COFFEE TALK & TINKER: Polished Stone Pendants (RE:Create)

Re:create workshop

Workshop: Polished Stone Pendants

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

In this session, Mary Baker instructs on creating polished stone pendants.  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.

Mary Baker has so many extra polished stones. They are all found objects from the Black Hills and nearby areas. She thinks it will be lots of fun to share them. We’ll be using E6000 glue and adhering these pretty things to other found objects to create pendants for necklaces. Come help Mary pare down her excess of lovely things.

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. 

ART HAPPY HOUR: Knitting Clinic TWO (RE:Create)

Knitting Clinic TWO 

During this Tuesday Art Happy Hour, Sheila French provides instruction and guidance on basic knitting techniques. FREE!

As a follow-up to the Mar. 10 Knitting Basics workshop, this event is an informal gathering to review basic knitting skills including how to cast on (start a project), knit, purl, and cast off (finish a project). Sheila French, along with a few other experienced knitters, will be available to review basic skills, provide tips to take your knitting to the next level or help jumpstart you on your next project.

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 the Instructor

Sheila French began knitting at age 10. She sat by the fireplace on winter evenings with her mother. In the beginning, her mother would have to cut her knitting off the needle because it was too tight. Year after year she would give it another shot until she mastered it. By high school, she was knitting sweaters.

By age 10 she had already learned to embroider, at 16 she began weaving, and at 17, she tackled her first quilt. Fiber arts are definitely in Sheila’s blood. Every evening as the day draws to a close, you will find her with a needle of some sort in her hand working on her next creation.

 

AUTHOR VISIT: Kaija Swisher (RE:Create)

Author Visit with Kaija Swisher

Kaija has written for the Black Hills Pioneer since 2006. She will discuss her writing process and considerations associated with news writing in the digital age.

Kaija Swisher grew up in Spearfish. She studied at Augustana College and the University of South Dakota. She enjoys traveling, reading, hiking, learning new things, and spending time with loved ones.

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: Knitting Basics

 

Let’s learn how to knit.

In this session, you will learn the basics of knitting including how to cast on (start a project), knit, purl, and cast off (finish a project). For this workshop, we will knit a dishcloth. The instructor is Sheila French.

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 Instructor

Sheila French began knitting at age 10. She sat by the fireplace on winter evenings with her mother. In the beginning, her mother would have to cut her knitting off the needle because it was too tight. Year after year she would give it another shot until she mastered it. By high school, she was knitting sweaters.

By age 10 she had already learned to embroider, at 16 she began weaving, and at 17, she tackled her first quilt. Fiber arts are definitely in Sheila’s blood. Every evening as the day draws to a close, you will find her with a needle of some sort in her hand working on her next creation.

 

AUTHOR VISIT: Courtney Huse Wika (RE:Create)

Author Visit with Courtney Huse Wika

Courtney Huse Wika believes in the art of collection — overheard quotes, forgotten stories, and sometimes animals. She is the author of “Perch,” a chapbook of nature poetry from Anchor and Plume Press. Her creative work has appeared in Kindred, South Dakota Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, Scissors and Spackle, Backwards City Review, Paddlefish, 605 Magazine, Life on the Farm and Ranch: A South Dakota Anthology, and the Macguffin.

Her collaborative work with artist Becky Grismer has also appeared in numerous juried shows and galleries in the United States.

She received her BA in philosophy and English from Augustana University and her MA and PhD in English with a specialization in creative writing from the University of South Dakota. She currently teaches at Black Hills State University.

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: Pocket Notebooks (RE:Create)

Workshop: Pocket Notebooks 

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

In this session, Elizabeth Freer instructs on pocket notebooks from found objects.  This is a FREE event presented by ArtCentral Spearfish. All materials are included. Recommended for ages 15 and up. Sign-ups are requested to make sure we have enough materials.

Using magazine covers, paperboard boxes, found and recycled paper, colorful waxed embroidery floss for stitching, and other materials available in RE:Create, we will create new mini-notebooks out of recycled materials.

There will be lots of flexibility for how you construct and make your mini-notebook. You might make a notebook with multiple or single book signatures, perhaps you’ll want to sew (or glue) a fabric cover, add a button closure, include a pocket, or make a mini-pocket sized notebook. Or, maybe you will want to practice your decoupage skills and make a collage cover.

Feel free to bring an old partially used notebook if you want to harvest the paper for your new notebook, or bring paper you have on hand from another project. We will use basic skills and techniques learned during the recent Bookmaking workshop (copies of handouts available), along with a few other project ideas.

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. 

 

 

Mar. 2018: This is how we RE:Create!

ArtCentral: This is how we RE:Create!

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

Over 550 people in our community have gathered over the last three weeks in RE:Create – our creative community makerspace in The Matthews Art Gallery. People have come in and discovered the magic that happens when we share our time, talents, resources, and knowledge with our community.This winter is an exciting time to be in Spearfish!

ArtCentral Film Festival: Season One is underway, co-hosted by Northern Hills Rotary Club. The second film titled “Waste Land” is on February 20th at 6:30 pm (free), at The Matthews Opera House.

 

 

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ART HAPPY HOUR: Upcycled Bookends (RE:Create)

Upcycled Bookends 

During this Tuesday Art Happy Hour, Shayna Monnens provides instruction on building customized bookends. FREE!

Join us for a bookend making session with local book lover and librarian, Shayna Monnens. Using a variety of found objects, participants create unique, one-of-a-kind bookends. Please feel free to bring along bricks to decorate, favorite objects to incorporate, or other items that you want to use to personalize your project.

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 the Instructor

Shayna Monnens is a local lover of books, dragons, and art. While her art skills are a bit abysmal, she certainly can be crafty. Most days you can find her planning and hosting youth programming at the local library. Shayna is a graduate of Black Hills State University with B.S. in History and Art. She obtained her master’s degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas.

 

AUTHOR VISIT: Laurie Williams-Hayes (RE:Create)

Author Visit with Laurie Williams-Hayes

Laurie Williams-Hayes co-wrote and illustrated the children’s book, “Shakespeare and the Crown Jewel, A Story of The Matthews Opera House.” She has written other children’s poetry and stories as well as poems for the magazines, “Beautiful Fork” and “Backroads.” She writes haikus and prints them in coats and on the artwork.

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.

Collage: The Art of World-Invention Workshop (RE:Create)

 

Collage: The Art of World-Invention

Spearfish artist (of collage, sculpture, illustration), Jo Powell, uses the RE:Create theme of found art with a workshop all about collage. 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.

Details about this workshop
One of the most interesting things about collage is that it doesn’t have to follow real-world rules.

Collage allows the artist to invent new worlds. Worlds where there is no gravity, where water flows through the desert, or where children are in charge. In this project, images from magazines or from old tintypes will be put together to create a sense of a story in pictures. Come join Jo Powell in making a collage and explore new worlds.

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 Jo Powell

“Art is an expression. We express what and how we see or feel. Anyone can make art because everyone has feelings and can perceive.” — Jo Powell

This is a firm belief of the local artist, Jo Powell. She taught art for 25 years for the American school system overseas in Germany and then retired to the Black Hills where she continues to explore art in its many forms.

Jo Powell received a degree in Fine Arts and Sociology from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS. She completed an M.A. in Art Education and a PhD in Educational Policy from the University of Illinois. After a 3 year tour of duty with the Army in Germany, she decided to stay and found a job teaching Elementary and Middle School Art for children of the U.S. military in Germany. 26 years later, she retired to Spearfish to be near family. She enjoys the small town sense of community, its arts orientation, and the inspiration gained from living with the beauty of the Bill Hills.

 

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