Graphic Novel "flat people" characters completed by Creekside Elementary 5th graders.

Graphic Novel “flat people” characters completed by Creekside Elementary 5th graders. (L-R) Jude, Sammy, Mia, Rikki (lizard), Lena, Pat, and Ezra

Over the last two months, The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center has been working with various groups around the Spearfish community to create a large installation art exhibition.

The March exhibit will include, “A Graphic Novel from the Ground Up,” a collective project that moves through the creative process of making a graphic novel. This project consisted of artists from Black Hills State University, Creekside Elementary, Spearfish High School, and within the community. The exhibit will also include, “Wall Jewelry,” created by residents at the Canyon Hills Center, also of Spearfish. Finally, the completed project titled, “Treasured: A Community Collective on Value,” will be on display. This project explored themes and opinions around the idea of value and what makes an item valuable.

“This is an extensive project with many parts and lots of collective creativity. Everyone involved gave a lot of effort and time to make this exhibit possible. I thank them for all they have done,” comments Ava Sauter, The Matthews community outreach manager.

The opening celebration for the exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m., Friday, Mar. 4, in The Matthews art gallery. Refreshments and a cash bar will be on hand. This show runs through Mar. 31.

CLICK HERE for Art Project #1: A Graphic Novel from the Ground Up

CLICK HERE for Art Project #2: Wall Jewelry by Canyon Hills Youth Center

CLICK HERE or Art Project #3: Treasured: A Community Collective on Value







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