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Jan. 2018: Art for a New Year

ArtCentral: Art for a New Year

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.
New Years is a time of celebration, hope, goal setting, and optimism about what can be accomplished in the new year. It is a season of resetting, recalibrating, and maybe even recreating. We make resolutions – to try something new, to learn a new skill, or tackle a daunting project.
The turn of the year is a mark of time when we measure and reflect on the closing year. Was this a good year, a hard year, or a year to celebrate and remember? We reflect and resolve to improve in the coming year.

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RE:Create takes over The Matthews Art Gallery this February and March

February 3 – March 24
RE:Create is a creative community makerspace in the Matthews Art Gallery for two months this year – February and March. It opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 3 with a free workshop by sculptor, Becky Grismer. Later that day, from 4-6 p.m., an opening reception for the public takes place! Mark your calendars. 
This space is free, open to the public, and has programmed workshops each week that give the community an opportunity to learn from and engage with our local artists. This is a BIG ArtCentral Spearfish project.  

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“The Nerd” is cast!

Top row (L-R) Mitchell Mechaley, Shaley Lensegrav, Kirk Hauck Front row (L-R) J. Bruce Woodard, Colin Hanzlik, Killian Mechaley, Chelsea Case
Dec. 13 and 14,  director Joanna Mechaley conducted auditions for the community theater comedy, “The Nerd.” Performances are Feb. 8-18, 2018.

Tickets are on sale now.

Mechaley announced the cast Dec. 17. They are listed below.

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Dec. 2017: ArtCentral: Anticipation

ArtCentral: Anticipation

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.
There is a spirit of anticipation in the air. The fall shadowy light and fun creativity of Halloween set the stage for Thanksgiving, and then we eagerly await the winter holidays with the arrival of snow, holiday lights, and decorations. It is time for snowmen and snow angels, hot chocolate and decorated cookies.

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ArtCentral Film Festival Season ONE brings 4 films to Spearfish

ArtCentral has partnered with The Northern Hills Rotary Club to create a film series that will benefit the community. Through this series, we use art as a tool – films in this case – to engage our community on specific topics that are relevant to both partnering organizations.

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Learn the Cyanotype photography process | Jan. 6

Cyantotype, an alternative process photography class, is offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 6, in the Fireplace Room at The Matthews (second floor). Seth Harwood of Spearfish is the instructor. The class is offered to persons 16 years and up. The class costs $40 per person (plus tax). All materials are provided. Registrations must be confirmed by Dec. 31.

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Nov. 2017: The Art in Halloween

ArtCentral: The Art in Halloween

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.
On Halloween, we have permission to be creative, innovative, and even afraid. We reward the efforts that are put into decorating ourselves in costumes and our homes or offices with the spooky and delightful. It is a season where we face and taunt our own fears, real and imagined, and know that we are supposed to be afraid.
We’re free on Halloween to be whatever we want; there is no judgment of who you want to be. It only has to be right for one day. Halloween is a day where we are free to be creative, to invent, and experiment. Is participation what we savor most on Halloween?

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AUDITIONS: “The Nerd”

Director, Joanna Mechaley, conducts auditions for the comedy, “The Nerd,” from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 13-14, in The Matthews’ theater. Play performances are two weekends – Feb. 8-18, 2018. Scroll down for audition details. 

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