News From The Matthews

Big Read Kickoff Discussion

  Big Read Kickoff Discussion A Free Event to Welcome the Community into Upcoming Big Read  Jan. 9 | Wednesday at 12:00PM | FREE | The Matthews’ Theater   Join Becky Naccarato Eastburn, Courtney Huse-Wika, Bert Juhrend, and Amber Wilde for a Panel Discussion on all of the upcoming…

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Me, the Other – Online Exhibit

“Otherness” is never one thing.
This collection of portraits and autobiographical statements tells a story of our community where we all share the human experience of being an ‘other’. Individual experiences lead us to a certain set of assumptions and pre-judgements. Yet, the experience of otherness often comes in unexpected places. Some otherness is external; some is internal.

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ArtCentral’s impact through two years

ArtCentral: Two Years!

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.
It seems hard to believe that ArtCentral – the Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant awarded to The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center in 2016 – has been underway for two years. Good, hard, and important learning and work has taken place and we will continue to see the impacts of these efforts in our community in the coming years.
The grant has supported many projects including Cardboard Chaos; Linking Fences in the summer of 2017, and again in 2018; two sets of Painted Crosswalks; RE:Create – a Creative Community Makerspace; ArtCentral Film Festival: Season One and Season Two, including discussions following each of the eight films, and a photography exhibit; Art of My Life: A Multimedia Celebration of our Creative Soul; this monthly column, and more.

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ArtCentral: “Me, The Other” first film of series

ArtCentral: “Me, The Other” Film Festival kick-off movie

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

The “What would it be like to live in a town where every house looked exactly the same (color, shape, landscaping)?” What if there was only one flavor of ice cream (mocha!), and no rainbow sprinkles? Without variety, this world would be a very boring and unhappy place!

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ArtCentral: Film Festival – Season Two

ArtCentral: Film Festival — Season Two

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

This fall, we are excited to bring the second season of the ArtCentral Film Festival to The Matthews in Spearfish. All films are FREE to our community, thanks to the support of the Northern Black Hills Rotary Club and the Bush Foundation through our 2016 Community Innovation Grant. The four films relate thematically to the mission of the Rotary Club and the goals of ArtCentral and demonstrate how our community is stronger when our organizations work together.

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ArtCentral: Linking Fences in Spearfish and Beyond

Linking Fences in Spearfish and Beyond June

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Starting this week, Spearfish will see a few Linking Fences projects start to appear. We are excited to highlight a few of the projects here!

“Crocheting Our Community” is a project developed by Sandra Callies, together with Joel Adams and Rose Marie Ludeman, will be installed on the tennis court fence at Spearfish City Park. Several Spearfish residents are helping to crochet large-scale doilies out of twine.

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Auditions announced for 7th Theater on the Run

Aug. 2-3 | AUDITIONS for Theater on the Run
The 7th Theater on the Run (TOTR) production has scheduled the auditions for 6:30-8 p.m, Aug. 2 and 3, in The Matthews’ theater. 
There are various roles for male and female — age ranges 16+. 

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