Peter Gabriel offers some advice to fixing the Events Center Siding

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Is the Pavilion coming around? Maybe.

I suppose I could talk about the (non) press conference about the buckling siding at the EC, but there was so much Beautiful Sunshine going on there, I think they had a couple of skid loaders waiting afterwards.

The BIG story of the day is the announcement of a new Visual Arts Center director at the Pavilion;

Kara Dirkson will become the new director of the Visual Arts Center at the Washington Pavilion beginning Sept. 29.

I have to tell you I was delighted to hear this. Kara is well worth her weight in gold when it comes to art, in other words, she knows her stuff. While Kara and I ‘Don’t Hang’ we have many mutual friends, and I am well aware of her talents. I just hope they let her ‘Do her Job’ of advancing visual arts in our community, that is all I have ever expected of the VAC.

Good Luck Kara! And I have an open invitation for an interview to tell readers what your future plans are for the VAC.

It’s not Rocket Science

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Nothing to see here, move along


Take the shell off this turtle and it becomes snack time for their predators.

Yes, let’s have a press conference right before a holiday weekend so no one will remember on Tuesday;

City officials will give an update on efforts to find out why metal panels on bulging on the exterior of the Denny Sanford Premier Center.

Public Works Director Mark Cotter and City Attorney Dave Pfeifle will speak at a news conference at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Premier Center, 1201 N. West Ave.

Contractors and architects have been looking into the issue since spring, and a third party expert visited the site this summer to help determine who was responsible for the way panels turned out.

The large steel sheets that line the curved face of the Premier Center are bulging where they meet, creating a ripple effect.

Cotter has said they don’t pose a structural problem and the building will open as expected in late September.

Models of the building will help determine how to correct the issue. Those are expected to be ready by mid-October.


And several councilors have still not been filled in on what is going to be said tomorrow.

Cotter’s statement about structural issues is ludicrous at best. There is not one single building inspector, construction manager, sheet metal manufacturer, etc, etc, that I have not talked to that says siding is an integral part of the structure. As a person who has worked in siding and construction, I can tell you, it is not only cosmetic, it is structural.

Rip the siding off of your own home, find out how structural it is.

Ms. Transparent Herself



I have been producing some new cool stuff, and it is time to clean the walls of some of my older pieces. No reasonable offer will be refused.

Contact me at:

‘Bettie Whip’

Acrylic on canvas wrap, no frame. 10 x 12″



Bike Trail Cops

Some friends shot this picture the other night, the SFPD has been doing this for years, I don’t have an issue with it. But I like the ironic difference between the bicycle cops and the cycle cops. Nothing like having a nice ride on the bike trail and being passed by a HD.


Lot’s of Fluff, but little detail


Well, what else can we expect from the administration but a lot of smoke and mirrors? Nevermind that the council still has yet to see a report about the piss poor siding job, now they want to talk about local contractors. Good stuff.

For almost a year several city councilors have been asking for a detailed report from the public works department and Mortenson on what local contractors were used and how much local materials were purchased, and have not been given anything.

I’m not talking about a list of local companies and manufacturers who subcontracted their work out to state vendors. I want to see an actual list of local contractors who hired local workers and bought local manufactured products. Instead we just get a bunch of bull and fluff;

Going into the project, city officials set the goal of using 85 percent local labor. Last week, construction managers estimated that they slightly exceeded that goal.

“We knew our local contractors have the experience and the qualifications to construct this project for Sioux Falls and the state of South Dakota,” Mark Cotter, director of Public Works, said in an email. “As a community, we all benefit when we support one another.”

Reports from the city and Mortenson Construction, which is managing the project, show that local contractors were awarded more than $60 million worth of work. That’s closer to 65 percent of the project costs through July, but not reflected in that number is when contractors hire a local company to work for them.

Read the whole story, and you get the gist, a lot of money was moved through contractor offices in Sioux Falls, but without the real numbers about materials and labor, all we have is a bunch of fluff. Why not release the true numbers? Because you will realize that there isn’t a lot of sweat equity from Sioux Falls workers in this project, just a lot of greedy brokers.

New Painting – Defender Eagle

“The Original Black Sheep; Defender Eagle, James Starkey”

Mixed Media Collage (empty coffee bags) on Masonite.

Framed, FOR SALE, Best Offer.



Where did I take this photo?

Obviously I took this at David. But in what room was I in?


The last photo I posted I took on the patio at MB Hasketts.