The first weekend in July may have set a record downtown. From events, to people traffic, to motorcycles; everywhere you went there was something to enjoy, a crowd of people enjoying it, and virtually nowhere to park. Like most summer weekends, you have to pick and choose what to do, but July First Friday proved to be a roided out rendition of Sophie’s Choice. No matter what you picked, you likely still felt like you were missing out on 10 other things. Some, to be never experienced again, like Art Maze II. It was arguably the busiest of all time that downtown has ever been. A couple of our bloggers caught merely a sliver.
ART MAZE II
With all of the outstanding events occurring Downtown Sioux Falls on July’s first Friday, I certainly hope everyone was able to hop down and enjoy the festivities! One of such events was the Art Maze II, which happened during the First Friday and Saturday. For those two nights, 30+ local artists, including myself and JAM, come together to create an aMAZEing event full of art installations, performances, murals, henna body designs, interactive spaces, lemonade stands for a cause, food trucks, and more!
As you walked through the spaces, you teleported into a world of extraordinary imagination. The truth is, even photographs couldn’t quite capture the excitement one experienced throughout event. For me, being one of the artists and witnessing the transformation of the entire space, I was filled with a surreal sensation. I still am unable to pin just what that feeling was…a pride in my city and its accomplishments, an excitement for everyone involved, watching and engaging with folks throwing confetti in my interactive installation, seeing such happy expressions on their faces. Maybe it was what the possibilities could be for the future…Art Maze III? Perhaps just an all-encompasing, epic feeling. Rock on Sioux Falls.
EASTBANK BLOCK PARTY
As the sun bent behind high-rising buildings, guitar chords jumped out of large rectangular speakers and danced along the open air. Erik Koskinen and his band just began there 2-hour-long set. Erik told timeless tales of American life through the eyes of a hard working, Michigan born man. The concoction of Erik’s folk rock, mixed with the community of the crowd in the art and cultural hub of Sioux Falls, made for the perfect end to an exciting and fun-filled First Friday.
YOU CAN STILL CHECK OUT THESE OTHER NOTABLE ART SHOWS THROUGH THE MONTH OF JULY
CIGARETTE MONEY @ THIRD EYE GALLERY
Visual artist include:
Solomon Carlson – Sioux Falls SD
Derek Meier – Minneapolis MN
Kimberlynn Jo Floren – Sioux Fall SD
Angela Meyer – Minneapolis MN
Melanie Ratzlaff’s artwork includes unconventional materials such as VHS tapes, pop cans, and recycled paper to create artwork that is a contemporary interpretation of her Lakota heritage. In this specific body of work, one will find references to pop culture & female identity. Melanie’s work has made its way to homes in South Dakota, Washington, and Arizona.
My goodness there is already so much to see in Sioux Falls and it’s not even summer! Spring has hardly sprung and the town was popping on Friday night. If you have not been downtown on a First Friday, you are seriously not tasting the heart of Sioux Falls.
I started my night at JAM Art and Supplies. Jess and her crew of volunteers always know how to create an inviting, and ever changing environment at the shop. Their new sales include spring decor and an impressive amount of flowers.
Stepping through the doorway into Exposure Gallery, there were numerous multimedia pieces created by college students throughout the state. The walls were carefully curated with artwork that was calm, bold, moving, and thought provoking. I was left with a real sense that the sheer skill our students are building in this state. Continue reading March First Friday, 2016→
The sweaters, tall boots, and scarves came out this past Friday. Trekking around Sioux Falls in the blustery, cold weather was a sharp reminder of what is in store for the upcoming months. Luckily, I had the wonderful Jana Anderson accompany me as we wove our way through the streets of downtown Sioux Falls. We hit as many places as we could for the First Friday event of October, absorbing art and happily participating in the Art and Wine walk.
Did I mention that I love First Fridays? How great is it that the community chooses to promote art and the downtown small business world every month? Attend more than one of these and you’ll be sure to see some of the same smiling faces, people who eagerly support this re-occuring event. Without these people, this wonderful evening wouldn’t be happening.
Take a peek below to read about the venues, the artists and the experience of spending a few minutes at as many places as we could.
So often in our youth we forget how indiscernible time has a way of becoming. The moments that we experience in our early adulthood may become mere sentences or moments of hardly recalled time. It is hard to imagine the future, and sometimes even more so the past. To give us some perspective on the transitory nature of both art and life, JAM met with artist Steve Larson at his home in Sioux Falls. He is a former Lutheran minister and social worker that did not begin to create art until he was in his forties. Larson spoke to us about the importance of being open to inspiration, and finding it through fostering a will to keep yourself in constant creative motion. He shared with us his rock collection, past paintings, and his most current 3D constructions. Most importantly, Larson pointed out to us to never consider things to be final, as in our lives, it’s not where you’re at—it’s where you are. -Amy