When Creative Art Meets Creative Commerce

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 06, 2017

Toby Kane just wants to be creative for a living. He has worked in many advertising and marketing roles, he is also an owner in Off-the-Cuff Stuff promoting Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers and various improvisational theatre...and now operates as Goto Communications --the business of creative. 



Synchronicity: Eye on the Surprise.

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 06, 2017

Sarah Wallin has lived in Sioux Falls for most of her life and is grateful to call the Heart of America home. Sarah received a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from USD and is putting it to good use by working for her friend, Jason, who owns a small cleaning business. When she’s not working, Sarah enjoys being in nature, walking on nature trails, reading poetry, attending Pecha Kucha Night, keeping up with all things featuring Justin Timberlake, and she especially loves keeping her eyes on the surprise of synchronicity. Sharing stories that involve synchronicity is one of her biggest passions. She aims to inspire others to make a shift in their perception of things so that when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.




@ VOL 20 ON JAN 06, 2017

"Still was my safe space to reflect on who I had been, who I was and who I wanted to be."

In Still at PechaKucha Night Sioux Falls Vol. 20, Designer and Writer Katie Becker shares her journey in creating her very first autobiography and how her love for writing and history has drastically influenced her life. With her appreciation for words, she knew that one day, she would become a writer, writing about the things that made her tick. 

She is currently pursuing her licensure in architecture and works for JLG Architects in Sioux Falls.



Perspectives of Contemporary Native Art

@ VOL 20 ON JAN 06, 2017

Keith BraveHeart is from the Medicine Root District (Kyle) of the Pine Ridge reservation, SD. BraveHeart received his BFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe, NM and is currently a graduate student working towards his MFA at the University of South Dakota

 Keith structures his art to honor and celebrate senses of lifestyles & philosophies from his experiences and what he witnesses. Keith is a constant observer of the world, and searches within his abilities as an artist for a definition of "Native Art", especially in contemporary terms. Keith speaks with a voice that represents himself as a Lakota person.


Makers Fair


Nichole Cross is an introvert who is totally uncomfortable summarizing herself in a bio for promotional purposes, but she realizes that this is a necessary evil to share her love of design and maker culture. Nichole would prefer to change the world anonymously, but can’t currently bankroll that approach.

Nichole is also an industrial designer who likes to work on interdisciplinary teams, and an advocate for the STEAM approach to education (integrating Art/Design into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical curriculums). She gets excited about story, technology, materials, and clever things.  

She is currently working with EmBe to organize a STEAM based Maker Fair for girls ages 8-13 years old this fall, in the Sioux Falls area. Her former life consisted of designing inflatable things like parade floats and military decoys.  


Art on Purpose


Jeff Hanson is a ‘seasoned’ marketer who is passionate about making public art happen. As a member of the SculptureWalk team he works on the mundane to the monumental. Ranging from scraping paint on pedestals to launching a statewide public art program and a 7 story football-field-long sculpture. He has also invested considerable time in researching the economic impact of art and design on communities.

Hanson is mostly known as a PR guy where he has launched a technology company globally, blown up (well almost) South Dakota’s tallest building, introduced LEED architecture, founded a city wide eco-movement, rebranded a hospital and has placed news stories on every continent. He is also a budding graphic designer who is showing promise with rudimentary stick figures, but has won awards for his PR and creative work across the disciplines of advertising, public relations and video.

Professionally he has worked as a PR person in the early days of cable TV (when MTV actually tried to kill the radio star with music videos), a PR flack for Gateway computers from before the cow spots up to Y2K, was a VP for the world’s largest communications firm, started the PR practice at Lawrence & Schiller, served as a bureau chief for a business magazine and even as a creative director at an advertising agency relying on his skills with Adobe Photoshop 1.0 and Microsoft Paint.


Fashion Story


Jessica Farley, owner of vintage clothing shop, ELOFSON, finds joy in all things old, well made, and wonderfully odd. Her passion for one-of-a-kind is not only seen in her overflowing vintage inventory, but in her upcycled designs as well. Jessica believes that fashion tells a story, before, during and after it's worn. She founded the organization, South Dakota Sustainable Fashion (SDSF) with the mission to create a community of local fashion designers and enthusiasts.


Dakota Rural Action

@ VOL 19 ON SEP 02, 2016

In "Dakota Rural Action" from PechaKucha Sioux Falls Vol.19, SD Tony Helland's love of the state and region runs deep. He grew up loving the outdoors, bicycling, and creating and performing music. Over the past two years Tony has expanded his interests toward the environment, sustainable energy, and civic engagement. These interests were brought to the fore after joining with Dakota Rural Action. Since then he has been fortunate to travel all across region, meeting new friends and learning the pressing issues they face. Tony’s current areas of engagement include water quality, oil and gas infrastructure, and the state legislature. One thing he’s learned through this is that it is only through building personal relationships and community involvement that positive change will be seen.


Somali Neighbors


Denise Ferguson grew up in small town Worland, Wyoming and moved to Sioux Falls, SD five years ago when she attended the University of Sioux Falls. She currently works downtown for Oland Arts Consulting and continues to pursue her interests of music and painting. She has recently moved into a studio at Exposure Gallery as another way to get involved with our community and to support her business as a fine arts painter specializing in portraits. To highlight one of those aspects of our Sioux Falls community, Denise will be sharing how spending time with our Somali refugee neighbors brought meaning and inspiration to her art and how those experiences have impacted her today.


Garretson 57030

@ VOL 18 ON JUN 03, 2016

Saige Gullickson is a high school senior at Garretson High School in Garretson, SD. Saige focused her PechaKucha presentation on her community, it's strenghths and why there needs to be support for the Opt Out which would gain funds to keep her school and it's programs florishing for a more vibrant Garretson, SD future. 


Mind the Gap


Lisa Nolen shares anecdotes from her life and how she manages anxiety. Nolen moved to Sioux Falls 10 years ago as a stepping stone on a journey. She unexpectedly found the love of her life here, by way of a meddling sister and a shared love of ice cream and WWE wrestling. Together, Chad and Lisa love taking walks with their two young children, laughing uncontrollably at their own jokes, and serving others through their business development company, Serve Collective.
Growing up, her mom often said Lisa marched to the beat of a different drum. After years of growing up trying to fit in, she’s loving this part of the journey finding her own beat.


Shining a Light on My Fears

@ VOL 18 ON JUN 03, 2016

Matthew Rennels shares on facing some of the fears in his life. Rennels is a writer, author and blogger, who writes on topics of faith and fear. It all started for Matthew back in the early 2000s when he was in college and suddenly fell into a deep depression.  His world crashed and this landed Matt in years of darkness until he found escape through a new-found faith in God.

Matthew has a degree in journalism and worked as a reporter and editor for several newspapers, before entering the finance industry as a technical writer, where he’s worked for the past six years. He is also about to begin a creative writing Masters of Fine Arts program at Sierra Nevada College, which will keep him busy.

Matthew moved to Sioux Falls last August. He was previously living in Tampa, Florida, and though he misses the beaches and tropical weather, Tampa didn’t have the heart he has found in Sioux Falls. He is thrilled to be a part of this vibrant community.