First Friday Review: April

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I have been living in Sioux Falls for about two years now, and am humbled to admit this was the first time I have really been able to fully take advantage of a First Friday. Like Dylan eloquently put in last month’s review, “If you have not been downtown on a First Friday, you are seriously not tasting the heart of Sioux Falls.”

I have tasted, and it is good.

For being April, it was an unseasonably cold evening. Whiskey promised to warm my bones at the end of the night, but not before beholding some of Sioux Falls’ finest. Here is a little recap of some of the happenings.


Eastbank Art Gallery

There is an array of content to take in at Eastbank. You are guaranteed to find something that piques your interest, and everyone working there is friendly and knowledgeable.
April features special guest artist, Robert Hagberg, a landscape painter, as well as featured member, Greg DenOtter, and his interpretations of the cross.
Other artists that fill the gallery include: Amy Kasten, Boyd McPeek, Cheryl Rae Longseth, Diane Howey, James Heroux, John V. Nelson, Rodger Ellingson, Ruthmary Jackson, Steve Brummond, Steven E Beaubien, Cathleen Benberg, Jackie Krouse, Joan Putman, Jim Brummond, Jess Elofson, and Glen Bruns. Intrigued by mixed-media, I enjoyed Glen Bruns’ pieces made out of old library books.

Prairie Berry Winery: Shaine Schroeder

I was not going to miss the reception for Shaine Schroeder‘s Figured being held at Prairie Berry from 6 to 9. The complimentary print was a definite bonus. The detail, depth and vibrancy he achieves with a colored pencil is amazing. Bold and edgy. I am always impressed, and look forward to what he’s going to do next.

The Washington Pavilion

With so much to pour over at the Pavilion, I did not get near enough time in each of the galleries, and will definitely be going back again this month. Of the seven exhibitions, here were some highlights.
The Dakota Kid,
showing in the Schultz Gallery through June 5, is a collection of illustrations and animations by Lamont Hunt. Hunt is originally from South Dakota, and now lives in California. I particularly enjoyed the in-process pieces displaying the stages of development in his illustrations.
In the Making: Sustaining the Arts for 55 Years, is a juried exhibition showing in part of the Everest Gallery, and is composed of artists that have supported the Visual Arts Center over the years. It is a fantastic assortment of different media, styles, and artists. I highly recommend checking it out before it culminates in a live auction on May 7.
Having a background in journalism, one of my favorite collections of the night was The Moment: When Art Meets News exhibit showing in the Everest and corner galleries. It is a moving collection that delves into the art of photojournalism.

Rehfeld’s Gallery

Rehfeld’s welcomed ceramicist Brad Bachmeier with a reception for his series entitled, “Sticks and Stones,” a collection of pottery inspired by the properties of rock and clay both physically and geologically. Bachmeier, who uses both modern and ancient firing techniques, really tells a story through his decorative patterns and symbols. He is a professor at Minnesota State University in Moorehead.
Many other great artists to be viewed there, including Sharon Wagner-Larson, Brad Kringen, and Angie Gillespie to name a few.

Vishnu Bunny – Third Eye Gallery

Kathleen Rowland is a scientific illustrator whose task is depicting the subject or concept of a scientific discovery. While she said in her statement that there is little (sometimes no room) for creative expression, she finds the payoff is getting a front row seat to the discoveries of various scientists. Her work, along with illustrations and drawings by Dustin Scheideler, Galacia Barton, Angela Meyer, and Fatima Malik, were showing at the Third Eye Gallery. All of the pieces will eventually be translated into a coloring book. Proceeds will support a local children’s fund.


There were a couple of places I was hoping to get to, but conditions were less favorable to do so. They are definitely worth noting.

Fresh Produce – Ipso Gallery
Ipso gallery at Fresh Produce was packed full for their ‘Lucky Number’ sponsor show, which featured the works of 15 artists. A lottery-style drawing determined who got to take the art home directly off the wall. Money raised from the sponsorships benefited the participating artists, as well as our very own JAM Art and Supplies.

Exposure Gallery
Exposure kicked off their second annual Design Sioux Falls exhibit. Thirteen graphic designers were asked to create an original piece of art based on a Sioux Falls-inspired person, place, business, or happening. You can find that, as well as the work of Annie Remmerde in the back gallery, the entire month of April.


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One thought on “First Friday Review: April”

  1. You were a busy girl that night, Tana. I wish I had been there, but I enjoyed reading about everything through your eyes. Makes me very anxious to go to a First Friday!

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