Category Archives: Art in the Media

SculptureWalk piece found vandalized

One of the many pieces that makes up downtown Sioux Falls’ SculptureWalk was found vandalized on Friday night.

A Facebook post from Minervas shows “White Step,” a piece by Colorado artist Harold Linke that the restaurant sponsored for SculptureWalk, having been broken off of its pedestal.

The post said the piece was found broken on Friday evening, and is now safe.

“Public art is important to us, and our city,” the post ends. “Take some time today to visit downtown and take in all of the wonderful art Sioux Falls is so fortunate to offer.”

via the Argus. To view more, click here.


The Sioux Falls Arts Council will feature Jenny Bye as June and July’s Featured Visual Artist.

Bye says, “I became interested in pursuing encaustic painting, after a trip to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I viewed a film explaining the encaustic process. Intrigued by the translucency in layering, and fluidity of the medium, I began reading and exploring the encaustic process. It is now my principal medium.

Encaustic is a Greek word that means to heat or burn in. Working with melted wax requires good ventilation, a flat griddle with temperature control, and tools to fuse the layers of beeswax, such as an iron, heat gun, or propane torch. Other tools needed, include razor blades, and pottery trimming tools for scraping away wax. The beeswax serves as an excellent binder for the pigment and has a longevity that exceeds other painting mediums.

I make my own paints by combining a mixture of raw pigments, melted beeswax, and damar resin crystals. By making my paints, I control the pigment load and adjust the opacity or transparency of the mixture as needed. Pre-made, encaustic cakes are convenient, but expensive and heavily pigmented.

Because of the transparent qualities, durability and versatility of the medium, I paint in layers, fused by heat. Scraping away layers, reveals the underlying structure. Since I rarely do a preliminary sketch, the spontaneous energy of each piece, is captured in the hardened wax. The addition of collage materials, is often an intricate application adding interest and dimensionality.”

via SFAC. View more here.

Made in SD: Artist couple continues to flourish at studio outside of Irene

There are an assortment of signs that line SD Highway 46. They all say ‘Whimsies’ on them. For this week’s edition of ‘Made in South Dakota’ we head to the small art studio outside of Irene.

Many might not know what ‘Whimsies’ is all about, but today, we introduce you to the couple behind it all.

Theresa and Greg Preheim actually live in the space filled with artwork just outside of Irene on SD Hwy 46.

Walking inside the studio’s doors, you will find an artist’s paradise. The Preheim’s each have their own spaces. Theresa is more into collage work and abstract art, Greg really focuses on portraits for people.

Both sell their work, but they also say they love giving their artwork away as gifts to friends and family. Greg has painted numerous portraits of his wife.

“The one in the shop, that’s more abstract, he actually surprised me for Valentine’s day with that one. That’s one of the perks of having a husband as an artist,” Theresa said.

The two do a number of orders for people in the area. Talented artists who met because Theresa says she desperately needed a job, and Greg happened to be hanging up one of his signs for the company he worked for called ‘Greg Signs.’…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

Harvey Dunn-WWI Illustrator

On the heels of a World War I documentary on SDPB TV, we are reflecting on those days. Today we remember Harvey Dunn. Dunn was an artist and the majority of his work is housed in the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington DC but over 100 pieces of his work are in the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings. Lynn Verschoor is the director and joined us now.

This conversation has been edited for web use, to listen to it in its entirety click here.

Cara Hetland:

Welcome to “In the Moment,” I’m Cara Hetland sitting in today for Lori Walsh, and on the heels of a World War I documentary on SDPB, we are reflecting on those days. And today we remember Harvey Dunn. Dunn was an artist and a majority of his work is housed in the Smithsonian Institute located in Washington, D.C. Over 100 pieces of his work are in the South Dakota Art Museum in Brookings, and Lynn Verschoor is the director of that art museum in Brookings, and joins us now. Lynn, welcome to “In the Moment.”

Lynn Verschoor:

Thank you Cara, it’s nice to be here.

Cara Hetland:

So happy to have you. So let’s start and talk a little bit about Harvey Dunn. Give me a little background of his history.

Lynn Verschoor:

Well, Harvey was the son of homesteaders, and he lived around Manchester, South Dakota, and he was raised on that farm. And he was really the workhorse in the family, he was a very big boy, and so took a lot of responsibility for the heavy, heavy work. And so then he decided, by working with his mother, he sort of determined that he really wanted to be an artist…

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


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.