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Volume 1 | Issue 5 | 2013

FEATURE A MARRIAGE IN CREATION

Artists Nick and Nicole Fischer make fine art a family affair Offering by Nick Fischer

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IN THIS ISSUE 2 From the Editor THE HUB 5 Buzz What’s all the hum about? 6 Scene Were you there? 8 Taste Meat or no meat: delicious either way 10 Spotlight Local musician Amanda Conway 11 Copy and Chamomile Jeanette Wall’s The Silver Star

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12 Style THE GOODS: 10 Perfect gifts made locally

14 THE LOOK: Undeniably organic 18 Open House The Wanshura’s holiday bash IN THE BACK 26 Event Calendar We’ll see you there! Featured Event: Christmas Eve at the hospital

28 In the Spirit Ways to give back

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From the Editor

ON THE COVER FREEDOM FROM WANT

The Christmas Mega Toy

Local artists Nick and Nicole Fischer teamed up to create this Norman Rockwell reproduction exclusively for Aberdeen Magazine! The original Rockwell, titled Freedom from Want, depicted a traditional American holiday, celebrating family togetherness, peace and plenty. In this rendition we see it is the Fischer family enjoying a bountiful holiday meal!

Does your Elmo still tickle you?

by Barb Andrews

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// WELCOME to the holiday issue of Aberdeen Magazine! The holidays are about giving with generosity, hopefully getting what you want, and being grateful for what you have. We’ve given this issue a hometown feel all our own. You’ll be excited to find gift options in our Style section that are both lovingly handcrafted and locally made. You’ll be encouraged to see our “In the Spirit” section, offering local opportunities to donate and volunteer. In addition, we highlight local artists, Nick and Nicole Fischer, and folk guitarist Amanda Conway. But before we do that, lets talk about the bigger-than-life fixation that makes its way to the surface every year at this time, the holiday pop culture anomaly we call “The Mega Toy.” It was Christmas time in 1985. Every little girl in America had caught wind of a plumpcheeked doll with hair made of yarn that was born in an enchanted cabbage patch. My eyes lit up in disbelief as I unwrapped a large box and saw the face of “Brandy Bev” staring back at me through the plastic window. The Cabbage Patch Kid came with a birth certificate and adoption papers that included the date they were “born,” their unique first and middle name, and the signature of creator, Xavier Roberts. My mother had to win a drawing at Gibson’s department store in order to purchase “Brandy” for $50, which at that time was a lot of money, especially for a doll who didn’t even talk or wet herself. I think she’d actually hoped not to win the “doll lottery,” but she had. She found herself in the midst of a struggle between reason and guilt. Then, like most American mothers, she caved.

So where did the trend of the Christmas Mega Toy come from? You know, that one toy every child “needs” and every parent is willing to resort to desperate and sometimes inhumane acts in order to obtain? You might recall such Mega Toys from Christmases gone by as the Furby, Nintendo Game Boy and Tickle Me Elmo. The desire to get a child the year’s Mega Toy starts with good intentions, but often ends in remorse, as parents find themselves stooping to unimaginable levels of juvenile behavior in order to obtain it. I can remember my father making a mad dash, crazed look on his face, towards the toy section of Walmart one Black Friday morning, thirstily chanting the word “Furby” from his parched lips. Years after I received the Cabbage Patch Kid, I regretted having taken her out of the box, figuring that such a hyped-up toy in its original packaging would now appraise for a lot of money. But I was surprised to find the doll selling for only around $20 on ebay. Apparently whatever it is that gives the Mega Toy its value is no more lasting than the memory of why it was so special in the first place. A funny looking doll with hair made of yarn means little to me now, but the sacrifice made to obtain such a sought after gift, fueled by my mother’s love, has retained its worth. This holiday season, lets try to keep things in perspective, taking time to reflect on what it’s really all about: giving, receiving and celebrating the good life in a community that is always sure to deliver a white Christmas.

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South Dakota Film Festival

Festival producers Mark Comstock, Tom Black, and Barb Magera pose with special guests Charlie Hofheimer, Shannon Lucio, Jenny Dempsy, and producers Suzette McQuillen, Troy McQuillen, and Brent Brandt.

A Film-lover’s utopia

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// IF YOU MISSED the 7th annual South Dakota Film Festival (September 2629), you missed a lot! Ticket sales for this unique Aberdeen event increased by over 50% from previous years. Films were submitted from all around the world and 68 were selected as Official Selections. This Festival is becoming a desired spot on the film festival circuit for many filmmakers for a variety of reasons. The most overheard reason is that Aberdeen takes the best care of filmmakers with a VIP lounge, food, networking, beverages and Q and A time for them to talk about their films. Festival goers were treated to a new, state-of-the-art digital projection system recently installed in the Capitol Theatre. And there were a few Hollywood-types who made the trip and had a blast in Aberdeen.

Ruth Latterell, Lucia Scharbatke, Christoph Schuler, and Josh Latterell. Lucia and Christoph travelled from Germany to represent their film Gefallen.

Bates Wilder, Bai Ling, Brent Brandt, Andrew Kightlinger, and Tom Black work the red carpet.

Napoleon Dynamite producer Sean Covel leads a workshop on financing an indie film.

Gary Graham, Bates Wilder, David Midthunder, Adam Emerson, Luke Schuetzle, and Andrew Kightlinger discuss their film, Dust of War.

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National Night Out To connect and serve

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// ON AUGUST 6, Aberdeen joined forces with 15,000 communities worldwide for the annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out has proven to be an effective, inexpensive, and enjoyable program to promote community and police partnerships in our fight for a safer community and nation. Families joined forces with practically every community service department, getting first-hand experience with equipment and personnel, while enjoying games, food, and prizes at Melgaard Park.

Pheasant Canteen Film Premiere Pheasant Canteen Celebrates 70th anniversary of its opening

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Patsy Weigel (left) and Vera Lily greet movie sponsor Ka Squire. TO COMMEMORATE the 70th anniversary of the world famous, pheasant sandwich-serving canteen, the WWII Pheasant Canteen Team unveiled their new documentary film, A Living Legacy, on August 19 at the Capitol Theatre. Nearly 150 people attended the free screening. The film was made to educate children about Aberdeen’s involvement in WWII, illustrate the importance of being a generous community, honor area vets for their service, and acknowledge those who paid the ultimate price.

Bonnie Ellis showed up in her WWII army medic uniform.

Julie Johnson (third from right) presents Aberdeen Area Community Foundation’s contribution to the WWII Pheasant Canteen Team for the distribution of the documentary to schools.

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TASTE Bully!

Follow Your Nose to Bully’s Chop House

Bully’s logo by McQuillen Creative Group

Where there’s smoke, there’s meat By Mina Solinger

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// THE FEELING OF WINTER is in the air. And with the holidays just around the corner, it’s a perfect time to enjoy a nice, toasty sitdown meal with that someone special. Since 2009, Bully’s Chop House has been providing a memorable dining experience to its patrons. You may remember the former restaurant called “Murphy’s,” a basic burger and fries joint in that same location on 6th Avenue (attached to the Ramada). Bully’s Chop House has continued to offer a delicious selection of gourmet burgers and crispy fries, but they’ve made the Ramada a destination for fine dining, fueled by a new level of carnivore expertise. Bully’s specializes in offering a huge selection of marinated and smoked meats. Every morning select cuts are seasoned, then slow cooked in Bully’s “Southern Pride” Smoker, resulting in meat so tender it melts in your mouth. “One of the biggest sellers is our

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chislic,” says Rob Mattern, food and beverage manager, noting that chefs at Bully’s make the chislic from a beef tenderloin instead of a basic steak. “It’s just a nice upgrade, it’s very tender.” The tenderloin is marinated for eight hours before hitting the fryer. Another unique dish on Bully’s menu is the hot corn bread with honey butter, a welcomed comfort food that compliments any meal. The busiest time of year for Bully’s starts during hunting season and continues through the holidays. The cozy yet modern restaurant seats roughly 143 with a staff of around 40. An early bird special runs from 4 to 6 p.m., and their bar side, called “TAPZ,” offers a variety of drink specials. If you haven’t been in for a while, be sure to stop and check out Bully’s newly expanded menu, which includes a decadent seafood pasta dish and a savory flatiron steak.


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Pictured is a Southwestern Veggie Burger with avocado, pickles, salsa, tomato, sprouts, and a few slices of purple onion, all on a golden kaiser roll!

Meatless Goes Gourmet! With our spiced up veggie burger By Lauren Yarborough Nikolas

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// BURGERS are a well-loved staple food in my family. We cook them year round! And like good Americans, we love the basic beef rendition, cooked to perfection with a bit of smoky char, pickle, lettuce and tomato, all topped with a dollop of ketchup on a white bun. That being said, this veggie version of the burger won’t be a hard sell for you, or your family, as long as you’re open to the fact that it’s not pretending to be meat. It has a meaty texture thanks to the bulger wheat and the mushrooms, but it’s all flavor! I’ve tried a lot of veggie burger recipes, but this is the best I’ve tasted so far. The key is not to over-process anything. Otherwise you’ll have a dense, heavy, and very texturally unpleasant patty. To take our Basic Veggie Burger recipe to the next level, we added taco seasoning to give it a Southwestern vibe, then topped it with Mexican fixings. Feel free to experiment with any herbs, spices, and flavorings that accentuate the gourmet cook in you! For example, you could give your burger an Italian feel by adding oregano, balsamic, basil, and a pesto topping, then finish it off with a melty slice of mozzarella. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: FIRST, bring 1 cup of water in a sauce pan to a boil, then add ½ cup of bulgur wheat. Cover and simmer on low until all the water is evaporated (about 20 minutes). In the meantime, chop the beans, mushrooms, and onions until they are a little smaller than pea sized pieces, then add the shredded carrot. Whisk the egg and bread crumbs in a large bowl, and add spices to taste. Now pour in the chopped vegetables and cooked bulgur, mix well and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When you are ready to cook, preheat a well-oiled skillet on medium high. Form 8 to 10 patties, depending on the size you’d like them to be, and fry them for about 6 minutes on each side. Make sure patties aren’t too thick so they cook all the way through. Now put each patty on a bun or roll and lay on the toppings!

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INGREDIENTS BASIC VEGGIE BURGER:

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1 c. carrots, shredded ¼ medium onion, finely chopped 1 c. bread crumbs 1½ c. uncooked bulgur wheat (this can be found in the bulk section of Natural Abundance or the health food isle of most grocery stores) 1 ½ c. black beans, coarsely chopped 1 ½ tsp. salt 6 oz. cremini mushrooms 1 whole egg, whisked 8-10 hamburger buns or sliced kaiser rolls

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1 package Ortega taco seasoning mix, dry 1 avocado, thinly sliced 1 jar medium salsa 2 ripe tomatoes, sliced 1 purple onion, sliced 1 package fresh alfalfa sprouts 1 jar pickles or jalapeños, sliced Sliced pepper jack cheese (optional) Sour cream (optional)

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There are endless uses for this Basic Veggie Burger. If you’d like, you can skip the refrigeration and patty forming part, and cook it up in a sloppy joe sauce. Or wrap it in boiled cabbage along with some long grain rice, smother it in tomato sauce, bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes, and you’ve got the German dish “pigs in a blanket!” Whether you are an avid meat eater or not, this recipe offers a delicious way of incorporating more vegetables and fiber in your diet. Photos: Barb Andrews

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SPOTLIGHT Check, Check, 1,2

Finding Her Voice

Alternative folk musician Amanda Conway makes Aberdeen her home By Barb Andrews

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AMANDA CONWAY is a self-taught alternative folk guitarist who uses her melodic voice to convey raw emotion. She writes her own lyrics and music but occasionally enjoys doing a cover song “shout out” to her favorite underground bands. One year ago Amanda was living in Rapid City and feeling a real lack of direction. A friend invited her along on a trip to Aberdeen. She’d never been to Aberdeen before, but had such a positive experience on her trip that she began making plans to relocate. “Aberdeen has so many positive people, free-thinking individuals who support original and genuine art. That’s hard to find anywhere,” says Amanda. The new friends she met in Aberdeen were quick to support Amanda’s efforts to share her unique musical style. Doors were opened to her at the Red Rooster, Slackers, Music on Main, and Gallery Go. She has performed publicly seven times since moving here last year, all free of charge. She loves to play music, but has a deeper purpose than to simply entertain, using her talent to support the same community that embraced her with open arms. She has performed to rally behind local vendors, fund-raising events, advocacy groups and visual artists. Amanda first became interested in music in grade school when her parents encouraged her to take up the clarinet. Twelve years ago she traded in her wind instrument for an acoustic guitar and taught herself to play by ear. Her musical influences are highly eclectic, spanning several genres and a variety of artists, from Weird Al Yankovic to Roy Orbison. Amanda is always open to looking beyond the mainstream and incorporating what she finds there into her ever-developing style.

IF SOMEONE AT MY SHOW DOESN’T TEAR UP, I’VE FAILED.

Amanda Conway, an up-and-coming acoustic musician, enjoys performing in intimate settings such as the Red Rooster Coffee House.

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Photo: Aly Smith

Amanda writes her music and lyrics with purpose. She writes of the need for a changed society, of injustices, and of broken hearts. In addition to her many live performances, she has recorded three albums, distributing over 100 copies of her favorite of the three, titled Milk and Cigarettes. She would like to produce a new album, but money is an issue, especially since she does many of her performances on a donation basis. “I’m used to the poor artist lifestyle,” she says. Amanda loves the organic sound of live performance and felt this sound was best captured by recording her albums in low-fi. She enjoys using old-school technology, considered by many to be of lesser quality, because she believes that new recording equipment can make the music sound too sterile. Amanda’s music is poignant and expressive, filled with her own intimate opinions and emotions. She feels all people need an outlet to express emotions openly and without judgment. Through her performances she encourages others to tap into that part of themselves. “If someone at my show doesn’t tear up, I’ve failed,” says Amanda. “My music talks about positive changes that need to happen in the world,” said Amanda who enrolled at Northern State University this fall, “and that’s awesome, but I realized I needed to take further action to ensure those changes take place.” Amanda is studying business in hopes of one day running her own non-profit, and may go on to attend law school when she is through. She is looking forward to tapping into the art community at NSU as well, seeking opportunities to get to know fellow students and to perform in a new environment. To hear Amanda’s recorded music, visit soundcloud.com/amanda-conway. To find out about upcoming live performances, email Amanda at acornleaftron@gmail.com.


COPY & CHAMOMILE Gonna eat me a lot of peaches

THE SILVER STAR A novel by Jeannette Walls

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BOOK REVIEW by Jennifer Streifel

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N NOVEMBER 13, 2013, the AMPL book club will be discussing The Silver Star, a story of retribution by award winning author and journalist Jeannette Walls. The story begins in April 1970 in Lost Lake, California, a small town in the Colorado Desert. Charlotte Holladay, an aspiring singer, goes to San Diego to “make some time and space” for herself, leaving behind her two adolescent daughters “Bean” (Jean) and Liz to fend for themselves. Initially the girls are not concerned about their mother’s absence; she often left them on their own for a few days when she went to Los Angeles to audition as a backup singer. However, this time is different. After nearly two weeks, a grocer comments to Bean that he hasn’t seen her mother in a while. Then as Bean walks home from school, she sees a squad car outside her home. Fearing being placed in a foster home, the sisters hatch a plan. Liz and Bean decide to take a bus to stay with their Uncle Tinsley in Byler, Virginia, Charlotte’s hometown. Once the sisters arrive at the home of Uncle Tinsley, Bean catches a boy stealing peaches from her uncle’s orchard. When

Photo: Troy McQuillen

she describes the boy to her uncle, he explains that the boy is Joe Wyatt, Bean’s cousin. While Bean and Liz knew that Charlotte had divorced Liz’s dad, Shelton Steward, all they knew about Bean’s father was that he was a “Byler boy” and had died. Bean gets to meet her father Charlie’s family. Her Aunt Al gives Bean the Silver Star medal that was awarded to her father for his gallantry in the Korean War. Bean becomes close to her father’s family and makes friends at her new school. Liz, however, has a more difficult time. A nonconformist like her mom and dissatisfied with her school life, Liz throws herself into doing office work for Jerry Maddox, a powerful and corrupt foreman of the town mill, and trouble arises. I enjoyed reading about how the bond between two sisters helped them survive tough circumstances. While staying with their uncle, one of the girls is victimized. Through her sister’s support and in the spirit of the Silver Star medal, she is able to stand up for herself and ensure justice is served. Jennifer Streifel has been an avid library user since 1981 as a college student, then as an elementary school teacher, and has been an AMPL book club member since 1999.

Stop into the library and become a member of Friends of the Library. All members receive this handy book bag from the AMPL Foundation.

RECOMMENDED TEA: PEACH TEA I suggest reading this coming-of-age tale while sipping peach tea, in reminiscence of how Bean came to meet her cousin Joe in the peach orchard and, in turn, the rest of her father’s family. Peach tea is a southern favorite, satisfying to your sweet tooth, yet naturally calorie free.

LOVED THE BOOK?

Meet the author! Jeannette Walls, author of The Silver Star and The Glass Castle, is presenting at NSU on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Johnson Fine Arts Center Theater. The NSU Honors Program brings the event to you free of charge. To order your tickets today, call 605-626-2552 or go to www.northern.edu.

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WARM UP with COZY WINTER WEAR

///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// THE DAKOTA CARDING AND WOOL COMPANY is located just outside of Aberdeen in beautiful rural South Dakota. Many of their chic, animal-friendly wool, mohair, alpaca, and angora fibers are harvested from livestock raised on the Knispel/Ulvog family farm. These fibers are combined into blends which are then carded into lofty clouds perfect for spinning or felting. Dakota Carding and Wool also offers hand spun fashions such as luxurious one-of-a-kind sweaters, hats, scarves and shawls. These warm knits offer soft texture and earthy tones with an undeniably organic appeal. PHOTOS BY TROY MCQUILLEN MODELED BY ABBY BUEHLER (and Huck the goat)

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Kelly Knispel and her carding mill, which disentangles fibers and removes seeds and hay

SHEEP to SWEATER

A PROCESS WALKTHROUGH BY DAKOTA CARDING AND WOOL OWNER KELLY KNISPEL

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// The sheep and angora goats on my farm I shear with hand blades at least once a year. This haircut is beneficial to the animal and it is a source of fiber, yarn and garments for me. Sheep are sheared for wool, alpacas and llamas are sheared for their hair/wool and angora goats are sheared twice a year for their mohair. Once the wool fleece (or mohair) is shorn it must be washed with soap and water to remove the dirt and lanolin. After the wool is dry it goes through a carding process that disentangles the individual fibers and removes the vegetable matter, like tiny seeds and bits of hay. At this point the carded wool can be further prepared by combing or it may go right to spinning. Spinning wool into yarn is done with a hand spindle, spinning wheel or mechanized spinning frame and is simply the act of putting a twist into the fibers. Once the fibers are twisted together the resulting yarn has tensile strength and is ready to be used in weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting, or other fiber crafts that involve yarn.

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RESTED I design and spin the yarn FIBER ARTS? IN that I create from my The Prairie Fiber Arts Guild sheep’s wool and goat’s meets on mohair and then I knit and of every mothnte second Saturday h from 1-4 p.m. weave scarves, hats, sweat- For more information, cont ers, socks and shawls from Kelly at 605-228-9199 or act dakotacarding@ nrctv.com. these yarns.

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Some of the yarns that I hand spin are the natural color of the animals: white, gray, black or brown. I dye the wool or yarns using plant dyes made from marigold blossoms, curled dock, golden rod, black walnuts, indigo or basil plants. I also use professional protein fiber dyes to obtain more commercial colors such as maroon or lime green.

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Basket of homespun yarns

Gloria at Concepts, an Aveda Salon Spa, made our model look simply stunning. Nourish-mint products protect Abby’s lips from the cold, while her softly set 1960’s-inspired hairstyle leaves plenty of room for her natural beauty to shine.

Hand knit, cable hat in mustard, hand knit, prairie kimono, spice market wrap knit with plant-dyed yarns Pueblo cowl, hand spun and hand knit with wool and mohair

Natural gray, wool/alpaca blend beret, cable scarf in natural white wool, gray, wool-mohair blend sweater

Baskets of dyed mohair locks

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OPEN HOUSE There’s no place like it.

A HOME for the HOLIDAYS

/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Aberdeen Magazine is the guest of honor at this chic holiday bash! PHOTOS BY TROY MCQUILLEN

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ODD AND KIKI WANSHURA HAVE INVITED ABERDEEN MAGAZINE OVER FOR THEIR TREND SETTING HOLIDAY PARTY, COMPLETE WITH FANCY DRINKS, FUN FINGER FOODS, AND NOSTALGIC PARTY FAVORS.

As you first pull up to the Wanshura’s residence, you find yourself taken aback by an enormous barn perfectly aged in a soft shade of silver, dwarfing the cottagey lake home. The cheery yellow cabin, in its elegant simplicity, looks to be straight out of New England. Once inside, you see how Todd and Kiki have intermingled bits of their Minnesota roots with the farmhouse appeal of their South Dakota home. The decor is simple yet elegant, rustic yet modern. The layout is minimalist but cozy. A palate of woods and other neutrals is occasionally interrupted by accent pieces, antiques, and humor-inspired art. With help from Ann’s Touch Staging and Redesign and Kountry Kakes & More, the Wanshuras have adorned their quaint space with a few choice elements of festive appeal. The chic look of Todd and Kiki’s holiday party says small town warmth with big city class. And the carefully chosen objects of attention maintain the cabin’s overall design theme: beauty in simplicity. LEFT The Wanshuras brought the outside in. The unique banister was built by Todd and Kiki using elements from the barn. The wall on the right is actually the barn’s door, left in its original condition to include the license plate found on it when the Wanshuras first arrived. TOP Hosts Todd and Kiki Wanshura

LEFT TO RIGHT Vanilla cake pops, almond and herb cheese ball and cherry martinis The Wanshura’s three-seasons room sits below a rooftop patio Nostalgic party favor tray complete with cigars, Altoids, and old-fashioned rock candy

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TOP LEFT

TOP RIGHT

BELOW

Ann’s Touch Staging and Redesign created this adorable Christmas tree decked with peacock feathers and mistletoe for a trendyyet-romantic flair.

Kountry Kakes & More helped the Wanshuras create this delicious holiday spread, including a red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting.

Kiki used gold spray-paint to give this old mason jar a new look. Then she garnished it with candy canes and paired it with a kitschy knick-knack and elegant barware.

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A MARRIAGE in CREATION

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// Successful local artists Nick and Nicole Fischer make fine art a family affair. Q AND A WITH BARB ANDREWS

CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT

Gallery Guitarist Nick uses his abstract black line style to capture musician Will Brown The Kite Flyers Nick’s painting in soft pastel depicts his family enjoying a warm autumn day Healing Tree Nick and Nicole painted this mural for the Avera warm water therapy pool Sunset on S. Dakota Street II Nicole used house paint to build texture and then rendered the skyscape in acrylic

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Glyph Sans-serif Nicole dry-brushed this mandala on a recycled burlap sack


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ICK AND NICOLE FISCHER LIVE IN A BEAUTIFULLY SELF-RESTORED EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY HOME ON THE EDGE OF TOWN.

Blue-eyed and blonde haired, the two met in college with a dream of making it in the real world. Their home is filled with a feeling of tranquility and the sound of their three towheaded boys playfully giggling in another room. The Fischers’ home is simple yet elegant, their own pristine artwork accenting nearly every wall. It is not often you meet a couple so equally talented and fully supportive of one another’s work. In pursuit of their mutual dream, they’ve weathered the hardships that come along with trying to make it as freelance artists. But both Nick and Nicole agree, they wouldn’t be where they are today without the support of their biggest fan, the Aberdeen community. Aberdeen Magazine editor Barb Andrews had the chance to speak with the couple about their lives as artists in Aberdeen:

When did you first become interested in art? NICOLE Art has been a part of my life since I was born. My mom was an artist so I’ve been around it always. I remember her teaching classes to kids that would come over and I would be there, and kind of soak it in. I took every class I could in high school and it just seemed like the natural course of things to continue with it in college at Northern. NICK I was into art as a pretty young child. When I was six years old I found one of my dad’s old sketchbooks from when he was in college. I found some drawing pencils and sat down and drew a picture of E.T. with a flying saucer. I put a lot of work into it, it turned out pretty cool, and I got a lot of praise for it. That is one memory that sticks out. Through elementary school I would draw characters and started taking classes at the ARCC from Lora Schaunaman and Lois Beckner. When did you decide to make a career out of creating art? NICK In college, for both of us. I got involved right off the bat. In my second year at Northern, Ben Victor, Jake Bosmoe, Ben Grote and I started a little mural business. Our first mural was the one we did for Gypsy Days at Lager’s in 1999. They paid us a little cash and we worked on it all night. Lager’s just wanted it for a few months, but they liked it, so they ended up keeping it for years. Jake kind of got out of the business, Ben and I did a few more, and then Nicole and I got married and started doing murals together. I became a founding member of the Artworks Cooperative and started showing art all over town.

I got into the framing and matting thing, and started actually selling pieces. What about the Aberdeen community has enabled you both to succeed as artists? NICOLE The community supports us through numerous cultural and art focused events that happen throughout the year, and through the availability of venues, such as Gallery Go, the Artworks Coop, the Red Rooster and the Dacotah Prairie Museum. We’ve noticed that when we volunteer and help out at other events, it brings that back around to the events that we participate in, the ones that we want people to come to that we’re involved with. It’s kind of a give and take. NICK We had a big group of artists, people working together, when we were both attending NSU. We developed a lot of friends there who have also stayed in Aberdeen, and we continue to support one another. Local artists Jake Bosmoe and Ben Grote hang out with us and we talk art. We’ve also collaborated with Matt Schaefer, the former Gallery Go art coordinator, and local sculptor Ben Victor. Do you create art as a family? NICK The kids watch me draw every night. I’ll sit down with my chalk and my paddle and they’ll take turns throwing out ideas. Then they watch me draw until they fall asleep. They have a hard time falling asleep without me drawing for them. We try to get them involved in making art too. We’ll take them up in the studio and work with them one on one. NICOLE It’s hard for them to all work together because they demand so much of our attention, for them to gain anything we like to just keep it one on one.

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What collaborative pieces have the two of you done? NICK We’ve done performance paintings for live music in town. NICOLE We’ve done some symmetry paintings. One of us will make a mark on one side of the canvas and the other one mimics it and we take turns going back and forth copying each other’s paint strokes. And we jointly teach the Granary workshop every year for the high school students. NICK We do a big mural project with them every year. We have one in front of the Dacotah Prairie Museum that we did with students in high schools from all over South Dakota. NICOLE We usually end up teaching collaborative mural painting. NICK Worthington, Minnesota has had us come for the big town festival; it’s a Windsurfing Regatta. They are world renowned for their windsurfing on the lake. Nicole and I have gone a couple of years to lead a community mural project. They give us a design and direction. NICOLE They’ll tell us what aspects they want and we’ll design it and build it. NICK We bring it and the community paints it and we guide them. We then put the whole thing together and install it and everything. What are the biggest differences between your artistic styles?

What inspires your work? NICOLE I feel like art is so engrained in me I can’t really imagine doing anything else. But at the same time I have a lot of interests other than art. I use those other interests like gardening, anatomy, and just things that I’m interested in in life and I transfer those into image making. I really like figures and nature. NICK Me too. My realistic work usually involves a figure interacting with nature. I was always NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013

that we work on our art, though. Sometimes it’s not fun, but it’s always fulfilling. NICOLE To keep our art in shape and to develop it–it takes a lot of self-discipline. The hardest thing is to get up into the studio. Once we’re up there it’s fine. We have to wait until the kids are sleeping. But if we’ve set ourselves a deadline, we don’t have a choice. What motivates the two of you to keep on creating despite the challenges? NICOLE It is a struggle to make a living doing art, but that struggle is where the passion comes from. If you’re going to make art you have to have that passion there to keep it going. NICK Part of what keeps us inspired is what we call our “fun art.” It’s funny, we have our business art and we have our fun art. We’ll spend a Friday night with our artist friends, listening to music and enjoying drinks. And we’ll all just throw paint around, playing all night long, creating multiple pieces at one time. NICOLE It’s fun in that environment to have that fear removed, no expectations, where it doesn’t matter how it turns out. We find it very liberating. And it reminds us to stay lighthearted about our art when it comes time to rein it in.

“THERE’S JUST WAY TOO M BEAUTY TO BE ACKNOWL

NICOLE Nick is much more detailed then I am. I don’t like hard edges as much. I like to keep things a little more ambiguous. I like to have the viewer see things for themselves in their own head and Nick seems to break things down into a little miniature universe with depth that goes so far into the painting. NICK I tend to like more saturated color. NICOLE I’m a little more subdued and Nick’s a little more saturated, but we both like painting figures. NICK I love doing portraits and faces. I’ve got a really good knack for faces and portraits. We both really like doing figures. NICOLE We both love painting people. We’re both able to do pretty much anything. NICK We do a lot of landscapes on commission.

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very interested in nature, in looking up close at things like wood, rocks, and grass. When I was a child I would get my face down into a small piece of lawn and appreciate every little detail, every blade of grass, every ant or bug. NICOLE I’m inspired by relationships of people and nature, and relationships in general. I like to study the relationships of different plants and how they affect each other, how they grow with or against each other, or how animals affect a whole ecosystem. Then you throw humans into that mix and it just keeps expanding. NICK I like doing portraits of people from life and throwing in narratives into the scene, elements that describe the person like colors or shapes, and mystical symbolism. We both try to keep things positive by putting beauty in our art instead of focusing on the negative aspects of life. There are just way too many artists who focus on the negative aspects of life. NICOLE And that’s mostly for shock value and to spark conversation, but there’s just way too much beauty to be acknowledged. NICK We try to keep it on the positive side and sometimes a little bit on the weird side. BOTH For fun!

Did you face discouragement about your choice to pursue a career in art? NICOLE Yes, from my parents, in fact. I realized why too. It’s not easy. They wanted me to do something practical. It’s definitely exciting, but there is a struggle. You have to put so much extra effort and time into creating art because it’s hard to find your market when there is so much mass-produced art available. It’s hard for some people to understand why original art is important. NICK And why it should be appreciated. NICOLE It’s more than just a craft or a hobby. So there are a lot of challenges there, but we have other things that help sustain us too. We don’t make all of our income off of art. NICK We seem to be doing better and better every year. Some years, in our best years, a third or a half of our income comes from art. We both work for my dad for additional income. I do construction and all of his painting when he’s building apartments. There have been times where we’ve gotten hired for big art projects and I’ll take three or six months off of work and just be doing art full time if it’s a big enough commission. It’s often nights and weekends

Why does art matter? NICK It’s a gift you can give to people, to share with others, and something you can contribute to the rest of the world. NICOLE And it’s something you can help yourself with. By using it as a release or as a quiet place to practice something while working things out in your head, like a meditation. NICK There is so much stimulation around us all the time. Art is important as a way to get someone to stop, to slow down, and take something in that’s not a moving picture, not an iPod, or a television. Those things are different, not saying anything against them. They are what they are, but there’s something else about slowing down, looking at details, and taking in shapes and texture. Art is more raw than a digital device. It’s important to keep the appreciation of art up, to keep the legacy going. I don’t think art will ever die. Fischer artwork originals and prints available at: The Artworks Coop, Gallery Go, and at www.fischersart.com


MUCH LEDGED�

This painting by Nick, called Old Soul, is a soft pastel portrait of their son, Eli, when he was eighteen months old. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 |

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EVENT CALENDAR If you have an event you’d like to include in our calendar, email promotional artwork and/or photos, along with the following information to barb@aberdeenmag.com: name of event, date, time, location, description, and contact information.

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Culturefest

This is a free event that celebrates food, dress, and customs of a variety of cultures. For more info contact connie.smith@northern.edu. Friday, All day, Barnett Center, NSU Poster by McQuillen Creative Group

1–2 Murder at Super Central

 urder mystery dinner M theater sponsored by the Aberdeen Downtown Association. For more info call 605-226-3441. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m., Ward Plaza Crystal Ballroom

2 Wacipi

The 2013 Wacipi (powwow) is an American Indian culture-sharing event. For more info email nsumulticultural@northern.edu. Saturday, 5 p.m., Barnett Center, NSU

6-10 Aberdeen Community Theater: Becky’s New Car

T his comedy is ACT’s season finale. Wednesday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m.

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Knitter’s Club

All knitters and crocheters welcome, even beginners! Second Friday of every month, 1 p.m., Red Rooster Coffee House

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Early Bird Holiday Shopping Bazaar and Benefit

23–24 Winterfest

Featuring artists from across the region in both fine and folk arts. For more info contact Aberdeen Area Arts Council at 605-226-1557. Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Aberdeen Civic Arena

S upport young people’s theatre with music, shopping, face painting, buttons, balloons, and a raffle. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Best Western Ramkota Inn

15 Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign Kick Off C ommunity breakfast to include a motivational speaker and volunteer information. For more info or to RSVP contact Sue at 605-225-7410. Friday, 8 a.m., Ramada

16 Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony Fall Concert: Flights of Imagination

27 Community Thanksgiving Meal Share

Enjoy a free holiday meal of turkey and all the trimmins where all are welcome. For more info or to volunteer contact Sue at 605-225-7410. Wednesday, 11 a.m. service, 12 p.m. meal, Salvation Army Community Corps

29 Hairball

Get ready to rock as this arena rock band brings their high-octane show to you. Find tickets at Kesslers, Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn, Mavricks, or www.dakotaeventcenter.com. Friday, 7 p.m., Dakota Event Center

South Dakota premiere of the concerto Wright Flight featuring pianist Miho Sasaki. Saturday, 7:30 p.m., NSU’s Johnson Fine Arts Center

20 NSU Honors Society presents a night with Jeannette Walls Well-known author of The Glass Castle and The Silver Star will be available for autographs. For more info contact Erin at 605-626-3456. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., Johnson Fine Arts Center Theater, NSU

22 Jazz Swing Dance

NSU Jazz Ensemble entertains with music from the Big Band Era. For more info contact Grant at 605-626-2982. Friday, 7 p.m., Ward Plaza Crystal Ballroom

23 Northern Night

NSU Foundation’s largest fundraiser raises over $100,000 for student scholarships. For more info contact NSU Foundation at 605-626-2550. Saturday, 5 p.m., Dakota Event Center

29 Final Friday

Come enjoy a full range of local and regional musical talent. For more info contact Jason at 719-339-4482. Friday, 6 p.m., The Ward Plaza

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Hospice Tree of Life Ceremony

Northern Plains Hospice will hold a program and music to honor patients. For more info or to make a donation contact the Avera Foundation at 605-622-5887. Thursday, 4 p.m., Avera St. Luke’s Education Center

6–7 Christmas On Main with Parade of Lights Celebrate Christmas with the whole community by attending the festivities. For more info go to www.aberdeendowntown.org. Friday and Saturday 6 p.m., Downtown Main

12 Holiday Vocal Concert

Community concert featuring CHS vocal students. For more info contact Mrs. Kelly at 605-725-8100. Thursday, 7 p.m., Thomas F. Kelly Theatre, CHS

16 Holiday Band/Orchestra Concert

Community concert featuring CHS band and orchestra students. For more info contact Jerry Letcher at 605-725-8100. Monday, 7 p.m., Thomas F. Kelly Theatre, CHS

23 Community Christmas Meal Share

Enjoy a free holiday meal of ham, sweet potatoes and more, all are welcome. For more info or to volunteer contact Sue at 605-225-7410. Monday, 11 a.m. service, 12 p.m. meal, Salvation Army Community Corps

27 Final Friday

Come enjoy a full range of local and regional musical talent. For more info contact Jason at 719-339-4482. Friday, 6 p.m., The Ward Plaza

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FEATURED EVENT

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SPREADING CHRISTMAS JOY

Volunteers bring holiday cheer to hospitals on Christmas Eve

This Christmas the kindhearted folks of United Way of Aberdeen will bring joy to those spending their holidays in the hospital. On Christmas Eve, United Way volunteer “elves” brighten patients’ moods with gifts of poinsettia plants, toys, and words of encouragement. Volunteers in Christmas attire gather in the hospital lobby Christmas Eve morning, then go down each wing delivering gifts and singing Christmas carols. Santa and Mrs. Claus even make a visit to those in pediatrics. The volunteers will be visiting both Avera and Sanford hospitals. This event is a United Way project and is sponsored by five other service clubs: The Sertoma, Exchange, Rotary, Lions, and Optimist clubs, along with our local Target store. For more information on this event, contact Jennifer at 605-225-0783 or online at www.uwnesd.org.

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IN THE SPIRIT While you’re shopping for holiday gift items, add these worthy local wish lists to your own and get into the spirit of giving!

THE SALVATION ARMY

SAFE HARBOR ABERDEEN AREA HUMANE SOCIETY ABERDEEN, SOUTH DAKOTA

THE ABERDEEN AREA HUMANE SOCIETY The Aberdeen Area Humane Society serves Northern South Dakota and Southern North Dakota in the interest of animal welfare. The shelter facility just Southwest of Aberdeen houses displaced animals— some abandoned, some rescued from abuse—until they are adopted into a loving home. Various supplies are needed to care for the animals before they are adopted by their new family: WISH LIST pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp

Tidy Cat scoopable cat litter 13-gallon garbage bags Liquid laundry soap Purina dry puppy and dog food Purina dry and wet kitten food, dry cat food Small plastic baby pools (for dogs to cool off in) Collars and non-retractable leashes of all sizes Pig’s ears and rawhide chews Medium sized latex gloves (powder free) Monetary donations always welcome

To make a donation, contact 605-226-1200 or email the Aberdeen Area Humane Society at aberdeenareahs@yahoo.com. You can drop off donations at 13452 385th Avenue between 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Safe Harbor offers temporary shelter, counseling, and other supportive services to individuals and families in the thralls of domestic violence. When victims arrive they often have nothing more than the clothes on their back, having had to quickly flee a dangerous situation. Safe Harbor wants their clients to feel at home while staying in the shelter, so they provide a stocked pantry of necessities for daily living. WISH LIST pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp

Boxed dinners Canned goods Crackers Jello and pudding Juice and drink mixes Milk (canned or powdered) Rice or pasta Cereal Peanut butter Paper towels and toilet paper Laundry detergent and fabric softener sheets Trash bags (tall kitchen/13gal) Cleaning supplies Baby wash and lotion Diapers (size 5 & 6), wipes and formula Gas cards Grocery cards Advil/Tylenol Hair brushes Women’s deodorant Children’s winter coats, boots, hats, and gloves

Donations can be brought to Safe Harbor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Use the front door and ring the buzzer. For more information, contact LaVonne Walker, Office Manager, at 605-226-1212.

VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA CHILDREN’S CLOSET The Children’s Closet is a forward-thinking program offered through Volunteers of America at 112 North Main Street. New mothers in need in the Aberdeen area receive support, mentorship, and baby care items. Imagine how hard it must be to leave the hospital with your new baby knowing you don’t have the essential supplies to properly care for them. The Children’s Closet offers new mothers these desperately needed items free of charge, in conjunction with an educational program that eases the transition into motherhood. WISH LIST pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp

Diapers of all sizes Wipes Bottles Liners Baby spoons High chairs Cribs Crib sheets Crib mattress pads Bibs Baby receiving blankets Bath items Nursing supplies Baby toys Winter clothing Formula, cereal, and food items

Donations can be made by calling 605-262-1007 or can be taken to the Volunteers of America office between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Salvation Army has been serving disadvantaged people in the Aberdeen community since 1883. They offer numerous programs and services on a case-bycase basis to community members of all ages and walks of life. This holiday season consider choosing a child from one of the Salvation Army Angel Trees and make their Christmas wish come true. Unmet needs exist year-round and there are many options for giving. WISH LIST pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp pp

Shampoo and conditioner Body wash and bar soap Deodorant Toothbrushes, toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss Toilet paper and paper towels Disinfectant cleaner Laundry detergent Rags Mops, brooms, and dustpans Canned food items Boxed food items Cake and brownie mixes Bulk items such as potato flakes, pasta, oats, and rice Dried fruit and nuts Gently-used clothing and shoes Household items such as curtains and linens Gently-used furniture and home decor Bicycles, tricycles and rollerblades Cooking utensils and small working appliances Monetary donations always welcome

Donations can be given in person Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by mail at: The Salvation Army | 1003 Sixth Ave SW | Aberdeen SD, 57401 Volunteers may call 605-225-7410 and ask for Jerad, the volunteer coordinator.


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