Category Archives: Art in the Media

Aloha from Sioux Falls

Aloha from Sioux Falls: Luthier Josh Rieck on the Art of Hand-Made Ukuleles and Other Stringed Things

Like so many artistically inclined Aberdeen-oes before him, as a young man Josh Rieck was fascinated by the intersections of utility and aesthetics.artinmedia

Filmmaker Bruce Baillie left the lakes and plains of Brown County for 1960s San Francisco and found his happy synergy of form and function among the crisscrossing pipelines of the Standard Oil refinery with his experimental film Castro Street.

Rieck stayed closer to home. At Northern State, then the Guitar Repair & Building program of Minnesota State College Southeast in Red Wing, he found his own Castro Street in the graceful curvature of an acoustic guitar or ukulele.

He studied the luthier’s craft, then brought it home with him to Aberdeen, opening a small custom instrument and repair shop called String Theory, while studying double bass performance at Northern State. Continuing his studies at USD, he found a luthier’s dream — an unlikely backyard well of inspiration, centuries deep, at the National Music Museum….

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John Banvard’s Brush with Success

artinmediaWhen John Banvard died in Watertown in 1891, newspapers throughout America and Europe ran his obituary, though it was hardly the kind of attention the town fathers might welcome. Most of the media wondered how it came to pass that one of the 19th century’s wealthiest and most renowned artists could die penniless in an American frontier town.

John Banvard achieved international success by fulfilling a boyhood dream of creating the largest painting ever. That might not seem like much of an accomplishment, but when completed, his Mississippi Panorama stood 12 feet high and stretched 3 miles in length. Known to the world as The Three Mile Painting or Banvard’s Grand Panorama of the Mississippi, Banvard’s canvas depicted nearly 3,000 miles of riverbank, from the mouth of the Yellowstone River on the upper Missouri all the way to New Orleans.

In marking his passing, the Watertown paper printed that Banvard was, “one of the greatest men the world ever saw, and by his genius and skill has made himself so famous that his name will go down in history as such.”

That prophecy proved less than accurate; as a matter of fact, Banvard’s name is scarcely known today…

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That’s Interesting – Opening at Ipso Gallery

Ipso Gallery will host an art reception on Friday, November 4 at Fresh Produce from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. That’s Interesting is a group show that takes a sideways look at several artists’ creative processes.artinmedia

An exercise in creative reverse engineering, That’s Interesting challenges participating artists to curate a display of items that serve as catalysts to their creative process. From seemingly arbitrary found objects to meticulously collected curiosities, each display is a glimpse into a unique world of inspiration.

Call it a pre-art show. Call it an examination of process. Call it anything but boring.
That’s Interesting includes collections from Gail Anderson, John Banasiak, Diana Behl, Kelsey Benson, Jim Groth, Ted Heeren, Bernie Hunhoff, Amy Jarding, Altman Studeny, Marc Wagner, John Boylan, Mary Groth…

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Artist uses modern lettering to inspire others

When Chelsey Burtis was a young girl, she would sit beside her mother and create art.

No supplies were off limits, and no creation was wrong.

“I was raised by an art teacher,” the Sioux Falls woman says. “When I do art, I end up making words. I thought, let’s make prettier words.”artinmedia

It makes sense that Burtis, 26, has turned the love of art and making posters at her high school in Volga into a passionate hobby and business in which she uses modern lettering or calligraphy on nearly anything. She’s written inspiring messages on envelopes, canvas, barn wood, coffee mugs, windows and even a vintage suitcase. Customers bring the items to her, and she letters the messages for gifts, keepsakes, parties and weddings.

“I only do custom requests,” she says. Her favorite project was writing a Bible verse on a window for a baby’s nursery.

Self-taught through online videos, she also teaches others at classes Oh My Word Luxury Paperie, a stationery store on Phillips Avenue. Her October class was a sell-out, and her next two-hour workshop is Nov. 19. She teaches a handful of lettering styles to participants and then shows how to add variations….

via The Argus. To view more, click here.

Artists of the Black Hills

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Event Location:
Rehfelds Art and Framing

Event Description:
Reception: Friday, November 4th, 6-9pm
Gallery Showing: November 4th – November 18th

Featuring renown watercolorist Jon Crane and many other members of the Artists of the Black Hills group including: Becky Grismer, Roy Kramlich, Anna Acthziger, BJ Stych, Carmen Dolen, Carol Hilgemann, Sarah Rogers, and Jenny Braig.

Contact Information:
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Organization: Rehfelds Art and Framing
Phone Number: 605-336-9737
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Eastbank Featured Artist for November

Artist Reception November 4, 5-8 PM

I was a combat artist in Vietnam in 1968. On some level I still am. But now my passion is plein air painting- in the open and on location in South Dakota. I paint what I see where I am at the time- in the impressionist style- having only a moment to capture the significance of a subject in its light and context.

My subjects may be highly recognizable landmarks in South Dakota like the Corn Palace or Falls Park, or they may be the less conspicuous, but no less special, places people recognize in their travels along the Missouri River or through Spearfish Canyon. In that light, I believe that my paintings have relevance and significance, reinforcing a sense of place for the people of South Dakota.
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10-Year-Old Brings Color To Great Plains Zoo

artinmediaEarlier this year, at just 9-years-old, she was putting a face to endangered animals, selling her animal paintings to raise money for a national wildlife organization. Now Bria Neff of Tea is taking her talents and using them to benefit animals in her own backyard.

9-Year-Old Artist’s Animal Portraits Featured In Gallery
A Picture Is Worth An Endangered Animals Life
“There it is,” Neff said pointing out the tiger to her mother at the zoo.

At first glance, Bria Neff appears quiet, a sweet 10-year-old girl.

“The Bengal Tiger can come in all different colors,” Neff explains to us.

Underneath her glasses though, is a fierce businesswoman ready to take on the world. In fact, her trip to the Great Plains Zoo today isn’t simply to see the animals, she’s here to promote her book… her coloring book….

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S.D. Art Teacher of the Year

A Sioux Falls elementary school teacher has been named South Dakota Art Teacher of the Year.artinmedia

artinmediaJohn V. Nelson, who teaches at Rosa Parks Elementary School, will be recognized this weekend at the South Dakota Art Education Association’s annual meeting.

Nelson began teaching at Rosa Parks in 2007 when the school opened. He has been an art teacher for students of all ages in South Dakota since the mid 80s.

“He balances his teaching and artist careers with boundless enthusiasm,” Rosemary Buchmann, an art teacher in Bennett County, said in a press release. “I don’t know when he sleeps.”…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.