This past First Friday held an abundant offering of exhibits, and judging by the packed streets of downtown, you could tell that everyone was trying to enjoy the last fleeting days of summer. Art receptions for the evening included:
Frislie’s First Friday Art in the Alleyway, “Art of Colloquialism” at Eastbank Gallery, “No Deck Pics” at Vishnu Bunny Tattoo’s Third Eye Gallery, “The Annual Recovery Art Show” led by Tallgrass Recovery at Exposure Gallery and Studios, “The Annual Portfolio Show” at Rehfeld’s, as well as DTSF’s Chalk the Walk and the Downtown Block Party on the Eastbank. Whew.
So, obviously I did not attempt to attend every single event that was happening that evening. Instead, I chose three. First stop! Frislie’s First Friday Art in the Alleyway (FFFAAW).
FFFAAW YEAH! Jeremy Frislie is a huge advocate for local artists, and a few times during the summer, he clears the space behind his shop and opens it to all those who would like to show and sell their work. This event is always fun to check out, given its casual atmosphere and eclectic assemblage. This year he took is one step further and joined up with the Sioux Falls Design Center for their PechaKucha Night. Teamwork!
After chatting with a few of the artists, I realized I was running late and ran down the alley just in time to make it to the beginning of the first half of the Sioux Falls Design Center’s PechaKucha. The first two presentations took place at the Design Center, with the remaining speakers to present at FFFAAW later in the evening.
Tory Stolen’s presentation, “Remaining Open to Awe,” covered the different avenues of inspiration that he finds through his work as an artist, a wedding photographer and a musician. Stolen is drawn to the patterns and structure in nature, and enjoys capturing the environment in a way that he can reconfigure it back into his artwork. Although he does not interact with nature in necessarily the same way, thoughts of Andy Goldsworthy filled my mind as I listened to Stolen’s advice of staying in the moment, and his encouragement to observe and interact so that you may stay inspired. Stolen recently took a trip to Iceland, and as the featured presenter, his images covered the fall. The beauty he captured was nearly indescribable.
Next up was Dr. Jean Heisler and Stacey McMahan, giving their presentation “Netzero Gone Wild.” These women spoke about the process of building a clean energy home on the Heisler’s land near Baltic, SD. While the information given was technical in nature, it was intriguing to hear about the process it takes to work towards energy efficiency in a home. Did you know winter is better for solar power? Or that a house must face south in orientation for optimal energy procurement? The Heisler’s even run their 100% electric car, the Nissan Leaf, off of reserve energy from their home. I highly suggest further investigating how you can make your own steps away from fossil fuels.
A brief intermission was called, and the audience made the trek down the alley to FFFAAW, where the remainder of the presentations would be given. As for myself, I headed over to Vishnu Bunny’s Third Eye Gallery to view their “No Deck Pics” exhibit of over 30 skate decks, each one an original design. The audience worked as the judging panel for this event, with Hydra Beer Company on site as an added incentive to visit. Artist Alexandra Hurney took home the 1st place prize with her badass board, with 2nd place – April Johnston, 3rd place – Mary Payton and 4th place – Corey Meints.
Vishnu Bunny never disappoints one searching for a good way to end the night. Which is exactly what I did! Check in next month to see where our guest blogger explores for October’s First Friday! (fingers crossed there won’t be any snow!!!)
Check in next month to see where our guest blogger explores for October’s First Friday! (fingers crossed there won’t be any snow!!!)