Piper Arts Frames Taylor Swift Guitar for Record-Breaking Fundraiser

An image of a black acoustic guitar mounted in a custom frame. The frame features a pink FireFly guitar alongside an authenticated autograph by Taylor Swift. The background showcases the vibrant atmosphere of the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event, with attendees gathered around to admire the stunning piece of memorabilia. The frame is elegantly displayed, capturing the essence of the event's record-breaking achievement.

At Piper Arts & Custom Framing, we’ve had the honor of being part of some truly special projects, but our recent collaboration with the Sanford Health Foundation for the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser was one for the books.

For years, the annual fundraiser has been a beacon of hope and support for the Edith Sanford Breast Center and breast cancer research, but the pressure was on to reach a monumental milestone: $1 million in donations.


An image of Kory Van Sickle, the creator of Firefly Guitars, standing proudly next to a custom-framed black acoustic guitar. The guitar is mounted in a stylish frame and features a pink FireFly guitar alongside an authenticated autograph by Taylor Swift. Kory is smiling and gesturing towards the guitar, showcasing the collaborative masterpiece created for the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event. The background captures the excitement and energy of the event venue, with attendees admiring the impressive display.

Enter Kory Van Sickle, the mastermind behind the event and the iconic pink guitars that have become synonymous with the fundraiser. Inspired by his business, Firefly Guitars, Van Sickle’s creativity and generosity have played a pivotal role in the success of the event year after year.

This year, Van Sickle’s donation took center stage—a black acoustic guitar signed by none other than Taylor Swift. With the help of Piper Arts & Custom Framing, Van Sickle transformed the guitar into a stunning piece of memorabilia, featuring a pink FireFly guitar alongside Swift’s authenticated autograph.


An image capturing the behind-the-scenes process of framing the signed guitar for the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event. A black acoustic guitar, signed by Taylor Swift, is carefully positioned within a custom framing workshop. A skilled artisan from Piper Arts & Custom Framing is meticulously arranging the guitar within a stylish frame, ensuring that every detail is perfectly aligned. Tools and materials for framing are visible in the background, highlighting the craftsmanship and attention to detail involved in the framing process. This image offers a glimpse into the creation of the iconic piece of memorabilia that contributed to the success of the fundraising event.

The result? A show-stopping masterpiece that captured the hearts and wallets of attendees. Business owner and philanthropist Brian Kern from Madison made a generous donation of $100,000, pushing the fundraiser over the $1 million mark in one unforgettable night.


An image of a stunning pink guitar, crafted to resemble a ribbon for breast cancer awareness. The guitar features intricate details and vibrant hues, symbolizing hope, strength, and support for those affected by breast cancer. This iconic Pink Guitar is a signature piece created by Kory Van Sickle of Firefly Guitars, and it serves as the centerpiece of the annual Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event. The guitar is elegantly displayed, showcasing its beauty and significance in raising awareness and funds for breast cancer research.

For us at Piper Arts, being part of this incredible journey was a privilege beyond measure. From crafting the perfect frame to showcasing Swift’s autograph in all its glory, every detail was a labor of love. It’s moments like these that remind us why we do what we do—to bring joy, inspiration, and hope to our community through the power of art.

As we reflect on this record-breaking achievement, we extend our deepest gratitude to Kory Van Sickle, the Sanford Health Foundation, and everyone who contributed to the success of the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser. Together, we’ve made a difference in the fight against breast cancer, one frame at a time.


An image showcasing the finished framed piece displayed in the gallery at Piper Arts. The custom-framed black acoustic guitar, signed by Taylor Swift and accompanied by a pink FireFly guitar, is elegantly mounted within a stylish frame. The gallery setting provides a serene backdrop, with soft lighting illuminating the framed artwork and emphasizing its beauty and craftsmanship. The framed piece is meticulously presented, reflecting the care and attention to detail that went into its creation. This image captures the anticipation and excitement surrounding the masterpiece before it was showcased at the Big Stars & Pink Guitars fundraiser event.

Stay tuned for more exciting collaborations and projects from Piper Arts & Custom Framing—we can’t wait to share them with you!


Ready to frame your own masterpiece? Explore Piper Arts’ custom framing services and discover how we can help you showcase your cherished memories and prized artworks with elegance and precision. Visit our shop or contact us today to schedule a consultation with our expert team. Let’s bring your vision to life together!

Corporate Art Installations by Piper Arts: Transforming Workspaces with Creativity and Innovation

Art Installation at Cherapa Place featuring art prints from local photographer, Paul Schiller.

Art Installation at Cherapa Place featuring art prints from local photographer, Paul Schiller.

At Piper Arts, we believe in the transformative power of art. Our corporate art installations have gained a reputation for their exceptional ability to evoke emotions, create a positive atmosphere, and bring spaces to life. Based in Sioux Falls, SD, we have successfully transformed numerous midwest corporate environments into visually stunning and inspiring spaces that leave a lasting impression. We handle all project activities, including consultation, design, collaborative art selection, installation, and service. 


This art display at a Sioux Falls office space brings life and interest to the room.

This art display at a Sioux Falls office space brings life and interest to the room.

The Importance of Corporate Art Installations

Our art installations go beyond mere decoration. They play a crucial role in enhancing the overall ambiance of a workspace, reinforcing company brand, and fostering a positive and productive work environment. Art has the ability to stimulate creativity, reduce stress, and improve employee morale. Art creates a memorable first impression on clients and partners, showcasing the company’s commitment to creativity and innovation. By investing in corporate art installations, businesses demonstrate their commitment to creating an engaging and inspiring workplace.   


This scenic painting by Jim Sturdevant helps to open up the work space by creating a faux window view.

This scenic painting by Jim Sturdevant helps to open up the work space by creating a faux window view.

Our Expertise in Creating Captivating Art Installations

The Piper Arts team of talented artists and designers collaborate closely with clients to understand their vision and create customized art installations that reflect their values and goals. Whether it’s a large-scale installation in a corporate lobby or a series of art pieces throughout an office space, we have the knowledge and experience to bring any vision to life. We can bring various art styles and mediums, including original art, high-quality reproductions, sculptures, metal work, and pottery. We represent many of the premier artists working in our region today. Our attention to detail, commitment to quality, and ability to work within budget constraints make us a trusted partner for businesses in Sioux Falls and beyond.


We work with a broad range of artists and styles to help you create the perfect atmosphere for your space. Shown here are original works by Kristin Gibby, Emilia Van Ert, and Deya Thorin.

We work with a broad range of artists and styles to help you create the perfect atmosphere for your space. Shown here are original works by Kristin Gibby, Emilia Van Ert, and Deya Thorin.

Ready to Transform Your Workspace?

If you are ready to transform your workspace with a captivating corporate art installation, we invite you to get in touch with us. Our team at Piper Arts is excited to collaborate with you and bring your vision to life. Contact us today to discuss your project and let us create an inspiring and engaging environment that reflects your brand values and enhances the overall corporate experience.

Piper Arts


1825 S Minnesota Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57105

Art Masters 2023 Exhibition

Art Masters is an annual fine art exhibit at the Minnehaha Country Club (MCC) featuring works of premier regional artists. Each spring, exhibited art will be sold at a fabulous event at MCC, and a whole new Art Masters exhibit will launch. Art Masters starts conversations, encourages art appreciation and contributes to the Club’s culture of family and fellowship.


The House Committee of the Minnehaha Country Club was looking for a way to display high-quality, original art in its lobby and main hallways. An art exhibit would strengthen connections between Club members, guests, and the regional arts community. Art starts conversations, and an art exhibit contributes to Minnehaha’s family and fellowship culture. We are proud that Minnehaha has named this art exhibit, The Art Masters. 

We wanted Art Masters to fascinate people–pique their curiosity and prompt them to learn more about the art and the artists. The exhibit had to be welcoming to all, yet be appealing to the various tastes of individuals. So a variety of art media and styles are present. 

This display will be on exhibit for about a year, culminating with an art sale at a special event next spring, exclusive to MCC members and invited guests. At that time, we will install a new Art Masters exhibit.

Installation Day at the Minnehaha Country Club

Over the 16 years of our business, we’ve designed numerous art exhibits for corporate and retail spaces. However, this exhibit is special because of the strong participation of the region’s premier artists, the high quality of original art, and the partnership with Minnehaha. 

To create the final layout for the Art Masters display we determined that walls in the Country Club’s lobby and main hallways would serve as exhibit spaces. Then, once we received the art pieces, we brought them into the exhibit spaces and arranged them in a suitable fashion. We paid particular attention to how each piece enhanced members’ and guests’ experiences as they entered the Club and walked through the exhibit.

“Family” by Kirby Schultz

The walls were covered with wallpaper, and we wanted to minimize the impact. Since the pieces varied in size, and because we plan on refreshing the exhibit annually, we needed to make sure that each space could accommodate art of various sizes and styles. So the hangers are all based off a center point instead of being leveled across the top like you would typically use for an art display. Some pieces, like Kirby Schultz’s 8- by 2-feet painting, are odd shapes so setting up the display based off the center hanging point gives us flexibility for future displays.

Each frame was selected by our team of professional framers here at Piper Arts, primarily framed to be an extension of the piece. As with any installation work we do, we took into consideration the decor style of Minnehaha Country Club and chose frames that would also enhance the space.

“West of Pickstown” by Jim Sturdevant

When selecting the participating artists some of the features we looked for were talent, collectability, and notoriety. Art Masters is about the art and artists, so we wanted to showcase both well-known and up-and-coming artists. The exhibit features 15 regional artists who each specialize in various mediums and styles.

Most of the artists are from the Sioux Falls area. However, Jason Folkets has deep ties to Sioux Falls, but he now lives in Minneapolis, MN. Sarah Rogers has SD roots but now lives in Wyoming. Erin Asmussen lives on a ranch near Agar, SD. 

“Canyon Delight” by Paul Schiller

We decided not to have a specific theme for these pieces. We really wanted to show the members of Minnehaha Country Club a diverse selection of art. We wanted photographers, oils, watercolor, abstract, realism, digital art – basically, a smorgasbord of amazing regional talent. We simply asked the artists to create something original in their preferred medium.

The artists were asked specifically for original works and no prints or reproductions. We also didn’t want any imitations of other well-known pieces. This way the display will be fresh and exciting each year, something for club members and the participating artists to look forward to.

Art Masters is for both the artists and the Minnehaha Country Club. Instead of the artists having to donate their art for a cause, we wanted the eventual sale proceeds to return to the artists. At the end of this first exhibit next Spring, the art will be sold (via auction) at a celebratory event at the club. Beyond financial gain, the artists receive significant exposure. Art Masters is displayed in Minnehaha Country Club’s lobby and primary hallways. 

“Medicine Bird” by Sarah Rogers

The reception at Minnehaha Country Club has been overwhelmingly positive. There were lots of members and staff asking questions and inspecting the pieces while we were installing the display. We have also received lots of comments about how much it’s added to the atmosphere of the club–creating more interest in art & the art community.

Club members and guests can view Art Masters anytime. The celebratory sales event in the Spring of 2024 will be exclusive to Club members and their guests. The public can visit the exhibit by calling the Club and making an appointment. For inquiries about a specific piece or artist please contact Piper Arts.


Art Masters 2023 Participating Artists

Erin Asmussen

Kiley Busko

Jenny Bye

Jason Folkerts

Brad Kringen

Dale Lamphere

Greg Latza

Scott Parsons

Sarah Rogers

Paul Schiller

Kirby Schultz

David Sieh

Joshua Spies

Jim Sturdevant

Emilia Van Ert

Spring Renewal Art Exhibition

Join us next Friday, April 28th, for our artist reception of Spring Renewal. We will be featuring art by local artists, Emilia Van Ert, Kiley Busko and Kristin Gibby. These fresh paintings remind us that spring is here.


Meet the Artists


Emilia Van Ert


“I grew up in a small town in south central South Dakota. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree at Augustana University and I majored in Art. During college I was primarily interested in fine art photography, plus using photoshop to manipulate my images. At present time I am working and residing in Sioux Falls and my focus has turned to oil paintings and pencil drawings. Most of my work is best described as hyper-realistic. I love the challenge of fine detail work both in portraits and in subjects in nature. Flower blossoms in particular have been very exciting to capture in paint because of their unique beauty and endless varieties. For this spring exhibit i decided to paint a series of Water Lily paintings.”


Kiley Busko


“I find inspiration for my paintings from the local wildlife I see while going on hikes and birdwatching. As much as I am inspired by the natural environment, I am also influenced by the materials I choose to work with. Watercolor paints allow for precision and spontaneity, which I focus on in my paintings. I utilize quick, bold brush strokes with large fluid washes to create a sense of movement and time. In addition, the negative space and abstraction in my work invite viewers to participate in the painting, letting them make their own interpretations of what they see. I also enjoy creating texture and depth by using salt, granulating watercolor paints, and intentionally creating watercolor blooms. One of my favorite things about watercolors is the medium’s transparency; you can see each step in the process. I primarily paint birds and other wildlife, but for this collection I decided to paint domesticated animals instead to see if I could capture their unique personalities.”



Kristin Gibby


Kristin Gibby is a representational artist using collections from nature to create modern still-life oil paintings. Her work ranges from studies of individual subjects to an exploration of the essential connections between flora and some of the smallest fauna. Many of the entomology specimens in the paintings were found in her own backyard in Freeman, SD and

others have been sent to her from family and friends across the US. Daffodils and wildflowers saved from summer bouquets gathered by her husband and young children are plentiful in the studio. The abundance of life and variety in the natural world offers a consistent source of inspiration for new work.

Emily’s Hope Art Show & Auction


Art by Emily Groth


Piper Arts is a proud sponsor of Emily’s Hope. Piper Arts’s is a proud sponsor of Emily’s Hope. Every year we donate our framing services as well as collaborate with local artists who participate in the auction.

Emily’s Hope is a charity dedicated to removing the stigma of substance use disorder through awareness, education, and prevention. Learn more about the organization here: https://www.emilyshope.foundation/

You can check out some of the wonderful artwork up for auction to benefit Emily’s Hope. The event is Saturday, January 28th, but you can start bidding on the silent auction now!


Art by, Joshua Spies, Paul Schiller, Jim Sturdevant, Kiley Busko

Art by, Joshua Spies, Paul Schiller, Jim Sturdevant, Kiley Busko


Featured Artist: Deya Thorin

Granulating Fauna Exhibition Info

Granulating Fauna Exhibition October 2022

Watercolors by Kiley Busko

Join us on Friday, October 7, from 6 to 9 pm as we celebrate the opening of Granulating Fauna, a new exhibition of work by local Sioux Falls artist Kiley Busko, who recently rediscovered her passion for watercolor painting after being inspired by the wildlife found in the Midwest. The exhibition will be on display from October 4 through October 31, 2022.

Kiley finds inspiration for her paintings from the local wildlife she sees while hiking and birdwatching. As much as she is inspired by the natural environment, she is also influenced by the materials she works with. The diversity of watercolor paints allows for both precision and spontaneity which Kiley merges within her paintings, using quick bold brushstrokes with large fluid washes to create a sense of movement and time. Using negative space and abstraction allows viewers to interpret what they are seeing. Kiley enjoys creating texture and depth by using salt, granulating watercolor paints and intentionally creating watercolor blooms. Kiley says she is inspired by the beauty of her subjects and tries to capture their unique personalities in her expressive paintings.


Watercolor painting of Great Horned OwlWatercolor painting of a Cardinal
Born and raised in Sioux Falls, Kiley received her BFA in Furniture Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Upon graduating she was awarded with the Windgate Fellowship from the Center of Craft, Creativity and Design. While living in Minneapolis she co-owned a custom furniture business with her husband Sam. She now lives and works in Sioux Falls, SD.


Jordan Shadowbox Project Featured in National Magazine

The Michael Jordan custom shadowbox we completed was featured as the “Design of the Month” in Picture Framing Magazine’s October 2021 Sports Memorabilia issue. This project challenged our creativity with both the size and nature of the items to be preserved, not to mention sourcing materials during the pandemic. It’s a nice compliment that our efforts were recognized in an industry-focused publication.

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