Category Archives: Art in the Media

Store’s unique ‘break room’

artinmediaGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) — A Grand Junction, Colorado businesswoman is “breaking” into a new industry.

Behind the scenes of a humble housewares store is an emotional oasis, where you can de-stress, do team-building activities or channel some anger in a positive way.

It’s called The Break Room.

It’s a place where customers can pick up some fine china and other glassware and throw it at a wall… seriously!

The new business gives a whole new meaning to, “You break it, you buy it.” In this case, you buy it to break it.

Owner Nancy Woolery said the process is simple: you grab a glass or piece of glassware, or write messages on a plate, then send it crashing into the wall.

“Many times I wanted to break things, but if broke my own things, I had to clean up my own mess, and probably get in trouble for it,” said Woolery. “Instead, I thought this would be a great solution to that issue. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has had that desire.”

Woolery said area thrift shops donate incomplete sets that can’t be sold to her business. Then once the items are broken, she donates them to other people who can use the glass pieces for art or other projects…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Artwork of Eugene Christopherson

artinmediaPainter, illustrator, and sculptor Eugene Christopherson found the “South Dakota” in us all, great and small.

Chosen to immortalize five South Dakota governors, he also took pride in celebrating the diversity of our remarkable state: from the youth who would carry our dignity, tenacity, and generosity into the future to the wisdom and bemusement staring back at you from the eyes of a Native American woman telling her story with every crease on her face. His work is a window to a South Dakota of years gone by, whose spirit, strength and ingenuity laid the very foundation we stand upon today. Eugene captured all of it…he captured us all…he captured South Dakota.

Please join us January 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. for a presentation by Eugene’s brother, Stan Christopherson, celebrating the life and work of a true South Dakota icon.

The presentation is free and open to the public.
Elmen Gallery of the Fantle Building
The Center for Western Studies
2121 S. Summit Ave, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
For more information please contact the Center for Western Studies

via KDLT.


artinmediaSioux Falls, SD – The Sioux Falls Arts Council will feature DAVID UNZICKER in its first Featured Visual Artist exhibit for 2017. Unzicker will be on display from January until the end of February.

DAVID UNZICKER received his BFA in Art from Augustana in 1971. During his time at Augie, David studied under Carl Grupp and Palmer Eide. He would later attend the University of South Dakota where he had the privilege to study under Bob Aldern, Wick Knaus and John Day. Six total artists will be showcased throughout 2017.

David became a structural engineer, but still had the opportunity to use the skills he learned in school to tap into his creative nature. He has gradually transitioned his themes from still life and landscapes to more abstract works. The art showcased in the Featured Artist Gallery is an example of his transition to abstract art.

Sioux Falls Imagined: A Cultural Plan for a Vibrant and Prosperous City, approved by the City of Sioux Falls in July 2014, named the Sioux Falls Arts Council as the organization given the charge of implementing the plan. From the Artists and Creative Workers task force findings, a strong need identified for the local art community was alternative exhibition space(s). The Featured Artist Exhibit at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office opened in May 2016 as a way to start filling this need.

The Sioux Falls Arts Council, located in the Crane Centre at 8th & Railroad 326 E 8th St #106A, is open Monday-Friday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, First Fridays 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and by appointment. Visit for more information.

via The Sioux Falls Arts Council.

Airport Adds Collection of Local Art

artinmediaA collection of work by local and regional artists will greet travelers passing through the Sioux Falls Regional Airport.

The unofficial art gallery will be installed in the next couple weeks. One signature piece installed recently called “Flights of Fancy” features glazed ceramic-tile mosaics by college professor Scott Parsons. It was one of nine pieces chosen to enhance the traveling experience in the newly reconfigured lobby area and elsewhere, said Dan Letellier, the airport’s executive director.

“We wanted to make it inviting and the central focus point for travelers and the family and friends there to greet them,” Letellier said. “We wanted to make it inviting, and for new people to the area, we wanted to let them know this is more than a prairie city and airport. We have a lot going on in the airport and a lot of great local artists.”…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

We were busy with KSFY

artinmediaDOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – JAM Art & Supplies is a non-profit that resells unused or like-new craft and art supplies. The store is located at the corner of 6th Street and Phillips Avenue. The founder of the store, Jessica Anne Miller, joins KSFY Morning News to share some craft ideas on how to keep the kids busy when it’s so cold outside.

Miller is always looking for donations of supplies. A list of what they need can be found on their website, which is linked in the related links section in this article. If you’re interested in donating, you can drop off supplies at any time during the store’s business hours.

They opened two years ago in December of 2014, and the store features galleries, classes, workshops, art events and exhibitions.

They also offer perks for students and educators. Their goal is to give people the opportunity to have affordable art supplies who may not have the opportunity otherwise.



The Local Artist Joins KDLT In The Studio

artinmediaSome of the best artists in the Sioux Empire will soon have their work on display. Jeff from “The Local Artist” in Sioux Falls joins us with a preview of their latest issue.

The new issue is available Friday at the Washington Pavilion. Chad Nelson is one of the featured artists this month, Jeff tells us about his work.

via KDLT. To view the video, click here.

[The Local Artist Fall 2016 Issue is now available.]

Eastbank Consignment Artist Show

Consignment Artist Reception January 6, 5-8 PM

Join us for a awesome night of original creations by:
Robert Aldern
Marianne Larson
Jill Frederick
Cathleen Benberg
Steve Boint
Jerry Punt
Julie Punt
Carl Dulitz
Dan Hepner
John Peters

View more here.

Guest Artist Reception Friday, January 6 • 5-8PM

Artist Statement:artinmedia
My eyes have always been drawn to the horizon. I’ve watched clouds push from west to east since my earliest years on the family farm. Though I’ve long since left there – the images remain and I seek them out. I began including sheep in my landscapes and have continued because of the fun of modeling their forms with brightly colored shadows. There is so much more to them than white!…

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The World Inside Andrew Kosten’s Brookings Basement

“I’m a basement dweller,” says Andrew Kosten. And it’s true, literally. He does bank major dwell time in the basement studio of his Brookings home, cranking (again, literally) out intaglio vignettes from the world inside his head.artinmedia

From this world, strange, forlorn and fantastical characters conduit via pencil onto the pages of his many sketchbooks. Then his work begins. And work is his m.o.

“I’m always making, always working. I’m kind of the silent worker type, that’s just inherently who I am.”

Printmaking through the traditional etching method is a labor-intensive process.

“It’s a very physical process. That’s what I really love about the process is its physicality. That’s why I’ve chosen to make prints is I’ve been in love with the process since I first did it.”…

via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. To view more, click here.

What’s so interesting about “That’s Interesting”?

artinmediaIs there such a thing as art food? If a work of art is the objectification of an idea or set of ideas, can those ideas themselves manifest as objects? A new exhibition at the Ipso gallery in Sioux Falls may have an answer.

“That’s Interesting” asked a dozen local artists to curate the ontological art-Spam that fuels them toward creative fruition.

Ipso and Fresh Produce co-founder Ted Heeren (you might know him as Flowerman on a certain radio show) says “That’s Interesting” was “something we all talked about and what was interesting about it is the idea of celebrating — instead of what comes out of a creative process, showcasing what goes into a creative process, things that artists are curious about or the hobbies artist might have or the collections, the day-to-day, interesting things that artists do to satisfy their curiosity.”

Artist Kelsey Benson says the doll heads and transhuman objects in her installation are, “an outlet for me to have a sense of humor that transitions into my work in different ways….

via South Dakota Public Broadcasting. To view more, click here.

Art or advertising? Store cited for rogue mural

A code enforcement dispute between City Hall and a Sioux Falls business has officials thinking twice about a long-standing rule that prohibits murals that double as advertisements.artinmedia

The city zoning office this week informed owners of Elegant Mommy, a Sioux Falls retail store that markets products to new and expecting mothers, that a mural on its building violates a city ordinance restricting the amount of signage private businesses may use.

“On the side of Starbucks they can’t paint a mural that says come drink coffee,” said Jeff Schmitt, chief zoning official for the city of Sioux Falls.

In the case of Elegant Mommy, the mural features four rendering of mothers with their children and the store name and a description of the type of goods and services it offers. The problem is, the wall art depicts what’s taking place inside of the store, which makes it a sign, not a mural, according to city ordinance.

“Murals shall not contain any words or graphics advertising a business, product, or service,” the ordinance reads….

via the Argus. To view more, click here.