News From The Matthews

Bark and Twig People Workshop

Come to the Matthews Art Gallery to take part in this FREE workshop where you learn how to make Bark and Twig People! Workshop begins at 5:00PM.    CLICK HERE to Learn More about the NEA Big Read and other upcoming events like this…

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Becky Grismer Workshop

  Hobby Lobby has been blown off the map! But you still want to make art. How you ask?   Get creative by looking at the objects around you in different ways to create a miniature found object sculpture that incorporates natural materials.   We will provide various found objects to…

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Bellman Brown Bag: Folk Art – A Mirror of Culture with Jo Powell

What is the Bellman? The Bellman Brown Bag series is a humanities program designed to explore ideas, history, literature, art, and culture.  Programs are presented on the second Wednesday of each month, noon to 1:00 p.m.  Designed to begin and end within each lunch hour, patrons are invited to bring…

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Auditions – Community Theater: Curious Savage

We have a new theater production coming up and we want YOU to audition! Auditions will be open February 12 and February 13 at 6:30PM. Come to the Matthews Opera House and try out your acting abilities for a chance to be part of this fun show.  Plot…

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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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