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Siouxland Libraries: Wednesday Wonders

Wednesday Wonders with Artist Ellen Diederich
Tomorrow: 3:30-5 p.m.

Join author and artist Ellen Diederich for a special story time and art project. Diederich is the author of the children’s book Samson’s Gift, and she will incorporate watercolor art instruction with the story.
For more information, contact Stephanie Bents at 367-8710.

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*Works by Fargo artist and author Ellen Diederich will be on display at the Downtown Library through late April 2016. The exhibit features paintings from Diederich’s children’s book entitled Samson’s Gift​.

March First Friday, 2016

My goodness there is already so much to see in Sioux Falls and it’s not even summer! Spring has hardly sprung and the town was popping on Friday night. If you have not been downtown on a First Friday, you are seriously not tasting the heart of Sioux Falls.

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I started my night at JAM Art and Supplies. Jess and her crew of volunteers always know how to create an inviting, and ever changing environment at the shop. Their new sales include spring decor and an impressive amount of flowers.

Stepping through the doorway into Exposure Gallery, there were numerous multimedia pieces created by college students throughout the state. The walls were carefully curated with artwork that was calm, bold, moving, and thought provoking. I was left with a real sense that the sheer skill our students are building in this state. Continue reading March First Friday, 2016

March Featured Member, Eastbank Gallery


The paintings I have chosen for this show… SEEING THE FOREST BEYOND THE TREES…  represent my personal journey to see the landscape… not just as trees and water, sky and rocks but what I have come to recognize as part of my soul. I do not believe my soul could be complete without me seeing the landscape in its many forms and moods…

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Wednesday Wonders: Story Time and Watercolor

March 16th: 3:30pm
Join author and artist Ellen Diederich for a special story time and art project. Diederich is the author of the children’s book Samson’s Gift, and she will incorporate watercolor art instruction with the story….

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Eastbank Guest Artist for March, Hector Curriel


He was born in Lima, Peru, and his passion for the arts started when he was very little, a habit that he expressed with keen enthusiasm. He studied architecture in Lima, Peru, where he continued perfecting his drawing and painting skills. In 2001, he moved to the United States, and studied art at Art Instruction Schools in Minneapolis, MN….

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The Moment: When Art Meets News

The Visual Arts Center, in partnership with Argus Leader Media, presents this feature exhibition exploring the art of photojournalism. Featured photographers Joe Ahlquist, Elisha Page, Jay Pickthorn and Emily Spartz Weerheim convey the stories of our community through photography. Experience photos of everyday life in Sioux Falls, as well as photos of pivotal moments in the news alongside commentary from the photographers who captured these funny, tragic, beautiful and emotional images….

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More than meets the eye: the incredible life of Lawrence Sinha

His hands are his instrument. They are what Lawrence Sinha uses to scrub the counters and empty the trash, but beyond these daily tasks are also the hands of an artist.

“These paintings are very intricate work, it is a subject of devotion.” said Sinha.

His artwork has transformed his living room into a gallery of painted tapestries. It’s called Thangka, an ancient art form from his native Nepal. With bright colors and shimmering gold lining, Thangka historically is used to depict the life of Buddha and Hindu dieties. That’s where Lawrence’s artwork breaks from tradition….

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Needle art makes hipster comeback

One of Natalie Vega Hass’ favorite reference books dates back to 1975, before she was born.

The guide on embroidery stitches has helped her revive a dying art that once was commonplace and now appeals to an alternative audience.

Hass, 31, says she taught herself to embroider and mostly uses the running stitch, stem stitch, back stitch and satin stitch on her portraits. There’s Mrs. White from Clue, Robin Williams, Ruth Ginsburg from the U.S. Supreme Court and other people being painted with Hass’ thread. Most of the portraits are from pop culture….

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Sioux Falls, South Warhola: Pop Art Hits the Plains

For the first time, Augustana University’s Eide/Dalrymple Gallery will exhibit prints by artist Andy Warhol, during its “Highlights from the Permanent Collection” exhibition, on display Feb. 11 through March 5. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts recently donated eight screen prints and one lithograph by the artist to the gallery’s Carl Grupp Permanent Art Collection.
“On view with the works by Warhol will be a selection of Modernist artworks that will put into context how Warhol’s Pop Art relates to other artistic movements of the twentieth century,” said Dr. Lindsay Twa…

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First Friday Review: February 5th, 2016

A rare moment of warmth in the South Dakota winter meant I really didn’t mind wandering around on this First Friday. And mild weather came with a mild schedule. I had plenty of time to linger at each place because I got an early start and only had a handful of haunts to hit up. So let me share what I found with you. Continue reading First Friday Review: February 5th, 2016