This collaborative art project will be unveiled during the opening reception of “The Big Read Art Collective,” 5-7 p.m., Mar. 4 in the art gallery.  The show continues through Mar. 31.  Scroll down to see the process and completed work.

Jewelry – An adornment for one’s body
Wall Jewelry – An adornment for one’s wall

Dr. Jo Powell overlooking art in progress.

Dr. Jo Powell overlooking art in progress.

Working with artist and retired teacher, Dr. Jo Powell, The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center brought the Wall Jewelry project to the youth at Canyon Hills Center in Spearfish. The project was centered on the idea of value and what makes an item valuable.

Many factors make an item valuable: demand, rarity, and materials used. There is also a personal value that transcends society’s definition of worth. An item’s history or the story behind its creation often gives a deeper value that moves beyond trends and markets.

Working with styrofoam blocks the students first covered the piece with plaster and then followed with paint and embellishments. The project was completed over three days by 24 students between the age of ten and seventeen.

The final project will be hung as a non-representational wall sculpture at The Matthews throughout the month of March. Scroll down to see some of the completed art pieces.

The Matthews wants to give a BIG thank you to Daman and the staff at The Canyon Hills Center.


Starting out....

Starting out….

Adding in color...almost done!

Adding in color…almost done!

Completed Wall Jewelry

Completed Wall Jewelry pieces  hung in The Matthews art gallery

Completed Wall Jewelry pieces hung in The Matthews art gallery

Closer view of work

Closer view of work






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

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


TBR-Logo-PartnersThe Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. 


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Thank you to the sponsors that help us bring art shows, plays, concerts, and other live entertainment acts to The Matthews.  We couldn’t do it without you.  

KEVN Black Hills Fox, Modern Woodmen, South Dakota Arts Council, Great Western Bank, Killian’s Tavern, Black Hills Pioneer, Century 21, Bay Leaf Cafe, Clark Printing, City of Spearfish, Wolff’s Plumbing & Heating, Inc., Lucky’s 13 Pub, Spearfish Holiday Inn, Zonta Club of Spearfish, Optimist Club of Spearfish, The Matthews’ family, The Kelley family — CLICK HERE to visit these sponsors’ business websites.

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