True for 19 years: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Art !


the smallest gallery you ever get lost in ...

Turn Back Time -  Simple on the outside, spectacular on the inside!  For nearly two decades, Prairie Star Gallery was filled with centuries-old art forms displayed in a beautiful century-old building.  Six years after first opening its doors on S. Cliff Ave., Prairie Star Gallery relocated to the heart of downtown Sioux Falls on Phillips Ave.  During the 12 years the gallery was open on Phillips, people were very complimentary of it's gorgeous Native American art displayed in an authentic and relaxing ambiance.  Now we've retired and have closed the gallery.   
The exceptional variety and originality of our art distinguished our gallery. Nearly all the art was from the U.S.; a tiny percentage was created by Canadian Iroquois artists.  It was Indigenous handmade, authentic, and of the highest quality.  The  artists we represented were predominately from Northern Plains tribes, such as Lakota, Dakota, Ojibwa (Chippewa, Anishinaabe), Blackfeet, Assiniboine, Three Affiliated Tribes, and  many others.  We also represented Navajo, Santo Domingo, and Potawatomie.
Preserve the Past -  "The past is never dead.  It's not even past."  - Faulkner
The gallery featured art that had origins far earlier than covered wagons or even horses.  The telegraph and telephone had yet to be invented.  Automobiles couldn't have been imagined.  Neither could the common practice of viewing TV movies  or using a smartphone.  The art we featured preceded all these things.  Now, the gallery closes while time and technology march on.  During our 19 years, we did our best to preserve and promote the art of the Indigenous people native to the U.S. prior to 300 years of European immigration.
Promote Timeless Art -  We were happy and proud to offer to thousands of you fabulous Native art, whether paintings, sculpture, quilts, jewelry, historical reproductions, or innovative crafts.  This art has found a happy place in thousands of homes from all 50 states and many countries.  Thank you for trusting us to serve you for these 19 short years.
  We worked hard to purchase and promote only the highest-quality Indigenous art from Native American artists we knew.  Despite our closing, we hope you continue to seek out and purchase quality handmade Native art and crafts.

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Legacy of Native art gallery may be lost

Exceptionally well-written article by Stu Whitney, Argus Leader

Photo by Joe Ahlquist:  Shopping Prairie Star Art

Gallery Featured in

Sioux Falls Woman Magazine (pg. 120)



Our advertisement in the 2015 Sioux Falls Visitors Guide

Features original painting by Don Montileaux

Good Earth State Park at Blood Run, near Sioux Falls

Historical Home of Oneota Indigenous Culture

Eye on KELOLAND Video, June 7, 2012

Blood Run Discussed at Gallery First Friday, June 1, 2012

Native American Gallery May Close

Argus Leader Video, June 6, 2013

Handmade Star Quilts in a Rainbow of Colors

Local Supporters Discuss How to Raise Funds for Blood Run State Park

Chris Powell's 'Eagle' is Just One of Fifty-Five Sculptures on Display Downtown

Wall-to-Wall Unique Indigenous Handmade Art You'll Long Treasure

3/50 Project

Prairie Star Gallery is a member of the 3/50 Project , a grass-roots effort with a mission to save the brick-and-mortar stores our nation's consumers depend on. The concept is to encourage as many folks as possible to invest $50 a month in any combination of 1, 2, or 3 store-front stores in their hometown or in the town they happen to be visiting. (

Why is this important? Because unlike some large businesses, most local stores don't receive subsidies from any governmental body - be it local, state, or federal. It's only through your purchase of our goods that we recycle those $$ to pay our staff modest salaries, pay the landlord, the web host, the utility companies, the airport case, the ... well, you understand. We run our store the same way proprietors ran the general stores, barber shops, and millinery stores here in Sioux Falls and across this great nation 100 years ago. Without customers like yourself, they and we cannot survive.

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Gallery Has Closed

Thank you, artists!

Thank you, customers!

Retired After 19 Years


'Spaulding' Outside of Prairie Star

Sculpture Walk 2015


Bruce Contway's 'Buffalo Robe' is Iconic

Continuous Beauty Front to Back

Lakota Sculpture - Spirit Dance

Bruce Contway's 'Spirits Dance' Bronze

Woman's Dance Outfit with Breastplate & Fans

The Full 'Buffalo Robe' Sculpture in Bronze

Gallery at Teardrop "A" Above. Take:

10th St. from the east

12th St. from the west, or

Minnesota Ave. from the north or south