One of the qualities that I treasure most about my hometown is the tight-knit, supportive community that is downtown Sioux Falls. It seems that when any one of us is in a pickle, another soul is there, without hesitation, to have our backs. This week, my stand-out someone was fellow JAM blogger Kaitlynn Wornson. Kaitlynn stepped in for a couple of hours on First Friday and allowed me to dash off and sell some of my own artwork. So, with much gratitude and no further adieu, I give you a collaborative December First Friday review by Kaitlynn and yours truly.
–Jordan Thornton, JAM blogger
K: The Pavilion launched a pop-up exhibit for Post Secret on Friday (no pictures here because that would ruin some of the fun!). Post Secret is this ongoing project of a man named Frank Warren. I think of it as an artistic confessional. People create or personalize a postcard, on which they write anything that they want to get off their chests, and then send it into Warren, and he archives them, either on his site, in exhibits, or in book form.
I’ve flipped through the book before, but seeing the exhibit was even more compelling. And it’s kind of funny how refreshing it is to resonate with the secrets of perfect strangers.
J: Meanwhile, a few blocks over and a couple of floors down, Rehfeld’s Art and Framing was hosting a festive Holiday Open House. Artists that were present at the opening included Tara Barney, Paul Schiller, Brad Kringen, Gary Hartenhoff, and Solomon Carlson. Works at the gallery included many more Rehfeld’s represented artists. The guest artist (and dear friend), Solomon Carlson, creates exceptionally drafted illustrations and paintings that keep the eyes continuously entertained. The gallery is open during the week, so there is still time to go see the holiday selection.
As visuals are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the arts, we made it a point to include the wit and candor of the written word. Charles Luden graced Sioux Falls with a poetry reading and signing of his book “Blue Thirsty” at Zandbroz Variey at 7pm.
K: Over at the Design Center, Pecha Kucha Volume 16 got started with Josh Rieck. He’s a luthier (and the owner of String Theory Luthiery), which means that he crafts instruments by hand. His craft requires a careful attention to detail, and sometimes that means he has to test his materials by literally knocking on wood to see if it resonates correctly. His talk (called “Knock on Wood”) explained his journey in crafting a life that gave him an opportunity to combine his love of both art and music.
By the very nature of Pecha Kucha, the transition between speakers can feel abrupt. And all of a sudden Justin Enger was sharing his love of collecting what he called, “similar art made by different hands” in his talk, “Objects are Greater than they Appear.” He takes an artful approach to his collecting habits, creating settings in which “disparate objects [can] create a dialogue.” (I couldn’t resist quoting him verbatim-he used some compelling wording!)
Then Josh’s wife, Ashley Rieck, took the presenter stage with her talk, “Hanging by a Thread: Keeping Traditional Arts Alive.” She shared her journey from Interior Design major at SDSU to managing Unglued Sioux Falls and creating string art for the masses (one of which turned out to be Amy Poehler). Her story was realistically encouraging. She didn’t come out of the gate crafting the work that she’s known for now. It was a process that took some hustle.
And personally I’m a fan of hearing the “never give up because yeah it’s hard but it’ll be worth it” type of messages.
J: Just outside the door of the studio where I made print sales on Friday, Zach DeBoer was hosting an annual event under the co-existing roof of Exposure Gallery & Studios and JAM Art & Supplies. Exposure’s $100 Dollar Art Show brought locals the opportunity to buy fine art for a hundred dollars or less. The show is up through the end of the month, so there is still time to get your loved ones some stunning works of art for the holidays.
Last, but most certainly not least, JAM celebrated one year since the Grand Opening of our space under the same roof as Exposure! What better way to spend a Friday?