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Piece by Cody Bouwman.
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LOCAL ARTISTS AND CRAFTERS ARE BEING PUT THE TEST, ALL WITH THE GOAL TO HELP BUILD HOMES FOR THOSE IN NEED. THE UPCOMING RESTORATION ART AUCTION SPONSORED BY HABITAT FOR HUMANITY IS IN ITS THIRD YEAR, AND WILL BE HELD AT ICON EVENTS HALL + LOUNGE IN DOWNTOWN SIOUX FALLS.
The free event begins at 7 p.m. on April 22 (Earth Day), with a nocharge dessert bar and an available cash bar. There will also be raffle prizes. Local band Bangtail will perform, while attendees peruse the artwork created by artists, DIYers, and crafters near and far. Niki Schillerstrom is the community relations director for Sioux Falls Habitat for Humanity. Schillerstrom came up with the idea for the art auction using recycled items several years ago, and was finally able to see it come to fruition when the event was first held in 2014. “It’s my baby,” said Schillerstrom. “I’m fully invested in its success and challenges.” 40 // APRIL 2017
Participants were able to pick a recycled item up to a $100 value from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. The recycled items could be lamps, doors, window screens, and so on. This year, there will be 56 artists and 73 pieces presented. Most items will be on a silent auction, while four to five pieces will be sold during a live auction. Collected money will go towards building houses for those in the community. Since the art auction started, $17,800 has been raised. Schillerstrom says these homes help families have better connections, which leads to healthier and happier lives and families. “Habitat just makes sense to me,” said Schillerstrom. “To have a home that is secure and affordable and safe; once you can check that off, it just opens the world that you can invest in other things, be open to other things, and care about other things, because you’re just less worried.” For Tom Chap, giving back to the community is second nature. The