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

Joanna Mechaley – Assistant Director
[email protected], 605.717.3922

Tia Erin – Visual Arts Coordinator
[email protected], 605.722.0461

Dwight Myers – Performing Arts Coordinator
[email protected], 605.717.6967

Casey S. HibbertFestival in the Park Coordinator 
[email protected], 605.642.7973

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 January 2023:

William “Billy” LeRoy, President
Julie Watkins, Vice President
Sandra Mattern, Treasurer
Desy Schoenewies, Secretary
Skott Chandler
Alexandra Hansen
Kathleen Hood
Matthew Tollefsrud

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
Sanford Underground Research Facility
TDG new logo 2024
  • QuikSigns
  • LPL Spearfish Brokerage
  • Spearfish
  • Redwater Kitchen
  • Pioneer Bank
  • South Dakota Arts Council
  • Knecht Home Center
  • Prairie Hills Transit
  • DeSmet and Biggs, LLP
  • Mitchell's Barber Shop
  • Spearfish Insurance Brokerage
  • BHSU Dept of Fine Arts