The dinner will be at 6 pm… Show at 7pm…  Cost for both is $20…  Dinner Reservations are appreciated.

$20 for Dinner and a Show at CUSTER HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE

Call 673 4473 to reserve dinner.   $10 to attend just the play.

Dinner will be lasagna, garlic bread, and salad and dessert


PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Arts Council (SDAC) is now accepting grant applications for its Artists in Schools and Communities (AISC) residency program, which provides matching grants to schools and other nonprofit organizations for artists in residence. Applications must be received through the AISC online grant form.

Through the AISC program, students – adults and children alike – will learn about fine arts in a relevant, hands-on environment.

Grantees choose their artist from a roster of professional teaching artists endorsed by the Arts Council. Disciplines include dance, literature, writing, music, theater, visual arts and traditional arts. A theater residency could include classroom workshops or a full-length production featuring local students at the end of the week. In the visual arts, choose from pottery, painting, drawing, sculpting, murals, comic book making and more. There are traditional arts residencies in American Indian hoop dancing and rodeo clowning. To view the extensive list of roster artists and read about the residencies offered, visit

The deadline for grant applications to be submitted online is March 1. The simple, online form is available at

An office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council’s mission is to provide grants and services to artists, arts organizations and schools across the state, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of South Dakota. For more information about SDAC grant programs and artist rosters, visit



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.

Cardboard Chaos

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.

Author Visits

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

The Sioux Indian Museum To Feature Artist Jim LaPointe In Special Exhibit


RAPID CITY, SOUTH DAKOTA – The Sioux Indian Museum, administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, will feature an exhibit of artwork by Jimi La Pointe.  The exhibition will run from January 19 through April 13, 2018.  The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Mr. La Pointe is a freelance illustrator and comic artist.  He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media Arts from The Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  An enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, he currently resides in Wolf Creek, South Dakota.

La Pointe’s illustrations are simple with a stylized nature meant to capture a broader idea.  He explores art through the media of coffee stained watercolor paper, watercolors, inks, and colored pencils, executed in a style befitting a contemporary graphic novel.  To create his unique works, the watercolor paper is washed with day old coffee, and thick grain sea salt is applied to give a splattered effect.  Then, the images are sketched onto the paper.  Various colors of India ink and watercolor paint are then used to colorize the image.

La Pointe’s artistic approach is well-suited to children’s book illustrations, vinyl stickers, or small prints, a professional merchandising move he looks forward to making alongside a transition to digital media.  He hopes this would ensure the traditional cultural aspect of Lakota storytelling is brought into new mediums.  Mr. La Pointe received the Aplan Award at the 2015 Red Cloud Indian Art Show as well as the Diederich Landscape Award at the 2017 Red Cloud Indian Art Show.  This exhibition will mark the first solo show of his work in a museum setting.

Prices for the artwork can be obtained by contacting The Journey Museum Store at (605) 394-2201.  To purchase artwork after the exhibit closes, please contact Jimi La Pointe via email at

The Sioux Indian Museum, managed by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Arts and Crafts Board, is located in The Journey Museum, 222 New York Street, Rapid City, SD 57701.  For admission fees and hours of operation please call (605) 394-6923.

THE MATTHEWS Presents Portland Cello Project, January 19, 2018

“It doesn’t get much more genre-crossing than this,” –

December 28, 2017

(SPEARFISH, SD  The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center hosts traveling cellist group, Portland Cello Project, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 19. This is the fourth event of the 2017-18 Subscription Series season. Single tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for youth (18 and under) and BHSU students. They are available at The Matthews’ art gallery during business hours, Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or by phone at 605-642-7973. Buy tickets online anytime at

“This performance will feature cellos as you have never heard them before. Be prepared for an evening that will challenge your perceptions of the sounds and music that these stringed instruments can produce under the bows of talented musicians,” comments Sian Young, executive director of The Matthews. “You will find no other evening out like this in our area,” she continues.

The Portland Cello Project, or PCP as their fans affectionately call them, delivers a new show each performance, with a repertoire now numbering over 1,000 pieces you wouldn’t normally hear coming from a cello. PCP’s stage setup ranges from the very simple (4-6 cellos) to the all-out epic (which has included 12 cellos playing with full choirs, winds, horns, and numerous percussion players).

PCP has wowed audiences all over the country with extravagant performances — from punk rock clubs to loading dock street parties, exclusive private events, and symphony halls all over North America. The group has built a reputation mixing genres and blurring musical lines and perceptions wherever they go.

In the fall of 2006, a group of 10 cellists got on stage at Portland’s Doug Fir Lounge to perform western classical music in an informal setting.

Many of the cellists that night thought it would only happen once.

But slowly that one-off event led to more gigs playing Portland’s most popular clubs and by 2009 the group had evolved into a nationally recognized performance and educational group with a revolving cast of cellists, releasing full-length albums, performing everywhere from punk rock clubs, loading dock street parties, and symphony halls all over North America. They spend more than a quarter of the year touring featuring a diverse repertoire of well over 1,000 pieces of music.

This presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from the South Dakota Arts Council and the Crane Group.

The next event at The Matthews is the continuation of the 39th Winter Art Show, from January 17-25, 2018. For additional information or to learn about upcoming events, visit

Applications Open For South Dakota Arts Council Funding Opportunities

December 21, 2017

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Arts Council is now accepting applications for our FY19 funding support. Artists, arts organizations and other nonprofit organizations are invited to seek grant support from the South Dakota Arts Council to assist in funding arts projects and programs throughout the state. The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

South Dakota artists may apply for funding through five grant programs:

  • Artist Fellowships of $5,000 are awarded to South Dakota artists of exceptional talent in any discipline or medium to recognize past artistic achievement and encourage future artistic growth.
  • Artist Project Grants between $1,000 and $2,000 are matching grants for talented South Dakota artists in any discipline or medium to fund specific arts-related projects that not only further the artist’s career but also benefit the public in some way.
  • Artist Career Development Grants of $2,000 are designed to provide financial support to emerging artists committed to advancing their work and careers as artists.
  • Artist Collaboration Grants encourage South Dakota artists to collaborate among themselves or with an out-of-state artist in the creation of a joint project or activity that will significantly benefit the artists and the state. A maximum of $6,000 may be requested.
  • Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants promote the continuation of folk and traditional arts and culture by providing up to $4,000 in support of a master folk artist to teach qualified apprentices.

South Dakota nonprofit organizations can seek funding support in the following categories this year:

  • Arts Challenge Grants provide general operating support to non-profit arts organizations with annual budgets greater than $20,000. The Arts Challenge Grants program is divided into two categories, based on budget size.
  • Statewide Services Grants fund statewide cultural service organizations partnering with the South Dakota Arts Council to help meet the goals of the SDAC’s long-range plan. Applicants must be invited to apply in this category.
  • Project Grants assist non-profit organizations in the presentation of a single arts event or a series of similar and related arts activities that benefit the general public.
  • Importation of Musicians Grants enable small South Dakota orchestras that do not receive funding in another grant category to improve the quality of their performance seasons by importing musicians from outside their local communities to supplement local orchestra personnel.

Applicants have until March 1, 2018, to apply for projects and activities that will occur July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Application instructions and the link to our online grant system are available at Applications must be submitted online through the South Dakota Arts Council’s e-grant system. Hard-copy applications submitted through the mail will not be accepted, with the exception of Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grants.

Applicants should review the eligibility requirements, granting criteria and the application procedure on the website before beginning the application process.

SDAC staff will be available to help assess specific needs and assist in the development of grant proposals for artists and nonprofit organizations. Contact the South Dakota Arts Council by calling 605-773-3301 or by emailing with any questions.

An office of the South Dakota Department of Tourism, the South Dakota Arts Council’s mission is to provide grants and services to artists, arts organizations and schools across the state, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the state of South Dakota.

The South Dakota Department of Tourism is comprised of Tourism and the South Dakota Arts Council. The department is led by Secretary James D. Hagen.

Custer State Park Festival of Trees Voting Begins December 15

December 7, 2017

CUSTER, SD – The Custer State Park Festival of Trees event will be open for viewing and voting of “Favorite Tree” beginning Friday, December 15.  The Festival of Trees is an opportunity for local businesses, civic organizations, and individuals to display a tree at the Custer State Park Visitor Center throughout the holiday season.  A winner will be determined after the First Day Hike on Monday, January 1.

The following individuals or organizations that have a tree entered thus far are:  Hermosa Elementary Third Grade, Southern Hills Animal Clinic of Custer, Batchelder’s Studio of the Arts of Rapid City, Crazy Horse Memorial, Gallery On The Go of Rapid City, Good Karma Jewelry of Custer, Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, Jean Mattheson of Custer, Allen Custom Airbrushing of Custer, Custer State Park Entrance Gate Staff, Hermosa Hiking Divas, Art Expressions Gallery of Custer, and Corral Drive Elementary Kindergarten of Rapid City.

There are spaces still available and any additional trees will need to be set up by Friday, December 15.  Please call 605-255-4515 to schedule a time to set up tree.

There is no fee to participate in the Custer State Park Festival of Trees or for the visitors to view the trees; however a park entrance license is required to enter the park.  All participants are responsible for tree removal the week of January 2-8.

Custer State Park Visitor Center hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm every day.  The visitor center will be closed on December 25-26 and open 9am – 1pm on December 24.