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Another art show, this Monday

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Don’t be a little Fart, come see (and buy) my art!

Shriver Square – Art Mart 2016. 10 AM to 5 PM, Saturday 25th, November.eyes-of-the-beholden-lr

Photo & Poetry Club with Charles Luden

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I always liked this sign. Originally it was located downtown on 10th Street where the city bus terminal is now.  It was the sign for a joint called Tiki Tap. When the building was razed the place moved to East 10th just west of 229 where it became a liquor store. The sign was moved with the business. That’s where I took this photo long ago. – C.L.

His  Wife  is  Shorter  than  his  Daughter

Sitting across

from the family dog

begging for biscuits

they smile and recite

algebraic formulas

of nature’s mysteries

as rain wets their hair

       Charles Luden • 6-30-16 at Granite City

Who Are The Comrades Drinking Rum In The Bushes?

Let me relive this moment tomorrow

Today is too soon to repeat anguish

over empty glasses

The group scatters suddenly

due to gooey mud in the hole

and bright lights to the east

A gift for you I have

a voice from the loudspeaker barks

Run!

We did

Now nothing

       Charles Luden • 9-15-16 at Granite City

   BARF  ANGEL

The night was long

too long for your stomach

to hold it all

After a kiss at 2 AM

behind the Top Hat

you heaved ho

in the parking lot

A message for the

opportunistic lover

       Charles Luden • 5-26-16 at Granite City

This Holiday Season, purchase an original Ehrisman!

I will have over 60 paintings for sale. Stop by on Saturday or Monday the 5th!

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Does a private business have a 1st Amendment right to paint a mural on their property?

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Mural image; Argus Leader Media

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As a commenter pointed out, the irony of code enforcement cracking down on a private business for painting a mural, but allowing students to paint on publicly owned property their religious beliefs and being protected by a ‘disclaimer’ is a bit hypocritical. Could the business owner put a ‘disclaimer’ on the mural to exempt themselves from city code? Besides, the US Constitution is the highest law of the land, it trumps city charter.

Food for thought.

Wonderful Weekend in Spearfish Canyon

I had a fantastic time hiking the canyon, and even got to see ‘Dignity’ on the way home.

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Poetry Reading

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Poetry Club w/Charles Luden

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Who Are The Comrades Drinking Rum In The Bushes?

Let me relive this moment tomorrow

Today is too soon to repeat anguish

over empty glasses

The group scatters suddenly

due to gooey mud in the hole

and bright lights to the east

A gift for you I have

a voice from the loudspeaker barks

Run!

We did

Now nothing

       Charles Luden • 9-15-16 • at Granite City

I applaud the generosity of the private donors towards the Arc of Dreams, kind of.

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If you squint your eyes a little bit, it kind of looks like a Trojan Horse

I will admit, I was skeptical when the organizers of this project said they would raise all the money privately (I still am a little).

The project is being funded by private donors, with a goal of $1.25 Million. Schiller says they are at $1.17 Million right now.

It’s not that I don’t think the money is here in our community, it’s just that taxpayers have been down this road before. I have pressured Sculpture Walk organizers over the years to become more independent, they have been listening. There is also the logistics of the project. Talking to engineers and others in the art world who have been around large sculpture projects before I have a couple of concerns.

1. Since the large structure does not connect in the middle, there could be issues with it’s weight when it comes to high winds and counter balance.

2. The quartzite that has to be drilled through in order to create that counter balance could become very costly.

I have put city officials on notice that if any trouble arises and we the taxpayers have to chip in, that they proceed with caution. Think Trojan horse. While this is a great gift to the city, remember since it is sitting on city property, we have a great responsibility to maintain it. Where will that money come from? The sky? It would be like your dying uncle giving you his classic Ferrari.

We took a gift from Mr. Fawick back in the early 70’s and the city has been reluctant many times to keep him around, even throwing David in a storage lot for several years because they didn’t have the money to put him back up. I would be curious what the city is budgeting each year for maintenance of such a large piece of public art?

I also take issue with this statement;

Supporters have high hopes this new, massive piece of artwork will bring more than just tourists to the downtown area.

“The new awareness will truly advance economic development, workforce development in so many ways for so many years,” said Schiller.

Um . . . how will it do that? Sure it will promote more tourism to downtown, but we already have a great tourist attraction downtown, and it’s not Minerva’s or the Statue of David (Though he is my favorite DT).

When I watch press conferences like this, I often shake my head when our city leaders make ridiculous statements like this.

But at the end of day, I do Thank You . . . kind of.

Does Sioux Falls have any arts leadership in the public sector?

Wow. It was refreshing to hear someone besides myself (and who actually has a degree in these kind of things) speak out about the lack of cultural leadership in our community in the public sector;

I believe now is the correct strategic moment to consider renewed formal leadership for the Sioux Falls Arts Council, a position that has been covered in a transitional capacity for the past two years.

It’s actually been in a transitional period for over a decade. The Pavilion’s plan to kill the Sioux Empire Arts Council was successful, the problem was the Pavilion had no backup plan, and the mastermind of it all ran back to Brookings to do another job he wasn’t qualified for, well at least he isn’t damaging Norman Rockwell prints anymore.

It only took this letter writer one year working at the Pavilion to figure out it’s façade (it took me 4 years);

The Washington Pavilion has not, and does not look to be, a leader in concepts like larger community cultural issues, creative placemaking and community vibrancy.

That is because the Pavilion is there to protect itself, that’s why they dismantled a great FREE community arts program (SEAC) and renamed it, only further destroying what was a good organization to begin with. But hey, now we will have a butcher shop museum at Falls Park to replace it. At least now we all will know where milk and sausage comes from.

I have been suggesting for years it is time for the city to put out bids for a new Pavilion management contract. Others have even suggested that the entities in the building should be split up (separate the performance and entertainment halls from the arts center and science center). I don’t know what the solution is, but one thing is for certain, there needs to be a true leader to take the bull by the horns.

*For the record, I don’t know the author of this letter, and have never spoken with him.