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First Friday Review: December

With a piece of downtown missing, and in the aftermath of road closures and some temporary business closings, a rescheduled First Friday hoped to draw people back to the area, spread cheer, as well as raise funds for the families affected by the building collapse.

Countless times over the last week people have commented how Sioux Falls is like a small town community in a big city. I can definitely attest to that, as someone who grew up in a town of 1000. The way people show up for each other, give to those in need, and work together is pretty fantastic; living downtown feels like home.

The art community seems to reflect that in ways, as well. So many creative minds work hard to make opportunities for each other, and work together to advocate for local art. It is really growing and developing into an amazing and unique scene. It is exciting to be around, and watch happen.

Seriously. Get out and experience a First Friday, attend some of the excellent events we have year round, and really see the beautiful things that come out of where we live. And as someone who hates winter more than you, don’t let the weather be an excuse.

Support small businesses, support local, support art.

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EM NGUYEN: AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

Michelle St. Vrain Cover-2Last month I sat down briefly to chat with artist Em Nguyen about her work. Specializing in watercolor and charcoal, Nguyen creates detailed, whimsical pieces, often inspired by nature or the requests of her patrons. Whether she is managing Lucky’s, or finishing yet another commissioned piece, this lady knows how to hustle. That being said, it is obvious how much thought and care goes into each new work.

Nguyen understands the necessity of fostering the art community, and does her part through organizing the Art Collective at Lucky’s Bar for the past six years. This free event gives new artists an opportunity to show their work without the pressure of a gallery setting, with the next Collective being held this summer. It is because of events like this, and people like Nguyen, that the Sioux Falls arts community will continue to thrive. Thank you for all that you do. ~Amy

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Around and About – Art Collective 8

Yes, it’s happening again. The Art Collective 8 is near. If you have nothing to do  Monday evening or even if you do, drop all and come down to Lucky’s on December 1. This is such a great way to get to know established and emerging local artists! Plus, I hold this event dear to me because the second time I went, I blogged about it in my very first JAM article!

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Around and About Sioux Falls: Art Collective 7

Hi! I’m Allyson, a new blogger for JAM. I enjoy writing and I’m hoping to share my adventures in Sioux Falls with people! I’d like to help people become more aware of the local art community. Wandering through artists’ exhibits puts a smile on my face. I admire the hard work and dedication of talented individuals.

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August 11, 2014 / 6 PM – 10 PM / Lucky’s Bar / 224 S. Phillips Avenue / Sioux Falls, SD luckys-art-collective-7

The idea for the Art Collective came five years ago to Em Nguyen, a local artist and bartender at Lucky’s. She wanted to bring together local artists to show off their work. I have been to one in the past and it was a memorable event for me because Continue reading Around and About Sioux Falls: Art Collective 7