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SWEET ART SHOW: A LOOK BACK, FORWARD

Been wondering why you haven’t heard anything about the Sweet Art Show? Seems crazy to think that this Friday would be the night, but after three years, we decided to switch things up! Our 4th Annual Sweet Art show will take place on September 14, 2018 – still boasting the same excellent sweet treats, atmosphere, local art and killer raffle packages. Mark your calendars, ladies and gents! In the meantime, here’s a fun look back at last year’s.

[How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) [Originally Performed by Marvin Gaye] [Instrumental] – Single]

CALL FOR ART INSTRUCTORS

About JAM Art and Supplies

Our Mission
To get affordable art and craft supplies into the hands of people who will use them, create an online community for local artists, and be a source of art information for Sioux Falls.
(A 501(c)3 non-profit since 2014.)

Like a thrift store, we take in donated, barely used supplies on a daily basis and resell them at a low price, making creating affordable for all. It’s a second chance for unused materials and keeps them out of landfills! We offer a range of learning opportunities. From Business Basics for Artists for adults to Creative Reuse Camps for kids, we are passionate about fostering art appreciation and developing creative thinking skills.

Job Description

JAM is currently seeking lead and assistant instructors in Visual Arts for our summer camp programming. Under supervision of JAM Executive Director, the summer camp instructors perform a variety of duties in coordinating and instructing art classes, camp activities, and supervision of children. Lesson plans are provided, with some leeway for creative improvisation.

Creative Reuse Summer Camp lead and assistant instructor positions are part time and classified as an independent contractor with no benefits entitled. Seeking one lead instructor and one assistant for multiple or all camp sessions. 9:00 to 4:00, Monday through Thursday, plus Thursday evening camper’s artist reception. Sessions dates:

JUNE 4-7 (ages 8-12)
JUNE 11-14 (ages 8-12)
JULY 16-19 (ages 8-12)
JULY 23-26 (ages 13-16)
AUGUST 6-9 (ages 8-12)
AUGUST 13-16 (ages 8-12)

One day campers will walk to the art studio of local creative reuse artist Steve Bormes. This walk is a couple blocks from JAM. Other projects will include art, games, and learning about creative uses for unusual materials. A collaborative art installation will be built each week, and will be displayed with a week-ending an art show on Thursday evening for friends and family.

Responsibilities Include

  • Implementing creative reuse art projects for campers ages 8 through 16 years old.
  • Supervising groups of children and facilitating activities, and lunch breaks throughout the day.
  • Walking campers to and from a local artist’s studio, making sure to create a safe environment not only when walking, but also while at the studio. Being alert and present at all times.
  • Strong technical skills in a variety of artistic mediums.
  • Initiative, self-direction and ability to be flexible and adapt to changes.
  • Great interpersonal and public speaking skills. Instructors should be engaging and patient in a classroom environment as you act as the face of JAM Art and Supplies.
  • Attending art reception at week’s end, and giving a short welcome/overview/commentary for guests.

Key Qualifications

  • Ideal candidate is a current art educator or practicing artist/creative.
  • Teaching, camp, or child care experience.
  • Ability to instruct a wide variety of techniques and ages.

Other skills and Abilities

This position requires physical effort. Frequent lifting of up to twenty-five pounds. Some bending, stooping and/or lifting will be required.

For full consideration, candidates must send the following in one complete document:

  • Cover Letter addressing their skills as they fit the job
  • Resume

Application

To apply for this position, please send the required materials to:

Jess Miller | Executive Director
jamartandsupplies@gmail.com

Please indicate your last name and “Summer Camp Lead Instructor Position” or “Summer Camp Assistant Instructor Position” in the subject line of the email. No phone calls, please. We will respond to those candidates whose qualifications are best aligned with the posted job description.

Requirements:
Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position, and undergo a background check.

Hours: 30/camp week up to 180 hours total

Pay: Starting at $250/week

 

10 BEST BLOG POSTS OF 2017

Man, is it just us or was 2017 on supersonic speed? As you may or may not know, one of our big goals here at JAM is to be a source of art information for the Sioux Falls community through our website and blog. We have published over 160 posts in the last year on topics ranging from local art events to local artists and art educators, and everything in between.

Didn’t get a chance to read them all? We got you. Here is our top 10 hit list of our most popular posts to help you ring in 2018.

[Psssst.  Want a backstage pass to the local art scene? Join our team! We are always looking for dedicated and reliable bloggers and photographers. We have internship opportunities, too. Holler at us!!]

JAM’S 2017 TOP 10

10. “RELEASE THE CRANES” AT THE WASHINGTON PAVILION

9. FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW: SEPTEMBER

8. AUGUSTANA STUDENT INVITATIONAL

7. ELEMENTS AND OTHER APRIL REVIEWS

6. ANGIE GILLESPIE: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

5. FIRST FRIDAY REVIEW: FEBRUARY

4. ANGELA BEHRENDS: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

3. GENEVA COSTA: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

2. ERIN NGUYEN: ART EDUCATOR

1. AMBER HANSEN: ART EDUCATOR

From all of us at JAM, Happy New Year!

7 Reasons to “Make Art Your Business”

The “Make Art Your Business” class series this January and February is still open for registration! The sessions, led by Claudia Dail, are designed to help artists learn business basics, and consequently make their art business a success.  Not sure exactly what “business basics” can help you with? Well, we’ve compiled a list of seven reasons why taking the classes would be a great start to the new year for you and your business. Take a look!

  1. It’s All About You! While each of the classes focus on you, the first session in particular is all about you; it focuses on your goals and vision for making your art a business. If you don’t know what your goals are just yet, don’t worry – that’s what the class is for. It will help you decide what you want your niche to be and how to set goals and reach them.
  2. Build Your Strengths, Strengthen Your Weaknesses. The classes also help you find your personal strengths and weaknesses in running a business. Knowing where you excel and where you need to focus more energy to succeed is an important skill to learn for this process, and builds on the goals you develop for yourself and your art.
  3. Confidence Building. Along with developing your goals and strengths, the workshops offer opportunities to hone your skills. Not your artistic skills (you’ve already got those!), but the skills you need to market yourself. 
  4. Safe Practice Space. As a business person, you’ll need to learn to pitch yourself and business. The workshop offers a place to practice and develop this pitch without too much pressure.
  5. Learn About the Sioux Falls Art Community. Since you’ll be learning to pitch yourself, you’ll need to know about the community you’re pitching to. That means learning about the Sioux Falls art scene and making connections with other artists. The classes offer both of these, and help you discover where and how to access your niche community.
  6. Build Relationships with Other Artists. Speaking of the Sioux Falls art community, attending the workshops will connect you with other artists. Connections are important, and building relationships with other people in the art community helps make those connections.
  7. Learn to Value Your Art Competitively. The last session in the series helps you learn how to put a price on your work. You’ll learn about perceived value and how to register your art, along with learning how to keep records and reports.

And finally, in Claudia’s own words:  “It is up to each individual to decide how engaged they want to be. Those who go for it come away with far more than what transpires in the classroom.”

What are you waiting for???

REGISTER HERE! Deadline is January 8. Space is limited.

 

MAKE ART YOUR BUSINESS

Wish you could just make art for a living? Got the art part down, just not business savvy? We have the perfect opportunity for you. Our Business Class for Artists is guaranteed to get you rolling.

Acquire the knowledge you need in this 4-week, 2-hour class tailored specifically for artists who want to get serious about their art career. Taught by expert and coach Claudia Dail, with special guest appearances by other local experts, you will learn pivotal ways to focus your skills, find your niche, and market yourself. Learn alongside a group of your peers within a supportive, open setting. You’ll be sure to gain lasting relationships.

Quite a few local success stories have sprouted from this unique opportunity. Watch for those stories in the weeks to come. In the meantime, get registered!  Only $85 for all four sessions. Deadline to register is Monday, January 8. Space is limited.

REGISTER HERE

WEAVING A COMMUNITY THROUGH CREATIVE USE

Weaving is recognized as one of the oldest crafts, dating as far back as 6000 BC. Beginning as a product of necessity, weaving looms were used to create clothing, bedding, and other textiles of a protective nature. This applied art developed into a means of expression, tapestries woven for posterity, for pleasure, for interaction.

When I began weaving four years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. I had been intrigued by the craft, and was looking to experiment in a new medium. My journey began when we tore down the half pipe skate ramp in my backyard. Using a four foot scrap of weathered plywood and about 200 nails, I had built myself a machine! Yes, it was warped, full of splinters and even kind of smelly, but it was mine. The design of the loom has not overcomplicated itself, and I was intrigued to use a method that had been utilized throughout time, and all over the globe.

After creating a few weaves, I began to learn, to understand. I adapted my design, and with the help of my father, built a new, improved frame loom. Something with an adjustable stand, something… easy to transport. Through trial and error, I have developed several variations of a standing loom since then, with designs for myself, Hawthorne Elementary, and for JAM Art and Supplies.

Art Teacher Lisa Brunick with her loom at Hawthorne Elementary

Two years ago, we began bringing the JAM loom with us to our booth at summer festivals. We attended events throughout the Sioux Empire, such as: the 605 Summer Classic, Jazzfest, the Farmer’s Market, That Sounds Decent, as well as the Sidewalk Arts Festival. Bringing this loom provided us a way to interact with the crowd, an icebreaker as well as a means to sharing our Creative Reuse mission with young and old alike.

Weaving is a popular means of community building across the country. Using a shared loom is a means of creating your own image and story. The viewer is provided with an actualized representation of problem solving, threads and materials interacting in a self-sustained chaos. Our community weaves represent Sioux Falls, and each participant that helped create the piece.

Each weave that was created was made from donated material, and gave purpose to some otherwise overlooked materials. Our weaves contain everything from yarn, fabric scraps, fake flowers, men’s neckwear, to old sweaters and jewelry. To date, JAM has created 11 large-scale weaves in the past two years, all made from the helping hands of our community. There is pride in production, and we are just beaming.

Please, join JAM on November 9th at Remedy Brewing Company for an all-ages get-together and fundraiser. Drink fine local craft beer, listen to live music, learn how to weave, and take a chance or 5 or 10 at winning one of our beautiful, community-crafted weavings!

Raffle Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $20.

You can pre-purchase raffle tickets at JAM anytime before the event, but make sure you join us the night of because we’re giving away a JAM VIP Membership, and you must be present to win. JAM VIP Memberships are a $250 value that includes one complimentary in-house event, a tshirt, bumper sticker, and 25% off every purchase made in our store!

GIRL’S MAKER DAY

After a wildly successful inagural event this past fall, EmBe is hosted its second STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Girl’s Maker Fair this past Saturday, April 22. Once again, JAM took part in this fantastic event geared towards building confidence in making, early exposure to an interdisciplinary approach, and getting girls excited about fields where women are traditionally under-represented. The fair featured booths that helped girls explore these academic areas with creativity and innovation. JAM had a blast creating junk sculptures with the girls, and weaving on our loom.
Be sure to keep your eyes open for the next Maker Day!

Photo by Maggie Flanders
Photo by Maggie Flanders
Photo by Maggie Flanders
Photo by Maggie Flanders
Photo by Wen Duan
Photo by Wen Duan

Let’s Celebrate Jordan Thornton’s Artist Residency

Landing an artist residency is a big deal. So when an artist does, it’s cause for celebration.

One of JAM’s favorite artists, Jordan Thornton, has “nailed” down her first artist residency!

It happens to be in Vermont, and there happen to be fees and costs that come along with that, so the Sioux Falls community has the awesome chance to help Jordan in her journey.

But before I get to that, here’s a little more information about Jordan.

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She’s a printmaker with a deeply-rooted love of nature, which you can easily see in her work. Handpulled and hand-printed woodcut prints, often displayed in shadowboxes (that she usually makes herself) are her forte.

Jordan describes her current work as having a focus “on plant imagery, primarily the roots. The visual part of these pieces is of the physical plant, while the thought behind the work focuses on our own roots: what holds us to a place, a person, a pursuit.”

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If that’s not enough info about her craft, check out our Inspired Interview of Jordan.

She’s been honing her craft for years. And she’s also been applying for residencies for years. And then the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT offered her an artist-in-residence spot for the upcoming month of August.

Here’s the catch: getting to Vermont isn’t free.

So that’s where you come in.

Jordan’s got a Kickstarter campaign that’ll cover the remainder of her residency fee and travel costs. But, most importantly, this campaign puts her art into the hands of the people investing in it.

To kick off the campaign, Coffea Downtown is hosting a launch party which doubles as the artist reception for Jordan’s three month show at Coffea. The party’s going down on May 6th from 6-8pm.

If you can’t be there to high five her and join the fun in person, you can still join the fun online:

Wanted: Volunteers!

JAM Art and Supplies, Sioux Falls artists, volunteers

JAM is seeking volunteers to help operate the store on the weekends.

The Perks:

  • Great opportunity for community service
  • Meet the artists and crafters of Sioux Falls who come to the store
  • You are free to read, study, do homework, craft or browse the internet while you manage the store
  • You will receive a Membership Card, giving you 25% off of your JAM purchase for a year ($25 value)
  • You will receive lots of love from JAM

How it Works: Continue reading Wanted: Volunteers!

Thoughts on Gallery Experiences

thoughts-on-gallery-experiences“A major Magritte show ran at the Art Institute of Chicago. It was fascinating to see all of his greatest hits in one place, nicely curated and hung.

Unlike the Louvre, photography was forbidden, which got me thinking about ideas, photos and originals.

In front of the Mona Lisa are hundreds of people, all taking a picture, sometimes with their cameras held overhead to get a better view. Why? What’s the point of taking a picture of the most famous, most photographed painting in the world? You’re certainly not going to take a better picture than you can find online with a few clicks. Continue reading Thoughts on Gallery Experiences