Bethany Kindsvogel began her career in art as a teenager in high school. Watercolor has remained her medium of choice and she has grown in skill and intellect through her college years.
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Paula Manley’s artwork is influenced by her exploration of the meaning of home. Growing up, Paula always had a project to work on. Her mother was an artist who taught Paula the joy of creating. Snow days were her favorite, because she could spend the entire day creating art at home. Her paintings reflecting both actual and fictional events, and all her work explores our culture’s concept of “home.” She views her paintings as metaphors for the universal challenges and joys that affect people’s lives.
Susan Love’s bright colors and textures hit the canvas, changing traditional western scenes into contemporary paintings.
This series of paintings, the “yellow cloth series”, is tied together with the cloth and background wall. Variety was achieved by varying the bone, antlers, fruit, and other fabrics. One of the motivating ideas in this series, and many of Sue’s still life paintings, is the combination of brightly colored fruit and bleached bones. In some ways this juxtaposition is a metaphor for life – are you living life to the fullest or withering away in silent despair? Personally, it is also a representation of Sue’s faith.
The Matthews is a recipient of a grant of $13,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Spearfish, SD. We are one of 79 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant. The NEA Big Read in Spearfish will focus on Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Activities will take place January 12 through March 30, 2019.
Along with The Matthews, Grace Balloch Memorial Library, and the Black Hill State University School of Arts and Humanities are project partners offering many Big Read events from January through March 2019.
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