Forget favorite colors or holidays. This printmaker has a favorite day of the month. I’m sure by now you may have guessed, that day is First Friday. A day when the creative souls of our humble midwestern city gather en masse to celebrate one another’s work. And I must say, April showered us with a darn fun Friday.
I began my art seeking adventures at Prairie Berry Winery, where I stumbled upon a themed group exhibition called “The Art of the Colloquialism.” The titles of the works sure didn’t “beat around the bush” in alluding to the communicative theme of the works, with headlines like “Six Ways Till Sunday” by Collette Gesinger and a stunning “Take Five” in oil by Steve Randall.
I then meandered onward to check out the newly missing wall between JAM Art & Supplies and Exposure Gallery & Studios. That’s right folks! These two wonderful supporters of local artists now share one, big, glorious space on the corner of 6th and Phillips. Y’all best go check that out, now, ya hear? In Exposure’s main gallery, I had the pleasure of gazing upon the visual reflections of Marisa TenBrink‘s and Caitlin Pisha‘s travels to Japan. Happening, but certainly not hidden, in Exposure’s back gallery was the release of a new, FREE, art-filled zine that Amy blogged about last week by the name of Skullmore.A little ways down the road, I made a stop at Rehfeld’s to check out their latest show “Fire & Ink,” featuring the work of Chad Nelson, Clark Martinek, Travis Hinton, and guest artist Lance Jeschke.
After checking out the new pieces at Rehfeld’s, I made my way over to the Sioux Falls Design Center. The USD Graphic Design Students had varying projects on display from their studies. Stop in Monday through Friday from 1 pm to 6 pm to catch an eye full of the local Vermillion design talent.
Last, but most certainly not least, I ended my night bouncing between the musical stylings of The Andrew Reinartz Trio at Coffea Roasterie & Espresso Bar and the work of three artists, including Trish Mayer’s first-ever art exhibition, at Vishnu Bunny right next store. Not to mention, Caffeinated Creativity is still up at Coffea’s downtown location, if you missed the work of Kevin Caraway, Laura Sinkgraven, Esther Clark, and myself (Jordan Thornton) last month.As is my nature, I arrived downtown later than expected and missed a few things. But not to fear! I kept track of them nonetheless. Eastbank Art Gallery has an exhibit up until April 25th featuring some child inspired work, paintings by Lee Leuning, and the work of Bruce Preheim. The Washington Pavilion also turned it up for their Free First Friday events.