April Events at the Matthews

April 1, 2021


Spring is finally here and it’s another full month at the Matthews!

We are wrapping up the NEA Big Read this month with lots of great events! If you have kiddos, make sure to check out the FREE “Dragons Are Too Seldom” puppet workshop with master puppeteer Markie Scholz! 

We also have another Fantasy Craft Workshop (this time with wands), a Mythical Creativity Kit, and a virtual Bellman presentation coming up. And the best part is all of our remaining NEA Big Read events are FREE!

Also, don’t forget to check out the awesome NEA Big Read events happening this month at the Grace Balloch Memorial Library! Their Facebook page is a great place to keep up with what’s going on.

We will be closing out the NEA Big Read with “The Final Quest,” an exciting adventure across Spearfish. This will be a fun-filled, outdoor event you can complete with friends and family so make sure to check out the info below and register your team by April 17.

Finally, we are excited to announce that we will finally be having our first LIVE concert in over a year! On April 29, we are hosting the American Patchwork Quartet in our theatre. They are a diverse group of Grammy-nominated and award-winning performers who breathe new life into centuries-old American folk songs. It’s going to be a FANTASTIC show so make sure to get your tickets. We are still taking COVID precautions. Details of that can be found on the event website. Feel free to call us if you have any questions! 

Keep scrolling to find out more!

The Matthews Staff

Community Art Show
Registration: April 6-8
Show Dates: April 9 – May 7
Virtual Award Ceremony: April 23

The Matthews’ Community Art Show is now in its 42nd year and will be on display in the gallery April 8 – May 7, 2021.  From beginners to professionals, the 42nd Community Art Show is open to applicants of all ages, levels, and media. Entries are not limited by geographical area. Registration and entries will be accepted April 6-8.

The show is free and open to the public during business hours,

Dragons Are Too Seldom
April 10
Ages 5 – 10: 10 AM | Ages 11+: 1 PM
FREE! Reservations Required.

The Matthews Opera House and renowned puppeteer Markie Scholz will be hosting a free puppet workshop for local youth. During this workshop, kids will make a puppet, learn to manipulate it, write a short show and have fun with their imagination!

The capacity for this event is limited.  Parents should call the Matthews at 605.642.7973 during gallery hours to reserve their spot.

Bellman Brown Bag: A Hero’s Journey
April 14 
FREE Virtual Presentation

April’s Bellman Brown Bag program will be April 14th and is a discussion of the hero’s journey and quests throughout some of the most notable fantasy novels and how they compare with Ged and his quest in Ursula K. Le Guin’s “A Wizard of Earthsea.”

This is a virtual presentation and will be posted on our Facebook page, website, and YouTube Channel.

Fantasy Craft Workshop: Magic Wands
April 15 | 4 pm
FREE! Reservations required.

During the NEA Big Read, the Matthews Opera House & Arts Center will be doing three in-person fantasy craft days hosted by our very own gallery manager, Heather Evans. On April 15 from 4-6 pm, we will be learning how to make your own magic wands!

Limited availability. Call 605.642.7973 to reserve your spot.

The Final Quest
April 24
FREE! Register before April 17

To celebrate the closing of the 2021 NEA Big Read, the Matthews Opera House is hosting a quest across Spearfish that you can complete with your family and friends! Teams that have signed up will be given clues to several locations around Spearfish. Solve the “Wizard of Earthsea” trivia question at each location and you’ll be given a riddle for where to go next. 

Sign up your team by April 17!

Mythical Creativity Kit
April 24 | 10 am – 5 pm

Make something magical! This will be the final of three FREE craft kits that will be available during the NEA Big Read. Come pick up your kit at the gallery and finish it in the safety of your home.

More details about the individual crafts will be released closer to the pickup date.

American Patchwork Quartet
April 29 | 7:30 PM
$25 Adults | $10 Youth & BHSU Students

The Matthews presents American Patchwork Quartet at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 29. Join the four distinct voices of American Patchwork Quartet as they breathe new life into centuries-old American songs. Featuring Grammy-nominated and award-winning performers!

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