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Every Friday I have the fortunate schedule of getting off work by 5:00, which for a workaholic like myself, that extra time always poses a problem: what am I to do for the next several hours? Never fear, my friends! Downtown Sioux Falls presented, yet another wonderful evening filled with that spectacular, creative scene.

First up was the 8th and Railroad Center for a “funtastic” time at a block party!


This being my first stop, I arrived as the beginning acts were playing. When I noticed the presence of several food trucks, I wanted to kick myself for eating dinner before coming…darn!

Well, nonetheless, the show must go on even without trying the amazing foods. Right as I had walked into Eastbank Art Gallery, my spirits were lifted to see such a variety of work being displayed! From jewelry, to watercolor paintings and a painted female figure! Boy, and don’t forget the wonderful sculptures, and vibrant paintings of what our beloved, classy Sioux Falls looked in previous times.

As much as I wanted to stay the entire night for the later bands to play, I had to leave the block party to head up Phillips Avenue. To my surprise, there was a band playing right outside Woodgrain! My second destination was Half Baked Cupcakes to check out what new creations artist, Sara Bainter, has allowed us public to behold.

Now, walking south on Phillips, I directed myself to the New New show happening at Vishnu Bunny Tattoo.

Later that night, Angie Hosh (a personal favorite) was scheduled to play, however, I later found that I wouldn’t be able to see them. Luckily, my dear artist friend, Maddee Ophelia, had attended! Yes!

Through my time spent at Vishnu, I saw MANY incredible works. With the walls brimming with art, it was hard for me to pick a few to show closer up. I must say, these pieces by Sasha McDowell and Emilie Nettinga were some of my favorites. So, you’ll just have to make a hop down to check out the rest and decide which speak to you the most!

Happy 2nd birthday, Unglued!

I enjoy roaming the collections of locally made work for sale at Unglued; it always brings a smile to my face. Good thing I was already smiling because there was a sparkling photo booth to take pictures in for their celebration! Not to mention, Scratchpad Tees had their first experience in its new location for First Friday. To them, I declare a warm summery welcome!

On my way to peak into the local authors signing event, I couldn’t resist stopping to appreciate Steve Bormes sculpture “School Spirit,” which is part of the Sculpture Walk.

The night had gone by fast, so I took a few skips east on 10th Street to Last Stop CD Shop, or more specifically, the Post Pilgrim Gallery.

Another personal favorite is J. White’s work. In addition, there was a large quilted rug placed in the center of the space. The details in these pieces continually blow me away. (Seriously, go check ’em out!)

Not only was there gorgeous visual artwork presented at Post Pilgrim, but the White Wall Sessions were jamming out with their featured artists! You’ve got to love having the chance to look at some inspiring art alongside with the head bobbin’ preforming arts. What fun!

First Friday, you were a great one, once again! See you next time.


CFA: Artist Residencies at Retreat at Pointer’s Ridge

Thursday June 1 – Sun November 19
The Retreat at Pointer’s Ridge, 47303 Big Sioux Rd, Baltic, SD 57003

Artists in any media are encouraged to find the space and time they need to work on new or ongoing projects. There is no deadline for 2017, but applications must be submitted at least 2 weeks prior to intended residency dates. Weekend, weekly or monthly residencies are available now through November 19, 2017. More information can be found at:


Dear Valued Patrons and Sioux Falls Community,
Although some people may regard the arts and art education as a luxury, we know that creative activities are the very building blocks of child development. Developmental benefits of art education include establishing and increasing motor skills, language development, increased decision making, visual learning, inventiveness, cultural awareness and improved overall academic performance. Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement.
 “Young people who participate regularly in the arts are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”
– Grace Hwang Lynch, PBS
Proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Department of Education, and Institute of Museum and Library Services would directly impact the Washington Pavilion and hurt the Sioux Falls community. Beyond that, many of the artists that the Pavilion presents rely on NEA funding and many of the exhibition improvements in our hands-on science museum are fabricated by other museums and initiatives partially funded through IMLS support.

The federal cuts will strike a blow to two programs which greatly impact our community: Teacher Circle and Action Arts and Science Program (AASP). 

We invite you to learn more about these programs and to take action to support these vital programs endangered by potential funding cuts.

1. Contact your congressional representatives and tell them not to defund the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Department of Education’s 21st Century Community Learning Center Program, or the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Senator John Thune 202-224-2321 or 605-334-9596
Congresswoman Kristy Noem 202-225-2801 or 605-275-2868
Congressman Mike Rounds 202-224-5842 or 605-336-0486
2. Reach out to support the following organizations:


Darrin Smith, CEO


Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

Last week, full details of the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018 (which begins on October 1, 2017) were released. The budget calls for a total elimination of funding for the NEA. The release of the budget officially starts the hearing process in Congress. It is UP TO US to remind Congress of the value of the arts.

Americans for the Arts is an excellent resource. Visit their action center. Contact your elected representatives today,
and ask them to #SaveTheNEA!

Beware the Locals – Coming soon!

Does Sioux Falls really have interesting things that happen within the city? You bet ya’! Filmmaker Dempsey Tapley has taken on the challenge of capturing these interesting things and people in the form of film–Beware the Locals. As time ticks faster, and as we approach another lovely Sioux Falls summer, I am genuinely excited to see all of the collaborative work come together. ~Hannah Continue reading Beware the Locals – Coming soon!

Should I Hire a Mover for My Artwork?

Once you have made the decision to move, you must then decide whether you will recruit professional help or tackle the task solo. It is a decision that requires much thought, especially since it involves your priceless artwork, and there are certain things you must take into consideration such as experience, cost, and level of trust.

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For the May Art & Wine Walk, Young & Green Art (Jordan Thornton!) will be at Young & Richard’s Flowers in downtown Sioux Falls. She will be doing a printmaking related demo, launching a Kickstarter campaign, and will have work available for sale.

Find Jordan here:

Here’s the scoop— Jordan was offered a SWEET artist residency at Chulitna Lodge Wilderness Retreat in Alaska. She will be spending three weeks in this beautiful remote location off of Lake Clark, 180 miles SW of Anchorage starting on August 18. This residency will provide her with time and space to create artwork and explore new concepts and processes in the studio, as well as, take inspiration away from her surroundings.

However, to make this happen, she has some fundraising to do. She will need to come up with another $2500 towards residency fees and travel costs, and is using to make it all happen. Kickstarter is an online fundraising platform designed to provide creators with the resources and funding needed to make their ideas reality.

Kickstarter is all or nothing- you hit a funding goal or you don’t get anything. So let’s make it happen!!

Invite the world, and stay tuned for all the fun details!


Lennox high school Makes Top 50 Semi-Finalist for Vans Custom Culture Art Competition – Needs Community Vote to Make It to Top 5!

Lennox is one of the Top 50 finalists in the Vans Custom Culture art competition! Our students have been provided with four pairs of blank Vans shoes, which they have been tasked to design the four themes of Vans’ “Off the Wall” lifestyle: action sports, arts, music and local flavor. See pictures of our designs below.

The competition culminates in a final event this June where five schools will be awarded with an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles to showcase their designs to a panel of celebrity judges. The top finalists will be selected through public voting starting now until May 11. Our school is currently listed along with all the other finalists at where people can go in and vote!

The winning school will receive $50,000 towards its art program and the potential of one of its designs sold in Vans retail location. The four-runner up schools will be receiving $4,000 towards their art program.

We are so excited and hoping maybe you can help us get the word out to get votes!

ANYONE CAN VOTE EVERY DAY ONE TIME UNTIL MAY 11th! Please help promote our school and funding for the arts!

Augustana Senior Art Show

Fri Apr 28th – Sat May 20th
Eide/Dalrymple Gallery, 2001 S Grange Ave, Sioux Falls, SD 57197

Graduating art students at Augustana University will present their senior show April 28 through May 20 at the Eide/Dalrymple Gallery. On exhibit will be a wide variety of works including ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, painting, drawing, digital photography and graphic design.

“Trash Collage”  13″ x 10″  by Courtney Hardie (JAM’s very own intern!)

Senior Artists:
Jada Arnott, an art and anthropology major from Sioux Falls
Noah Fisher, an art, anthropology and English major from Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Courtney Hardie, an art major with an entrepreneurship minor from Watertown, South Dakota
Tyler Johnson, a pre-professional art and K-12 education major from Luverne, Minnesota
Joseph Keating, an art and anthropology major from Sioux Falls
Samantha Levisay, an art and K-12 education major from Harrisburg, South Dakota
Ella Ng, an art major with a French minor from Hong Kong
Carl Norquist, an art and English major from Northfield, Minnesota
Evan Richards, an interdepartmental studies major with emphases in art, business and philosophy from Le Mars, Iowa
Julie Vu, an art and journalism major from Hanoi, Vietnam

The seniors will give artist talks at 7:30 p.m. at the opening awards reception on April 28, which will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Please, join us for an evening of food, conversation and a celebration of these seniors and the future of the visual arts.

This exhibition is generously sponsored by the families of Palmer Eide and Ogden Dalrymple for whom we are deeply grateful.