I started my evening at the Sioux Falls Design Center for their PetchaKutcha Night. With an overflowing crowd settling in at 7PM for the speeches to begin, we were asked for four volunteers from the audience. These brave souls went on to narrate slides that popped up on the screen, each one unknown to the volunteer, and lasting 20 seconds long (coincidently the same amount of time per slide for the awaiting presenters). This activity serves as a warm-up for the room, and also gives the presenters that last boost of confidence; anyone can talk about something for 20 seconds. We can look at this activity in a broader sense, and take this as a lesson in interaction, and a nudge towards the need for open-mindedness. It’s important to keep an inquisitive attitude and a light-hearted approach when participating in community events such as this. Take an interest! Share your voice!
With temperatures hovering around thirty and the sun staying out just a smidge longer these days, it was a perfect night to venture out and admire some art. Once again, First Fridays were in full swing for the year. I bounced to three places – Eastbank Art Gallery, Prairie Berry Eastbank and Exposure Gallery.
My first stop was at Eastbank. The place was quickly filling with eager-going art lovers. I love running into people I know as I attend these events more and more often. It’s fun to walk into a familiar place and see some friendly faces.
Eastbank was hosting artist receptions for Amy Kasten and Ryan Howard. Amy’s quirky collages and gorgeous jewelry were immediately eye-catching as you walked in the door. Her jewelry ranged from delicate necklaces to leather bracelets and her collages were small and colorful, filling the walls. Ryan Howard’s pieces were vividly soothing, showcasing impressionistic-like qualities in his locally-themed, landscape paintings. Carl Grupp‘s colorful watercolor landscapes caught my eye as well as Gerry Punt‘s pottery in the front room. Other artists were featured in the gallery space as well. Eastbank is always one of my go-to places for seeing art on First Fridays.
Seven o’clock on Friday night rolled around, the winds picked up, preparing us for First Fridays to come. Here are the places I got to enjoy art and artists on the first wintery First Friday of the season.
Coffea Espresso Bar and Roasterie
The first stop this fabulous First Friday in downtown Sioux Falls was at Coffea Roasterie to see our very own Jess Miller-Johnson’s art reception. Her show, FRESH HOLDS, included Continue reading November 7-First Friday Review
The sweaters, tall boots, and scarves came out this past Friday. Trekking around Sioux Falls in the blustery, cold weather was a sharp reminder of what is in store for the upcoming months. Luckily, I had the wonderful Jana Anderson accompany me as we wove our way through the streets of downtown Sioux Falls. We hit as many places as we could for the First Friday event of October, absorbing art and happily participating in the Art and Wine walk.
Did I mention that I love First Fridays? How great is it that the community chooses to promote art and the downtown small business world every month? Attend more than one of these and you’ll be sure to see some of the same smiling faces, people who eagerly support this re-occuring event. Without these people, this wonderful evening wouldn’t be happening.
Take a peek below to read about the venues, the artists and the experience of spending a few minutes at as many places as we could.
The first stop of the night was at Exposure on North Philips. The big Art Show sign points you Continue reading First Friday Review – October 3rd
This is my first First Friday Review. There were so many events going on that it was impossible to go to all of them and give each the amount of time they deserved to experience what each unique place had to offer.
Art in the Alleyway
I began my First Friday journey by wandering downtown, past Mama’s Ladas, and into the alleyway, curious as to what the giant sign was suggesting was back there. Turning the corner, a magical little world was in full swing with artists proudly showing off their work at tables and booths, musicans setting up for their upcoming performance and small crowds of people gathered and talking. Everything from prints, paintings, graphic design, tshirts, pottery, woodworking, clothing, and decorative deer antlers were on display. It was an Continue reading First Friday Review – September 5th
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
Mayrathon – A JAM Packed First Friday
With warm weather comes rebirth. A renewal of foliage, friendships, ideas, hopes—a sense of affirmation. Winter has ended and this city has begun to stretch its ready little toes into the social spheres of summer. Last Friday left me proud and inspired! This town is bursting with Continue reading First Friday Review- May 2nd
Finding Clarity in Community
This past First Friday I had the pleasure of battling a hellacious head cold, so I chose to keep my attendance to two receptions for the evening. Notepad and tissues in tow, I first headed to Monks House of Ale Repute to check out the “Skulls and Beers” reception for Les Cotton and Marc Wagner. This collection featured drawings and prints of all things cool: Continue reading First Friday – April 4th