39th Winter Art Show winners announced

January 18, 2018


The Matthews Opera House & Art Center has announced the following award recipients for the 39th Winter Art Show. Best of Show was awarded to Dede Farrar of Rapid City for her acrylic painting titled, “Deerfield Trail in Autumn.” Awards were given during the artist reception on Thursday, Jan. 18. Visitors to the show are encouraged to vote for their favorite art pieces. At the end of the show, the People’s Choice award will be announced on Jan. 25, 2018. The show continues for public viewing through Jan. 25 during gallery business hours, 10 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday. UPDATE: Jerry Ainsworth of Spearfish is our People’s Choice award winner. Scroll down for photo.

The judges for the 38th Winter Art Show were Ann Porter, BHSU art professor, Michael Baum, BHSU assistant art professor, and Altman Studeny, BHSU art instructor.

…. and the awards go to

Best In Show

Dede Farrar, Rapid City, “Deerfield Trail in Autumn”

People’s Choice Award

Jerry Ainsworth, Untitled mixed media carving (Acrylic and gypsum carving)


Adult Category 

1st Place: Kim Granneman, Nemo, “Go West”

2nd Place:  Dennis Driscoll, Spearfish, “Meadowlark”
3rd Place: Ava Sauter, Custer, “Finally, a Man I can get Behind”

High School Category

1st Place: Rose Smith, Whitewood, Untitled

2nd Place:  Karin Sandness, Belle Fourche, “Rusty Bug”
3rd Place: Rose Mechaley, Spearfish, “Contritum”

Middle School Category

1st Place: Faith Kari, Belle Fourche, “El Pollo Loco”

2nd Place:  Leith Sandness, Belle Fourche, “Water Colors”
3rd Place:  Rio Sexton, Whitewood, “Abstract Charizard”

Grade School Category

1st Place: Tava Sexton, Whitewood, “Appaloosa in the Summer”

2nd Place:  Alex Watson, Spearfish, “Fly Away Kite”
3rd Place:  Bree Canfield, Spearfish, “Blue Ocean Breeze”

Kindergarten & Under Category

1st Place:  Evan Watson, Spearfish, “Colorful Cake Explosion”

2nd Place:  Brynn Willadson, Newcastle, WY, “My Horse
3rd Place:  Waylon Hansen, Spearfish, “The Mountains are Calling”

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