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
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
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
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
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
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
Legacy of Native art gallery may
Exceptionally well-written article
by Stu Whitney, Argus Leader
Photo by Joe Ahlquist:
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,
Native American Gallery May Close
Argus Leader Video, June 6, 2013
Handmade Star Quilts in a Rainbow
Discuss How to Raise Funds for Blood Run State Park
'Eagle' is Just One of Fifty-Five Sculptures on
Wall-to-Wall Unique Indigenous Handmade Art You'll
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.