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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Art Focus Fine Art & Custom Framing is hosting local photographer Teysha Vinson for March, with an artist reception on Friday, March 4.

Vinson’s show is titled “Here and Further Still” and features images of the Bitterroot Valley, the Bitterroot Mountains and beyond.  

“Most photos are from here and some are further,” Vinson said. “I’ve only lived here a few years but take my camera with me as I go around. I love the landscape.”

Her preference is not to take grand photos that try to capture the whole forest but prefers to take more intimate images.

“I’m often photographing the ground and the grass and plants, a section of the forest,” she said. “It’s what’s in front of me because I’m easily enchanted.”

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Her images are familiar, fireweed at Roaring Lion, sagebrush, ponderosa and “that delightful surprise of a waterfall as you come around the

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Thirty years ago, Cecil Williams — using his vast collection of historic images — began developing a series of powerful story-telling wall art — called by some, “poster.”

The posters were created from Williams’ experiences during the era of the civil rights movement, amplified with his skills in photography, art and computer graphics.

Only recently during COVID-19, did he complete the series which now contains over 100 images.

He named the series: “The South Carolina History That Shaped America.”

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In addition to the general public and collectors, it is his intent to distribute sets of the posters to every middle and high school in the state. As many educators often proclaim, Williams believes images are 80% more effective as a learning tool.

“In today’s digital society, images shared with open licenses permit educators to easily create stimulating, thought-provoking content to inspire, provoke and transform the

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