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I’ve lived in Sioux Falls for three years now, but this was the first time that anyone in my family had been to a First Friday. While my dad enjoyed a couple of beers outside Stogeez Cigar Lounge, I explored all of the great art. At the end of the evening, we both remarked that we’d never seen so much diversity in Sioux Falls all in one place. It was beautiful to see.

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Sioux Falls Arts Council
From 5:00 to 7:00, the Sioux Falls Arts Council held an artist reception for Joan Zephier. Zephier is the Admissions/Marketing Coordinator for Tallgrass Recovery and Sober Living Homes, and in the past has had her own battle with addiction. The themes of addiction and recovery feature prominently in her works. Her colorful oil paintings depict a mixture of the loneliness of addiction, and the togetherness of recovery.

Washington Pavilion
As usual, the Washington Pavilion is featuring an array of interesting exhibits that can be seen for free from 5:00 to 8:00 on First Fridays. Some of my favorite exhibits that are currently being shown are Spacial Play by Steven Stradley, No One Asked Us by Anna Reich, and Awake. Aware. Works from the Permanent Collection. Spacial Play, which JAM has an entire article on, seeks to explore the architectural aspects of the gallery space using unusually placed artworks. No One Asked Us is a haunting collection of photographs that show how years of war and mistreatment affected generations of people living in Lithuania and Latvia. Finally, Awake. Aware. is a selection of works from the Pavilion’s Permanent Collection that were selected because of their ability to evoke all five senses.

NV Studio Salon
One of the most surprising places to look at art downtown is at a hair salon. In addition to doing hair with only organic products, NV Studio Salon also displays and sells a broad selection of local artwork, ranging from paintings to pottery to jewelry. The people who run the salon are nice and knowledgeable, and the atmosphere is extremely fun and quirky. It’s definitely worth checking out.

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Sioux Falls Design Center
Hot, Humid, Growth, Constant Growth is the attention-grabbing name of the exhibit being featured a the Sioux Falls Design Center now through August 31. Created by SDSU professor and artist, Molly Wicks, the pieces in this exhibit are made with all different media, but tied together by common, free-form shapes. I had the chance to ask Wicks about the inspiration behind these shapes that feature so prominently in this exhibit. Wicks says that they are based off of mold and fungus, inspired by her love of biology. According to the artist’s statement on her website, her work “explores subtractive form and the ghosts of color,” and it “creates areas of vibration, tension, and harmony. These relationships are studied in hopes of generating visual compositions that evoke sound.”

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Rehfield’s Art & Framing
For this month’s First Friday, Rehfield’s held an artist reception for Sharon Wegner- Larsen, a Sioux Falls artist who specializes in painting and illustration. Wegner-Larsen enjoys using her work to explore the intersection between art and science. Her work, which has been showcased at Rehfield’s before, features bold, often monochromatic color schemes, and depicts images with strong sci-fi vibes. For a more in-depth look a Wegner-Larsen’s work, check out an interview that she did previously for JAM here.


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