Silver Casting Workshop with Daniel Jim (Diné)

Noted Diné (Navajo) artist and jeweler Daniel Jim will conduct a two-day silver-casting class at the Racing Magpie art space on July 30-31, 9am-5pm each day. Jim, an accomplished Native artist, introduces students to three casting techniques of creating silver jewelry - tufa, sand, and cuttlebone. Participants will create their own small piece of jewelry from start to finish and can take their creation home with them.

This workshop is for anyone 16 and over of all skill levels, and the class will be limited to ten participants but could expand based on demand. All tools and materials will be provided. Cost is $200 per person, and you can register here.

Daniel Jim was born and raised with a strict Diné/Navajo tradition from both his mother & father. His blood flows in depth of two sacred clans of the Dine' Todachini and Honihani. Louie Jim, Daniel's father has always been the mentor behind all of the art work. His father, a skilled and respected mason, has pushed Daniel to new horizons. In 1987 Daniel achieved an Associate of Applied Science from Red Rocks, CCD Golden, Colorado. In 1987 he completed Engineering Drafting School Lakewood, Colorado; in 2000 Daniel started apprenticing with the Late Mike Little Elk with jewelry techniques. In 2007, Daniel studied at the Poeh Arts Center, Pojoaque, New Mexico where he studied jewelry with Fritz Casuse, and stone sculpting with Ryan Benally.

Waniyetu Pop-up Art Sale - Nov. 24th and 25th

Friday, Nov. 24th (12pm-8pm) and Saturday, Nov. 25th (10am-5pm)

Waniyetu means “winter” in Lakota, and it’s time to come find the most amazing and unique gifts for the holidays at Racing Magpie. Regional Native and non-Native artists will be on hand to show off their artwork that will make incredible gifts (for others or for yourself!). Something for everyone!

Our resident artists will have their studios open so you can see where they produce their beautiful art, and we are inviting other local Native artists for a once-in-a-season opportunity.

Other fine art offerings will be on display - from Native artists such as Jennifer White (Arikara), Robert Martinez (Northern Arapaho), James Star Comes Out (Oglala Lakota), Tani Gordon (Sicangu Lakota), and more!

On Friday, ONLY, the Lakota Sewing Circle will be selling gifts and food as a fundraiser for their organization. Stay tuned for the menu!

Studio artists:

Other Artists (stay tuned for more!):

If you haven't had the opportunity to check out the "Responsibilities and Obligations: Understanding Mitakuye Oyasin" installation recently added to the gallery, this is the perfect time to come experience it as well.

Mary Bordeaux to be featured at The Potluck Society Live

Mary Bordeaux, co-owner of Racing Magpie, will be a featured speaker at The Potluck Society Live, December 1, in the Belbas Theater at Washington Pavilion, Sioux Falls. She will speak about her life goals of changing the world.

Hosted by South Dakota Public Broadcasting, The Potluck Society Live features an evening with "ordinary people building extraordinary communities," including Brad Montague of Kid President, Jason Roberts of the Better Block Foundation, and Marshall Pollard of The Boys Institute in Washington, DC. 

The evening includes a performance by The Nesters, featuring Jami Lynn and Eliza Blue.

Peter Strong receives Bush Foundation SD Change Network Fellowship

Peter was one of fifteen emerging leaders from South Dakota selected to participate in the first cohort of the South Dakota Change Network, a program created by the Bush Foundation. He attended the first gathering from the 21st to the 24th of October in Pierre, South Dakota.

The cohort experience will offer forward-thinking South Dakotans an opportunity to build their self-awareness, leadership abilities, and systems-change skill sets. The other fellows are:

  • Jill Baker, Sioux Falls, human services with a focus on veterans;
  • Stacey Berry, Madison, English professor at DSU with interests in student equality;
  • Amy Hofer, Doland, finance manager interested in rural community involvement and volunteerism;
  • Jared Hybertson, Centerville, economic developer focused on rural community inclusion;
  • Patti Martinson, from Rapid City, focuses on social change through the arts;
  • Billy Mawhiney, Sioux Falls, youth director working on nonprofit connections;
  • Carla Miller, Sioux Falls, serving families and individuals with disabilities and chronic health issues;
  • Alli Moran, from Eagle Butte, is interested in secondary education for tribal youth;
  • Andrea Powers, from Hot Springs, is an economic developer focused on bringing young people to rural areas;
  • Traci Smith, Sioux Falls, interests in changes in the judicial system as a public defender;
  • Adam Strenge, Sioux Falls, SE Tech work on increasing student success in post-secondary education;  
  • Kelsea Kenzy Sutton, from Burke, is an attorney with interests in food security and public health;
  • Viola Waln, from Parmelee, is a journalist interested in affecting people through writing; 
  • Ernest Weston, from Porcupine, will be assisting first-year Native American students in colleges.

Executed through a partnership of National Arts Strategies, SDSU Extension Community Vitality, and Vision Maker Media, the Change Network cohort will provide a supportive environment to assist participants in leading change in a more equitable and inclusive manner.

Visit by Arts in a Changing World (ArtChangeUS)

First Peoples Fund hosted a visit by Roberta Uno and Art Change US from CalArts on October 17th. As part of their tour of the Black Hills and the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, Roberta and her team dropped by Racing Magpie. While here, they heard from curator/co-owner Mary Bordeaux about the exhibition Responsibilities and Obligations: Understanding Mitakuye Oyasin, a tour of artist studios, hands-on printing with Scrap Iron Press, and a highly educational cultural presentation about the importance of indigenous foods and diet. This included samples of wasna, a "pemmican"-like combination of buffalo, kidney fat, and berries.

We loved having Roberta and the whole crew here, and appreciate the community support!

Poetry, Art, and Place events with Denise Lajimodiere

On October 12, Racing Magpie hosted an amazing series of events featuring the poetry and traditional art of Denise Lajimodiere (Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe). First, Denise took participants through an amazing poetry workshop, and supported them to tell their stories about "place" and the "where" of their lives. Poetry created through the workshop will be compiled and reinterpreted as letterpress artwork by our very own Lucy Ganje. These artworks will be presented in an exhibition in the spring.

Next, Denise conducted an interactive demonstration about a traditional Ojibwe artform that she has worked in for many years: birchbark biting. She explained the importance, both environmentally and culturally, of proper harvesting of the birch bark, as well as the meticulous practice that it takes to produce such amazing and intricate designs in the natural medium of the back. Participants were able to peel layers of bark and actually fold and bite them to create their own designs.