Spearfish Songbook series set extended into June!

MAY 13 UPDATE! We’ve added dates in June.

ArtCentral Spearfish hosts a series of community discussions with local songwriters, every Monday, 6-7:30 p.m., Mar. through June 17.  All discussions take place at the Good Day Cafe, located at 541 W. Jackson Blvd. in Spearfish. These events are free and open to the public. To avoid excess scrolling, click below to view each month’s schedule.

APRIL SCHEDULE  |  MAY SCHEDULE  |  JUNE SCHEDULE

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ARTCENTRAL: Linking Fences Denim Cutting Day

Originally this event was on March 16, but due to terrible weather, we had to cancel. Artist Cary A. Thrall of Cat Scratch Studio is creating three fences across three communities for 2019 and denim is a big part of all three fences. Because of that, we need help from our community in cutting this denim into strips.

This is an ArtCentral Spearfish event. 

Feel free to bring your rotary cutters and cutting mats (if you have them). Supplies will be provided along with refreshments.

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ARTCENTRAL: Denim Cutting Workshop

ArtCentral Spearfish presents the third summer of its Linking Fences community project. Artist Cary A. Thrall is creating three fences across three communities for 2019 and denim is a big part of all three fences. And because of that…

We need your help…

The public is invited to gather at The Matthews Fireplace Room (2nd floor), from 12-2 p.m., Saturday, Mar. 16 to help cut denim. NO experience is needed. This is a FREE event.

Our supply of denim is the result of an ongoing DENIM DRIVE

 

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UPDATE: It’s all about recycled denim | CANCELED

UPDATE | MAR. 16 Cancelation

Due to road flooding, then drifting snow, near Lower Brule, artist Cary Thrall will not be able to attend the Mar. 16 denim cutting at The Matthews. This event will be rescheduled. However, the denim drive continues! 

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ArtCentral Spearfish presents the third summer of its Linking Fences community project. Artist Cary A. Thrall is creating three fences across three communities for 2019 and denim is a big part of all three fences. And because of that…

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FILM FESTIVAL: “Dakota 38” (ArtCentral)

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 moviesThe 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.

ALL MOVIES ARE FREE

Dakota 38 | November 27, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

2012, NR, 1h 58m 
Directed by: Silas Hagerty

Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader, and Vietnam veteran found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. “When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator… As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn’t get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it’s one of those dreams that bothers you night and day.”

Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. “We can’t blame the wasichus anymore. We’re doing it to ourselves. We’re selling drugs. We’re killing our own people. That’s what this ride is about, is healing.” This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and Non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.

DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 9 p.m.

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FILM FESTIVAL: “The Homestretch” (ArtCentral)

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 moviesThe 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.

ALL MOVIES ARE FREE

The Homestretch | November 13, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

2014, NR, 90m
Directed by: Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly

Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

“The Homestretch” follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious teenagers – Kasey, Anthony, and Roque – will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age.

DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 9 p.m.

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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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FILM FESTIVAL: “The Rider” (ArtCentral)

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 moviesThe 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.

ALL MOVIES ARE FREE

The Rider | October 16, 2018 | 6:30 p.m. (rated R)

2018, R, 1h 44m 
Directed by: Lucy Walker and Karen Harley 

Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

After a tragic riding accident, young cowboy Brady (Brady Jandreau), once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, is warned that his competition days are over. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.

Brady Jandreau is a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe and currently resides on Pine Ridge. He is a saddle bronc rider and a horse trainer. The filming mainly took place on the reservation and in the surrounding Badlands.

DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 9 p.m. Whitney Jandreau, who is a BHSU grad and the sister of Brady Jandreau (the star of the film), as well as Tim Jandreau (Brady’s uncle) will be speaking.

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