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Community Art Show winners announced

April 24, 2019 GMT

SPEARFISH — The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center has announced the winners of their annual Community Art Show. Formerly known as the “Winter Art Show,” this was the 40th event of its kind to be hosted by the Matthews.

The Community Art Show Reception on April 18 saw over 100 people in the gallery. Visitors enjoyed refreshments, a cash bar, and time to view the artwork submitted by area locals.

“We are thrilled by the turnout to our reception,” said Heather Evans, gallery manager. “This was a great way to celebrate and recognize the amazing talent in the Spearfish area. Selecting the winners of this year’s show was incredibly difficult.”

The judges for the 40th Community Art Show were Heather Evans, local photographer Heidi Watson, and Quintin Owens, assistant professor at BHSU. Visitors to the gallery during the Community Art Show were also invited to voice their opinion on their favorite art pieces by submitting a vote for People’s Choice.

This popular event was open to any artist, amateur or professional, who wished to participate. The categories were divided by age ranges from kindergarten and under, grade school, middle school, high school, through adults. Show registration was not limited to geographical location.

Award Winners

Best In Show: “Sabertooth,” Jerry Langer, Spearfish

People’s Choice: “Freedom on Clear Creek,” Dede Farrar, Rapid City

Adult Category: 1st: “Grab,” Katie Wolff, Whitewood; 2nd: “In the City,” Teodora Buba, Rapid City; 3rd: “Now Showing Homestake Opera House,” Josh Adkins, Deadwood

High School Category: 1st: “Bowl of Butterflies,” Dharma Selby, Spearfish; 2nd: “Heart,” Colter Huseby, Spearfish; 3rd: “Beginnings,” Ana Buchholz, Spearfish

Middle School Category: 1st: “Kitten Macaroni; but Only for the Rich,” Grace Ligtenberg, Spearfish; 2nd: “Ruling the Roost,” Tava Sexton, Whitewood; 3rd: “Koi Fish,” Kenzi Quam, Spearfish

Grade School Category: 1st: “Pink Flamingo,” Lily Sexton, Whitewood; 2nd: “Old Man’s Beard,” Evan Foss, Spearfish; 3rd: “Pink Purple Doughnut,” Nolan Rehm, Spearfish

Pre-K Category: 1st: “The Tree of My Life” by Braeden Dardis, Spearfish; 2nd: “Going on an Airplane with Grandma,” Waylon Hansen, Spearfish; 3rd: “A Rabbit,” Stella Jensen Stadler, Spearfish

The next event at The Matthews is the comedy “The Curious Savage.” Showtimes are Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at www.matthewsopera.com.

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