Category Archives: #siouxfallsartists

CALL FOR ARTISTS – BE FEATURED

Local artists! Be featured on the JAM Blog.

We’re fortunate to have a group of college students volunteering next week to go out and interview willing local artists for our Inspired Interview Series. Email us to schedule yours ASAP at info@jamartandsupplies.org. We’ll come to your studio!

Dates available: Tuesday, December 18, through Friday, December 21

GREAT PLAINS WATERCOLOR SOCIETY SHOW

LIBRARY SHOW
November – December, 2018
Downtown Public Library, Sioux Falls

VIEW GALLERY HERE

JAM GALLERY OCTOBER FEATURES

Come check out these great artists in our gallery through the month of October!

Sean Boettcher

What medium do you use?
Prefer oil, but will play with acrylic or crayon…don’t really have a set style. I always try to do something new.

What inspires you?
Depression kind of helps inspire me to create. The dark places my mind goes gives fuel for making art.

What is art?
Everything can be art. If you’re creating something, you’re an artist.

Terri Brown

What medium do you use?
Mixed Media, Found Art Assemblage

What inspires you?
Oh, my. Running across an item and I know immediately what will become of it in my story telling.
Joseph Cornell.

What is art?
Whatever inspires me!

Mikey Martinez – Comic Book Genie

What medium do you use?
Digitla Art – Program Clip Studio
Fun, broodful, poppy, bitchy, little harsh.

What inspires you?
Smiles, getting sweaty over nerdom/geeking out, skills, “feeling”

What is art?
Art is storytelling, and everything is storytelling. So, everything = art.

[Photos by JAM’s awesome intern, Audry.]

Artists Support Network Free Open Sessions

In an effort to provide artists and creatives with an environment of business support and coaching, The Watering Can is beginning ASN (Artists Support Network) open sessions the 2nd Wednesday every month starting Oct. 10th.  This is a place to come to network, pose a business challenge & get help in finding a solution or just hang out with other like-minded people.   It will be a safe place to talk about failures and rejoice in successes.  As the creative community embraces these monthly gatherings, professionals will be invited to share their expertise in topics such as: grant writing, application completion, technology, social media and marketing.   Stop by the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls the 2nd Wednesdays at 6:30.  Bring a munchie to share.

To Register:  ASN – I will attend

The Watering Can is fiscally sponsored by the Sioux Falls Arts Council with a mission to embrace the arts through community development and assistance to artists in their professional and leadership development.

The Watering Can     www.thewateringcan.org   FB:@thewateringcansf    info@thewateringcan.org

REGISTER: Business Basics for Artists and Nuts & Bolts workshop

The Watering Can’s mission is to provide assistance to artists in their professional and leadership development. Beginning in October The WC is presenting Business Basics for Artists and Creatives and a Nuts & Bolts workshop. 

GROWING MY BUSINESS: Business Basics for Artists

With support of the Sioux Falls Community Foundation and The Sioux Falls Arts Council The Watering Can is offering a series of 4 classes focused on business development.  The series Growing My Business, Selling More will begin Thursday evening October 25th  and continue each Thursday through November 15th  6:30-8:00pm.  Sessions will be held at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

This series is a perfect for creatives who want to move their business forward.  It is important to understand the tools needed to promote a business as well as using demographics to identify a target audience. Not everyone is a prospect and learning to qualify who is saves time and frustration.  There are many ways to generate income and we will dig into various possibilities.

Topics covered:

  • Tool kit and portfolio
  • Marketing basics and qualifying prospects
  • Generating income
  • Pulling it all together

Fees for this series are $50 for all 4 sessions.  For more information regarding the sessions email info@thewateringcan.org or call 605-271-2904.

To register: Grow My Business Register


NUTS & BOLTS

A one-day workshop of 4 sessions Nuts & Bolts will be offered Saturday October 20th. Registration will be for the full day or individual session.  There will be a gathering for all who attend after the last session to network, share the learning and experiences with other creatives.

This workshop is geared to creatives who want to do it right and provides an opportunity to hear from subject matter experts as well as others who are on the same path.

8:30 – 10:00   “Choosing the Right Business Structure” Considerations for choosing the Right Legal Structure for Your Business and Getting Starting in South Dakota:  Tim Loftesness, SCORE Volunteer/Mentor

10:30 – 12:00 Pricing Creative Work for the Long Haul: Kara Dirkson, Appraiser/Consultant – Alla Prima Art Services

1:00 – 2:30  Baseline Legal Considerations:  Contracts, Intellectual Property, and Attribution Rights:Alex M. Hagen, Attorney –  Cadwell Sanford Deibert & Garry LLP

3:00 – 4:30  Accounting, Managing Money and Record Keeping: Claudia Dail, President/Founder, The Watering Can

All the sessions are presented in a casual way with focus on information yet allowing time to share with and learn from others. Everyone is on a unique path and there are various ways to make progress.  One of the goals is to create community so there are ongoing resources to continue the learning and have a support network.  Coffee and check in at 8:00am at the Sioux Falls Arts Council office 326 E 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103.

The fee for the full day of all four sessions is $50.00 or one session $25.00. For more information regarding the sessions email info@thewateringcan.orgor call 605-271-2904.

To register: Nuts & Bolts Registration

The Watering Can     www.thewateringcan.org   FB:@thewateringcansf    info@thewateringcan.org

Youngers Studio Tuesday Night Drawing Group Resumes

Tuesday Night Drawing Group resumes this week!
Tues, Oct 2nd– Nude figure pose, Ann will be our model
6:30-9:00pm
$12
Send a reply or call/text if you plan to attend 🙂

Looking forward to seeing you all again!
 
—————————————
– OCTOBER SCHEDULE –
10/2 – Nude Figure (Ann)
10/9 – Portrait/Costume
10/16 – Nude Figure (Marcus)
10/23 – Nude Figure (Monica)
10/30 – Nude Figure (Monica)
ANNA YOUNGERS FINE ART
335 N. Main Ave. Ste. 210
Sioux Falls, SD 57104
605.929.5016
www.annayoungers.com
anna@annayoungers.com

FULL CIRCLE BOOK CO-OP TO OPEN SHOP NOVEMBER 2

After a diligent year and a half, Sion Lidster and Jason Kurtz of Full Circle Book Co-op will open their official brick-and-mortar location in Sioux Falls. A creative space for local artists of all ages and trades, FCBC is sure to be a springboard for countless local projects and ideas. We are so excited for our brothers in grassroots art advocacy. Congratulations and welcome to downtown!   – Tana

Tana: Tell us a little about the Full Circle Book Co-op. What is it? How did the idea come about?

Sion Lidster: In its most basic form, the FCBC is a creative hub – based around a used books shop, events space and beer/wine/coffee/conversation bar – that serves affordable food!

The idea is to create a place where artists and fans of the arts can come to hang out, talk, work and meet each other. I hope that it will help inspire artistic projects and ideas.

A physical space is important in artistic movements, and I believe that service to the arts goes far beyond the artists themselves. It becomes the duty of businesses to afford artists their lifestyle, if they do indeed support that community. This means low prices and open arms. It means a meal that won’t break the bank, a full coffee cup, a round of beer and merriment. We want to feed the arts, literally!

The idea came about in order to solve a problem we were facing. Me and my friend and business partner, Jason Kurtz, both run literary non-profits, and we were struggling to find all age venues to host our events that didn’t cost more than we could afford. We decided to work together to create a space that would not only provide this, but would hopefully become an inspiring home for all artists looking for one. The co-op idea came about because we want to encourage community, but want to make it clear that you do not have to be a member to shop with us – our membership program provides additional benefits.

After a year and a half of pop-up shops and events around the community, you guys have secured a physical location. Was that always the goal? What has been the process? Where will it be located?

It was always the goal to have a physical location. In fact, we were quick to announce that the space was coming last summer before we hit some road bumps (we are artists and optimists first)! Those road bumps taught us some valuable lessons that we are now bringing to our new location. Funnily enough, the location we have now was actually the first place we ever wanted to lease – so, full circle it is!

We will be located at 123 W 10thSt, Downtown Sioux Falls (the former Hydra building).

What’s your vision for the space?

You will walk through the door to an eye full of books and histories. You will walk on and find someone writing in a notebook. There may be a passionate conversation at the bar. There’ll be poetry on the walls. There will be an artist selling their wares in a booth. A non-profit will be holding a meeting in our scriptorium. You’ll look at a menu of delicious, shareable meals. Depending on the day, you may be treated to open mic poetry, live jazz, stand-up comedy, independent theatre, figure drawing, or a zine-making workshop.

A place where you are going to come and find a surprise – whether that is a book that you never knew you wanted, a painting you’ve never seen, or a person you’ve never met. A community meeting point, open and welcoming to all.

You launched a Kickstarter to raise funds toward initial expenses. Can you give us some of those details?

Yes, we have a Kickstarter running until Thursday, October 18th. We are asking for $10,000 dollars to cover initial start-up costs, such as inventory, kitchen equipment, building improvements/maintenance, licenses, and the Kickstarter costs themselves.

We are offering a number of rewards for your donations, from gift certificates to swag bags to lifetime memberships, and more! More info here.

For those who might not be able to help monetarily, what are some other ways they can offer support?

Being a grassroots effort, there are many ways to support us that does not require your money. Sharing our posts. Inviting people to our events on social media. Interviewing us. Holding events with us. Word of mouth. Handing out fliers. Volunteering. Donating books.

Currently, $100 (100 points), a donation of 100 books (100 points), or volunteering 20 hours (5 points an hour), or a combination, will get you a year’s rolling membership. These are real physical ways to keep the doors open.

You are for the community by the community. What are some ways the community can get involved once your space is up and running?

Absolutely.

The easiest way to get involved is to just simply ‘turn up.’ Come and buy our books, drink our coffee, join us for happy hour. Come and eat with us, break bread, share your news. Be a part of what this could be. The dream is to make this a living space, something memorable. We cannot, and don’t want to, do it without you.

If you want to hold an event, get in touch with us. If you have a non-profit and need a meeting space, get in touch with us. Consider us for your birthday parties, holiday parties, fundraising parties…
Come and perform with us, share your poetry, your acting, your painting. Bring us your books and prints to sell on the shelves…
Come to our classes, become members, bring a friend…
Create with us…

When will you officially open?

The official opening date is Friday, November 2nd. There will be a weekend full of festivities!

What kind of events will you host?

Open mic poetry, independent theatre, writing courses, TED-X style presentations, game nights, pub quiz, figure drawing, independent cinema, first page reads, writing critiques, cultural celebrations, salon-style conversations, live comedy, live podcasting, book clubs and book explorations, artistic happy hours, acting classes, photography classes, journaling classes, jazz brunch… and more!
We have many lists!

Even though you are a book co-op, like you said you are a creative space, and will have opportunities for a ray of artists. What kind of opportunities will you have available to visual artists?

When I speak of artists I speak of all mediums –  written, visual, and beyond.

We want a space that is dedicated to a featured monthly visual artist. Somewhere where, instead of merely hosting work as a backdrop to our shop, we are working with the artist as part of an idea, an installation, for them to get the best of their work.

We are also going to have a space to sell prints, as well as a booth that can be hired at any time during our opening hours for people to sell their work (not specific to visual, but totally included.)

How can they reach out to you to get involved?

The easiest and quickest way is by liking and messaging us on Facebook, where Jason will get back to you quickly.

What is the best way to keep in the know? Newsletter sign-up, Facebook?

Join up to our newsletter (fullcirclebookcoop.com)
Like us on Facebook/Instagram (@fullcirclebookcoop)
Donate to Kickstarter

How do you see things a year from now?

Looking back on one hell of an experiment, hopefully with a full house of poets and artists to celebrate with us!

Any other pertinent details I might be missing? 

I think this covered the wider, more in-depth bases really well. Got to cover ground that our ‘elevator pitch’ doesn’t scratch, so thank you very much for the questions!!!

Make sure to mark your calendars for November 2!

 

CFA: LIVE ART BATTLE + SOCIAL

Fernson Brewery
1400 East Robur Dr, Sioux Falls
Thursday, September 27, 2018
7:00-10:00 PM

SDAF is excited to bring you an Art Battle, a live competitive painting event. The theme for the work will be revealed at the beginning of the event. Using the theme, artists will create the best work they can across three timed rounds. During each round, a new medium will be used. As the artists work, the audience is invited to move around the easels, allowing an up close view of the creative process.

At the end of the round, the audience will vote for their favorite painting.

On Friday, conference attendees will have the opportunity to place bids in a silent auction to take the paintings home. The money earned from each painting will be donated to a non-profit of the highest-bidders choice.


CALLING ALL ARTISTS

If you’re an artist who loves some friendly competition, contact us to find out more about participating in this event.

COMPETITION RULES

  1. Artists have 90 minutes to create their painting, in three 30 minute rounds.
  2. Artists are provided with one 24×36″ canvas, cleaning towels, a water container, *acrylic paint, and **markers.
  3. One medium will be used per round. Artists will be supplied with markers and acrylic paint to be used during two rounds. Each artist will bring a third medium of their choice for one round. Mediums may be used in any round order.
  4. Artists may use any non-mechanical tools: brushes, palette knives, rollers, sponges, tape etc.
  5. Pre-made images or stencils are not permitted.
  6. Artists may not mix paint until the round begins.
  7. Reference material is not permitted at the easel.

*Acrylic Colors: Titanium White, Black, Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna
**Marker Colors: Acrylic Broad-Point Markers in Yellow, Red, Blue, Black

Become A Better Artist Through Candle-Making

by Lucy Chambers
JAM Contributing Writer

The value of art is often the message, not necessarily the medium. As with any hobby or career, it can be easy to fall into a rut, creative or professional. It’s important to find new inspiration and take on new challenges in art because it can strengthen your brain and even help slow or prevent an eventual decline in cognitive skillsIn addition, more than three-quarters of people surveyed said that learning something new made them feel more proficient and versatile in their skill set, and two-thirds said it helped expand their circle of connections. Choosing a new, creative activity with a low-barrier to entry, while also providing multiple avenues for creativity – like making candles – can support artists and their work.

Steps to candle making

The candle making process is pretty straightforward and quite practical, as well as extremely popular; more than three-quarters of American families use candles at home. Wax – whether paraffin, beeswax, animal fat, soy or other material – is melted gently in the upper pot of a double-boiler on low heat, usually a stove-top or electric hot plate. Coloring and fragrance are added to the melted wax, and then it’s poured into a mold or jar where the wick is already in place and allowed to set. Be sure to follow safety precautions when preparing the candle medium, and ensure that the molds or jars being used can stand up to the high heat of melted wax! 

Getting creative with candle-making

Candle artists have so many avenues of expression for their art. Use containers on hand in new and creative ways or craft new molds to convey themes, ideas or objects, familiar and new.  Come up with custom candle colors using commercially produced dyes or plants, roots, and flowers from home gardens. Get creative with fragrances by adding essential oils, mint, lavender, basil or dried flowers to the melted candle medium to set your work apart. Some artists carve designs into cooled candles while others carve the candles themselves into figures, abstract shapes, or other recognizable objects. 

Artists are likely to find that the benefits of candle making reach beyond the actual candles themselves. The creative process of overcoming the fear and anxiety of learning something new develop new expressive skills that can generate inspiration and ideas for other projects. Thinking creatively in new and meaningful ways can be just the tool that helps artists overcome a rut.

Lucy Chambers is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job, and loves the work-life balance it offers her.

INTRO TO FIGURE DRAWING CLASS

 Rhythmic Gesture & Structural Block-In

OCT 4 – NOV 15

EVERY-OTHER THURSDAY; 6:30-9:00 PM

DATES: 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15
$250 + TAX (INCLUDES MODEL FEES)

Back by popular demand after a sold-out summer class!  This course is designed as a fun and engaging introduction to figure drawing for beginners, while also providing depth, insight, and constructive feedback for more seasoned artists to continue honing their skills. 

Students will draw from a live model to develop their observational drawing skills and build a conceptual understanding of the nude figure. Alternating weeks with female and male models, we will compare/contrast distinctions in anatomy and structure. Instruction will focus on capturing an energetic and accurate block-in that provides a solid foundation upon which one can build a more fully rendered drawing. Additional attention will be given to utilizing the principles of light and shadow to create a sense of volume and dimensionality. Each class will begin with mulitple quick gesture poses, where students will learn to simplify the large forms and dynamic rhythms of the figure. The second half of class will be spent on building a structural “straight line block-in”. 

4-week class, every-other Thursday evening. All skill levels welcome; demonstrations and personalized, one-on-one instruction throughout. A list of materials will be provided upon registration. 

Class Limit 10 Students. 

Tuition payable by cash, check or credit card (via Paypal).  50% down-payment is required to hold a spot.  Checks payable to Anna Youngers Fine Art.

To REGISTER, or for additional information, contact:
anna@annayoungers.com or (605) 929-5016