He has graciously donated the piece that you see before me as a raffle piece.”

One hundred percent of the raffle proceeds go to the Children’s Home Society.

The organization’s creative arts program helps kids going through a tough time enjoy more art and music opportunities…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

‘Best group of sculptures we’ve ever had:’ SculptureWalk celebrates 15 years

Downtown’s iconic SculptureWalk is celebrating 15 years this summer.

The outdoor art gallery has been a popular attraction on Phillips Avenue for both locals and tourists. This year, the walk features 57 sculptures from artists across the country and Canada.

“This one for sure is the best group of sculptures we’ve ever had,” said SculptureWalk executive director Jim Clark. “We’ve had really spectacular sculptures in the past, but as a group this year is the best.”

A brand-new SculptureWalk and Arc of Dreams Visitor Center sponsored by First Bank & Trust will open at the Washington Pavilion this month.

The exhibit, located on the second floor next to the Visual Arts Center, will provide information about the organization to curious travelers…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.