Visual Arts

See the world through the eyes of Black Hills artists

Step off Main Street in Spearfish into our Fine Arts Gallery. Around each corner (and even from the ceiling!) you will find bold, innovative, and diverse art pieces in every medium. All artwork in the gallery is created by Black Hills artists. Young visitors can enjoy the Gallery’s light-up art table and free kids’ craft activities. 

A passageway to the historic Matthews Opera House, the Gallery space transforms for art openings and community art projects. Events like the Community Art Show and partnerships with the Black Hills State University Graphic Novel Academy demonstrate that the arts are for everyone, and everyone is an artist. 

“I’m always amazed at the talent that can be found in the Black Hills area. I know I can always go to The Matthews to discover new works of art”

Visit the Matthews Art Gallery

Admission is free. The Gallery is open year-round, Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Summer Hours (June 1 – August 1) are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Free parking is available directly in front of the Gallery on Main Street in Spearfish.

Submit your artwork to the Gallery

Artists of the Black Hills are invited to submit an application with three photos of their work and a brief artist statement to [email protected]. During the jurying process, the Gallery Committee will assess applicants based on the quality of work submitted and the needs of the gallery in terms of aesthetic balance and diversity. 

Our Artists

Steve Adamson – landscape oil painting
Richard Anderson – iron and metal sculpture
Tammy Arch – geode style art pieces
Jerry Boyer – author and photography
Sylvia Cox – silver jewelry
Helen Goodman Champ – painting
Ethan Engel – paintings using woodburning tool
Dede Farrar – acrylic paintings
Bonny Fleming – photography
Carol Lee Hilgeman – assemblages and collages
Adam Hudson – stained glass
Mary LaHood – woven garments
William Lopez – ceramic
Diane Myers – feather paintings
Tim Peterson – watercolor
Joe Powell – bronze sculpture

Emma J. Rivers – watercolor paintings and jewelry
Jayne Rose – oil and acrylic painting
Ava Sauter – jewelry from recycled materials
Sue Sasso – oil painting
Kathy Sigle – watercolor reproductions, watercolor
Bob & Jan Sisk – photographer and writer
Larry Stearns – writing instruments and decorative items
Sandy Swallow – Native American oil & watercolor paintings
Dick Termes – Termespheres (3D spheres)
Marion Toillion – watercolor
Gene Trimble – ceramics
Marianne Vinich – ceramic
Heidi Watson – photography
David Whitlock – oil and acrylic paint
Shawn Wilson – jewelry

Our Sponsors

KEVN Black Hills Fox
Holiday Inn
Black Hills Pioneer
  • Spearfish
  • Great Western Bank
  • South Dakota Arts Council
  • Lucky's 13 Pub
  • Real Estate Center of Spearfish
  • Great Peaks Realty
  • Wolff's Plumbing & Heating
  • Killian's Food & Drink
  • Forcoli & Songs Painting
  • DeSmet and Biggs, LLP
  • Black Hills Salt Cave & Spa
  • Spearfish Motors