Community Mural Painting Session

This month, we’re inviting you to lend a hand in the creation of the George Martin Memorial Mural. A public painting session will be held on Saturday, February 26 in the Matthews theater. Sections of the mural will be on display and ready for your brushwork! Come be a part of this larger-than-life, paint-by-numbers mural project.

Be sure to wear clothes that can get a little dirty and join us in the theater from 11 am until 3 pm.

The mural commemorates the legacy of George Martin, a life-long citizen, councilman, and active Spearfish resident. Once completed, it will take its place on the side of the Sears building, facing Old City Hall Square in downtown Spearfish.

The concept and design of the work were developed by BHSU associate professor of art Desy Schoeneweis and a group of university students. It incorporates aspects of Martin’s life and personality with the feel of a game board, with colorful and playful images greeting the viewer at every turn. Roaming across the display are illustrations of the Western Hills Humane Society, the High Plains Western Heritage Center, and the D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery and Archives, all places that Martin held near and dear to his heart.

We invite you to put on your grubbies and join us for this exciting community project! This event is appropriate for ages three and up.

 

 

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

“The Chair is Not Me” Exhibition

“The Chair is Not Me” exhibition features poems and art from the book, “The Chair is Not Me,” written by “JJ” James Janis. This book is a collection of poems about his life experiences and challenges as a diversely abled individual. Mr. Janis originally composed twenty-one poems, eleven of which have been illustrated by artists of diverse abilities and cultures.  The collection of poetry seeks to advocate for individuals with diverse abilities through the exploration of disabilities and the culture surrounding disabilities, the human condition, life on Pine Ridge, and communication.

Art can be viewed March 2 – 31 in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm.

A reception for this exhibit will be Friday, March 11 from 5 pm – 6 pm and will feature a poetry reading and Q&A time with the author. Light refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

The themes explored by the poetry and art featuring in this exhibit include:

  • Society’s perception of diversely abled individuals and diverse cultures.
  • Necessary assistive devices and processes that assist, but also unintentionally diminish.
  • The impacts of labeling.
  • The lasting effects of genocide on a society.
  • Perception of the world through a child’s eyes and imagination.
  • The joy of freedom.
  • Communication and the importance of one-on-one interactions.
  • The humor found in the duality of human kind’s predispositions.
  • Identity.
  • Nomadic qualities of an individual with disabilities.
  • The acceptance and normalization of individuals with disabilities.
  • Forgiveness of past transgressions.

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