About Us

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization located at 612 N. Main Street in Spearfish, South Dakota. Built in 1906, the opera house has gone through many lives.

The Matthews consists of a fine arts gallery with 48 regional artists on the street level. Upstairs, the theater continues to provide community plays, national performance acts and music concerts.         

The Matthews’ Staff

Darren Granaas, Executive Director 
[email protected], 636.293.5720

Kelly Myers, Community Engagement Manager and Festival in the Park Coordinator 
[email protected] and [email protected], 605.717.6967

Joanna Mechaley, Marketing Manager
[email protected], 605.722.0461

Kara Carver, Patron Services and Gallery Manager
[email protected], 605.642.7973      

Rhonda Klinger, Development Director
[email protected], 605.717.3922

The Matthews’ Board of Directors

The Matthews is managed by a Board of Directors. The members serve three-year terms and are elected on a rotating basis at the annual meeting at The Matthews each January.

Updated September 2022:

Julie Walkins, President
Amy Ruff, Vice President
Bryan Hencke, Treasurer
Desy Schoenewies, Secretary
Julia O’Neil-King
Jake Jackson
Kathleen Hood
William LeRoy

The Matthews’ Mission Statement

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center champions participation in the arts to inspire and connect the powerful creative force of our community, enriching lives now and securing our historic cultural legacy for the future.

Our Sponsors

KEVN Black Hills Fox
Holiday Inn
Black Hills Pioneer
  • Killian's Food & Drink
  • Spearfish
  • Prairie Hills Transit
  • Real Estate Center of Spearfish
  • TDG
  • Lucky's 13 Pub
  • Mitchell's Barber Shop
  • Wolff's Plumbing & Heating
  • Great Western Bank
  • Spearfish Motors
  • South Dakota Arts Council
  • DeSmet and Biggs, LLP