Yankton Area Arts hosted a fun and full class called Creative Lettering on Tuesday, Jan. 28. The class was led by Parker artist and owner of Wild Goat Designs, Terra Cypher. A special thank you to the class participants who donated to help purchase supplies for our Summer Kids Art Camp! There will be more information regarding the Kids Art Camp at a later date.

The exhibit currently on display at the gallery combines photography with woven fiber paintings.

“Phases” is an aptly named exhibit for our two artists, Cheryl Peterson Halsey and Phyllis W. Packard. Ms. Halsey, of Springfield, has dabbled in a variety of art forms including whimsical columns, zentangle, and leather jewelry. Her next phase of artistry is traveling the world with camera in hand and capturing moments, “looking for what I hadn’t seen.” The subject matter of Halsey’s abstract photos is a single piece of organza folded in a method popular in couture fashion. Packard is from Vermillion. Patrons will see three phases of her work.

“One phase includes my search to provide paintings through woven fiber of the South Dakota prairie atmosphere and landscape,” she said. “The second phase pieces play with the many phases of the moon and the habitat of Monarchs. The third phase, in some way is an extension of phase two, providing a whimsical search of childhood memories.”

This exhibit will be on display through Feb. 25 with a special reception honoring the artists on Friday, Feb. 7, from 5-7 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Yankton Area Arts will host its annual meeting on Monday, Feb. 24, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at G.A.R. Hall, located at 508 Douglas. All patrons of YAA are encouraged to attend as the organization’s leaders reflect on the past year and set goals for the future.

Applications are now open for the Summer Arts Festival held in conjunction with Riverboat Days. Fine Artists and Fine Craftsmen interested in participating in the arts activities at Riverside Park are encouraged to visit YanktonAreaArts.org and apply for a booth space. Applications are due March 1 at which time the selection process will take place. Artists will be notified of their acceptance by May 1.

Looking for more art experiences? Check out the art exhibit on display at Bede Art Gallery located on the Mount Marty Campus. “Lancers through my Lens” features photography by Rich Loftus. It can be viewed through March 25.

While at Mount Marty, check out the comedy, “A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking” Feb. 7-9. Limited tickets are available.

Celebrate Yankton High School Fine Arts on Feb. 10. The evening will start with the Fine Arts Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony followed by performances all evening long. For more information about these events and others in the community, find the YAA Arts Calendar at YanktonAreaArts.org/event, as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.


Yankton Area Arts is a non-profit arts organization located at 508 Douglas Avenue in Yankton. The G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery is open to the public free of charge Monday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 1-3 p.m. There is a ramp into the gallery located on the south east side of the building. The gallery bathroom is wheelchair accessible. For more information, call the YAA office at (605) 665-9754 or email info@yanktonareaarts.org.

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