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Celebrating Art in Siouxland, Art Splash in Sioux City

6 Sep

Each fall around Labor Day the Sioux City Art Center puts on an art celebration in Siouxland known as Art Splash. A juried group of various types of artists from around the region set up booths to display their wares for people to buy. And most people, depending on the weather, come out to enjoy what’s there and some go home happier with newly acquired pieces of art.

Visitors browse the artists’ booths during the 25th anniversary of Art Splash at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Joseph Murray of Jefferson, Iowa sits among his paintings during the 25th anniversary of Art Splash at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

The location of the event has changed over the years. Up until 2011 it was held in a park along the Missouri River, when during that year the hundred year flood forced a relocation. Then it was held in Grandview Park, where the hills may have presented a challenge for people to walk up and down to view the artists.

Now in its 25th year, the event is at Riverside Park, nestled among a flat woodland area that later hosts the community’s Riverssance Festival as well. I enjoy going each year just to see what people are doing. At this point in my life I have fewer needs for more things, and the ability to afford art now is prohibitive for me personally. But it doesn’t mean one can’t draw inspiration and enjoy a day out and see what creative people are doing. And the artists are not limited to just visual arts. One artist, Paul Imholte, bills himself as a stringman and plays a variety of instruments.

Artists’ booth sit among a grove of trees during the 25th anniversary of Art Splash at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Stringman Paul Imholte performs on a hammer dulcimer during the 25th anniversary of Art Splash at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And different people take away from the event different experiences that may be portraits or time spent with family. Even during those years of inclement weather, people can still enjoy what is offered.

Chun Wang of Shawnee KS works on a sketch of Ben Honomichl of Jefferson, SD during the 25th anniversary of Art Splash at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

A mother and son enjoy a bit of lunch along with a number of their closest friends during the 25th anniversary of Art Splash at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Art Splash makes for a nice Labor Day weekend activity both for the artists and area residents who are supporting people who also labor, but in a creative manner adding another oft times needed dimension to life.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

The Sioux CIty Growth Organization decorated their booth with balloons to draw attention to themselves during the 25th anniversary of Art Splash at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Two young artists due their best to add to an already colorful pickup truck to make an overcast and rainy 25th anniversary of Art Splash more memorable which was held at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

Vvian Miller of Akron, IA talks with a couple interested attendees during the 25th anniversary of Art Splash at Riverside Park in Sioux City, Iowa Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Celebrating Art with a Splash in Siouxland, Sioux City

29 Oct

Early September brought Art Splash again to Siouxland at Riverside Park in Sioux City. A number of artists that are local, regional and others present their expressions for area residents to view and purchase. It is a juried exhibition set in a park setting with an entertainment stage.

Various musical acts perform and the sound wafts over the park area. It’s fun to attend and for collectors a chance to add more items to their walls or gardens and for others a chance to be inspired by what they see. Ceramics, photography, oil and water and pastel paintings, wood working, jewelry, metalurgy, clothing, Art Splash is a plethora of a feast to fill one’s eyes.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

 

 

Sioux City Art Center Art Splash

3 Sep

This past weekend the Sioux City, Iowa, Art Center held its annual Art Splash festival which is a yearly event that helps raise money for the center as well as gives artists, locally and across the region, an opportunity to sell work to those attending. This year marks the second time the event is held at Grandview Park. It was moved to that location last year after the Missouri River flooded the Sioux City river front, a location that Art Splash graced for several years.

Art Splash gives local art lovers a chance to see a variety of medium, involving various painting genres, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, wood working, photography, glass, and there are a number of food vendors and activities for children as well as different performance acts that can include music, comedy, skits and audience participation. This is a small look at the annual festival and something worth the time and $5.00 entrance fee to spend a few hours forgetting about current events and enjoying the visual beauty that is art. Reprints are available here.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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