Featured Artist for September Jim Heroux August 30 – October 1

Artist Reception – Sept. 9, 2016  5-8 pm

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Jim Heroux is a professional watercolor artist and an award winning design architect.  His buildings and inspired designs can be found in 26 different states.  His unique talent and easy going way with people allows him to translate the technical need of a building owner into a built reality greater than the owner ever expected.

Since his retirement from architecture, watercolor painting has given him the opportunity to exceed in a completely different art form.  He is a member or the Central Minnesota Watercolorists and has won several painting awards in the South Dakota Masterworks Competition. In 2014 Jim was selected to show work his work in the SD Governor’s 6th Biennial Art Exhibition that toured South Dakota for two years.

This year Jim has looked at heart and soul of Sioux Falls to see and translate what is unique about this wonderful city.  This exhibition is just the beginning of future statements about what this city means to him.  Jim was born in a small town just north of Green Bay, WI.  Yes, of course he is a Packer fan.  He chose to come to Sioux Falls when he visited it in 1989 and saw the potential for a great city with friendly, open people.   It has been a joy to be a part of the growth and creativity of this city.  There is so much more to do to show others that this is the premiere city in the midwest in so many ways.

Jim also teaches beginning watercolor classes.  During the Spring, Summer and Fall and has taught watercolor classed in Destin, Florida where he and his wife winter.

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Featured Artist Roger Ellingson August 2 through August 27

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Artist Reception August 12, 2016 5-8 pm

Most of RodgerEllingson’s paintings are done on location or are based upon his plein air paintings. Mostly self taught, he took some art classes in college and began painting later in life. Growing up in Sioux Falls, Rodger returned after teaching, working summers for the United States Forest Service and  camps in Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota, and the Black Hills. Living in these areas has influenced his art. He recently retired from the Sioux Falls School District, where he was a teacher. He is married to Sheila and has a son, Charlie, who attends Lincoln High School. Rodger’s work may be viewed at Eastbank Art Gallery and at regional art fairs.
WorkIng mostly in watercolor and acrylic, Rodger does not usually paint portraits of people but often does paint the places where people have gathered over time. The current show includes gathering places such as churches, theaters, and camps. Some places, such as our falls, have attracted people to create their towns. Some paintings may represent large group gatherings such as theaters and churches. Others may be small, such as a good camping spot. Some of the work is new, some older. Hope you enjoy!



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Guest Artist Safet Musinovic August 2 through August 27

Artist Reception August 12 –  5-8 PM

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Safet is a fine artist specialized in portraiture and figurative form using diverse range of media from charcoal to oil paint.

He find inspiration in a variety of subject matter but his greatest passion is to create works of fine art that impact the viewer both visually and emotionally.

Drawing is the foundation upon which he build and explore composition,honing skills of observation and solving problems. Trought drawing eye can be trained to an exceptional level of ability.

Every drawing exhibits an understanding and control of tone,proportion,harmony,composition and express universal ideas,feelings,belief and thoughts.

Through his Atelier training of 2 years and numerous workshops he took with established artist and ongoing drawing and painting from direct observation of nature he is able to capture a strong and believable resemblance of his subjects.

He work primarily from life for his subject whether figure,portrait,landscape or still life and use photographic reference only when necceasary.

In his recent work his focus is figurative drawing and painting methods of old masters while developing his own visual voice and style.

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Guest artist for July John Peters JUNE 28 THRU JULY 30

Artist Reception July 8, 5-8 PM

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I am a Sioux Falls artist, married to Deb Peters and have four children.  B.A. from Augustana College, M.F.A. from the University of Illinois.  I have commissioned public works and Liturgical art and exhibit personal work at the East Bank Art Gallery.  I am currently the Gallery Coordinator and sculpture and 3-D design teacher at Augustana University.

I have used the box form for 41 years to create constructions/assemblages in a wide variety of media and content.  This current series is focused on 3-Dimensional designs with different kinds of metals, all found objects, in a format that invokes a sense of miniature scale, museum exhibition spaces, and the intrigue of familiar and unfamiliar found objects that all conjure memories of past experiences.  They tend to be very intense.  I used heavy metal band names in the titles for fun because I think of these boxes as my “Heavy Metal” museum expositions. The visitor count indicates how many people are in the expo.

The drawings from my sketchbooks allow me to be free.  They are not quite so intense in terms of production.  They are my way of relaxing and enjoying visual free associations and color in my favorite theme: surreal landscapes.

Featured Artist for July Cheryl Longseth June 28 thru July 30

Artist Reception July 8, 5-8 PM

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Cheryl Longseth

I was searching for a new direction to take with my artwork when I was asked to be in an exhibit where each artist was challenged to visually represent a colloquialism. At first I selected “Hanging By a Thread” and did a piece representing that saying. Then, when I was asked to create another colloquialism piece, I chose “A Horse of a Different Color.”

For that I painted a green horse with a pink nose, and I really liked the way it turned out. More recently, I was challenged by an artist friend of mine to do something big and bright. He said, “Just let yourself go.” I told him that when I was a small child, horses were all I wanted to draw. So he said, “Do a horse, big, with lots of color.” He gave me a deadline to motivate me and said “Just have fun with it.” I took up the challenge, and I really did enjoy doing it and loved the result. I donated that piece to the Washington Pavilion for Arts Night, and it fetched a good price.

As a result of that success, when my featured member show at EastBank Art Gallery was coming up in July, I decided to go all out and paint 4 big “horses of a different color,” each measuring 24” x 36.” It has been a real challenge stepping out of my comfort zone and painting so many big, bright pieces in such a short time; but I’m very excited about the results. It’ll be interesting to see how they are received.

Introducing Art On The Boardwalk! Offering artists a great venue for selling artwork.

8th and Railroad Center – Sunday, August 7th, 10:00 to 5:00


Regional artists are invited to show & sell their original work at “Art on the Boardwalk,” a one day outdoor art festival sponsored by Eastbank Art Gallery. The event will take place outside 8th & RR Center in Sioux Falls. Cost is $40 for a 10’ x 10’ exhibit area.

Interested artists should submit three images of their work and a completed application form (downloadable at http://www.eastbankartgallery.net/boardwalk or pick up a copy at the gallery). Deadline for applications is July 3. All mediums are welcome. 

Submitted artwork will be juried and participants in the festival notified by July 8 by the phone or email shown on the application form.

Accepted artists will send the nonrefundable booth fee of $40, at which time we will send you the numbered location for your exhibit. Setup will be from 8 am-10 am the day of the festival.

Questions? Please call the Gallery at 605-977-2667

T-F 11am to 5 pm Sat. 10:30 am to 5 pm

EastBank Art Gallery, 401 East 8th Street, Suite 116, Sioux Falls, SD 57103

Guest Artist Janet Judson May 31 thru June 25

Artist Reception June 10, 5-8 PM


Artist Statement
By its very nature, watercolor is a medium which encourages great expression. With transparent colors and water, I am able to create movement, depth, and value. My favorite subject is flowers done with a total “wet on wet” approach. With florals in the placing of brush and color on wet paper, I am able to feel the curve of a petal or the line of a leaf. With subsequent wetting of the paper, the glazing produces more subtle color variations and value. After 17 years of my journey with watercolor, I feel there is yet much to learn in technique and interpretation.
In April, 2015, I spent two weeks at Benejarafe, Spain, with the well-known Wisconsin artist, Karlyn Holman and a group of watercolorists. We gathered at LaFinca, an artist’s retreat, and had daily excursions through the Andalusian countryside. The gorgeous flowers, the shadowed white buildings and the geometry and color of the hills provided subjects for studio and plein air painting. The result is this group of watercolors and mixed media, “An Andalusian Adventure”. As always, the flowers were my greatest inspiration.

Artist Biography
Janet began watercolor painting in 1999 after retiring as microbiology supervisor at the South Dakota State Health Laboratory, Pierre, SD. Her watercolor experience began with monthly classes from Patricia Johnson, Watertown, SD, now residing in Bokeelia, Florida, and has been a journey including workshops and classes from many artists including Zoltan Szabo, Susan Luzier, Karen Knutson, Diane Maxey, Karlyn Holman, Rose Edin, Mark Mehaffey, Gerald Brommer, Janet Rogers, and Jennifer Stone. From each of these, she has learned watercolor techniques and design while developing her own style. She has been recognized with awards in local and regional shows.
Janet, and husband, Bob, both 1960 graduates of Custer High School, have lived in Pierre for 47 years and have 2 married sons and 5 grandchildren. She enjoys travel, jazz, gourmet cooking, wine, and watercolor, not necessarily in that order.