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First Friday Review: September 4th, 2015

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. Continue reading First Friday Review: September 4th, 2015

SOLOMON CARLSON – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

SolomonCarlsonI have an incredible appreciation for the self-taught artist. It is a daunting task to enter a world in which everyone else can seem to have a leg up, just based on their schooling or connections. The self-taught artist is the lone wolf, the one working even harder behind the scenes to validate their efforts. There requires an overwhelming amount of dedication to follow through with your goals, and an even larger learning curve when you go at it on your own fruition. Solomon Carlson understands the value of experimentation, and embodies the work ethic of a self-motivated individual on a path for great things. 

Using illustration as a starting point, Carlson pushes that skill further on a daily basis, working indiscriminately with a variety of mediums in an attempt to continue his own education. He is involved in numerous side projects, including launching a board game design, starting the Sioux Falls Sketch Squad, and creating an illustrated novel. His work is playful and intriguing, with many pieces carrying their own interesting back-story. He understands the necessity of an active community, and reaches out to the younger artistic community to add their own voice to Sioux Falls. Carlson is polite, thoughtful and genuinely interested in what people have to say. He finds value in connecting with those of similar interests, and takes an active approach to help those around him grow. Please read on, and reflect on how you push your own interests, how you are accomplishing those dreams deep within… it’s never to late to start the rest of your life! ~Amy

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JEREMY FRISLIE – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW

JeremyFrislieFEATUREDIMAGEWhen you look at Jeremy Frislie, the first thing you probably notice is that he has a beard. A thick, fiery beard that demands your attention. And if you know what’s good for you, you’ll listen. Jeremy is the owner of Frislie ToolWorks, and the founder of Frislie First Fridays Art in the Alley Way. He is also an artist, and an exceptional one at that. He understands that you need passion to prevail, and patience to produce. He is a strong supporter of the arts, and makes it a practice to keep Sioux Falls local.

JAM met with Jeremy at his woodworking shop, located beneath his store. He spoke with us about the time he spent in the Marine Corps, the importance of having mentors, and the piece of driftwood that started it all. Speaking with him reminded me that coincidence has a somewhat romantic notion, and sometimes you just need to soften the focus of your vision and allow yourself more of an abstract approach to life. Jeremy began his journey by picking up a piece of wood on the beach. How are you going to begin yours? ~Amy

What is the path that has led you to where you are today?

It started when I was 16, when I picked a piece of driftwood up off the beach in Portland, OR. I had driven down to Portland from Salt Lake City, UT, where I had some family members, and I just started whittling on this stick. I was talking to my then girlfriend-now wife and I carved a spiral. I ended up cutting myself. The next morning my father asked me, about as nice as he could, “Where did you steal it from? Where did you Continue reading JEREMY FRISLIE – AN INSPIRING INTERVIEW