Spearfish winter activities inspired by award-winning novel

SPEARFISH, S.D. – Local artists are taking inspiration from a major award-winning book to discuss and create artwork.

The Matthews Art Gallery kicked-off Spearfish’s National Endowment for the Arts Big Read event with arts and crafts activities on Saturday.

People designed makeshift masks based on the book Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel using cardboard, bottle caps and recycled items.

The science fiction novel is set in a post-apocalyptic world where an influenza virus has wiped out most humans. The survivors, though struggling to survive, use the arts and humanities to thrive and live a better life. The book earned notice after winning the prestigious Arthur C. Clarke award in 2015.

The book has been the basis of other Spearfish activities: Spearfish High School students reassembled an old truck to look like a jury-rigged stagecoach from the story, and regional artists also displayed paintings and sculptures deriving from the novel at the art gallery.

Becky Naccarato Eastburn, Executive Director of The Matthews Opera House, said many city businesses have borrowed thematic aspects of the book to decorate and direct their events.

“It’s so refreshing to see the arts and humanities accepted – not just, of course, in our world, but out at the breweries, out at the restaurants,” Eastburn said. “The whole community [is] involved … and talking about one book is such a cool experience that we’re actually very proud of how engaged the community has been.”

The Matthews Opera House and Arts Center will host events throughout January and into March. For a full list of event, click here.

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