Arts & Culture Directory
Sioux Falls Arts & Culture Directory
The purpose of SFAC’s Arts & Culture Directory is to have a go-to hub for artists and arts enthusiasts. The Arts Directory is useful when the SFAC and other organizations need to find artists for calls for art, art markets, art fairs, gallery showings, etc.
This also gives artists an opportunity for free promotion, by allowing them to create a free profile on the website that features an artist bio, links to websites and social media, and option to include up to 25 photos. By being part of the directory, artists are also included in special calls for art, and are the first to be alerted to local and regional artist opportunities.
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Amber Hansen is a filmmaker, muralist, visual artist and musician who creates socially engaged and community-based artwork throughout the Midwest. Hansen’s work is a dialogue between her formal education and her rural upbringing. She promotes creative engagement for all ages while raising questions about the ethics of animal welfare and our relationship with food.
Hansen is the co-director & co-editor of the feature documentary Called to Walls. She is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Dakota where she teaches painting, and is the president of the board of the Community Built Association.
Amy Jarding is a visual artist living in Sioux Falls. She creates mixed media pieces, obscuring everyday objects into surreal visions with the use of collage, painting and sewing on her canvas. Bright pops of color and small hints of humor offer the viewer their own experience within each piece.
This exploratory nature extends to her work with textiles, in which she creates large scale weavings from yarn and found material. Hailing praise towards process, Jarding finds the creative development of her work just as important as the completed piece.
The Red Door Creations logo features the front door of the Barney's home. The red door represents the combination of our passion for both the arts and our home and family. Red Door Creations is a home based cottage industry featuring fine art and crafts by Tara Barney and Andrew Barney. Together they have been creating fine art since 2002. Both have participated in the many aspects of the fine arts and crafts industry including teaching, production, management, marketing and sales.
Andrew Reinartz is a musician and educator based in Sioux Falls, SD. Playing primarily upright and electric bass, he easily fits into a variety of styles including Jazz, Classical, Funk, R&B, Rock, and Folk. Andrew also does work as a producer, live/project studio recording & mixing engineer.
Also an avid educator, he teaches privately and as a guest clinician, as well as performing for over 50,000 students across South Dakota with the Sioux Falls Jazz & Blues Society Jazz Diversity Project.
Amongst others, Andrew plays with JAS Quintet, Jazz Curators, Merry Martial, Dakota Jazz Collective, the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, Hegg Brothers Band, and Holiday Jam with the Hegg Brothers. He has also recorded and performs regularly with Jami Lynn, Darin Kaihoi, and plays guitar with Habeus Porpoise.
Andrew also works as Community Development Director for Arts South Dakota, a statewide grassroots service, education, and advocacy organization.
I began learning the cello in 5th grade at Mark Twain Elementary School in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. I asked for a greater challenge, my parents arranged for private lessons, and my growth as a cellist progressed quickly. By my sophomore year, I knew that I wanted to teach in schools, teach from my own studio, and perform whenever possible. I attended the University of Connecticut in Storrs, studied cello with Mary Lou Rylands, and achieved a dual degree with a Bachelors of Arts in Music, and a Bachelors of Science in Education.
The next chapter in my teaching and performing journey was in Las Vegas and Henderson, Nevada. I taught in the Clark County School District for seven years, maintained a ‘travel-to-you’ music studio, and performed with the Las Vegas Philharmonic and other groups in the surrounding area for eight years. During the last years in the Moapa desert I was exposed to two ideas that greatly inform my philosophy of music education: Suzuki Method, and El Sistema. During the last 15 months in Las Vegas, I completed my Masters in Music Education from Boston University. This masters program further enhanced my desire to advance social justice in our world based strongly on the work of Paulo Freire in Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
I returned with my wife Maria and our son Liam to Sioux Falls in 2010. I began working in an Early Childhood Suzuki violin program that fall and developing a private studio from my home while substitute teaching the Sioux Falls School District. By the Spring, I interviewed successfully to teach as a Middle School and Elementary School string teacher. I also began as a section cellist with the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, and as acting principal in the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra.
In 2015 I attended my first Suzuki Summer Institute in Chicago. This institute was founded by Gilda Barston and is a cello mecca. The campus of Trinity College provides facilities and a beautiful backdrop for indoor and outdoor music-making. I took the first course required for book training, Every Child Can! and Book 1 training with Barbara Wampner. I returned in 2016 to take book 2 and 3 training with Barbara Wampner. I took a one year break before doubling my efforts and attending the Suzuki Association of the Americas Conference in Minneapolis in May, and book 4 and 5 training with Pamela Devenport in July. I plan to continue my book training by returning to CSI for book 6 and 7 training in the summer of 2020.
I highly recommend that all families read Nurtured by Love by Shinichi Suzuki. I first read this book at the time of Liam’s birth in Las Vegas. The themes and ideas shared by Dr. Suzuki were overwhelming as I considered my role as a father and my greatest hopes for my first born. That I can share the process of building noble spirits through music with you and your family is my artistic profession and my personal passion.
Suzuki Association of the Americas Bio Page
I perform with acoustic and electric cello under the name Phaedra. I like to incorporate live looping techniques with familiar and original compositions. I am quite comfortable jamming in myriad idioms of music alone or with others. My time living in Las Vegas provided many opportunities to perform. The Las Vegas Philharmonic afforded me the opportunity to perform with Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Williams, Matt Haimovitz, and Clint Holmes to name a few. Additionally, I performed with Wayne Newton’s Show for a week’s run, and The Lion King Las Vegas for several weeks, as well as more weddings than I can count or remember. While now my main performing gigs tend to be classical concerts with the Northwest Iowa Symphony Orchestra or the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra, I am always interested in collaborating with other musicians. Please check out the Psalm project with Shane Heilman, and the Covid Cello Project with Tony Rogers for recent performance work.
Poet and artist Angelica Mercado-Ford inhabits the borderlands in between two cultures, two countries, and two identities. She explores a way out of the in-between through poetry and mixed media artworks both playful and powerful. Mercado was born in Jalisco, Mexico, grew up in Fremont, NE, and now resides in Sioux Falls, SD. She earned her BA in Fine Arts from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education in teaching from the University of Sioux Falls. Her work touches on topics such as immigration, feminism, diversity, and cultural awareness. She has work published in the Briar Cliff Review, Cream City Review, Acentos Review, Roanoke Review, Glass Poetry Press, Z's Publishing House's "America's Emerging Poets 2018," among others. Her artwork has been exhibited in Clausen Gallery, Sioux City Art Center, Washington Pavilion's Visual Arts Center, Exposure Gallery, Post Pilgrim Gallery, Arc Gallery, among others. She is the author of "Todo Revoluciona," a book of poetry published in March of 2019 by Harsan Publishing.
Follow Angelica on social media @amercadowrites
Hi! I'm an artist from Sioux Falls, working with encaustic medium.
I use paintbrushes, a blow torch, irons and a heat gun to push colors around & form movement.
My palette is filled with soup cans & tins that rest on a heated griddle. I have sticks, picks, knives & scrapers to mold the wax & carve detail. This is the magic of working with encaustic!
I create my encaustic clear medium by mixing beeswax with damar crystals which act as a hardener. Many of my colors are custom created mixtures of dry pigments to which I add to the clear medium. A key component in working with encaustic is each layer of wax must be fused together with the previous layer by heat. Details can be captured in time as layers of wax are melted, waiting to be scraped away to reveal new patterns that are hidden beneath!
I was born in Mitchell, South Dakota, and have lived in the Washington, D.C. area, western Montana, and now Sioux Falls. My parents gave me a great appreciation for the arts. Over the years, I have found that the visual arts provide a healing effect and a sense of community. At this point in my life, I find fulfillment in offering workshops on basic techniques and use of materials for watercolor and mixed media specifically. Beyond the fundamental skills, such workshops help to open the heart, express emotion, and build community.
My name is Anna Flowers. Since I was a child, I have had quite an obsession with stuffed animals and homemade gifts. The thoughtfulness and creativity behind them comforted me in my darkest days.
I was never creative myself, it wasn’t until I became a Spanish medical interpreter. I needed something to keep my hands occupied while waiting for clients. When books and cell phone didn’t work, I figured I would try to learn a craft. My sisters-in-law crocheted and although they tried to teach me, the internet came to my teacher.
I began crocheting in 2018, beginning with scarves and blankets. I learned a variety of stitches and how to read patterns. While on a trip out of the country, I experimented with bags and purses. After a break and a change of scenery, I graduated from flat work and learned to make a ball followed by octopus, elephants, and oh so many other animals. It wasn’t until I moved to South Dakota in 2021 that I tried my hand at making dolls which I have loved ever since.
While learning to crochet, I have expanded my horizons beyond what I thought I could do because of being bilingual. Accessing media in both English and Spanish has aided me in many projects. I have also been able to assist other creators with spreading their patterns further by translating them.
The joy that I have seen, not just in children but also adults, has kept me excited to grow as a student of the fiber arts. Crochet and other fiber arts have become more than a hobby for me. It’s become a part of my life that I enjoy sharing with others.
Selling my creations not only helps to fund my hobby and keeps me from hoarding, but also can make a difference in a person’s life.
The best kind of gifts are personal!
Classically trained representational painter and teacher specializing in portraiture and still life.
Anna Youngers’ sensitive and timeless depictions reveal beauty in both the common and the extraordinary. She credits her classical atelier training and apprenticeship with providing her the strong foundation in draftsmanship and the traditional craft of oil painting. Her working methods today continue to evolve, but remain strongly rooted in the classical tradition. Youngers has received numerous awards and honors for her work, such as inclusion in the prestigious Hudson River Fellowship, and the South Dakota Artist Fellowship Grant. Her work has been in exhibitions around the United States, and has also been featured in major national publications including American Art Collector.
Anna also teaches workshops/classes, and accepts private commissions. For more information, visit her website annayoungers.com