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  • Rick Anderson

    Rick Anderson has spent the past 35 years as a construction manager on high voltage transmission line and wind turbine projects. While on assignment in North Dakota a few years ago he noticed several abandoned 1950’s era threshing machines. (Could these be at least partially salvaged for some use?) With that thought and encouragement from the Barany’s (interior design consultants) Anderson obtained material from a circa 1920 threshing machine just west of Beulah Wyoming and created several unique tables. Read More
  • Jill Schad

    I became fascinated with the creative possibilities of algorithms as art after watching a special on mathematics. As I explore the infinite world of algorithms, I find myself being totally immersed into their beauty and uniqueness. Each discovery I make is like opening a gift and then the fun begins. I aspire to share my original works of art with others, so they too can be stimulated by a universal medium such as math. Choosing algorithms was a natural medium for me to use. I use the computer as my canvas and the algorithms are my brushes. I create by combining formulas, gradients, transparencies and masks. Each work involves many layers and combinations to create and expand on my ideas. Currently, I am creating work that has a foothold in both reality and fantasy. Since algorithms are the math of nature, my work has a natural flow, which brings it to life. I am self taught and find that the path I have taken continues my journey of learning, exploration and discovery What is Algorithmic Art? Algorithmic art is not to be confused with graphical methods such as generating a fractal out of a fractal program; it is necessarily concerned with the human factor. The artist must be concerned with the most appropriate expression for their idea, just as a painter would be most concerned with the best application of colors. By this definition, defaulting to something like a fractal generator (and using it for all or most of your creations) would in essence be letting the computer dictate the form of the final work, and not truly be a creative art. Read More
  • Termespheres...ever wonder how they are created?

    Found this Youtube video showing Dick Termes creating one of his large Termespheres. It hurts my brain thinking about how to go about sketching on a sphere.  Six point perspective  is the term.  We are lucky to have several Termespheres of differing sizes in our gallery.  When you're out and about the Black Hills in the near future, be sure to stop in and be amazed. Read More
  • January Big Read Art Project produced some fine stuff!

    On January 14 in our art gallery, The Big Read Community Art project was making homemade India-themed bookmarks.  Old and  young alike enjoyed the colorful papers and glue. We hope those who attended are using your bookmarks to keep your place in our Big Read book,  "The Namesake.  Just below are a couple of images of the young ones creating. And just below....some of the finished products!       The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Read More
  • Spearfish Immigration Stories coming in February 2014

    This 2 week event -- Feb. 7 to Feb 22 --showcases eleven Spearfish locals and families who have immigrated to the United States. This event is associated with the Big Read Spearfish book, "The Namesake."  An opening reception for this event will be in our art gallery on Friday, Feb. 7, 5pm to 7pm.  There will be refreshments and cash bar. Our featured guests are: Dr. P. Nag Micheline Nelson Jytte Bowers Dago Rodriguez Dr. Ahrar Ahmad Abby Domagall Florence Tan Edith Miles Petra Hansen Jonna Henwood Scott Gillis Each participant will be represented by a framed photograph and their immigration story on our gallery walls. Read More
  • The Colors of India: Traditional Sari Exhibit coming in April

      Our Big Read Spearfish theme will be used again in April in a very colorful way. From April 7-26 the Matthews Art Gallery will host an exhibit of Indian saris; the traditional female clothing from India.  Mannikins will display customary dress and also the art and skill displayed within the fabrics of India. A new exhibit called  “The Colors of India,” will be unveiled during an opening night reception in The Matthews Art Gallery on Friday, April 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The reception will feature a display of traditional saris, sari wrapping demonstrations, and insight into life in India as a high school exchange student. The exhibition runs April 7 through Saturday, April 26 during normal art gallery hours -- Monday through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  This exhibition is part of The Big Read that is currently going on in Spearfish with the book, “The Namesake.”  Ava Sauter, Gallery & Events Manager says “This is one of our most colorful exhibits in the gallery. The Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts has made it possible to put this together. We hope folks come by to enjoy it before heading upstairs to the Ashwin Batish Ensemble concert -- another event The Big Read has made possible!” Opening night activities (Fri., 4/11/14) The theme of the event is everything India. The opening  on Friday, April 11, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., will also include a sari wrapping demonstration by Ronalda Lee, a Spearfish resident who did a sari demonstration during The Matthews’ Indian Film Festival earlier this year. Hayli Barnthouse, a Spearfish High School senior, will talk about her experience this year studying abroad in India as an exchange student. The event will also feature traditional Indian food catered by the Bay Leaf Cafe of Spearfish. Sari History The word “Sari” originates from the Sanskrit term for “strip of cloth” and has been the traditional dress of women in India, Bangladesh and other areas of the Middle East as far back at 2800 BC. One of the first historical mentions of the sari was around 400 BC within the famous Sanskrit epic Mahabharata with the story of the Draupadi who was blessed by Lord Krishna with a sari that did not end despite the attempts of her husband’s enemy to disrobe her. The traditional Sari is between six and nine yards of fabric that are carefully tucked and draped around the body to emphasize the beauty and gracefulness of the female form. Today there are over 80 different styles of Sari wrapping.  The art center encourages everyone attending to wear their own saris or Middle Eastern attire. The April 11 opening reception will have refreshments and cash bar. Immediately following the reception, the live concert, Ashwin Batish Ensemble, will start at 7:30 p.m. in The Matthews Opera House theater. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.       Read More
  • Over Land & Sea: Spearfish Immigration Stories

    Opening night reception: February 7, 2014 A new exhibit called “Over Land & Sea: Spearfish Immigration Stories,” will be unveiled during an opening night reception in The Matthews Art Gallery on Friday, February 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The reception will feature many of the Spearfish citizens who participated in this exhibit. Their framed photos and personal immigration experiences will be on the gallery walls. It is free and open to the public. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, February 22 during normal art gallery hours -- Tuesday through Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This exhibition is part of The Big Read that is currently going on in Spearfish with the book, “The Namesake.” There are eleven Spearfish citizens who have agreed to participate. They are Scott Gillis, Petra Hansen, Parthasarathi Nag, Micheline Nelson, Jytte Bowers, Jonna Henwood, Florence Tan, Edith Miles, Dago Rodriguez, Ahrar Ahmad, and Abby Domogail. Kaija Swisher, Director of the Writing Center at Black Hills State University and former Black Hills Pioneer reporter, conducted each interview. Each written interview will be posted on the art gallery walls next to their framed photographs. This event will attempt to provide insight into: “What does it mean to be an immigrant in the United States? What does it mean to be an American?” Kaija Swisher drew parallels of the Spearfish immigration stories and “The Namesake.” “The Big Read has allowed many in Spearfish to experience Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Namesake. The novel tells the story of a newly-married couple who moves from India to the United States and highlights their experience of life in a new country, as well as the life of their children, born in the United States.” “The Namesake gives readers a chance to see some of the day-to-day choices, struggles, joys, perspectives, hopes, and questions of a couple who was raised in a different country, as they embrace a new nation and hold on to their ties to their homeland. The novel brings up questions of identity, tradition, namesakes, family, culture, and more, as readers follow the characters’ unique journeys,” continues Swisher. In this exhibit, the observer will have the chance to read about immigrant stories from citizens in and near Spearfish. Realizing what South Dakotan born and bred people take for normal or for granted is quite a social and cultural shock for those who first arrive here from another country. Read More
  • Feb. Big Read Community Art Project coming up!

    This month's Big Read Art project will be held in the art gallery on Tuesday, February 11, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  This is free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome. We will be creating personalized passports as we share our most fun travel stories while, cutting, coloring, and glueing.  Don't get out much?  No worries.  Backyard adventures will be just as much fun to put into the passports. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Read More
  • March Big Read Art Project...Warding off the evil eye!

    The March Big Read Community Art Project will be the fun creation of Hamsas.  This event takes place in the art gallery, Tuesday, March 11, 4:00 pm.-6:00 p.m. and is free.  Any age is welcome.  This is not just a kid's project.  Come in and have some fun being crafty. The hamsa is a hand-shaped amulet found throughout the Middle East, sometimes used for protection by Jewish and Muslim people. Hamsas are used in jewelry and wall-hangings, and also can be found on the entrances in homes or hanging in cars because of the superstition that they ward off the evil eye and protect people around them. Before making a decorative hamsa, you and/or your children can learn about this cultural object, its history and uses.   The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Read More
  • Roy Kramlich

    BIOGRAPHY Roy grew up in Eastern South Dakota, but live in the Black Hills now. As you can see, his work is influenced by Abstract Expressionism, like De Kooning, Franz Kline, and Jackson Pollock. STATEMENT I paint in this style because it allows freedom to experiment with textures and different mediums. I begin with texture and then go through a process of adding and taking away paint. I also incorporate word, poetry, and symbols depending on my mood. Read More
  • Steve Barba

    BIOGRAPHY Steve Barba grew up around Toledo Ohio and was transplanted to the Black Hills in 1981 with the US Air Force where he immediately fell in love with the area and the people that live here. As a kid growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, his major influences were comic books, (specifically comics drawn by Joe Kubert), and scale models. As an adult and a member of the Air Force, he could feed both passions by being a Crew Chief on the B-52Hs and later the B1-Bs stationed at Ellsworth AFB, and learning the sign trade on his off time. Steve could draw pretty well by this time, but learning how to hand letter almost any surface was something very new and took quite a few years to get comfortable enough to do it for businesses. Scale modeling has been a passion since the age of five when Steve received a Gemini Space Capsule in the mail.  He can still remember opening the box and thinking, “what’s this?” After looking at the instructions and the parts, he put two and two together and started building. He doesn't remember how it turned out, but from that day, he was hooked and read everything on scale models and perfected the hobby well into adulthood. A few years later, Steve climbed into the attic and retrieved all of the boxes of parts and complete kits and started taking all of these parts and combining them into one box. He then started work on “The Antiquarianism from the Coffers of St. Evens Garret”.  While doing this, he realized that as an artist, you can say anything that you want with art and get away with it. Art is limitless. That was the reason that Steve had become disinterested in scale models was because no matter how well the subject is put together, detailed and painted, you are limited to the subject at hand. As a painter however, Steve strives for realism of the South Dakota landscape. Rusty abandoned cars are a just as part of the landscape here as the hills lakes and trees and seem to have an endless supply of subjects to choose from. As well painting old Detroit iron traditionally on canvas, he can expand upon that idea and create a scene in three dimensions that is uniquely South Dakota. Steve lives in Sturgis South Dakota with his wife Kristy and too many dogs. ARTIST STATEMENT As an artist, I know that this is the only gig that I can think of where there are no rules and we are free to say or do anything and get away with it, art is limitless. As a scale model builder, I always added things to the kits I built to further add to the realism of the vehicle that I was representing. My favorite thing to do to plastic was to “weather” it by adding dirt, rust, faded and chipped paint, broken glass, coffee cups and junk mail on the dashboards, anything that I could throw at a particular subject to really make it look well used. After 40 years of building to scale, I became bored with the models and I didn’t know why. This is where my two worlds collide; on the one hand, even though I can build a model car to represent the classic junker, there are still limits. These pieces represent to me, what can be done when the two art forms are combined, by not following the instructions, by not adhering to the rules, by not limiting myself to the world around me, but to fabricate the shapes and just see where it leads. Read More
  • Joe Barany

    BIOGRAPHY / ARTIST STATEMENT Feather artist, sculptor and woodworker, Joe Barany was born in Ohio and lived there intermittently growing up.  A self-described gypsy, he and his family moved almost yearly owing to his father's specialized construction schedule. His natural affinity for art was shaped by exposure to his father's work, and he graduated with a degree in Architecture from Ohio State University. While successfully practicing Architecture for 30 years in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina, he also studied Tai Chi, Yoga, and the Art of Conscious Living. Joe and his wife relocated to the Black Hills in 2000 to refocus their creative interests  and energies with the understanding that; "It is good to have an end to journey toward, but it is the journey that matters in the end." Read More
  • Sylvia Fossen

    BIOGRAPHY / ARTIST STATEMENT Growing up in the southwestern corner of North Dakota where the only trees were deliberately planted and dryland wheat farming was the primary landscape, Sylvia's childhood dreams were filled with green trees and running river waters. A trip to the “Black Hills” was like going to paradise and the Ponderosa Pines with year round green were a sight to behold. Moving to Hot Springs, SD in 2002, having pine trees in her  front yard and even more trees and a river running through the back yard was truly a dream come true.  At the Hot Springs annual “Christmas in the Hills” festival she was introduced to the artwork of “Pine Needle Baskets” and fell in love with them. Sylvia took classes from a local artist and eventually did an apprenticeship until she was ready to discover her own creativity. Sylvia continues to study the work of pine needle basket makers, going back centuries to people of Native America, Africa, and other indigenous people, as well as modern pine needle basket makers, to stimulate my creativity. Stitching variations are often all that is needed to bring out the beauty of a basket. Sometimes the character of local animals or plants, as well as natural stone, beads, and dyes are added for ornamentation. It seems the pine needles come alive to dictate their own beauty as she works with them. Read More
  • Heidi Watson

    ARTIST STATEMENT My style of photography has taken on many changes, but each change was for the better.  It has been said, “Every new thing a person learns becomes an extension of him or herself.”  For the last two or three years, I have been taking on a new approach to nature photographs by extracting parts of the whole to create an almost inner world from what I started with.  You could call it “almost abstract.”  What you see is what you get.  I do not manipulate any of my images.  All I do is what an art photographer would do in a dark room.  Rather than digitally doctor the image, I take on a different perspectives when I first looked at it.  I find this more challenging and I like a good challenge when it comes to photographing things. Read More
  • Mary Ann Larsen

    BIOGRAPHY After teaching school for several years, Mary Ann was always trying to carve out a few precious moments every here and there to do her own art work. Recently, having relocated in the Spearfish area, she has finally found herself with enough time to devote to seriously pursuing her painting. Mary Ann has shown her artwork in the Riverton City Museum and the Springville Art Museum in Utah, has participated in printmaking events at the Salt Lake Art Festival in 2009, and has won awards for her oils in the Spearfish Harvest Fest Art Show in 2013. ARTIST STATEMENT My technique in oil painting that has evolved over the years uses rich textures to create landscapes on canvas. My textures are accomplished with a variety of palette knives, as well as brushes, using a bold impasto technique. Much of the painterly fashion of my work is constructed from layer upon layer of contrasting color. Birch trees in forests settings exhibit clashes of hot hues with cool blue shadows. Fluid fields of grass and alpine flowers in foregrounds have become my style. My landscapes, especially those showcasing nearby Spearfish settings, begin as plein aire sketches, constructed outdoors in natural sunlight. I also take several photographs of minute details and capture the play of light and shadow on objects. I paint on my prepared, stretched canvases in my studio, but will return often to the outdoor setting to check details or make notes on discrimination color in sunlight or the absence of light in the shadow and cast shadows. My oils have been influenced by both Jane Frank and Malcolm Morley, artists who have shown their work significantly in the New York City area, as well as Vincent Van Gogh (specifically with his achievements in Arles between 1887 and 1888, which exhibit painterly compositions that mix color, texture, and light to create vibrant canvases).   Read More
  • Becky Grismer

    BIOGRAPHY Becky Grismer was born and raised in eastern South Dakota. She received her BA in Fine Art from Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD, in 2002. She lived and worked in St. Paul MN for several years before returning to South Dakota, where she currently resides in the Black Hills working as a sculptor Becky's sculptures are created with tree bark and other materials found in nature. She can be found searching for materials in the forest and in South Dakota's shelterbelts. Her work has been included in public collections and can be found in private collections throughout the United States.               Read More
  • Linda Meyer

      BIOGRAPHY/STATEMENT Linda says, “Pottery snuck up on me.” Raised by her grandparents on a traditional Wisconsin dairy farm, she learned their old fashioned practical ways. Unable to find that perfect fit in a traditional course of study, Linda instituted a self designed major and received her B.A. in art in the physical environment. When she decided on the potters life, Linda saw a completely stocked and well laid out studio. Instead, she enjoys life in a simple cabin in the Black Hills where she delights in the homesteading cultures. In 2011, Linda found herself with a burned out studio and 30 years of records, ideas, supplies, and equipment gone. Through this event, Linda also experienced her own ordeal by fire. The use of clay vessels is obvious: it offers warmth and beauty to daily rituals, but there is something that underlines their purpose. It is the empty space created by opening and pulling the clay that really gives the vessel substance. The inside gives the energy that holds the surface, so it is in the life of us all. Read More
  • Great turn out for Over Land & Sea opening reception

    Ava Sauter with Ahrar Ahmad & his wife in a beautiful traditional sari. Yesterday evening, Friday, Feb. 7, the  Big Read exhibit, "Over Land & Sea: Spearfish Immigration Stories," was kicked off with an opening reception.  Most of those who participated in this exhibit were able to attend, several in their native dress. Ava Sauter, our Gallery & Special Events Manager, was responsible for putting this wonderful exhibit together.  Kaija Swisher, Director of the Writing Center at Black Hills State University and former Black Hills Pioneer reporter, conducted each interview.  They are Scott Gillis, Petra Hansen, Parthasarathi Nag, Micheline Nelson, Jytte Bowers, Jonna Henwood, Florence Tan, Edith Miles, Dago Rodriguez, Ahrar Ahmad, and Abby Domogail.  More details about exhibit from previous post. Enjoy some pictures from the evening below! Kaija Swisher Each participant had their framed photo and interview posted on the gallery wall alongside a HUGE world map.  Ava ordered the map thinking it would come in one piece, but instead arrived in EIGHT parts which she then had to tape together.  Also, hanging the map was quite interesting as all 3 staff members are barely over 5 feet tall.  We'd like to personally thank the elevator inspector who happened to be walking through and provided us with extra helping hands! Several of the participants' stories will be published next week in the Black Hills Pioneer newspaper.  Also, this exhibit runs through February 22, so while in town, be sure to stop by and visit. Petra Hansen (Germany) with her children in native German dress. Jytte Bowers and her husband. Jytte is in her native Denmark dress. Scott Gillis (left-Canada) and Jonna Henwood (right-Denmark) swapping stories The map was a wonderful focal point for the evening. All were welcome to draw a path from where they (or their ancestors) immigrated from to the spot in the U.S. they landed!  If you stop by the gallery in the next 2 weeks, feel free to draw your line. Assistance was provided for marking where they came from and where they landed in the U.S. Many of us added the route our ancestors took to the United States. Come to the gallery and read our neighbors stories!     Read More
  • Marlene Slothouber

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  • Roni Coates

      STATEMENT I have enjoyed working with fabrics and yarns since grammar school and by the time I reached high school, I was skilled enough at sewing to make my own clothes. With funds being limited during the following years, making things for our home and clothes for my daughter and myself became challenging and eventually, very rewarding. While at the University of Illinois in the 1960’s, my interest diverged and photography courses took up some of my spare time. For a long time, we even had a dark room in the basement of our house. I still love taking pictures and I firmly believe that the new digital cameras can make everyone a great photographer. It was a chance encounter with a woman who owned a knitting machine that brought me back to yarns and knitting. We were living in San Diego then and soon I was involved with a large and active group of machine knitters. Then, after years of making sweaters and baby clothes, I began looking for a new interest. I was seriously considering quilting and it was during a trip to a quilting store, that I noticed a flyer announcing a class on making fabric baskets. The idea intrigued me, plus I had years of leftover fabrics! Although I enjoyed a decades-long academic career, it is working with my hands that still brings me the greatest pleasure and satisfaction at the end of the day. Read More
  • Carol Lee Hilgemann

    STATEMENT Assemblages and collages have been noticeably practiced since the early 20th century. To me these techniques are the perfect metaphor for the culture of our times. Hunting, gathering, stockpiling, and sorting images, objects, and ideas become major components of my creative expression as antique and commonplace objects are figuratively and symbolically pieced together in intimate, small-scale assemblages/collages. The fragments that make up the assemblages are similar to the images and moments that make up our daily lives. Each element has a history and a context. No fragment is important by itself, but taken altogether, they assume a significance that is greater than the sum of the parts. I intend to have the pieces work at the visual level by the careful placement of objects as distinct, but related forms, and at the emotional level by suggesting important cultural and spiritual content from the “artifacts.” I am interested in evoking memory and emotion from the debris of life, reinventing and redefining, mixing the mysterious with the popular, always alert to unexpected relationships. Using materials that have a previous history gives the work a multitude of meanings. Ultimately, assemblages are representations of the complexity of human existence. Read More
  • Original art is a very thoughtful gift for Valentine's Day

    Hand blown glass pendants with cord is $40 by Marlene Slothouber Our art gallery  houses some of the finest original art in the Black Hills.  Do you know we have over 40 regional artists in the gallery? All price ranges Woven garments by Mary LaHood Jewelry, screen prints, original watercolors, oils, acrylics, pottery, hand dyed & woven garments, Termespheres of all sizes, books, and collage assemblage are just a few of the works we carry.  Prices range from $18 to, well, the sky's the limit!  We also carry beautiful note and greeting cards created by some of our artists. Your purchase supports The Matthews Did you know that 35% of any purchase of artist work goes back to the art gallery? This commission goes a long way into paying our rent, utilities, and repairs.  Believe it or not, ticket sales only generate about 5-10% of funding for The Matthews. Other gift ideas Another type of gift would be tickets to the upcoming "CLUE: The Musical," CALJE - jazz concert, and gift certificates.  So many options! Gallery hours Our gallery winter hours are Tuesday - Saturday, 10am to 5pm.  To buy tickets over the phone, call 605.642.7973 ext. 0 during gallery  hours. Hand-painted ceramics by Marianne Vinich   Pottery by Linda Meyer jjjjjj Read More
  • Michael Kent Knutson

    ARTIST STATEMENT Emotions can strongly be prompted by a place. My work does not describe picturesque views, but cinematic scenes with a strong sense of impending drama. I draw visual inspiration from structures and environments that show a history that could only be acquired from years of depletion. Painting within the presence of darkness allows me to convey an emotional inflection to the work. I am interested in competing light sources and the play of light on surfaces. The surface is rendered in a representational manner, and I like to fracture form with paint and accentuate light through brushwork. The surface becomes visually captivating and eerily mysterious at the same time. My artistic language applied to slightly isolated yet familiar landscapes allows the viewer to transcend a common place to make the insignificant, significant. I utilize the figure in offbeat scenarios to deliver impact, while still retaining a sense of focus. Every paint stroke harbors intent, yet I try to create with abandonment. Using the archetype of a working-class male, who encounters surreal memories of his past and projections of his future, I allude to the desire for increasing one’s social standing. Using elements like bathrobes as symbolic references to link certain characters through a disoriented and struggling to make sense of his surroundings. Through the process of addition and subtraction the viewer is hopefully left with fragments of memories suspended in time. The figures in the work are losing control of what is real and what is imagined, while still being present in their own reality. Read More
  • Allison Bush-Forsberg

    BIOGRAPHY Allison first studied art at Casper College in Casper, Wyoming. She then went on to pursue art at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and made jewelry for herself and her friends. Allison then moved on to the University of Iowa, where she had the honor of studying metalsmithing under Chunghi Choo. After earning a master’s degree in sculpture with a minor in metalsmithing, Bush-Forsberg moved back to the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. She started her jewelry business in 2002. STATEMENT I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. Growing up in Wyoming, I was always a nature girl possessed with an incredible imagination. All of my jewelry is handmade by me in my little attic studio on Sand Creek. I am very passionate about my work and the endless, exciting ideas and opportunities I get to explore! Read More
  • Calling all artists to apply to the 35th Matthews Art Show

    The 35th Matthews Art Show (formerly called "The Winter Art Show") will be taking artist work with their registrations March 12-15, 2014 upstairs in The Matthews Opera House lobby.  Times vary on these dates.  CLICK HERE for complete information about show registration, prizes, divisions, and registration fees. The download for the application is also at this link. The show will open to the public on March 19, 10am - 7pm, with the RECEPTION & AWARDS CEREMONY at 6:00pm. The show continues through Saturday, March 22. See link in first paragraph for all the hours the show will be open. A special thank you goes out to Forcoli & Sons Painting for being the sponsor for this show.  Due to their generosity, we were able to add money to some of the prize categories AND add 2 more new cash prize awards!   Read More
  • Hand-Painted Tile Class with Kathy Young

    Kathy Young, who has recently gone through cancer treatment, will be the instructor. While in the hospital going through treatment, she and others were able to participate in art classes to keep them occupied and their minds off their procedures. We will be creating hand painted ceramic tiles using alcohol based inks. All supplies are provided. Each participant will do at least 2 tiles, with one tile being donated back to The Matthews. Date:  Friday, 4, 2014 at 6:00 p.m- 9:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT. Waiting list started. Call 605.642.7973 Class cost:  $25 per person. Ages 18 and up please. LIMITED seats available.  Call 605.642.7973 to purchase your seat at the table (or come into the gallery to pay, Tues-Sat. 10a - 5p). Reserve your spot soon The cost also includes one glass of wine, beer, or soft drink. Cash beer, wine, & soft drink bar will be available if you get thirsty.             Read More
  • Ava's ready for our Art Class today

    Well, Gallery & Events Manager, Ava Sauter, was up last night making Hamsa amulets for today's Big Read Community Art Project.  MORE DETAILS.  We're sure that there will be no evil eye's in this part of Spearfish! Join us today in the art gallery from 4pm to 6pm.  FREE.     Read More
  • Registration continues for the Matthews Art Show

    Just some of the art that will appear in the show. Two days down -- two more to go. We are very pleased with the wonderful art we have been receiving.  Artists of all ages and disciplines have registered and from all over the Black Hills. Final days of Registration Today, March 14, we will be taking applications from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tomorrow,  Saturday, 3/15, is our final day.  Registration for Saturday is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  No late entries will be accepted. Show information The show opens to the public on Wednesday, March 19, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Artist Reception and Awards ceremony will start at 6 p.m.  The show is held in the Opera House Theater on the 2nd floor.   CLICK HERE for more details on the show, prizes, and application download!   Read More
  • 2014 - 35th Matthews Art Show Award Winners announced

    Winners who attended the opening, L-R: Clair Reth, Dede Farrar, Lily Sexton This evening at The Matthews, awards were presented to the following artists. Complete list of names and art titles below, including images of all first place pieces. Best of Show Dede Farrar, Oglala Pet Project No. 3 People's Choice Steve Barba, On the Banks of the Hydaspes 2326 Best Landscape  (sponsored by Forcoli & Sons Painting) Greg Walter, Yellow and Purple Clover Best Photography  (sponsored by Forcoli & Sons Painting) Dan Contonis, Through the Frosty Window Adults 1st: Sarah Regan Snavely, Pet Peeved 2nd: Roy Kramlich, Population 3rd: Dede Farrar, F Ewe Adult 1st Place, Sculpture, Pet Peeved by Sarah Regan Snavely High School 1st: Zach Davis, Hat of Shame 2nd: Sadie Kinslow, Sunrise 3rd: Vivian Steckline, The Liar High School 1st place, Zach Davis, Hat of Shame Middle School 1st: Alisa Roll, The Eyes of Wisdom 2nd: Nathan Davis, Nativity figures Middle School 1st place, Alisa Roll, The Eyes of Wisdom Grade School 1st: Justin Fossum, Flasher Big Bang 2nd: Kate Fossum, Blue 3rd: Payton Scherer, Glass Beach Symphony Grade School 1st place, Justin Fossum, Flasher Big Bang Kindergarten and Under 1st: Claire Reth, Birthday Bash 2nd: Lily Sexton, Butterfly Dream Kindergarten and Under 1st place, Claire Reth, Birthday Bash Read More
  • 35th Matthews Art Show "People's Choice" goes to Steve Barba

    At 5:00 p.m. on Saturday,March 22, all votes were counted and tallied. This year's "People's Choice" award goes to  Steve Barba for his assemblage piece, "On the Banks of the Hydaspes 2326." Congratulations Steve!  This wonderful piece of art will be on display in the art gallery. In fact, all first place award winners will be on display in the gallery until Saturday, April 5, 2014.  Feel free to come in to view our worthy winners' works. CLICK HERE for images and listing of all 2014 awards. Read More
  • Alana Greiner

    ARTIST STATEMENT Although, I went to Columbia College Chicago and earned an interdisciplinary degree in Photography and Book & Paper Arts, all my current artistic endeavors began as a gift to give to someone I love. My creative process is an experience in itself; making each piece completely unique, not the product of an assembly line process. For each bead I lovingly select the catalog paper, cut, roll and coat with sealant repeatedly by hand, turning a catalog destined for the recycle bin into jewelry that is made to be cherished and warn. In my jewelry I incorporate feathers from my own chickens. While working on or admiring the ranch my camera is always by my side; capturing the personalities of the animals I care for and love. From my home studio I edit, print and cut each photo. I match the photos to cards, design the layout, sew the edges by machine and hand sew every other detail, such as buttons I find at antique shops. I put my cards into the world to share a piece of my Wyoming ranch life and help you to connect with others. The books I bind are made from scratch. I choose high quality papers, make my own wheat paste,  design the pages, print and fold them individually. I design, measure, cut and assemble, the bookboard, cloth, and endpapers. When the cover is dry I sew the pages of the book by hand. I do this with the hope that my books become a part of your life, to write your experiences, organize cherished recipes, hold your photographs, or whatever use you find. I put so much of myself into everything I create. I welcome you to make my pieces a part of your experience by using them yourself or giving them as a gift to someone you care about. I live and work on The Yemington Ranch in Crook County, Wyoming. Your purchase keeps my creative process growing and allows me to do what I love; thank you for making that possible!  Love, be grateful and do your best. Read More
  • Kathy Sigle

    ARTIST STATEMENT The western way of life has always played an important aspect in my life.  I grew up with horses and many times visited my grandparents farm, spending time around Bessie (the milk cow),  or the herds of cattle in the pastures.  I have spent countless hours on the real working ranch, gathering references that have or someday will end up in one of my paintings.  I feel the authentic western lifestyle is slipping away and I need to capture those fleeting episodes with my brush.  those flashing moments in time are what excite me and spur me to keep them alive for others to see and experience. As I prepared for college, my dad asked me what I wanted to do for a career and I said, “All I have ever wanted to be was an artist.”  I believe I have been given a talent and my goal is to paint everyday and become the best artist I can be.  Even now, after years of painting, I realize the more I work in watercolors, the more I have yet to learn.  It’s an exciting journey and I hope you enjoy experiencing my artwork as much as I have enjoyed painting it.  I am always excited about what is next to come.  Keep watching and together we’ll see.               Read More
  • Art in the Canyon 2014 to feature SEVEN gallery artists

    "Embracing Fall" by Marion Toillion Seven of The Matthews gallery artists will have their work taking a summer vacation at the Spearfish Canyon Lodge this summer! From May 15 through August 31, 2014, the following artists work will be on display: Heidi Watson Richard Dubois Marion Toillion Kathy Sigle Mary Ann Larsen Jayne Rose Belinda Lytle Opening Reception On Thursday, May 15, 5:30pm - 7:00pm, the public will get to meet and greet each artist, view their work and learn just what goes into creating their art.  All art will be for sale also.   This evening will also be a fundraiser for The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center, with an art raffle of specific donated pieces.   Food and drinks will be on hand to make the event even merrier.   Read More
  • Marion Toillion

    BIOGRAPHY Toillion is a signature member of the Northern Plains Watercolor Society.  she studied art at the University of Nebraska as well as in Manila, Philippines and Buenos Aires, Argentina.  Toillion serves yearly as an artist in residence at Sylvan Lake Lodge. ARTIST STATEMENT I enjoy painting people, scenes, or things I have experienced first-hand.  I find landscape scenes of the Black Hills and South Dakota plains interesting along with portraits of the Native American life.  Light is an important part of my paintings. I like to depict the people who carved the history of South Dakota and animals and flowers.  I work in watercolor, using loose areas in which I let the media do its own thing, and work tight in areas I want to focus on.     Read More
  • Art Gallery is busy these days

    We've been busy moving things all around in the art gallery the last few days.  Our "Colors of India: Sari Exhibit" is starting next week, so Ava has been busy finding mannequins, saris, people to demonstrate, FOOD, etc. We are having a Hand-painted tile class by Kathy Young tonight too -- SOLD OUT by the way!  So, everything needs to be moved to fit in tables and chairs and of course a lovely bar for liquid refreshments! So, next week, if you happen to be in Spearfish, the sari exhibit opens on April 7, Monday through April 26.  The opening reception is Friday, April 11, 5pm to 7pm.   Read More
  • Kathy's Tile Painting Class = a good time!

    Some of the finished tiles with happy artists! Kathy Young's Hand-painted Tile class on Friday, April 4, was a hit.  A sold out hit that is. Wine, ink, straws, Q-tips and stamps made for a very creative and fun evening.  We need to do more of these, don't we?  Check out the pictures of the class in progress. Our fearless leader, Kathy Young. These are some of Kathy's finished pieces she brought to class to inspire us.   Kathy Young demonstrating some of the techniques. Got their drinks....get set...go. First few drops of ink. Now what? I want that color! One of the students finished pieces.     Read More
  • Last Big Read Community Art Project tonight!

    Bring yourself, your kids, and anyone else that likes to do crafty things.  We are hosting the last monthly Big Read art project in the Art Gallery from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. We're making peacock fans.  So, I guess we will be "struttin' like peacocks!"  Ava and staff will be on hand to instruct how to make these fun peacocks.  We have lots of pretty papers to choose from. The peacock is a symbol of eternal life in the middle east. They believed that the flesh of a peacock did not decay after death and they painted peacocks in peoples tombs. The “eye” in the feather represents the “seeing eye of god.” Join us while we create beautiful — and functional — folded Peacock fans.  With this craft, participants can manually fold and unfold the peacock’s shimmery train feathers.   Free. This month’s art event is recommended for all ages!       The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Read More
  • Our last Big Read art project produced a lot of Peacocks!

    The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grant awarded to Spearfish enabled us to do a monthly free community art project.  Each project's theme tied into our community read book, "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri.  We've added a few photos just below with some of the completed birds. This last project, on Tuesday, April 8, "Struttin' like Peacocks," was the creation of peacock fans with decorative papers, markers, glue, and scissors.  We had a great turnout.  Maybe it was good because of the beautiful spring weather, but we're going to put it down as a fantastic subject and great people that made it so successful.   Read More
  • "Spirit Land" book signing in Art Gallery on May 3

    The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center is hosting a book signing of “Spirit Land,” a photographic tribute to Spearfish Canyon, by authors Jan and Bob Sisk, on Saturday, May 3, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in The Matthews’ Art Gallery. Tom Matthews will be a guest at the signing, due to their family’s contribution to the production of the book.  The book being offered comes both soft cover and hard cover, priced $20 and $50 respectively.  The soft cover books are currently on sale at the gallery, while the hard copies will be made available on the day of the signing! “Spirit Land” is an interpretive pictorial that celebrates the timeless beauty of Spearfish Canyon. Classic quotes, stunning scenes, and common plants and animals fill the pages to make it the perfect keepsake. A tribute to the Matthews' family This first edition provides a beautiful tribute for the Matthews family, specifically, Thomas R. Matthews (1898-1946) and his wife, Angela Haire Matthews (1914-2008).  Tom Matthews and his sister, Katherine Matthews Rucinsky’s contributions helped make this book possible, along with The Angela Haire Matthews Memorial Fund. About Jan and Bob Sisk Authors and photographers are lifelong South Dakotans.  Bob was born, raised, and educated in Spearfish.  He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed a 27-year career as a high school biology teacher. Bob’s slide presentation prepared students for field identification of birds and plants.  Jan is also a northern Black Hills native, born in Deadwood and raised in Lead.  She was educated in Sioux Falls and taught taught high school English for 17 years.  The couple enjoys the best of two worlds:  they live on the prairie near Newell and treasure their rustic cabin in the Black Hills. “As longtime educators, we look forward to new challenges.  Retirement has given us the opportunity to combine our talents, to appreciate and be amazed. We watch, wonder, and gather wisdom as we learn just a few more of nature's many secrets, remarks Jan. Read More
  • Belinda Lytle

    BIOGRAPHY Dance was the first art form through which Belinda’s passion to express herself began.  Bringing visual life to music while enveloping herself in pure emotion and self-expression through movement, line, and grace guided her sixteen year professional ballet career. Belinda (also known as beth) then immersed and dedicated herself wholeheartedly into raising her family and running LytleWare (her international line of dance wear).  as time narrowly permitted, she began to explore her artistic journey further.  This time, expressing herself through the exciting medium allowed by watercolor’s fluid life.  Recently, she ventured into the world of sculpting and was instantly captivated by the freedom of creation it offered.  She gifted her first sculpture, “Waiting for my Soldier” to give infinite recognition honor, and gratitude to our military families.  It now resides in the Governor's Mansion in Pierre, SD, and is touching lives across the country. Belinda’s innate ability to capture the emotional essence of her subject is evident.  Through her seamless movement, rich contrast, and elegant use of light and color, you are drawn into the heart and soul of her art and are emotionally touched and captivated.  This artist is drawn to a myriad of subjects in her life and the people surrounding her, woven together in similarity only by the natural beauty they share.  The freedom of her approach allows interpretation as she completes the artistic conversation with close attention to detail. Belinda’s early success with sold-out shows, awards, and recognition as encouraged her to continue sharing her passion for life and nature’s exquisite beauty through art. Read More
  • Sari Exhibit opening reception got us all "wrapped up!"

    Ronald Lee showing full length of sari material. On Friday, April 11, the art gallery was host to the opening reception for "The Colors of India: Traditional Sari Exhibit".  It was a beautiful day and we had many folks who stopped in for the Indian food (thank you Bay Leaf Cafe), sari wrapping demonstration, and more! The exhibit was made possible by The Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. CLICK to view larger image. The gallery had many donated saris on display, including an Indian wedding invitation.  Now, not all Indians put on $2 million dollar weddings, but one of our Spearfish friends was invited to such a wedding.  On display is the ornate wedding invitation and wedding objects from that week long activities.  Did we say week long?  Yes. Ronalda Lee, a Spearfish resident, used our own staff member, Ava Sauter, as her model in a sari-wrapping demonstration.  Most saris are 6 yards long!  That's a lot of wrapping, tucking, and pinning.  Ronalda also wore a beautiful bright pink sari of her own. Hayli Barnthouse, a senior at Spearfish High School, (picture below) just returned days before this reception from a semester as a foreign exchange student in India.  She and her mother both wore traditional saris.  Hayli spoke about the experiences she had during her time in India, including cultural differences in food, social mannerisms, and clothing. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Feist) The sari exhibit's last day is Saturday, April 26.  If you are in the area, be sure to stop in to enjoy the beautiful Indian apparel. Enjoy pictures of the reception just below. Wedding invitation.  Henna tatooing. Ava is about to get wrapped. (Photo courtesy of Joshua Feist) (Photo courtesy of Joshua Feist) Just a few items of the Indian clothing on display.   The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Read More
  • Welding Sculpture class work on display April 28-May 9

    I don't remember welding like this back in the day!  Check out some photos below article. As of April 28, we have a new exhibit in the art gallery.  Spearfish High School's Welding Sculpture Class, under the guidance of their instructor, Kristi McCoy, have this year's finest work on display. The work showcases the true skill and creativity of our Spearfish students, as well as the great leadership of its teachers. The Matthews Art Center is honored to display this wonderful work and encourages all of you to stop by and see for yourselves.  The exhibit runs through May 9, 2014. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.     Read More
  • Jayne Rose

    BIOGRAPHY Born and raised in northwestern Illinois, Jayne found her talent in art at a very early age--kindergarten!  All through grade school, high school, and college, the visual arts were her main focus--along with getting married, having two daughters, and running a busy country inn and fine dining restaurant.  The last couple of items on that list took her away from art. In 2000, Jayne went back to her first love, oil and acrylic painting.  While pursuing her reconnection with her art, she worked part time for a graphics/website design firm while volunteering for several art groups.  After a change in marital status, Jayne decided to make a new start and move to the Black Hills in 2010 where she was juried in as a gallery artist at The Matthews. In January 2013, Jayne also became Marketing Manager of The Matthews, where her graphic design and web work has been put to use! ARTIST STATEMENT My subjects are largely representational (with leanings towards impressionism) based on observations of my surroundings, in landscapes, floral and human studies.  I paint in saturated color with heavy emphasis on light, color, and shadows.  My camera and I are on the constant prowl for early morning or late afternoon shadows.  The lush floral I create in both still life and landscapes come from my own gardens and those who live around me.  Living in the midwest gives me plenty of subjects, from rural to city scenes.  The quest to understand the nuances of nature inspires me to keep searching and growing in this craft.  I’ve quickly started using acrylics in order to point more quickly.  Painting quickly has been a trademark of mine and using other mediums had broadened my horizons.  My vision will continue to change as my life and the lives around me change.     Read More
  • Richard Dubois

    BIOGRAPHY A native of the Black Hills of South Dakota, Richard DuBois has preferred traditional watercolor as his favorite medium.  He attended the University of Wyoming, earning a Master of Arts degree in art. He continued post-graduate study in New England at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  DuBois has taught studio art at Black Hills State University since 1969 and also maintains the DuBois Studio and Du Bois Gallery at his home in Rapid City, SD. DuBoise is the co-founder of the Northern Plains Watercolor Society and has served on the Board of Directors since its inception in 1993. In addition to his studio work, DuBois participates in and conducts professional workshops in watercolor.  He has been in numerous group and solo exhibitions and has juried competitions and invitational shows.  His work is in permanent collections throughout the United States and is represented by galleries in the Midwest.  DuBois has received numerous awards throughout the years for his work.  His most recent awards include the Rapid City Chamber of Commerce Award for Liberal Arts Professional - 2004, BHSU’s Alumni Associations - 2005, Excellence in Education Award, and the Gold Medal Award in the 2006 Northern Plains Watercolor Society Annual Competition.   Read More
  • Back by popular demand! Hand-painted Tile Class May 18

    We are thrilled that Kathy Young is again providing instruction on the art of making hand-painted tiles.  We had quite the waiting list on the last class.  So... BUY TICKETS now! The class uses the free form painting techniques of alcohol ink on ceramic tiles.  Various painting methods will be covered by Kathy and each participant will have the chance to paint three tiles - one of which will be donated to the art center.  All supplies are provided and a free beverage (wine, beer, or soft drink) will be given upon arrival.  Participants need to bring a good attitude and be willing to get a little dirty! We all had such a fun time in April.  Don't believe us? CLICK HERE for pictures. Date: Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:00 p.m- 4:00 p.m. Class cost: $30 per person (plus tax).  Must be 18 and up to participate. LIMITED seats available. We SOLD OUT last month.  Don't wait until the last minute. Call 605.642.7973 to purchase your seat at the table (or come into the gallery to pay, Monday-Sat. 10a – 5p).   Read More
  • Michael Knutson set to exhibit in national landscape exhibition

    State of Obscurity, Oil on canvas, 72 x 48” One of our talented gallery artists, Michael Knutson, will be participating in “Finding Balance Exhibition-The role of the landscape in contemporary art” at the Deines Cultural Center in Russell, Kansas. This national group invitational runs May 23 - July 11, 2014.  The opening reception is May 23, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. EXHIBITION CATALOG Congratulations Mike! Read More
  • One of our own. Rest in Peace Richard DuBois

    We received some very sad news this morning.  One of our most talented gallery artists, Richard DuBois, passed away suddenly last evening. He will be missed personally and professionally here at The Matthews.  We send our deepest sympathies out to his family and friends.       Read More
  • Are you an artist or performer who drives their publicist or venues nuts?

    Ask a Publicist Just read a great article called "Ask a Publicist: 5 Social Media Dos & Don'ts for Bands."  I'd like to amend that to all forms of artists, be they visual or performance artists. The hardest part of any marketing person is actually getting the artist to give us the necessary information needed to promote their work.  Be assured, there are some bands and agents who are dreams to work for.  Unfortunately, they are very few and and very far between. What do we want? Your attention.  Your concert, reception, etc. is 6 months away?  So, it doesn't seem urgent right?  Wrong.  Media outlets need information months in advance. Also, you/your group is not the only entity the marketing person is dealing with.  When you are emailed for information, deal with it immediately. Quality high resolution promotional photos.  That means 300 dpi - (dots per inch).  Saying, "Go to my website and download (or right-click) on what you need," 99% time is the wrong thing to say.  Almost every time we jump to your site, all the photos are made to be web resolution (72 dpi) in order for the photos to load quickly when people pull up your site.  Yes, you may have sent your web designer a high resolution photo, but we can guarantee the designer converted them to low resolution files.  What looks good on a website, looks horrible on printed materials.  Newspapers and magazines will not use low resolution for inclusion any stories either.  If you don't know the difference between high and low resolution or don't know what you have, contact the professional who took the photos and have them send out the required photos. NOTE:  If you are a visual artist, send images of yourself (recent) and your art (also recent).  If you are a musician, make sure some of the photos show what you do.  Play guitar?  Have a guitar in the photo. A picture of you all standing in a field of flowers is very artsy, but it does nothing to show the viewer of posters or banners what it is that you do for money!  Unless you're the Beatles, there will be many folks who have never heard of you and will wonder why they should shell out $25 to see you. Up to date biographies and stories.  Many marketers need to write press releases and feature stories about your event coming up.  Do you have your group's info available for download on your site?  If you have a media/press link on your site, you can upload a pdf of your group's biographies, mission statement, quality QUOTES (so important), etc.  If you don't have a media/press link, add one! Remember, we're all in this together.  We want to promote the artist at our venue so we can sell tickets!  The more tickets we sell the more money we all make.  That's the bottom line, isn't it? Read More
  • Richard DuBois' touch will always remain at The Matthews

    Ceiling dome at The Matthews Opera House As we all say goodbye to artist Richard DuBois, we would like to reflect on his art that will be a permanent fixture here at The Matthews. Circle of Angels Did you know that in 1973 Richard (with some very helpful assistants) painted the interior of the opera house theater's dome?  "Dick was the leader of the group.  He painted all of the cherubs.  Me?  I was responsible for the blue," laughs Peter Young. So the next time you are at an opera house event, look up, and thank Richard. Read More
  • Becky Grismer juried into 2 great shows!

    Tree bark sculpture artist, Becky Grismer, has been juried into two upcoming shows.  Becky has been one of The Matthews' gallery artists for the past couple of years. Opening on June 1 (Lincoln, NE) The first is called "Contemporary Indigeneity: The New Art of the Great Plains."  The show will be held at the Great Plains Art Museum in Lincoln, NE . The show will feature 40 original works of art. This exhibition, to open in June 1, 2014, includes individuals whose work expresses the texture of Native American life in the Great Plains today. Founded in 1980, the Great Plains Art Museum is home to a large collection of historical and contemporary works by Native North American artists. The Museum regularly hosts exhibitions that focus on contemporary Native identity as well as historical Native issues. The sculpture that Becky has in this show, titled Woman of the Great Plains, is made with materials that were used by indigenous populations for containers, food and medicine. The materials were gathered from different locations throughout the Great Plains region. See image below. The show opens on June 1 and runs through July 27th, 2014. There is a reception on June 6th from 5-7 p.m. Woman of the Great Plains by Becky Grismer   Opening on June 6 (Anderson, IN) Becky's second juried show is called "Figures of Speech." It will be held at The Anderson Center for the Arts in Anderson, Indiana. This competitive exhibition is focused on giving artists the opportunity to turn all the classic "Figures of Speech" (for example, "the squeaky wheel gets the grease") into works of fine art. Becky's piece is titled, "Putting down roots." (pictured below)  This show runs from June 6th through August 15th, with a reception on June 6th from 6p to 8:30p. "Putting down Roots" by Becky Grismer         Read More
  • George Bougher

    BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT Painting for me is a process, not an event. It is visual poetry that goes beyond what I know - into the world of feelings, instincts and drives. Painting is a gift, not a talent and learning to nurture and protect this gift has been my cherished duty. I paint in watercolor impasto, a unique method I developed by blending high grade watercolor pigment with special acrylic gels made for watercolor. The result is a permanent finish with the warm patina of an oil painting and the luminous qualities of modern pigments. I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and my passion for art was fostered by my mother, the Carnegie Museum and Carnegie Tech from the fourth grade through high school. I earned a BFA in Painting and Sculpture from Carnegie Mellon University in 1971. Since those days, I have lived many places. Now I work from my home studio in Memphis, Tennessee, and enjoy my summers at my cabin in Boulder Canyon in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Editor's note:  George has added oil painting to his repertoire. He will be having an exhibit of his newest work August 1 to August 23, 2014. Read More
  • We clean up pretty good.

    It was really bugging us.  That peeling, faded sign over our opera house door.   Last week, the newly refurbished and painted sign was installed by one of our gallery artists, Steve Barba.  He took down all the "opera house" letters and scraped & painted them again.  The background was repainted also.   Now we don't look like the ugly stepchildren of Main Street!  When you see Steve around Spearfish, give him a hearty handshake and thank you. Read More
  • Our Art Gallery is celebrating a milestone!

    The Matthews Art Gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary of being in business in Spearfish. Not many non-profit fine art galleries in towns of our size can make that statement.  Did you know that we have over 40 regional Black Hills artists represented here?  They come from all around the Black Hills including into Wyoming. We have painters of all media, jewelers, sculptors, fiber artists, collage artists, silk screen artists, etching artists, welders....too many to list. The art gallery also provides several artist exhibits and receptions during the year.  Free.  We do special event receptions also.  Did you get to come to our Sari Exhibit or the Land over Sea Immigration Exhibit this year?  Free.   We also have offered fun art classes -- some free, some not!  It's a great place to visit and work. Join us on July 11 So, in honor of our 10th anniversary, we will be open late on Friday, July 11, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for the public where you can enjoy the art, cake, and a cash beer and wine bar.  Something for everyone. Mark your calendars. We'll leave the lights on. Read More
  • Dede Farrar

    BIOGRAPHY & STATEMENT Dede Farrar comes from a family of artists dating back to her great grandmother, who worked as an illustrator for the Denver Post during the early 20th century. Farrar grew up watching her family members paint and create ceramics. Dad, Grandma, Aunt and Uncle encouraged her and taught her artistic fundamentals. She knew from an early age that art was a beautiful, mysterious pursuit, and one that she wanted to follow. The artist earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of South Dakota, Vermillion in May of 1999. Farrar has had a career in education, counseling, and art including public school teaching, college level teaching, school and community based counseling as well as creating and showing art. Farrar has always enjoyed living in the rural setting while traveling to visit metropolitan areas. In the past, this has not been a way to further one’s career in art. But now, with the advances of the internet and smart phones, Farrar decided she can show and sell her work while living just about anywhere. Images of animals are her focus because of her love of animals and her understanding of what an important role animals play in peoples’ lives from being a family member pet to working on a farm or ranch, or in the case of wildlife, as a measure of man’s stewardship of the environment. For the artist Dede Farrar, the love of animals comes with a great appreciation of nature leading to the inclusion of landscape elements in her work. Read More
  • "My Two Worlds" Art Exhibit coming Aug. 1-23

    "Between Bridges" by George Bougher The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center presents a new artist exhibition, August 1-23, in the Art Gallery by  George Bougher titled, "My Two Worlds."  George is one of our gallery artists. Join us at for the Opening Reception The opening night reception for "My Two Worlds" is Friday, August 1, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  This evening's reception is free and open to the public.  Until August 23, the exhibit is on display during gallery hours, Monday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The title of George Bougher’s exhibit, “My Two Worlds,” is representative of his current life style.  Although Bougher has lived in many places, today he spends a part of the year in Memphis, Tennessee, where he works at his home studio.  He spends his summers here, in the Black Hills where he owns a cabin in Boulder Canyon.   The rich dichotomy offered by his two homes gives him plenty of inspiration. Not that Bougher is ever wanting of creativity.  His spiritual and passionate approach to painting keeps him occupied.  “Painting for me is a process, not an event. It is visual poetry that goes beyond what I know – into the world of feelings, instincts and drives. Painting is a gift, not a talent and learning to nurture and protect this gift has been my cherished duty,” remarks Bougher.  George is also a blues musician. He performs weekly at The Tobacco Company in Deadwood, SD. Most of George Bougher’s past work used the technique called water impasto.  Developed by Bougher, the water impasto method employs blending high grade water color pigment with acrylic gels made for watercolor. For “My Two Worlds” Bougher has turned to oil paint instead.  “It is always enjoyable to see an artist take on a new direction,” says Matthews executive director, Sian Young.  “My Two Worlds" is not only just that, but is also a beautiful representation of George’s love for the Black Hills and Memphis," continues Young. Read More
  • Jerri Maulik

      Artist Statement Beading, working with gourds, and making jewelry are now a major part of my life in Riverton, Wyoming. I enjoy working with gemstones, all different types and sizes of beads, as well as making my own glass beads. Beading lets me express myself.  Another beading art form that I create are from locally grown gourds (Horse Creek Gourds, Newell, SD) that are made into purses and cabochons.  These are then accented with beading.   I use the best quality gemstones, beads, and jewelry findings available.  My inspiration comes from nature and life experiences.  Growing up in Beulah and the Black Hills, I loved being outdoors. Being married for over 35 years now, I have been able to travel and learn many techniques and crafts from all over the United States. I live on the Wind River Indian Reservation and have a love for Native American bead work.  My entire family are artists, from sculptors, carvers, woodworkers, and silversmiths. Their shared experiences and expertise has made me the artist I am today. Read More
  • Mae B. Gill

    Meet Gertie, Beatrice, and Mortimer. ARTIST STATEMENT I was born in Michigan but grew up between there and Florida. I came to Spearfish in 1998 and fell in love with the Black Hills. I have been drawing and creating art for as long as I can remember. I am a 5th grade special education teacher in the Belle Fourche school district. I love nature, wood, creating and re-creating, being inspired and inspiring others. I use wood in some of my art because wood speaks to me. It speaks to me of the past, the present and the future. I see it as a symbol of life and rebirth. I often use the phrase “A Slice of Life”TM for much of my wood assemblages. Wood connects me to others, to the past, to nature. It reminds me to stay cognizant of the fragility and splendor of life and what this Earth has to offer us. I also insert mirrors to connect the viewer to the art and to be a reminder to be reflective. I love finding things and using them in unique and different ways. One artist’s work that I admire is that of Louise Nevelson. I love how she took ordinary items, scraps and things that were discarded and thrown away, repurposed them, and created wonderful art. I also enjoy photography, painting, making fabric art, writing stories and poetry, and working with children. I will make custom orders, your materials or mine. I am very excited to be able to display some of my art here at the Spearfish Art Gallery and at various venues around town. I hope you enjoy my labor of love. Read More
  • Kelsey Schroeder

    ARTIST STATEMENT / BIOGRAPHY My first experience with the world of ceramics was in high school through beginning wheel classes at my local YMCA. After I graduated, I moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa for my undergraduate degree. I began as a photography major for my freshman year. The following fall I took a ceramics class. It was then I knew I couldn’t return to the darkroom and keep my hands out of clay. I changed my emphasis to ceramics and began my journey to my current aesthetic and voice. During my years at Coe I was exposed to the raku firing process and fell in love. To me raku embodied the dynamism and excitement of the ceramic process. From the moment I placed a piece into the kiln, to removing it from the ashes and smoke, there was an enticing mystery of the final outcome. Each piece was unique in color and pattern and no result was ever a disappointment. My forms began as decorative functional ware. They were primarily sectional vases and bowls. As I continued, I found that just throwing a piece did not meet my desire for unique and personal quality. I began to alter the initial thrown form by carving, distorting, and adding hand built elements. Each alteration is inspired by forms in the natural world and ultimately led to my signature spirals. After my senior thesis exhibition I have continued to explore new variations in form and technique. My work has been displayed in galleries and includes a purchase by the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art for its permanent collection. Read More
  • Art Class: The Woolie Llama on 9/12/14

    Create your own luffa soap, but much softer. Well this is fun.  You'll clean up!  We're felting llama wool around soap bars on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. Only 20 seats available. BUY TICKETS This art class taught by Ila Miller.  She takes bar soap and covers it with dyed llama wool.   Why, you may ask? The wool acts as a type of luffa and shrinks on the bar soap as it gets used.  It helps your soap last longer and is a colorful and fun way to take a bath or shower. Local LlamaThe wool used in the class is harvested and hand dyed by Ila. She raises her own lovely llamas. Class detailsAll materials will be provided and are top quality.  The cost of the class is $25.  Anyone taking participating must be at least 15 years of age.  Limited seats available for this class.  Class must be purchased in advance. The class will take about one and a half hours.   BUY TICKETS Read More
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“Don’t Dress for Dinner” hits our stage Nov. 6-9, 2014

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The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center’s community theater presents Marc Camoletti’s adult comedy farce, “Don’t Dress for Dinner” November 6-9, 2014.

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Auditions set for “Don’t Dress for Dinner”

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“Don’t Dress for Dinner” will be performed by our Community Theatre November 6-9, 2014.  The auditions will take place in The Matthews’ theater  September 15-16, at 6:30 p.m. both days. See below for play details and audition needs.

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Third annual Theatre on the Run coming Sept. 6, 2014

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You Move. The Plays Don’t.

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Theatre on the Run 2014 will be Sept. 6!

Theatre on the Run from 2013 -- at Spearfish Creek Wine Bar

Theatre on the Run from 2013 — at Spearfish Creek Wine Bar

The third Theatre on the Run is set to take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014.  That is the weekend after Labor Day.

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Theatre on the Run

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September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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