Guest artist for July John Peters JUNE 28 THRU JULY 30

Artist Reception July 8, 5-8 PM

John Peters FOR WEB

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

Cheryl Longseth July for web


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 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