Yankton Area Arts marked the end of summer activities with the annual Summer Arts Festival held in conjunction with Riverboat Days. This year’s festival was incredibly successful! The weather was perfect, the crowds were large and the arts vendors were really satisfied once again with their sales and the hospitality of our community. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped in the success of our festival again this year!

Each summer YAA honors vendors at the Summer Arts Festival. This year winning Best of Show honors in Fine Arts was Sharon Welch Gallery of Sioux Falls and in Fine Crafts, Two Feathers Gourds from Marengo, Illinois. Honorable Mention awards were given to Metzger Leather Company, Desert Snow Designs, Custom Wood Artistry, and Art with Anndell.

In addition to a busy weekend at Riverside Park, we made time to name the 2019 YAA Art Advocate of the Year, Michael Schumacher. Not only does he serve on the Lewis and Clark Theater Board of Directors, Michael is an actor and musician and has worked hard to recruit a variety of artists to our community in 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. We will host a special reception honoring Michael on Friday, Oct. 4, from 5-7 p.m. at G.A.R. Hall, located at 508 Douglas.

The awards and accolades don’t end there! The annual Mighty Mo Photo Show photography exhibit and competition was on display at G.A.R. Hall Art Gallery throughout the month of August. Named Best of Show was Michael P. Greiner’s photo Exit, Honorable Mention was awarded to Suzanne Skyrm for her photo Stargate. At the close of the exhibit, dollar votes were tallied, and we are pleased to announce the People’s Choice Award goes to Elijah Berry for his photo “Everlasting.” Elijah’s photo earned him $72 in addition to his cash prize from Yankton Area Arts! Overall, photos brought in $371.11 in votes! Thank you to all those who voted for their favorite photo! You are helping Make Art Happen in Yankton! Congratulations to all the winners and photographers for another fantastic exhibit!

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, South Dakota, 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. We will host an artist reception honoring Ms. Mathrole on Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-7 p.m. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

Yankton Area Arts will present Tonic Sol Fa in concert on Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. In cooperation with Mount Marty College, the concert will be held in the Marian Auditorium on the Mount Marty campus. 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. Tickets for the concert can be purchased at G.A.R. Hall, located at 508 Douglas in Yankton, South Dakota or by calling 605-665-9754. They can also be purchased online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/yankton-sd-tonic-sol-fa-tickets-69355567369.  

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 info@yanktonareaarts.org.

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