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Making Across the Map

BY JORDAN THORNTON
@ VOL 24 ON DEC 01, 2017

Jordan Thornton draws a lot of plants, sometimes for other people, sometimes for herself. She does her creating both at home and when traveling. She also works as an artist-in-residence for the South Dakota Arts Council, which sends her to schools throughout the state to teach and create, and to Sanford Arts in Sioux Falls to work with patients. Outside of her printmaking and illustration career, Jordan spends her time learning to fly on silks at Cirque Dakota, riding bike, and reading a lot of science fiction and fantasy novels. Her work can be found here: https://www.youngandgreenart.com/

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#100daysofwendt Recap

BY HANNAH WENDT
@ VOL 24 ON DEC 01, 2017

Hannah Wendt is a freelance artist of 5+ years. Describing herself as a mixed media artist just doesn't cut it for her. Wendt experiments with different media and ways of... displaying her work. From artist booths and exhibitions to full scale interactive installations, she aims to challenge the viewers way of thinking about art and life. Over the years of growing her artist career, Wendt has studied art at Augustana University, and online at the Praxis Center. Her work has been displayed in group exhibitions, most recently at Exposure Gallery, Third Eye Gallery, and in both of the 2016 and 2017 Art Maze installations. She continues to create a variety of artwork out of her studio in Sioux Falls, SD. You can see some of her creations in person currently at the Third Eye Gallery, and Half Baked Cupcakes.

To find out more about her work and soon-to-be announced solo exhibitions, go to her support page: www.patreon.com/HannahWendt, or her website: www.HannahWendt.com.

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Del Otro Lado: A Narrative

BY ANGELICA MERCADO
@ VOL 24 ON DEC 01, 2017

Angelica Mercado’s work is the ultimate fight for identity. In "Del Otro Lado: A Narrative...," Mercado tackles the tough issues in an attempt to embrace the divide in which she exists. Therefore, her work demonstrates the constant state of confusion in which she stumbles, falls, stands, fights and ultimately lives in, with themes of loss, trauma, longing, healing, and overall finding a sense of belonging in this space she calls home. In a time of escalated tension toward immigrants and their families, “Del Otro Lado,” shines a light on the status quo. For those who are on this side, you will find yourself thinking, questioning, and overall attempting to understand what it means, to live in the in-between; in-between two cultures, two countries, two identities.”

See more of her work: https://www.angelicamercado.com/

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Harmonic Tapestry

BY SARAH JOHNSON
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 01, 2017

Harmonic Tapestry is not about religion just simply a tapestry of the prayers said for others who have experience hardships and trials. Sarah Johnson spent over 7 years working with victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence and other forms of painful journeys. She needed a way to work through the pain and helplessness she often felt in the work. Sara witnessed so many miracles that have forever changed my heart. So one day she picked up a needle, thread and beads...and prayed. The outcome was amazing and there are "flaws" in the products with only means the prayers are working.

We all deserve to feel beautiful and embrace our own design. Not the design of others and allow our creative side to be loud and vibrant.

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Progress On Progress

BY BRYAN KEGLEY
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 01, 2017

Bryan Kegley is the CEO of Coffea Roasterie here in Sioux Falls. His primary role is creating artificial connections between dead philosophers and the current coffee industry, and drinking too much coffee. Outside of coffee, Bryan enjoys spending time walking with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Annie.

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How I Became A Writer

BY MATTHEW RENNELS
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 01, 2017

Matthew Rennels is a writer, author, and blogger, who writes on topics of faith and fear, and that covers about everything.

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 eight years. He is also working on a creative writing Masters of Fine Arts degree at Sierra Nevada College in Lake Tahoe. He has a diabetic dog named Pongo. Did you know that dogs can be diabetic?

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Pedal with a Passion

BY DAVID HEINOLD
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 01, 2017

David Heinold has been working as a County Planner for Minnehaha County, South Dakota for 4 years where he is responsible for the County’s planning administration, code enforcement, and permitting functions.  He has also served as the Planning Intern for the Town of McCordsville, Indiana, La Porte, Indiana, and Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission. He was born and raised in La Porte, Indiana.

David received a Bachelor’s of Urban Planning & Development from Ball State University in December 2012.  He currently serves as the Chair of the APA County Planning Division (CPD) and National Association of County Planners (NACP).  He also serves as the Vice-President of the SDPA and Webmaster for the APA Western Central Chapter.  He has also served as the Ride Director for Falls Area Bicyclists for almost two years and is a League Cycling Instructor.

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In the City

BY TEODORA BUBA
@ VOL 23 ON SEP 01, 2017

Teodora Buba, born in Bucharest, Romania currently living and working in Rapid City, SD, graduated from the National University of Fine Arts in Bucharest with a Masters in Visual Arts and a Fine Art Teaching Degree.

She has exhibited in London, Denmark, Japan, Texas and at the Dahl Arts Center in Rapid City and The Museum of Visual Materials in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Currently, she has been selected to participate in the Studio Visit Magazine volumes 39&40 this coming winter.

Having roots in a family of artists, her father a blown glass artist and graphic designer and her mother a ceramist she knew from an early age what she wanted to do: art!

Her artistic style is purely abstract and moving chromatically towards saturation of colors.

She is balancing between figurative and abstract art creating stories along the way.

Her artistic influence comes from abstract expressionism and pop art.

Teodora loves the Black Hills surroundings where she is residing close by in Rapid City, but mostly the people that made her appreciate and love this area so much.

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LOVE or MONEY

BY ANGELA BEHRENDS
@ VOL 22 ON JUN 02, 2017

Angela Behrends is a mixed-media sculptor and installation artist. Her artwork focuses on materials and subjects from the natural world, insisting that people are a part of Nature, and would do better to respect it and learn from it, rather than trying to dominate it. 

Behrends earned her MFA in Sculpture from the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2002, and her BA at the University of Minnesota Morris in 1995. She teaches foundation art and design at Dakota State University and resides in Madison, SD

 

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Out of My Mind: Designing Experience

BY ALLISON DVORAK
@ VOL 22 ON JUN 02, 2017

While keeping busy as a licensed architect at Koch Hazard Architects, Allison Dvorak continues developing her side passion of researching design theories that focus on human centered design. She was inspired by her mother, a special education teacher, to focus her efforts towards an understanding how architecture could facilitate the interaction between people through the lens of those affected by autism.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 13th, 2017. 

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The White Wall Sessions- an intimate experience of music from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

BY MICHAEL YAEGER
@ VOL 22 ON JUN 02, 2017

Michael Yaeger is the show’s go to guy at The White Wall Sessions. Michael gets things done and gets them done very quickly and efficiently. Michael plays an integral role in the sales and development of the shows at the WWS and also manages the social media content and sponsor relations for this local music venue. 

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Today’s Israel Array

BY JENNIFER NOBEL
@ VOL 22 ON JUN 02, 2017

You may consider Jennifer Nobel a starving artist, but since she likes to cook so much, she’s more like a yearning artist.  Her writing and photography work is not a secret mission, although it’s hidden in the pages of two inspirational compilations, travel features for AAA’s Home & Away, along with archived photography and profile stories for Etc. for Her a local magazine. As a wife and mother of three, she’s kept her family lively in having three foreign exchange students in the past ten years from China, France, and thankfully also from Japan.  Instead of traveling, they brought travel home. Her PechaKucha contribution is titled “Today’s Israel Array,” where array is defined as “an ordered arrangement, in particular.” 

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