BHSU Art Faculty Focus

Join us at noon on January 12 as BHSU Professor Desy Schoenewies and other art faculty at BHSU discuss their recent works, exhibitions, and the BHSU art program. This presentation will feature all art faculty across photo, studio, and graphic design in 3-5 minute segments and the work of the Black Hills State University Art Club. Desy will also talk about upcoming opportunities for community members to be a part of another city mural that will be going up over the current mural next to old city hall. This event takes place in the Matthews Opera House theater and is free to the public. Coffee provided by Common Grounds will be available.

About the Bellman Brown Bag Series

The Bellman Brown Bag series is a humanities program designed to explore ideas, history, literature, art and culture. The Brown Bag program was developed by Dr. Stewart Bellman in the 1990’s. Recognizing the Matthews Opera House as an ideal venue for the exploration of humanities topics, he engaged a line-up of speakers to present programs on a range of humanities topics each month.

Dr. Bellman was a professor of English at Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. His teaching career spanned thirty years. Bellman retired from BHSU and passed away in November 2002.

Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month, noon to 1pm. Designed to begin and end within the lunch hour, patrons are invited to bring their lunch, if desired, or simply enjoy an hour of learning and entertainment.  This is an opportunity to gain insight into themes that touch our daily lives.

Coffee for the Bellman Brown Bag Series is generously provided by Common Grounds in Spearfish, SD.



JAS Quintet featuring Jami Lynn

Join the Matthews Opera House on January 14 for a special Jazz Series concert featuring South Dakota singer/songwriter Jami Lynn with jazz ensemble band JAS Quintet. Performance starts at 7:30 pm. Cabaret-style table seating and premier wines will be available for this performance. Tickets are $30 for table seating and $20 for balcony seats.

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Snow Sculptures on Main Street

Create a sculpture masterpiece with snow! On January 21, snow mounds will be set up on the corner of Main and Hudson from 1 pm – 4 pm. Anyone interested can stop by and let their creativity run wild! Bring your own carving supplies, but we’ll have some on hand as well.

Nowhere Men’s Clothier & Lounge will also have hot soup available to warm up any of our snow sculpture participants.

Winter Kid’s Craft

The Matthews Opera House is celebrating Chinook Days with a free Winter Kid’s Craft! Stop by the gallery during business hours on Saturday, January 22 (10 am – 5pm) and pick up your FREE craft kit to do at home. This year we will be making paper snowman chains! Make sure to share your creation with us on Facebook by tagging the Matthews Opera House and using the hashtag #MatthewsWinterCraft.

BHSU Student & Faculty Art Show

The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center is proud to be hosting the 2022 BHSU Student and Faculty Show! Art from BHSU students and faculty will be on display in the gallery from January 11 – February 11. The gallery is open from 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday – Saturday.


There will be a reception celebrating the opening of this show on January 14 from 5 – 6 pm in the Matthews Opera House gallery. Light refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available.


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  • BHSU Dept of Fine Arts
  • Prairie Hills Transit
  • South Dakota Arts Council
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  • Mitchell's Barber Shop
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