I started using the Washington Pavilion pottery studio. Every Sunday from 1-4 there is an open studio for people who have taken a class in their pottery studio before, or if you at least have some knowledge about clay. Supposedly, I fall into the latter category. It’s foolish.
I don’t know anything about clay. In college I focused mainly on printmaking, drawing, and painting. When I took my ceramics class with Jerry Punt I became easily discouraged. I started hand building a sculpture that looked like it was a sand castle made out of hollow marshmallows. I don’t remember how long I worked on it, but at some point it disappeared. Someone threw it out.
Five years later I’m finally ready to move on and try my hand in the ceramics studio. They make it easy to buy clay from there, which I really liked. And, it doesn’t cost anything to fire your pieces. Continue reading Why You Should Try Something New and Blog for JAM
So often in our youth we forget how indiscernible time has a way of becoming. The moments that we experience in our early adulthood may become mere sentences or moments of hardly recalled time. It is hard to imagine the future, and sometimes even more so the past. To give us some perspective on the transitory nature of both art and life, JAM met with artist Steve Larson at his home in Sioux Falls. He is a former Lutheran minister and social worker that did not begin to create art until he was in his forties. Larson spoke to us about the importance of being open to inspiration, and finding it through fostering a will to keep yourself in constant creative motion. He shared with us his rock collection, past paintings, and his most current 3D constructions. Most importantly, Larson pointed out to us to never consider things to be final, as in our lives, it’s not where you’re at—it’s where you are. -Amy
Continue reading Steve Larson: An Inspiring Interview
I received an email from Michelle St Vrain about letting all of you kind folks know about the happenings in Vermillion this last weekend. Michelle, a coordinator for Frogman’s Print Workshop which is hosted on the University of South Dakota‘s campus wrote, “I know that JAM Art & Supplies usually features local artists but I feel that this is also an important South Dakota event that should be considered covering. Many printmakers and other artists travel to Vermillion, SD annually to be apart of this workshop and I feel that this is a very unique situation for this region. I would love for you or another JAM Art & Supplies representative to come and view the artwork, and also meet many wonderful people involved with the workshop.”
What is Frogman’s? Continue reading A South Dakota Gem: Frogman’s Print Workshop
Art about the Internet: A brilliant interview of Hito Steyerl
from Dis Magazine – Hito Steyerl – Politics of Post-Representation
Continue reading An Ear to the Ground
Hi, This is my first post for JAM, this will be a weekly reoccurring post of the best articles and stuff I find around the internet. -Eli Show
Old readings of artistic wisdom:
Boris Groys – Comrades of Time
First is from one of my favorite writers of culture and art, dense but brilliant. Groys writes on the concept of being contemporary and states of contemporary art. Again this one is pretty dense, and it took me a few reads to fully take this one in but afterwards you are left with a good question to answer, which in my opinion is one of the best ways to approach art making.
Current topics in art:
http://gawker.com/the-audacity-of-no-chill-kara-walker-in-the-instagram-1585944103 Continue reading An Ear to the Ground
I don’t follow everyone in Sioux Falls on Instagram, so I can’t say this list is the end all-be all but, according to my eyes scrolling through my feed: here are my favorite Sioux Falls Instagrammers.
Continue reading Five Sioux Falls Instagrammers You Should Follow
It’s easy to forget the calm that a cool wind brings. Walking around downtown on First Friday, I was ever met with the soft lull of my surroundings. That inner peace that an unassuming wind brings can lead one to letting their thoughts float—letting their eyes close. That evening, I found myself giving Continue reading FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW – JUNE 6TH
Yesterday concluded the first ever JAM Art and Supplies’s Supply Drive. We were collecting beads, rubber band bracelet making materials, and t-shirt decorating supplies for the Children’s Inn. The Children’s Inn is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1977 that provides 24 hour, free services for women and children who are victims of family violence, elder abuse, child abuse, neglect, or sexual assault.
I dropped off two heavy boxes filled with more beads then I could of imagined and other craft supplies; these boxes will help fill the time for mothers and children who are seeking shelter from abuse with the pleasure that can only come from using ones hands and being creative.
When I dropped off the boxes, Staci, the woman in charge of donations gave me a tour of the high security shelter. I was impressed with the stock piles of commodities that they offer to the guests to ensure they have all the things they need while they’re away from home. Some of the women and children leave the abusive situation without much more than the clothes on their backs. They have clean socks, under garments, and clothes for every size.
I asked what things they need most right now and Staci said they’re always in need of luggage and cereal.
If you would like to make a donation to the Children’s Inn, here is a link to their donation page. Or, if you would like to learn more about JAM’s Supply Drives contact us!
A week ago today was our first board meeting. I meant to write about this sooner, but between helping curate the Art vs Appliance show and having a baby with a fever, I haven’t gotten around to it. I hope you’re not too upset.
Every member of JAM, except Ryan, our lawyer on board, was at the meeting.
I started off by making sure everyone knew our mission:
1. To get art and craft supplies into the hands of people that will use them
2. To create a community via Inspired Interviews (more information to come!) and First Friday Reviews
3. To be a source of information for the Sioux Falls art community
Currently, our biggest challenge is getting the art supplies into the hands of the artists. Someday we’ll have a store front, but for the next year or two we’ll just have to be crafty (ha ha). Don’t worry though; we have a few ideas up our sleeves.
The first way we’ll get art supplies into the hands of people that will use them is to just hand them over. On June 6th we have a supply drive collecting art supplies at a clothing store and gallery. From 6-10 on that First Friday you can drop off your donation of art and craft supplies and see the pop-up Darling Vintage clothing line at Elofson. We will be donating art supplies from this drive to the Children’s Inn. We will be collecting and gifting larger beads that will be for toddlers, plus small beads and supplies for Native beading. Also, in addition to beads, Children’s Inn is in need rubber bands for bracelets and supplies to make 4th of July tie-dye shirts. What a great opportunity to help some kids enjoy their holiday!
I’m really excited to get this first project underway, so I’m going to cut this blog post short. But—I’ll let you know that the board meeting left me feeling energized. I’m feeling positive about our Board of Directors. And, we have exciting news about our blog… Stay tuned!