News From The Matthews

The Matthews receives 2019 NEA Big Read grant!

Spearfish is reading Station Eleven in 2019
The Matthews is a recipient of a grant of $13,000 to host the NEA Big Read in Spearfish, SD. We are one of 79 nonprofit organizations to receive an NEA Big Read grant. The NEA Big Read in Spearfish will focus on Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. Activities will take place January 12 through March 30, 2019.
Along with The Matthews, Grace Balloch Memorial Library, and the Black Hill State University School of Arts and Humanities are project partners offering many Big Read events from January through March 2019.
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2019 Story Challenge

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“Station Eleven” author Emily St. John Mandel

Meet the author of “Station Eleven,” Emily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel (her middle name, St. John, was her grandmother’s surname) was born on Vancouver Island and raised mostly on Denman Island, an island off the coast of British Columbia, Canada. Mandel’s father emigrated from the U.S. and worked on the island as a plumber; her Canadian mother works for an organization that assists victims of domestic violence and is active in the labor movement. Both loved to read and for no reason other than to provide the best education they could, they homeschooled Mandel, encouraging her to write every day. “Although I grew up in a very working-class household, there was a tremendous emphasis on books,” she told the Columbia Daily Tribune. “We had a lot of books in the house and went to the library all the time… I read voraciously.” Like many teenagers, she also watched television. The island only had two channels, so options were limited, which meant she watched a fair amount of Star Trek: Voyager. It’s where she first heard Seven of Nine say “survival is insufficient” in an episode in 1999 — a phrase she wholeheartedly believes and that readers can find on the side of the traveling group’s caravan in Station Eleven. 

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June 2018: ArtCentral – June Updates

ArtCentral: June Updates

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.
ArtCentral Spearfish has several exciting projects both underway and coming up!
Linking Fences is gaining momentum for our second season. We have a few community artist fences, as well as a few other community fences that are “under construction.”

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Mary Ann Larsen

Mary Ann Larsen | Painter
Mary Ann Larsen’s style has evolved over the years to include rich textures and bold impasto techniques. 

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William Lopez | Sculptor – Ceramics

William Lopez | Sculpture – Ceramics
The collection Will Lopez has developed for the past six years incorporates a technique he calls “chip away.” When creating ceramics, the artist pushes the limits of the clay, applying pressure at a specific time, and allowing new forms to arise, with the goal of designing something delicate, structurally sound, and seemingly perfect.

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Adam Hudson

Adam Hudson | Artist
Growing up in Deadwood in the 40s and 50s gave Adam a sense of history and an affinity for all things antique. Early on, he was fascinated by the paintings of swashbuckling pirates in Howard Pyle’s books. Since his earliest memories, Adam has carved and drawn.

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The 25th Holiday High Tea is set for Dec. 8 | A Spearfish Tradition

One of our oldest and favorite annual events is just around the corner.  The Holiday High Tea is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 8, 1:00-2:30 p.m. in The Matthew’s Theater.  Tickets go ON SALE NOV. 1.  They will be available during business hours in the gallery, by phone (605.642.7973), or online. All seats are $30.  Tickets must be purchased no later than Dec. 5. 

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Another ArtCentral Film Festival starts in Sept. 2018! FREE

ArtCentral has announced the ArtCentral Film Festival – Season 2 to be shown at The Matthews in 2018. The films run from September through November, for a total of four movies. The Northern Black Hills Rotary Club again partners with us to help bring this quality series of films to Spearfish. Through this series, we use art as a tool – films in this case – to engage our community on specific topics that are relevant to all members of our community. The four films are free to the public. Three of the movies are listed as NR (not-rated) and one is rated R. 

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