Yankton Area Arts hosted a great concert a couple of weeks ago when Tonic Sol-Fa was in town! Thank you to James Hovland, Lisa Willcockson and Mary Abbott for helping us host the concert at Mount Marty College! What a great team to work with! The band was very entertaining and I’m so glad some of their fans were able to hear them so close to home!

The Yankton Area Arts quarterly newsletter, Art Lines was released on Oct. 1. If you signed up for the newsletter but haven’t gotten it, please check your spam folders! If you would like to receive our newsletters, you can sign up directly on our website, YanktonAreaArts.org.

Our current exhibit is a lovely array of watercolor and pastels by local artist, Mary Jane Mathrole. “A Moment in Time” is Mary Jane’s first solo exhibit! Originally from Wakonda, Mary Jane studied Elementary Education at the University of South Dakota and now resides in Crofton. A self-taught artist, she loves adventure, travel and learning new things including attending every art workshop she can find. Mary Jane’s exhibit will be on display through Oct. 8 at G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Yankton Area Arts will host a special reception on Friday, Oct. 4, at GAR Hall from 5-7 p.m. honoring our Art Advocate of the Year, Michael Schumacher. Michael is an actor and musician and has worked hard to recruit a variety of artists to our community by hosting house concerts at the AME Church. The Little White Church series has really taken off in the past two years drawing loyal audiences as well as up and coming artists to our community. Not only has Michael been an ambassador of the arts in his role at the AME Church, he has also become an ambassador for Yankton. The public is invited to join us at 508 Douglas for this reception honoring Michael.

Our final regular exhibit for the year will be on display Oct. 11-Nov. 19. The Dakota Prairie Quilt Guild is a non-profit organized to promote and educate people about the art of quilting and foster camaraderie among new and experienced quilters. Their biennial exhibit features handmade quilts by members of their organization. This year the guild’s exhibit “Log Cabin Love” will showcase the log cabin block’s versatility and long history. Guests will be amazed how unique each quilt will be even though the base pattern block is the same. Join us for a special reception honoring the quilters on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5-7 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Yankton Area Arts will be hosting an Art Market during Harvest Halloween on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the East Ballroom of the Riverfront Event Center. The Art Market will feature local artists, including photographers, potters, crafters and more. In addition to the Art Market, we are teaming up with local organizations to provide arts and crafts projects for kids in an event we are calling Art-o-Ween! Join us for spooky make and take arts and crafts projects at the Riverfront Event Center between the hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Looking for more art experiences? Check out the art exhibit at Bede Art Gallery located on the Mount Marty Campus titled “Apocalyptic Vision” by artist Jacob Van Wyk. Interested in music? Check out “Music of the Sphere” on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 3 p.m. at the United Church of Christ. If theater is your thing, don’t miss “The Addams Family Musical” at Mount Marty College Oct. 31-Nov. 3. 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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