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Josh Beckwith showcases his art

Josh Beckwith with selections of his art outside Marty's Tap. 

Over the past few months you may have noticed that I’ve started to do an Artist Spotlight series on exceptional local visual artists.

This process has been a complete pleasure. I love showcasing the talent Sioux City has to offer. Most of the time, I let the subjects tell their own stories through Q&A sessions, as to not bring my own perspective of their work into the article. I want to know what makes them tick; what makes them creative entities...why they create what they create.

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Jessica Hammond poses with one of her paintings inside her art studio.

The stories so far have been about the morbidly beautiful and fascinatingly dark paintings of Josh Beckwith, the comic-style Brutal Doodles and geometrically-charged trippy paintings of Jessica Hammond, the emotion-filled human-centered Kitty Kitty Bang Bang paintings of Anna Hart and this week, the dark-humored comics and acrylic paintings of Chad Dunning. There was even a story on a Chicago-based graffiti artist with Siouxland ties, Won Kim, who's mural can now be seen on the side of Brioux City Brewery/Marty's Tap.

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Sioux City artist, Anna Hart, holding a recently finished acrylic painting featuring an emotional cross-section.

Others are already in the works for the coming weeks…wait and see!

What I want from the Weekender audience is suggestions. Who do you think would make a good Artist Spotlight feature in Sioux City or the closely-surrounding areas? I know there are plenty of unique artists around town; I just need to find out about them so I can share their work and their stories (and hopefully help their careers with media exposure in the Weekender).

Chad Dunning Comics

Comics by Chad Dunning, including his self portrait.

I welcome any suggestions (I don’t guarantee a timely story, as I assume I’ll be getting a large influx of requests) and look forward to meeting all the talent and giving them a place to shine in the Weekender.

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Chicago based artist and restaurateur, Won Kim, working on a new mural on the side of Marty's Tap, 1306 Court St.

If you know someone I should feature, don’t hesitate, just email me at: alebowitz@siouxcityjournal.com. In the subject bar, write "Artist Spotlight suggestion," and I'll take submissions as they come.

Thanks in advance for your input.

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