Category Archives: Art in the Media

Local artist sketching piece for 24 hours

One local artist is giving you the chance to see a massive art piece as it’s made.

Jason Folkerts has already started working on his drawing on the plaza outside of the KSFY Studio.

It is more than 20-feet long, and he will work on it for 24 hours straight.

“A year ago I thought about the idea,” he said. “I wanted to wrap it around something, I felt it was a good opportunity to help an organization in the community, so when this came around it was perfect to do it.”

Folkerts said the sketch will consist of around 120 of buildings from Sioux Falls and will be on display at the Washington Pavilion through July once it is completed.

Folkerts is sketching the piece in coordination with Serve Sioux Falls.

He is expected to finish the piece around noon Saturday.

If you would like to see more of Jason’s work, check out his website at the link attached to this post.

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

‘Wacky, different’ downtown Art Maze is back

An ephemeral arts experience returns to downtown Sioux Falls for two nights this weekend, allowing visitors to lose themselves in the surroundings.

Art Maze II will take place at the L’Abri building, home of Exposure Gallery & Studios, on Friday and Saturday night from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

In January 2016, more than 4,000 people attended the inaugural Art Maze at the former DM&E building. The free-flowing, modern format of the show made the event appealing to a wide range of people.

“That’s Art Maze – it’s wacky, it’s different,” said Zach DeBoer, owner of Exposure Gallery. “The goal is just to show people that art and art shows don’t have to be boring, quiet affairs in a museum.”

Returning artist Cameron Stahlheim agrees: “It was awesome seeing so many people being exposed to artwork who would not normally have that opportunity.”

The popularity of the show and the networking that resulted encouraged DeBoer to organize a second Art Maze.

Artists are currently toiling away in their studios and in the space, getting their work ready for the show…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Dakota Drag

Go behind the scenes with drag performers at Club David in Sioux Falls. Martina Shakers talks about drag motherhood, the mainstreaming of the art form and more.

via SDPB. To view the video, click here.

Artwork Being Added To Storm Water Inlets

For the second year in a row, storm water inlets along the streets of downtown Sioux Falls are being painted by local artists.

The city asked for help from artist to paint the inlets in April. This year’s theme is ‘The Big Sioux Needs You’.

Designs were selected by the Visual Arts Commission in May and they were chosen based on content, relevance to the area, their visibility and impact.

The artwork is meant to draw attention to the city’s storm drain system and water quality.

“A common misconception is that storm drains lead to the sanitary sewer system and that water that flows down these drains gets treated. That’s not the case-water that flows down the storm drains actually leads directly to the Big Sioux River with little or no treatment. As the storm water washes over the pavement, it carries with it everything the water picks up. This includes litter, pollutants, pet waste, and sediment…

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

New License Plate Design Features ‘Dignity’ Statue

Applications for the license plates will be available at local treasurer’s offices and will be mailed to vehicle owners.
Car and motorcycle owners in South Dakota will have a new option for their license plates next month.

The plate’s design was created with help from Dale Lamphere, the artist behind the 50-foot “Dignity” statue near Chamberlain. The new landmark was installed in 2016 on the hills along the Missouri River.

Lamphere said “a gift to all the people of South Dakota” and “represents the strength and durability of the native cultures,” while cutting the last pieces of the statue.

The new license plate design will be available starting on July 1. Vehicle owners can apply for the speciality plates through their county treasurer’s office or online for $10 and a $5 mailing fee.

For more information, visit the Department of Motor Vehicles website.

via Keloland. To view more, click here.

Parker school wins $50,000 in national competition

Facing 3,000 schools in a competition of shoe art, Parker High School students traveled to Los Angeles to claim a first-place prize of $50,000 on Wednesday.

Five finalist schools were given an all-exclusive trip to the Vans Custom Culture art competition this week, where students could meet pro-surfer Leila Hurst and musical artist Daya.

Twenty Parker students designed the four winning pairs of Vans shoes in four different concepts: music, art, action sports and local flavor. The small-town school southwest of Sioux Falls has participated in the competition for the past four years and previously has been awarded second and third place.

“We basically worked our way to the top,” said Dave Fuller, Parker’s art teacher.

The young artists worked with Fuller since February to come up with the designs for the shoes, which, Fuller said, took “a lot of brainstorming.”

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Editorial: Accessible art boosts livability in Sioux Falls

It wasn’t that long ago that Sioux Falls was considered an art desert in the landscape of cities its size.

In the early 1990s when “Money” magazine ranked the city at the top of the list for those comparable in population, a focus on the arts and culture barely registered points here. Sure, there were local artists, and places to go and see their work, but a sea change has happened in the past 20-plus years, especially when it comes to the public display of art.

One of the biggest contributors to accessible art has been SculptureWalk, a program in its 14th year of bringing sculptures to downtown streets to be enjoyed by all. This year, SculptureWalk has 56 pieces displayed mostly along Phillips Avenue and its side streets. The works represent 50 artists from 17 states and include ideas from realism to the abstract. The most expensive is “Ikicin,” a $300,000 buffalo statue by Colorado artist Gary Monaco.

More: Artists rave about Sioux Falls SculptureWalk: ‘You’re the grand piano’

Sioux Falls has the program’s director Jim Clark to thank in large part, but it wouldn’t happen without the financial support and a lot of cheerleading from local businesses and the city itself. That is a powerful combination of forces that we all need to appreciate so we continue to enjoy SculptureWalk as it moves into an impressive 15-year run next year…

via the Argus. To view more, click here.

Artist finishes stick art sculpture in Brookings

A world-renowned artist has completed a new sculpture in the city of Brookings.

Patrick Dougherty has created a work of art using sticks. The sculpture is on display at the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.

He started working on the creation May 1. Volunteers in the community helped him gather sticks to build the structure.

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….

via KSFY. To view more, click here.

SF Business Concedes To City In Mural Dispute With ‘Painting Party’

A Sioux Falls business will be holding a ‘painting party’ after the city says the mural on the side of their building is against city code. The owner of Elegant Mommy says she tried to resolve the problem, but has no choice but to concede to the city.

‘Elegant Mommy’ has been operating out of the location on West 37th Street near Minnesota Avenue for five years now.

Elegant Mommy Owner Shelly Gaddis said, “From the day that we bought this building I always envisioned some sort of art on the side of our building.”

Gaddis says the mural on the outside of her building depicting the parenting journey was completed in the fall of last year; symbolic of the maternity and parenting products they carry and the education services they provide inside. She says the wording is there to help her customers navigate her store. But she says the mural is more than that.

“Really, what the outside aims to do is to make everyone feel welcome,” said Gaddis.

Despite the feel it may provide, the city sent Gaddis a letter in November giving her 60 days to ‘remove the painted wall sign’….

Via KDLT. To view more, click here.

Noem Announces 2017 Winners of Congressional Art Competition

May 16 2017

Representative Kristi Noem today announced Ashley Geraets as the 2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner for her colored pencil drawing, “Aqua Vitae (Water is Life).” Geraets, a sophomore at Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, will have her artwork displayed in the U.S. Capitol complex, along with winning artwork from other congressional districts, for the next year.

Second place was awarded to Olivia Heinecke, a junior at Sisseton High School, for her painting, “Freckles.” Her artwork will hang in Noem’s congressional office in Washington.

“Ashley and Olivia have brought art to life in an incredible display of South Dakota talent with each of these pieces,” said Noem. “To the teachers, families, and friends who have supported these young women, I want to say thank you for encouraging them and taking the time to encourage their pursuit of the arts. I am so proud to have these pieces represent South Dakota’s talent in the U.S. Capitol.”

2017 Congressional Art Competition Winner

Ashley Geraets – Sioux Falls

2017 Congressional Art Competition Runner Up

Olivia Heinecke – Sisseton

The Congressional Art Competition is sponsored by Noem’s office in partnership with the South Dakota Arts Council. The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982, providing members of Congress with an opportunity to recognize talent in their home districts.

The South Dakota Arts Council, an office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, is a state agency serving South Dakotans and their communities through the arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the State of South Dakota. The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of the Office of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The Department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.