ArtCentral Call for Artists | Linking Fences for 2018

 

The Matthews and ArtCentral announce the summer of 2018’s community project, “Connecting Our Community Through Linking Fences.” In 2017, three artists created large works on City of Spearfish fences, and a dozen more community groups and individuals worked together to create their own fence projects.

Through this project, we are inviting the community to join us in creating community art projects on the chain link fences throughout Spearfish. We encourage the community to partner with neighbors, friends, organizations, and strangers alike to take part in Linking Fences.

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April 2018: RE:Create, Films, and Fences

ArtCentral: RE:Create, Films, and Fences

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

With so many opportunities to connect and create, the lull of February and March seemed to fly right by. It has been a busy month of activities, events, and conversations!

On March 20, we screened the third film in the ArtCentral Film Festival: Season One (series is co-sponsored by the Northern Black Hills Rotary Club) which was titled “Making Noise: The Story of a Skatepark.” The film by Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo was made in collaboration with the Northfield Skateboard Coalition. It chronicles the lengthy struggle of three generations of skateboarders of Northfield, MN to secure a permanent place for their sport, bearing witness to young people’s resilience and perseverance as it exposes the victories and failures of the civic process in small-town America.

 

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WORKSHOP: Screen Printing with Binky Studio (RE:Create)

Screen Printing and Stencil Making with Binky Studio

Spend your Saturday learning how to create your own screen printing stencils and then the screen printing process itself.  Learn silk screen printing techniques and stencil making with master screen printer James Canfield, owner of Binky Studio. History, art, and a fun workshop using regular household items to create prints. Lots of “Do It Yourself knowledge”, homemade and professional equipment will be used. Spray paint may also be used, weather permitting. Participants are encouraged to bring black and white images and/or text that they would like to incorporate into their projects.

This workshop has a maximum of TEN participants. Be sure to sign up (info below).

This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral Spearfish. All materials are included. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Younger children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

The workshop takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

Sign-up is preferred

Even though the workshop is free, sign-up would be preferred in order for the instructor to be prepared with the correct amount of materials and supplies. Either call the art gallery at 605.642.7973 ext.0 — OR email [email protected] to add your name to the class list. If emailing, be sure to provide a phone number. 

About James Canfield

James Lee Canfield II, has been screen printing since 1972. He’s worked in almost every field, from 35-foot multi-color outdoor signage to photo metal computer circuit boards and outdoor stickers. Canfield has also mentored many locals that have gone on to successful businesses, including Ink Impressions (Rapid City), Vast Adventures (Spearfish), and Camp Comfort (Spearfish). He also supplies local businesses with cool stuff including Macy Jo Reed of Kids and Co. have co-labeled many years of amazing recital tees. James is now working with Lindsey Gillette of The Junk Drawer/Naked Olive creating one of a kind prints and home accessories.

Mr.Canfield also created and hosted The Do Art Board on Downtown Friday Nights on Main Street Spearfish. 

 

AUTHOR VISIT: Karen Holzer (RE:Create)

Author Visit with Karen Holzer

Karen Holzer’s interest in writing revolves around sharing stories of people and their lives. As an amateur historian, Karen includes details of the character’s surroundings and place in history. She has shared people stories through her newspaper feature writing for the past 30 years.

She self-published a book, “A Birthday Gift for Great Grandma.” The story spans the century from 1899 to 1999, telling the story of a 100-year-old grandma that lived her life in the Midwest.

This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral SpearfishRecommended for ages 15 and up. Younger children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

The event takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

COFFEE TALK & TINKER: Origami (RE:Create)

“Butterfly” Design by Akira Yoshizawa | Folded by Justin Fossum

 

Workshop: Origami

Bring that coffee shop conversation and your coffee friends – to RE:Create and see what happens when you explore creativity together.

In this session, Justin Fossum instructs on creating origami.  This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral Spearfish. All materials are included. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Sign-ups are requested to make sure we have enough materials.

Justin Fossum shares his passion for origami and helps participants create their own origami work of art. Participants will learn about the history of origami, see what is possible with paper folding today, and then begin folding their own origami project — an origami butterfly designed by Akira Yoshizawa, the father of modern origami.

The workshop takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

Sign-up is preferred

Even though the workshop is free, sign-up would be preferred in order for the instructor to be prepared with the correct amount of materials and supplies. Either call the art gallery at 605.642.7973 ext.0 — OR email [email protected] to add your name to the class list. If emailing, be sure to provide a phone number. 

About Justin

Justin Fossum is a local middle school student and origami enthusiast. Justin began folding paper when he was nine years old and has been hooked ever since. He is self taught from a large origami library that he has accumulated over the years. He has also attended national origami conventions where he has met and learned from many of the top origami artists in the country. Some may remember the three dimensional hanging origami falcon structure that Justin made for the Big Read at the Matthews Opera House in 2016. Justin is passionate about origami and looks forward to sharing his love of the art with others.

ArtCentral FILM FESTIVAL: “Making Noise: The Story of a Skatepark”

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. 

Following each film, the co-hosting organization will help facilitate a discussion about ideas presented in the film. Co-hosts for films are organizations in our community and will help us talk about how these issues relate to the Spearfish community. The co-hosts will also actively promote each film to their organization to increase awareness of the film series offerings.

ADMISSION

All films are FREE! General Admission.

FILMS

“Making Noise: The Story of a Skatepark” | Mar. 20, 2018 | 6:30 p.m.

2016, NR, 1h 20m
Directed by: Cecilia Cornejo | Location: The Matthews Opera House theater

Co-hosted by Cecilia Cornejo, Director

“Making Noise” chronicles the process of securing a site for a permanent skatepark in Northfield, MN and the subsequent support of local skateboarders whose efforts date back to 1998, when the city banned skateboarding from its streets. The film examines Northfield’s delay in responding to the needs of these youth, calling into question the town’s view of itself and its reputation as a welcoming community that’s especially good for kids. Celebrating the skateboarders’ resolve to create a place for their sport, the film is a testament to young people’s resilience, dedication, and perseverance. DISCUSSION follows the movie until approximately 9 p.m.



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about all of the movies in this film series

Jan. 21 |”If You Build It” | 2 p.m. | The Matthews theater
Feb. 20 | “Waste Land” | 6:30 p.m. | The Matthews theater 
Apr. 12 | “More Than a Word” | 6:30 p.m. | BHSU – Jonas Room 305

ART HAPPY HOUR: Cork Trivets (RE:Create)

 

Making Cork Trivets

During this Tuesday Art Happy Hour, Mary Baker provides instruction on the creation of cork trivets. FREE!

Do you need to do something with all those corks left from your libations? Let’s make something fun and useful. If you have a favorite wine, then bring the corks along. Mary will instruct participants on how to make some handy kitchen trivets that are decorative only. As these will be assembled with corks and glue, they are not heat resistant. They may be used for use under plants or other decorative functions.

Each trivet requires approximately 50 corks. Please feel free to bring your stash of favorite corks to use in your project or make use of the variety of corks available in the RE:Create makerspace.

This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral SpearfishRecommended for ages 15 and up. Younger children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult. *Some of these events will have wine and beer for sale. IDs will be checked. 

The workshop takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

Sign-up is preferred

Even though the workshop is free, sign-up would be preferred in order for the instructor to be prepared with the correct amount of materials and supplies. Either call the art gallery at 605.642.7973 ext.0 — OR email [email protected] to add your name to the class list. If emailing, be sure to provide a phone number. 

About Mary Baker

Mary Baker was born and raised 20 minutes north of San Francisco. She was raised by a family immersed in the liberal arts. Her mother was an art appreciator and her father was a lover of art and history.

At the time Mary went to school, as a baby boomer, many new schools were built and there was great stock set in schooling children well and fully. Mary always enjoyed the many field trips to museums, zoos, historical sites, and beaches.

Even as a young child Mary immersed herself in trying many different fields of arts and crafts. She especially, to the frustration of her mother, loved picking up objects and using them in “found object art.” At that time she received a rock tumbler as a gift, which sparked a focused interest in rocks.
In a brand new high school, in an art department stocked with anything and everything, Mary was introduced to ceramics, printmaking, spinning fiber, painting, and weaving. This was where she developed the sense that three-dimensional arts and crafts were her forte.

Since school, Mary and her husband have raised two men in Spearfish. Once the children were old enough to fend more for themselves Mary was able to continue her dabbling in whatever crafts found their way to her. At this time she focuses on fiber, spinning, and knitting, and polishing local rocks to use in jewelry and home decoration.

Mary can be found most Saturday mornings in the summer at the Spearfish Farmers Market where she sells her polished rocks and jewelry.

 

AUTHOR VISIT: Joanna Mechaley (RE:Create)

Author Visit with Joanna Mechaley

Joanna Mechaley is a writer of short fiction. Her stories are simultaneously inspired by the humor of Erma Bombeck and the darkly outlandish tales of Roald Dahl, featuring quirky, unconventional characters placed in preposterous situations. Recently she was challenged to adapt her short story, “Buying Time,” into a script for the stage and has discovered a fascinating link between live theater and literature.

This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral SpearfishRecommended for ages 15 and up. Younger children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

The event takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

WORKSHOP: Beadwork (RE:Create)

Beadworking

In this session, you will learn the basics of beadwork with Jace Decory and Michael Lekberg. This is a FREE event.

Although Lakota porcupine quillwork is oftentimes associated with the Lakota people as the foremost ancient art form, beading and beadwork of the 1800s swiftly became associated with the Lakota as their premier art form. Michael Lekberg and Jace DeCory will explore the history of beads and beading by sharing typical examples of the past, as well as contemporary beaded items. Participants will be introduced to the diversity of beading techniques, and by hands on learning of the Lazy (Line) Stitch. Workshop suited for young adults and adults.

This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral Spearfish. All materials are included. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Younger children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

The workshop takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

Sign-up is preferred

Even though the workshop is free, sign-up would be preferred in order for the instructor to be prepared with the correct amount of materials and supplies. Either call the art gallery at 605.642.7973 ext.0 — OR email [email protected] to add your name to the class list. If emailing, be sure to provide a phone number. 

About the Artists

Jace Cuney DeCory (Lakota/Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe), Asst. Professor Emeritus, American Indian Studies, Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. Recently retired, Jace taught American Indian Studies classes at BHSU for 33 years in the College of Liberal Arts. Jace has given a number of cultural presentations and her interests lie in Lakota history, art, philosophy, American Indian women and cultural change. Jace’s guiding forces are her two sons and grandchildren. She enjoys beading baby moccasins for relatives and friends. Jace credits Lakota elders for providing guidance, prayers and support throughout her life.

Jace is a proponent of healthy lifestyles for Indigenous people and has worked to develop health-related materials to inform and educate. She has given presentations at various health-related workshops, including the use of traditional tobacco (cansasa) in Lakota society for ceremony and prayer. Jace was instrumental in the development of a culture guide to assist folks working with American Indian people, entitled, Cultural Guide to American Indian Tribes in Montana and Wyoming, 2006, in her work a Project Export grant at BHSU.

Michael Lekberg was born and raised in the Black Hills (hometown is Sturgis) and has 55 years of beading experience. During a 27-year tenure as manager/buyer for Sioux Trading Post in Rapid City, he traveled extensively within a 7-state area to purchase tribally-made beadwork as well as teach beading classes at the shop. Currently retired, he is still teaching beadwork embroidery and maintains a great interest in following the careers of Native American Indian beadwork artists.

 

AUTHOR VISIT: Codi Vallery-Mills (RE:Create)

Author Visit with Codi Vallery-Mills

Codi Vallery-Mills is an award-winning agricultural journalist and children’s author. Her “Husker the Mule” children’s series reflects the western ranching lifestyle she was raised in and continues to live in today.

Stories of place and the western heritage of South Dakota are focus areas for Codi.

This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral SpearfishRecommended for ages 15 and up. Younger children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult.

The event takes place in the ArtCentral RE:create makerspace in The Matthews’ art gallery.

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