The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center continues its Big Read celebration of “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett with an exhibit celebrating Graphic Novel Art. The exhibit will present the work of five Black Hills fiber artists.

The opening reception will be held 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, Feb. 5 in the art gallery. This show continues to run from until Feb. 26 in the art gallery 10:00-5:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

Reception in Gallery – “Graphic Novel Live” Upstairs

Created by Chanel Wiggan

Created by Chanel Wiggan, click to enlarge

The Graphic Novel show will feature illustrations of local Spearfish artists. The work ranges from ink and paper pieces to canvas and oils. During the opening reception in the art gallery, “Graphic Novel Live” takes place with live models posing on The Matthews’ stage. This allows patrons the experience of sketching the human form. Professor Desy Schoenewies, from the BHSU Art department, will be on-hand to provide help for those who may be new to this art form.

“The graphic novel format showcases talents from 1920s icon movie posters to the current 2016 Japanese Manga,” says Samantha Thompson, gallery manager. “We are thrilled to showcase an art form that is not confined to one culture or time period.”

The artists featured in this show are:
Desy Schoenewies, BHSU art professor
Jo Powell – illustrator, writer, and sculptor, retired art teacher, and a “forever art educator”

Created by Jo Powell

Created by Jo Powell, click to enlarge

James Canfield – Spearfish artist
Chanel Wiggan – BHSU Art Student
Devin Stephens – BHSU Art Student

Graphic novels are visual storytelling. Instead of focusing just on the author’s words, the reader also participates in the visual element. Readers get to play along with what the artist has visually imagined. It’s a combination of the joy of reading a novel and the experience of watching a movie.


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




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