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SDAA is excited to announce their 4th annual Artists Rendezvous to take place July 6 - July 8.  We hold this event at The Retreat at Pointers Ridge which is just north out of Sioux Falls on Cliff Ave. which turns into 115.  You continue north until 254th Street  which is at Midway Corner Gas Station.  Turn left onto 254th St. continue west to 473rd Avenue (approx. 2 miles). Turn right onto 473rd Avenue (gravel road) and continue 1 1/4 mile to The Retreat property at bottom of hill on right.  We will have bright yellow signs up.  

There are cabins available on a first come basis.  There are 2 cabins available one sleeps 2 while the other is bunk house style and sleeps 4 which will be reserved for guys.  There is also an A-Frame available which sleeps 6 which will be reserved for girls.   A grant from South Dakota Arts Council has made it possible to offer the lodging at reduced cost.  Depending on the number who sign up the cost can run from $31 up to $63 for two nights stay depending on the number of people in each cabin.  Great price!!

The event will be $10 for artists who are not SDAA Members.  It is free to the public and open mic participants.  If you currently are not a member we will have information on how to join!!

Schedule of events:

July 6: 6:00 - 8:00 Kicks off with a meet & greet.  

July 78:30 : Doors open and rolls, muffins, coffee, juice will be available. 

9:00:  Workshop 'Basic Pastel' starts with instructional teaching.  Break for lunch at 12:30 and then participants can put to use what they have learned with the instructor giving critique upon request. The instructor is Chris Cernetisch who has been working in pastel for 40 years!  SDAA is offering this $45 workshop FOR ONLY $15. The workshop will also include a set of pastels and paper. Check out her artwork is awesome!

All day: Plein Air painting will take place.

12:00-1:00: Lunch is available

1:00 - 10:00 pm Event opens to the public where they can visit and watch artists.  Buy artwork, stay for the potluck and listen to the open mic. 

1:00-5:00 Models will be posing inside.  This year we will have Bonnie and Clyde as models. 

6:00: Potluck will begin.  Ice tea and lemonade will be provided.  Please bring any other beverage you wish to drink. 

6:30 - 9:30: An open mic session starts.  This is open to all writers, poets and musicians. 

9:00 pm: Nocturnal Plein Air painting will start. 

10:00 pm: Event closes

July 8:  9:30: Breakfast is served and we wrap-up the rendezvous.

 In order to fully plan the Rendezvous we ask that all artists register if you plan on attending.  We are also going to be offering artwork for sale, once you register you will be sent additional information.


South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

South Dakota Artists Alliance rendezvous registration

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