Category Archives: Art in the Media

Artists: Sioux Falls scene needs collaboration, support, education

The White House caught the attention of Sioux Falls artists by proposing to cut federal funding last month, but they also know improving the local scene will take more than money.

Artists in Sioux Falls called for more collaboration, more arts education and more investment from public and private groups Friday in a brainstorming session hosted by local and state advocates.

Bringing together dozens of artists and community members, Arts South Dakota ended a nine-stop statewide tour at the Washington Pavilion in an attempt to learn the resources and needs of local arts communities.

Jim Speirs, executive director of the nonprofit, started the workshop by encouraging those in attendance to call politicians about President Donald Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts.

“It comes up everywhere,” Speirs said. “I think that’s the first thing people are thinking about.”…

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New Rehfeld’s Owner Reflects on First Year

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One year after taking over ownership of Rehfeld’s Art & Framing, Matt Jorgenson has made additions to the downtown gallery and is planning for more.

The Brandon native bought the Phillips Avenue art gallery and framing business from Larry Rehfeld. Jorgenson also owns 1948 Trading Co. in Brandon.

Jorgenson has added new gallery layouts and work from new local artists, as well as taken on community causes.

“We have an excellent tradition and, now more than ever, an energetic staff and culture ready to take on several new large commercial projects while also servicing individual customer framing of all materials and sizes,” he said. “We also want to have strong community involvement, starting with showcasing the region’s finest local photography and artwork.”

Rehfeld’s is helping coordinate a 1,000-piece art placement for the new Sanford Health hospital in Fargo and partnered with a fellow downtown business, JAM Art & Supplies, on events…

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Art show slated for Saturday

Talent from local artists will be on display in Dell Rapids.

Along with over a dozen registered adult artists, students from Dell Rapids High School and Dell Rapids St. Mary High School will feature art from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 6, at the Dell Rapids Museum.

“My favorite part about this show is I get to see all of this art from the community showcased in one place,” said organizer and artist Craig Kumerfield. “It’s really impressive.

Kumerfield is in his fourth year of organizing the event, and he said this year’s version has two new twists: the addition of performing artists playing their fiddles and the art from students.

Students from the classes of art teachers Rick Mott from Dell Rapids High School and Laura Drietz from Dell Rapids St. Mary High School will display their work.

“I’m excited to see what all the students from both schools come up with,” Kumerfield said.

Registered adult artists will include Karen Eddy, graphic design; Marcy Anderson, basket weaving; Rick Mott, oil painting; Evelyn Huntimer, acrylics on canvas; Bill Huntimer, wood carving; Justin Dearduff, art/sculpture; Karen Vietor, water color; Alice Chamley, a tribute to Dave Chamley’s paintings; Norene Frederickson, drawings, oil painting, and rosemaling; Solvieg Hendrickson, rosemaling; Hannah Welbig, oil painting; Jeremy, Derrick, and Becky Lindberg, drawings and other art; Kumerfield, photography; Betty Huss, a collection of art from past artists; and Elizabeth Johnson, fiber art…

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Exploring Creative Boundaries: Sioux Falls Artist Aiming for Alaska

From the downtown SculptureWalk, to the Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls is known for embracing the arts.

Friday night was no exception as the May First Friday Art and Wine Walk downtown showcased some of the area’s most creative work.

One of the artists has an incredible opportunity to further her passion.

“It may not be the biggest and most well-known art community that there is, but there is an impressive amount of creative minds and creative professionals that live in Sioux Falls,” said Jordan Thornton.

Jordan Thornton is one of those creative minds.

She works as a freelance illustrator, art instructor, and gallery assistant, but Thornton is a print maker by trade.

“The aesthetic of wood cut prints, the way the ink lays on the paper is beautiful, and I love that.”…

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World-renowned artist starts work on sculpture in Brookings

A world-renowned artist is in Brookings for the next three weeks. Patrick Dougherty is known for his stick art pieces, and his next one will be for the Children’s Museum of South Dakota. There’s no room to waste time in Dougherty’s schedule. Not even snow can make him take a day off.

“In a way, we’re on a limited time schedule,” said Dougherty. “We have to finish within a three week period. So in that way, we’re moving along.”

After a visit to the location where the piece will eventually go, the process starts with gathering sticks for the sculpture. Dougherty asked local volunteers to help him find bigger willow saplings on a nearby farm for the structure.

“I’m a sculptor myself and so I’ve always wanted to meet him,” said Lynn Verschoor, who volunteered to help gather materials. “I’ve just admired his work for decades, so it’s really nice to have this opportunity to get to meet him and work with him directly.”

Dougherty has been working as a sculptor for 30 years. He has made about 280 sculptures all over the world. This is his first art piece in South Dakota, and it took two years to get him here…

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New pieces installed Saturday for 2017 SculptureWalk

This year’s SculptureWalk is expected to be big, literally and figuratively. Fifty-six sculptures will be on display in Downtown Sioux Falls, at the University of Sioux Falls and the Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center. All of the sculptures are valued at $1.2 million.

The tallest sculpture this year is 18 feet tall. Artists from 21 different states have a piece in this year’s display. Originally, 180 sculptures were submitted for this year’s display, but a volunteer team of eight business leaders, artists and art patrons narrowed it down to 56.

The volunteers look for sculptures ranging from abstract to whimsical with something for everyone to enjoy. After the sculptures are chosen, the art is then looked at to find out where the best place is to put each one. It all depends on the size, variety, site, and pedestals on where to place the sculptures in downtown.

The SculptureWalk started in 2003. This year, seven of the artists in this year’s display are from South Dakota. The new sculptures will be installed Saturday.

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Terry Redlin Unfinished Art Displayed For First Time Ever

It’s been a year since famed artist and Watertown native Terry Redlin passed away. Never before has one of his paintings been showcased unfinished, until now.

Redlin retired from painting in 2007 after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. His family found three unfinished pieces of art in his studio.

“There were three paintings in particular we knew he was working on as a set,” Julie Ranum, Executive Director of the Redlin Art Center said, “this is an opportunity to see Terry’s process. An opportunity to imagine what he may have added next. So its truly a special gift. One that he left behind for us and one that we are delighted to share.”

The three paintings are all in various stages and will be displayed at different times to commemorate the life of the late artist.

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Bria Neff’s Earth Day Art Reception

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.- We brought you multiple stories of 10-year-old Bria Neff, who helps saves endangered animals and species, which she’s still doing.

However, in honor of earth day today Bria invited kids to do some chalk drawings on the sidewalk as part of the Truffula Tree project inspired by Dr. Seuss’s book the Lorax.

Bria says the project helps empower kids to find their inner artist. She also sold some of her newest art pieces at Coffea Roasterie.

Bria says her goal is to raise 15 thousand dollars by the end of the year to help organizations that help endangered species.

She has raised ten thousand so far and she says when it comes to saving the planet and animals we all have a role to play.

“We all have a right to live on this planet and everybody is important and everybody has a role to play in the world, “says Neff.

She plans to donate the money to IFAW, Jane Goodall Institute, and the New York Wolf Conservation Center.

To donate to Bria’s cause visit her Facebook page or website.

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Families create art together

The Brandon Elementary School cafeteria was packed with students and families from Brandon Elementary School and Valley Springs Elementary School Thursday, March 23, for fine arts experiences as part of Fine Arts Night 2017.

Students screen-printed T-shirts, created objects out of clay, designed mini paintings or flags, watched a caricature artist at work, played African drum rhythms and more, according to a press release.

Students and parents worked together as a family, said Erin Rieff, a kindergarten through fourth-grade teacher at Brandon Elementary School and Valley Springs Elementary School.

“My favorite part of the night is seeing the parents sit down with their kids to enjoy uninterrupted creative time together,” she said. “Visual Art fires parts of the brain that we need to nurture more often. These kiddos are 21st-century learners, and they need to observe, explore, create, communicate, collaborate, lead, critically think, organize and problem solve. Art is an environment where they are nurtured to develop all of these skills. It is amazing to see parents supporting their kids at an event like this.”…

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Visual arts alive and well at DRHS

With more than 80 students enrolled in fourth-quarter classes, the high school art room is a busy place during the school day.

This April and May will also prove to be busy months for art students as advanced students prepare for two student shows in May. On May 6, the Dell Rapids Museum – under the direction of show organizer Craig Kumerfield – has invited students to display their art work at a community show.

Part of the show is open to adult artists, who will be also displaying their work.

Altogether, it sounds like a great community event, and we look forward to showing you all what we can do. We hope that you will stop down to the museum on Saturday, May 6, and take a look at our work.

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