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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!
Apolonia Davalos is named after APPOLLONIA, an ancient, biblical town, in Macedonia, Greece, south of Lake Bolbe, known today as Nea Apollonia. Director/Writer: "Children of War," "Writer’s Block," and "Sam & Sam." Feature Film Credits: "The Good Book," "Providence," "The Perfect Wedding," "Fearsville 2," "The Invasion of Kelly," "Jolly," and "Harlem Shadows." Cast in the pilot episode for the original TV show "The Alley." She received great acclaim for the originated role of Lynn Cordero for the Off-Broadway production "Looking For Billy Haines." She starred in Boston’s professional premiere of "Metamorphoses" as Myrrha at Boston Center for the Arts. Ms. Davalos made her Nashville theatrical debut as Titania, Queen of the Fairies, for the Nashville Shakespeare Festival’s 25th Anniversary production of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream." Under her previous theater production company APOLONIAD Productions, she is also recognized as the producer and director of the Euripides Series in Times Square (2010) with productions of "Andromache" and "Hippolytus." Known for her hearty laugh, talent for accents, love for martial arts, and singing standard 1930’s tunes!
Back Lot 605 is the home to all things film in the state of South Dakota. Weekly podcasts, movie reviews, and interviews with filmmakers locally and nationwide. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @backlot605.
Bailey Meadow is a visual artist from the Sioux Falls area. Her mediums include graphic design/digital art, acrylic painting, and video, although she strives to branch out more and more everyday. Common themes in her work are using traditionally domestic materials and ideals and creating a new, light-hearted narrative from it.
She is currently attending the Minneapolis College of Art and Design for a BFA in graphic design, expecting to graduate Spring of 2023.
Bethany Noordmans is the photographer behind Bethany Noel Photography. Bethany's images focus on nature and landscapes in South Dakota and the surrounding areas, as well as portrait and event work.
Dr. Brian Hanegan is the Director of Jazz Studies and Assistant Professor of Music at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD. He directs the Northlanders Jazz Ensemble and jazz combos, teaches studio saxophone, jazz improvisation, woodwind methods, and the history of jazz, blues, and rock. In addition, he supervises the annual Jazz on the Upper Great Plains Festival.
He began his professional career as the saxophonist in a summer revue show at Valleyfair Amusement Park in Minneapolis, MN (2006-08). Prior to beginning his graduate studies, Hanegan worked for Carnival Cruise Lines as a multiple-woodwind artist in a seven-piece show orchestra. With Carnival, Hanegan performed nightly alongside musicians from all over the world and served as musical director of the Carnival Elation in 2012. Hanegan has performed with Jeff Coffin, Bob Mintzer, Scotty Barnhart, Byron Stripling, Mike Tomaro, John Raymond, Allen Vizzutti, Mike Tomaro, Adam Meckler, Arthur “LA” Buckner, Frankie Avalon, and The Temptations. In addition, he has opened for Cheap Trick, Sister Hazel, The Wallflowers, Heart, John Pardi, and Mitchell Tenpenny.
In 2017, Hanegan completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at North Dakota State University. At NDSU, he studied with Dr. Matthew Patnode and assisted in teaching the Gold Star Marching Band, Jazz Lab Band, jazz improvisation, saxophone quartets, and the saxophone studio. In addition, Hanegan graduated from the University of South Dakota, where he studied with Dr. Christopher Kocher and earned a Master of Music degree (with specialization) in saxophone performance and assisted in teaching jazz improvisation, Jazz Lab Band, and the saxophone studio. Hanegan also graduated from Northern State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education, where he studied with Frederic Hemke. During his time at NSU, he was a regional finalist in the MTNA Young Artist Competition (2007-08), NSU Concerto Competition winner (2008), and received an Award of Musical Distinction for outstanding musical achievement and contribution (2008).
Prior to his appointment at Augustana, Hanegan served on the faculties at Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) and the International Music Camp (North Dakota-Manitoba border). He has performed with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and the Sioux City Symphony Orchestra and is actively performing across the Midwest with the Sioux Falls #1 local best band Goodroad, the Brian Hanegan Quartet, and several other jazz projects. Hanegan is an Aaron Drake Mouthpieces Performing Artist.
Caitlin Pisha is an interdisciplinary artist and designer, drawing from experience in both traditional and digital mediums. She creates to explore her context within the world–sharing her gestural and imaginative illustrations, designs, watercolors and colored pencil drawings. Through her work she explores the themes of context, meaning, and presence.
View her professional design portfolio at caitlinpisha.com
View her design products at pishadesignsupply.com
My wife, Kiesha, and I are the artists behind Up in Smoke Pottery. We have a line of stoneware objects for everyday use. But we're perhaps best known for our distinct line of "Smokeware."
We are particularly drawn to the natural warmth of raw unfinished pieces which is evident in both of our lines of pottery. Each piece is formed by me, the part of the process I have always enjoyed, and Kiesha prepares them for firing. Once we have lit the fire we relinquish control of the process and let nature finish our work. Each piece ends up one of a kind; with a bit of me, a bit of Kiesha, and bit of God’s influence. We embrace the unpredictability and variations in piece to piece. We love to look at each piece and try to figure out how or why the pattern and color turned out as it did.
Because our teachers have been the clay and the processes involved and we've embraced the trial and error methodology. We're not bound by the conventional rules of the ceramic process. All of these things are evident in the uniqueness of each object.
Bennis Art Studios specializes in Digital Illustration, Murals and Caricatures.
Digital Illustration - I can draw a plethora of subject matters in a cool and fun cartoon style. I draw people, buildings and animals for use in books, posters, web or whatever.
Murals - Whether it is a a quick acrylic marker piece on an office wall or a large spray paint piece on the side of a building, we can do it. Check out Bennis Art Studios on facebook to see time-lapse videos of murals getting painted. My murals are at Washington Pavilion, Dakota State University, Brandon Schools, Sioux Falls Christian, Boys and Girls Club, Ben's Brewing / Downtown Yankton, Prairie Soul Yoga, Churches, Libraries, Gyms and MORE!
Caricatures - Getting a silly cartoon drawing of yourself is as easy as emailing a photo and getting an original color digital caricature sent back for the cost of a meal. They can be used for profile pictures, Christmas cards, retirement, valentines or even for an obituary! I also draw live. Caricatures are drawn live digitally and printed out in full color on card stock.
I graduated from the University of Sioux Falls with degrees in Art, , emphasis
in painting. English with emphasis in writing, and an accidental minor in the History of Religion. I naturally ended up working as an illustrator and copy-
writer until computers and CGI began taking over and I felt I must leave the business. My work is now pretty much all in acrylics and on display at the East Bank Art Gallery. I have done many commissioned pieces and continue to accept them.