SPEARFISH, SD – The Matthews, through the work of ArtCentral Spearfish, hosts the first community creative makerspace, Feb. 3-Mar. 24, 2018, in The Matthews Art Gallery. The makerspace is named RE:Create. An opening reception for RE:Create takes place from 4-6 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3, in the art gallery.
This space is free and open to the public. RE:Create has programmed workshops each week. These workshops give the community an opportunity to learn from and engage with local artists. Spearfish sculptor, Becky Grismer, starts it off with her “Found Object Earth Totems” workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 3. As artists and workshops are confirmed, they will be posted on The Matthews’ website events calendar.
“We welcome the inquisitive, curious, skeptical, baffled, and creatively perplexed to be a part of this adventure with us,” mentions Elizabeth Freer, ArtCentral manager. “The theme of the space is making art from found objects. We’re not only making things, but we’re also bringing awareness to how much garbage is thrown out.”
Freer continues, “We are using found materials (cardboard, used plastics, used fabrics, unexpected objects, etc.) to engage with the community in creating art and having conversations about sustainability, community, and rural connectedness. Together, we will explore, examine, engage, and discover.”
Partnering with our community’s artists and crafters, each week will have a theme and suggested projects to get the conversation going. Saturday mornings set a theme for the week and provide an opportunity for residents to learn from community artists. During the process of creative exploration, patrons get to engage in unexpected conversations with the artists and other community members.
Themes, workshops, and projects will range from bookmaking, earth totems, story writing, collage, fiber arts, found sound, experiential art, origami, theater, music, poetry, and more. No previous experience or skill is needed – only a willingness to participate. For scheduled workshops and events, sign-ups are appreciated (by calling the gallery at 605.642.7973 x0), but walk-ins are welcome. Even though workshops are free, the artists would like to provide the correct amount of materials for their events.
One popular event from last year at this time was Cardboard Chaos. Cardboard Chaos returns as a part of RE:Create. This space invites the creative use of old cardboard boxes, paper towel and toilet paper rolls, and other recycled paper products. This area is intended for younger audiences (in age and at heart), as well as a working space and a conversation space.
A community loom will be set up at the front of the gallery. The public is invited to come and try weaving. Patrons may bring their own materials or use what is available in the makerspace. No experience is necessary.
Art Happy Hours
Art Happy Hours, from 4:30-6 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons will provide a time for gathering, relaxing, connecting, and either working on a project or learning a bit more from one of our community artists. Come make a cork trivet, play with sounds, or learn about the art of storytelling.
Coffee Talk and Tinker
On Thursday mornings from 9:30-11 a.m., in the art gallery, patrons are asked to bring that coffee shop conversation and your coffee friends – to RE:Create to explore creativity together. Some mornings will have suggested projects, a community artist available, or just relaxed time to come and explore.
Local author visits take place in the RE:Create makerspace from 12-1 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday, during the Feb. 3-Mar. 24 timeframe. Highlighting the many aspects of art in writing, during these lunch-hour discussions, the community is invited to visit with local authors, ask questions, and discuss books. Each author will make an informal presentation and discuss the topics that are of interest to the those in attendance. This is an incredible opportunity to meet the diverse range of authors in our community including those who focus on poetry, journalism, history, or fiction.
Free books with reviews
Do you love the creativity of literature? Bring in or pick up a book from the free book exchange shelf. But instead of just dropping off a load of books, we ask that you fill out the provided book covers and share with the next reader what you loved about the book you are sharing. Pass along a bit about your experience with the book and help strengthen connections in our community. Book covers are available in the art gallery and at Grace Balloch Memorial Library.
ArtCentral’s RE:Create is funded through a Community Innovation Grant from the Bush Foundation. Donated materials and volunteer time from local community members are also key to the success of this project.
The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center was selected in 2016 as a recipient of a $200,000 Bush Foundation Community Innovation grant for ArtCentral, a community collaboration to centralize the arts as an integrated asset for inclusivity, economic development, and sustained outreach in the Spearfish community. Community Innovation grants support organizations, working in collaboration with others, to use problem-solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable and sustainable solutions for challenges that face their communities.
The next event at The Matthews is the ArtCentral Film Festival film, “If You Build It,” 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 21 in The Matthew’s theater. This a free event. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit http://www.matthewsopera.com/events/