SIOUX CITY — During the late 19th century and into the early 20th century, Sioux Cityans could purchase haberdashery from the west end of T.S. Martin & Co. Department Store at 515 Fourth St. 

For much of the Great Depression and leading into World War II, fashionable ladies could meet up with friends at Kresge’s second floor luncheonette, which was housed in the same building.

Up until a few years ago, well-dressed gents could fill their closets with plenty of Ralph Lauren dress shirts and Tommy Bahama weekend apparel at the recently closed Karlton’s Men Clothiers at the very same place.

Amy Thompson knew the historical importance that the three-story Martin Block building has in downtown Sioux City. 

That’s why she and her engineer husband, Matt Thompson, selected the space for Art SUX, a gallery for area artists to create, exhibit and sell their pieces.

“We started Art SUX with

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The Suffield Arts Council will present a display of photographs by Springfield resident Bill Ferro at Kent Memorial Library’s Pinney Gallery, 50 North Main St., in Suffield.

Ferro, formerly of New York City, was introduced at an early age to photography by his uncle and dabbled in the field for many years while traveling the country.

Since moving to Western Massachusetts, Ferro has photographed the coast from Maine to Florida.

The exhibit will feature many examples of Ferro’s portfolio, which includes vivid images of seascapes, wildlife, florals, and landscapes.

More recently, Ferro traveled to Alaska to photograph glaciers, mountains, and wildlife. 

The show, titled “Expressions In Light,” runs through March 31.

The exhibit is made possible through the joint efforts of Ferro, the Suffield Arts Council, and the staff of Kent Memorial Library.

A photo exhibit of “The Flags of 9/11” by local photographer Michael Selissens is on display at

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Feb. 24—Avenue West Fine Art Gallery will showcase works by photographer Freddie B from March 3-31. Diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, B has often struggled with socializing, but photography has given him a new voice.

“I have always had challenges with social communication, so for me, photography has been my ‘voice, a medium for me to share the beauty of the world in my own unique way,” he said in a news release.

B’s work has been featured in magazines including Landscape Photography, San Diego Voyager, Flip and Avant Guard and shown in galleries all over the world from Orange County in California to Berlin, Germany.

The gallery will also feature guest artist Larry Bergman and a series of his pen and ink drawings that juxtapose “geometric lines, random graphics and images drawn with minute pen strokes.” For more information, visit visionsinblackandwhite.com.

Located at 907 W. Boone Ave., the gallery

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Art Commons, one of Canada’s largest art galleries, is currently featuring a curated collection titled Indigenous Motherhood and Matriarchy that houses an exhibit with the work of Wicanhpi Iyotan Win (Autumn Cavender-Wilson). The show opened in December 2021, and runs through the end of this week, with the ability to view the entire collection virtually. The collection involves multiple artists, working to highlight women’s resiliency and strength, and is curated by a Cree artist named Autumn Whiteway. Whiteway curated the collection first in 2021, and the current collection is the third installment of artists. 

“I would say my piece is definitely one of the more unusual pieces in there. It’s a really beautiful exhibit in that there’s so many different mediums and so many different ways that people approached this topic, and so there’s everything from photography and painting to 3D canvases and sculpture, ranging from highly ancestral traditional styles

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