Nov. 2017: The Art in Halloween

ArtCentral: The Art in Halloween

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

On Halloween, we have permission to be creative, innovative, and even afraid. We reward the efforts that are put into decorating ourselves in costumes and our homes or offices with the spooky and delightful. It is a season where we face and taunt our own fears, real and imagined, and know that we are supposed to be afraid.

We’re free on Halloween to be whatever we want; there is no judgment of who you want to be. It only has to be right for one day. Halloween is a day where we are free to be creative, to invent, and experiment. Is participation what we savor most on Halloween?

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Oct. 2017: How’s it going? It’s the halfway point.

ArtCentral: How’s it going?

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

This month marks the halfway point for our Bush Foundation 2016 Community Innovation Grant, ArtCentral. A team of us have now been working together for a year to learn how the arts can be used a tool for addressing community challenges and opportunities, instead of just being viewed as entertainment.

Stemming from years of conversations in the community, it became clear that there was a need to create a more cohesive and inclusive model for community arts planning – one that works towards developing integrated programs across multiple platforms and organizations. 

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Sept. 2017: ArtCentral: National Arts in …

ArtCentral: National Arts in Education Week

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

Next week is National Arts in Education Week as designated by Congress in 2010. This is a week of celebrating, reflecting, and sharing the story of the impact and transformative power of the arts in education, kiddos to lifelong learners!

What impact did the arts have on you when you were in school? What impact do the arts have on you today? Do you know someone whose life has been transformed by the arts?

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“Linking Fences” art installation Bike Tour

Connecting our Community Through Linking Fences

The #ArtCentralSpearfish Linking Fences art projects have been busy since Spring. Fences all over Spearfish have been “artified!”

During the 2017 Spearfish Bike Week event, the Linking Fences art installations will be part of a bike tour, 3-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 2. It’s free.

Where do I start?

Take yourself and your bike to Spearfish City Hall at 3 p.m. sharp on Saturday, Sept. 2. Bike tour maps will be handed out for all riders. If you want a map early, they are available in The Matthews Art Gallery (by Thurs., 8/31).

Where are the Linking Fences projects?

Here you go.

* Asterisk denotes that the project was selected through
a “Community Call for Artists” process.

646 N. 5th Street, across from City Hall
“Woven Tyvek”
BHSU Design Class (Prof. Michael Baum)
Tyvek was spray painted, cut into 2” strips and woven through the fence in a collaborative design class project.

Basketball Court near State and Elgin Streets*
“Linking the Past to the Present to the Future”
Charla Strickland, Artist
Using pre-fabricated fence cups, this piece speaks to the storytelling of the past and how we listen to find our future.

145 N. 7th Street at Dakota Street
“Look at Ed’s Hubcaps Grow!”
Paul & Kathy Young, Private Residence
Found materials were upcycled and painted to create this colorful fence including ironing board “Rose” and her garden. Project collaborators included friends, family, and neighbors.

Tennis Courts at City Park*
“Jazz: Homage to Matisse”
Jo Powell, Artist
Large Lexan figures painted figures and shapes that honor Matisse’s Jazz Series paintings. CD’s and smaller pieces were painted by Girl Scout Troop 70022 and community members.

United Methodist Church, Jackson Boulevard
“Painted CD’s
Kiddos at Children First Nursery School decorated CD’s with paint and glitter and hung them on the fence using colorful zip ties.

Canyon Street near Jackson Blvd, at the UMC
“Linking Thru Service”
Northern Hills Rotary Club
Rotarians and the Children First 4/5 year old class used fence cups to create this installation.

1304 N. 3rd Street / 1304 N. Ohio Street
James Canfield, Private Residence
Screenprinted images of artists Shawn Funk, Frida Kahlo, Jim Morrison, Salvador Dali, and Bob Ross.

Spearfish Recreation & Aquatics Center*
“Community Unity: Mitakuye Oyasin:
We are all Related”
CAT Scratch Designs, Cary Thrall, Artist
Mixed media installations that feature four panels depicting Mato Tipila (Devil’s Tower), Mato Paha (Bear Butte), Psaloka Paha Pinkpala (Crow Peak), and Iyowota’in Paha (Lookout Mountain). Northern Hills Training Center, Kid Konnection Preschool, and Spearfish Summer Recreation kids all participated in material preparation. Signs near each panel include the Lakota knowledge that informs the designs.

Creekside Elementary School
Project initiated by Julianne Zoller and Dan Olson
Wooden fish were cut out by the Northern Hills Training Center and painted by Creekside students (grades 3-5), BHSU GEAR UP 2017 participants, and Creekside’s Summer 2017 Kids Club Kids.

Old US 14 & Fairgrounds Loop
Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 5860
“Flag Day!”
Northern Hills Service Unit Girl Scouts
Using recycled wood pallets to make a fence, girls painted the American flag on each pallet.

111 Dubois Lane
“Sun” and “Eclipse on Dubois Lane”
Jo Powell, Private Residence
Cedar wood pieces that were left over from the construction of the fence were glued together, secured, and painted to form the Sun. The moon face was installed over the sun face for the eclipse and now hangs nearby.

West Elementary near King Street
“Recycled Plastic Tops”
West Elementary Students (Julianne Zoller)
Students collected colorful plastic tops and caps which are assembled on string and installed.

“Linking Fences” is an ArtCentral project, funded by a 2016 Community Innovation Grant from The Bush Foundation to The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center, and made possible by the support of the City of Spearfish, Spearfish City Council, many volunteers, and local businesses.

Spearfish residents are invited to join us and make your own fence project! For more information, please email [email protected].

Aug. 2017: ArtCentral: Why Art?

ArtCentral: Why Art?

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

Have you noticed a few of the collaborative art projects appearing in Spearfish? Perhaps you’ve been a part of, or seen, ArtCentral projects such as Linking Fences and the painted crosswalks? Maybe you’ve turned the crank on the new Termesphere in downtown Spearfish. Many have asked why we put so much effort into ArtCentral projects, and each time I talk about why art is so important. 

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July 2017: ArtCentral: Celebrating our …

ArtCentral: Celebrating our Community with Art

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

Have you noticed some of the cool things happening in town? ArtCentral has a couple of projects that are underway and it has been great to see the community get engaged, to hear the positive feedback, and to see Spearfish get excited about art in our community.

If you haven’t seen the painted crosswalks yet, ArtCentral recently painted artistic designs on the crosswalks at Grant and Canyon Streets. For three days, community volunteers and members of the ArtCentral committee worked to install semi-permanent art on the pavement. The community support for the project has been outstanding. Watch the Matthews Opera House Facebook page for updates on the next crosswalk painting project.

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“It Takes A Village.” ArtCentral thanks businesses for their support.

They say, “It takes a village.” 

The village of the northern Black Hills is kind and generous indeed. Many companies and organizations are living up to that quote and ArtCentral wants to recognize them. This list will be added to as more “villagers” come on board.

Thank you.

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June 2017: ArtCentral is working on Linking …

ArtCentral is working on Linking Fences and Painted Crosswalks

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

ArtCentral is diving right in with exploring the creativity in our community. We are busy installing Linking Fences projects and preparing to paint a few crosswalks in town as well this summer.

We are excited to announce the selection of three artists through our Linking Fences “Call for Community Artists” process. Each artist will install artwork on Spearfish fences. Look forward to seeing more of our local artists work in our community this summer! 

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May 2017: Exploring Ideas of Creativity

ArtCentral is Exploring ideas for Creativity

By Elizabeth Freer
Matthews Opera House, ArtCentral Manager

Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral Mgr.

Do you think you are a creative person? Were you creative as a child? Have you ever built something without following directions? Improvised and found a solution? Fixed a computer or piece of equipment? Made up a joke? Explained a difficult concept to a child? Mowed the lawn this week in a different pattern than last week? Each requires creativity.

Creativity is not owned by artists, magicians or scientists; it belongs to all of us. My creativity and your creativity are so different that they possibly cannot be compared.

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