Saturday, April 28, 2018
Mary W. Sommervold Hall
April 28th will be a night to celebrate art in our community. The 57th Annual Arts Night Experience will have a new look and taste. View selected art in the exhibition, Ripple Effect: Arts Night 2018, January 27 – April 22, 2018 in the Everist Gallery.
The WALL is a series of small artworks hung on a single wall in the exhibition Ripple Effect: Arts Night 2018. Following the exhibition, the artworks will be displayed at The 2018 Arts Night Experience auction and gala on Saturday, April 28, where they will be sold as part of an online silent auction.
Thank you for choosing to have your artwork featured at the Avera Prairie Center. Please review the information regarding the procedures for accepted artwork into the Rotating Gallery.
– Artwork must be of appropriate content for our patients and family members that utilize our services. We aim to provide a calming, healing experience for our visitors and are sensitive to their current emotional well-being. With that in mind, we recommend images that are uplifting, inspiring, and thought provoking. We will not accept any artwork that has dark, negative themes or images that do not abide by our Christian heritage and ministry.
– It is encouraged to send samples of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org.
– New installations of artwork will hang in the gallery for a three month rotation. The Artist is welcome to change out art if needed during that time frame. The Artist must also be willing to change out artwork if asked by staff from Avera.
– Installations are the first week in the quarter the Artist is featured. The Artist is responsible for installation and take down of artwork. If the Artist is unavailable during those times, arrangements can be made for drop off and retrieval of artwork.
– The Rotating Gallery’s 2018 schedule is: January-March, April-June,
July- September, and October-December.
– Artists are not provided any stipend for the use of their artwork. Avera will not reimburse any Artist for their expenses in producing the art works featured in the Rotating Gallery.
– Avera will provide reimbursement due to damages that might occur to artworks that are installed on the Walker Hanging System. Any artwork that is displayed on easels will be at the risk and expense to the Artist.
– The Artist is encouraged to provide a written statement about the artwork featured, and pamphlets, business cards, etc that viewers may take. The Prairie Center has thousands of visitors each month so this offers a great marketing opportunity.
– Avera does not receive a direct stipend for artwork sold while it has been in the Rotating Gallery. If an Artist chooses to donate proceeds from sold artwork, the Artist would need to contact the Avera McKennan Foundation. Donations should identify the Arts in Healing/Integrative Medicine program as the recipient of the donation.
– Please feel free to inform other Artists of this venue.
– All questions regarding the Rotating Gallery may be directed to Carol Rogers at email@example.com.
This First Friday had some special gallery events at Rehfeld’s, the Washington Pavilion, and Eastbank. Rehfeld’s and Eastbank each hosted a show that focused on smaller size with a variety of artist participants. If you’re looking for a smaller piece of art, this is the time to go get it! The Pavilion had two newer exhibits, plus the “South Dakota Governor’s 7th Biennial Art Exhibition.” These places are all showing a great variety of art this month, and each location has a wide array of different styles, materials, and conceptual art.
Drawn to the Darkroom
Heidi Draley McFallVisual Arts Center Jerstad Gallery (2nd Floor)
Opened October 21, Drawn to the Darkroom features photorealistic portraits of people in the throes of emotion. Starting with 35mm film, Draley McFall’s images start as photos, but are recreated as portraits with added layers of texture, a kind of homage to the imperfections of darkroom developing. All of the images on display are black and white, but striking.
The Tiramisu Diaries
Connie Herring Visual Arts Center Shultz Gallery (3rd Floor)
Guest artist Connie Herring is back at the Visual Arts Center showcasing a project 20 years in the making. The Tiramisu Diaries, in her words, is a project about friendship, eating together, and companionship. This is her fifth or sixth installation of the project, most of which were on a much larger scale. Connie makes her own paper, does the binding, and dyes the ribbons in coffee. The result is an almost tangible (but please don’t touch!) texture that leaps off the installation and into the minds of passerby. A photo collage of various places Herring and friends have eaten tiramisu accompanies the installation, and brings life to the stories she has to go with the project.
South Dakota Governor’s 7th Biennial Art Exhibition
Various Artists Visual Arts Center Everist Gallery (3rd Floor)
The Governor’s Biennial features an array of sculpture and canvas work with an impressive use of colors and subject matter. The whole gallery was filled with these pieces of art, and offered some surprises around the corners.
8×8 is exactly what it sounds like, a showcase of art 8 inches by 8 inches wide. Various artists, 8 to be exact, created small-scale paintings and mixed media on canvas to sell for $88. The wall that displayed these pieces already had several stickers marking sold paintings by the time I got there at 6:45. The other art around the room was by the same artists participating in 8×8 and perhaps a few others.
Eastbank’s size-driven show featured art approximately the size of a postcard from around 20 artists. Larger art was on display as well, but the postcards were the feature of the night. Artists were milling about and talking to patrons as they browsed through the carts. There was a little something for everyone in this show, ranging from wildlife portraits to caricaturish fantasy.
Art made for giving! 20+ artists, pieces $100 or less. All art is buy and go. Take what you want off the wall and give the gift of local art. The show and opportunity to purchase runs all month. There are paintings, jewerlry, sculpture, photography and more more more.
FREE – Artist Residency for Makers, Creators & Artists. The MakeRoom Artist Residency offers a free, week-long residency to creatives who need a break from their routine to focus on their work, gain inspiration, experience something new or just relax without any real goals in mind.
Who Should Apply? Authors-illustrators-poets-painters-doers-dreamers-photographers-models-graphic designers-film makers-drawers-doodlers-and more. Applicants must live and work outside of the Twin Cities of MN. Exact dates are flexible in the months of February or March. Free easy to complete application.
Looking for some holiday craft ideas but have no idea where to start? Inspiration comes from all kinds of places, including household items. Our inspiration for these crafts comes from those things we have in the house like clothespins, incomplete puzzles, mismatched plates and candy. Try these kid friendly crafts to jumpstart your imagination with household supplies:
Reindeer Friends. Try making reindeer from old clothespins. Supplies for them include googly eyes, pom poms for a nose, pipe cleaners for antlers, ribbon to hang with and glue. Want to try something a little different? Use a few extra clothespins and some popsicle sticks to make their bodies.
Candy Crafts. You can make the reindeer out of candy canes too! Use old candy that’s gone stale from last year or the leftover Halloween sweets. Try building Santa’s train with lifesavers for the engine and mints for wheels. Cut out paper snowflake templates and glue smarties or mints in the patterns.
Puzzle Decorations. From ornaments to door wreaths, old puzzles can make gorgeous decorations. Supplies include a puzzle, paint and hot glue. Paint the puzzle pieces then hot glue them together for the base ring. Then put a layer of glue on top of the base to begin adding more pieces. Repeat until the wreath is as thick as you like.
Tiered Platter. This craft makes a great housewarming gift for those holiday parties. First, get plates that go together and candlesticks or glasses with different heights. These need to support weight but still look nice. Start with the largest plate and use hot glue or super glue to attach the tallest candlestick on top of it. Let that dry, then glue the unattached end of the candlestick to the bottom of the second plate. Then repeat the process for the next candlestick and plate. Just want a cake stand? Glue the bottom of a strong glass to the underside of a cake plate.
Most craft supplies can be found at thrift stores or dollar stores if you don’t already have them at home. Visit local craft stores like JAM Art & Supplies for quality art materials like paints and brushes to add some flair to your projects. Want more craft ideas? Search “DIY gifts” on Pinterest to see what you can find!
On Friday, November 10, we had the opportunity to attend a local, one-of-a-kind vending machine art show at Ipso Gallery called “Ka-Chunk.” Both the prizes, as well as the machines were created by an assemblage of 30+ local artists. The engineer of Steve Bormes‘ dispenser even made the effort to create a wheelchair-friendly push button, a refreshing consideration! So impressed.
Tokens sold out not quite an hour into the evening. Prepared for the demand, the gallery had a collection of Fresh Produce limited edition swag to keep the vending going. It was a packed house from start to finish, and plenty for people of all ages. Here’s a little photo tour of the creative machines and prizes artists came up with for the night!