Yankton Area Arts held its Meridian en Blanc fundraiser on July 20 at the City Hall. Although it was moved inside because of unpredictable wind and weather, the event was a great success! The proceeds of the fundraiser will help Make Art Happen for area youth! Thank you to our wonderful sponsors, First Dakota National Bank, Rupiper Tours LLC, Anna Lynn Claire Event Design, the City of Yankton, Meridian Rentals, Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc, Shur-co, TruXedo, Inc, and Vision Real Estate Services. Congratulations to our silent auction winners, Wayne Ibarolle, Nancy Sternquist and Mary Dell Cody.
Yankton Area Arts has had a full summer of music and art! Each Tuesday we presented concerts at the Riverside Park Amphitheater. Although we wrapped up our Summer Concert Series this week, keep reading to find out about more fun concerts and events we have planned this year!
Our current exhibit is the 15th Annual Mighty Mo Photo Show, an annual photography competition. The theme for this year’s exhibit is The Five Elements. Photographers were encouraged to choose one or all elements (earth, metal, water, wood, fire) in their compositions. Three judges have scored the photographs on originality, composition, theme, and lighting to decide which photos are named Best of Show and Honorable Mention. These two photos will be announced at a special artist reception and award ceremony this evening, Friday, August 2 from 5:00-7:00pm at G.A.R. Hall. Winners of these awards will be given a monetary prize! Each year, guests in our gallery are given the opportunity to vote for their favorite photo for a People’s Choice Award. This year visitors are encouraged to vote with their dollars! Each photo has a jar designated to it. Money equals votes! The photo that receives the most in monetary donations will be named as the People’s Choice Award and will take home all the money collected in that photo’s jar. Voting will take place throughout the exhibit, July 12-August 27, and the winner will be named at the close of the exhibit. The G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery is open Monday-Friday 1-5 p.m. and Saturday 1-3 p.m.
Mark your calendars for Riverboat Days and Summer Arts Festival! The festival will be held August 16-18 at Riverside Park. We have been working hard all year long to bring you some of your favorite artists as well as find new artists for you to peruse! This year we welcome 127 artists from 19 states across the entire country. Our festival gains popularity each year and the artisans that apply to our festival are becoming more diverse each year. Some of the new items you’ll see are lawn games, bath and body products, candle melts, home décor, paintings, photography, pottery and sculpture. Be sure to follow us on social media to get a sneak peek into some of the new artists you’ll see this year.
If you have been reading from the beginning, I teased you about an upcoming concert! Yankton Area Arts, with support from Mount Marty College will present Tonic Sol Fa in concert on September 12, 2019! Tonic Sol-fa is a ground-breaking a cappella ensemble from Minnesota, in constant development since their formation two decades ago. TSF stands as one of the leading forces in the world of vocal music with Emmy Award winning arrangements and multi-million selling compositions. The concert will be held at 7 p.m. at Mount Marty College’s Marian Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for students with a valid ID, and $15 for the general public. Get your tickets early because prices go up at the door! Tickets are available for purchase now at G.A.R. Hall and from YAA Board Members.
All the arts happenings in the area can be found on 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. The gallery is open Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00pm and Saturday 1:00-3:00pm. For more information, call the YAA office at (605) 665-9754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.