Experience The Black Hills

6 Black Hills Destinations for Art Lovers

Dahl Arts Center

Located near downtown Rapid City, the Dahl Arts Center is a hub for contemporary visual arts, arts education and performing arts. Touring the five galleries is free, although donations are graciously accepted. No two visits to the Dahl are the same, as the arts center rotates exhibits on a regular basis. They also host regular events that are open to the public, including free art lessons, so make sure you check out their calendar to view their current offerings to get the most out of your visit.

Canvas 2 Paint

Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, you’re sure to create a masterpiece worthy of a prominent place on your living room wall during a painting session at Canvas 2 Paint. Classes are held regularly and are centered on a different piece of artwork each night, which the class re-creates by following the step-by-step directions of the instructor. Wine, beer and other beverages, both with and without alcohol, and snacks are available for purchase to indulge in while you create, making this a great activity to uniwind with friends. Check out their upcoming sessions here.

Termesphere Gallery

A visit to the Termesphere Gallery, situated in Spearfish, SD, is an experience unlike any other, and one that will leave you thinking about the logistics of it all for weeks. Termespheres are three-dimension optical illusions painted by the gallery’s resident artist, Dick Termes. Termes began making spherical paintings in 1968, and has honed the craft to incredible measures while producing hundreds of termespheres. Visit the Termesphere Gallery’s website to learn more about the magic of this one-of-a-kind art form and to plan your journey to see them up close and personal.

Jon Crane Gallery & Custom Framing

Jon Crane, known for his extraordinary watercolors that capture jaw-dropping landscapes and remarkable nature scenes, joins forces with a group of prominent artists that creates everything from bronze sculptures to intricate wooden furniture. In fact, during a tour of the gallery, it’s not unusual to catch one of these talented artists in action! Learn more about the Jon Crane Gallery experience on their website.  

Suzie Cappa Gallery

Founded in 2001 in memory of Suzie Cappa, the Suzie Cappa Gallery houses over 20 full- and part-time artists of all abilities who create and sell their artwork in the downtown art center.  No matter what art medium intrigues you, you are sure to find pieces that inspire you during a self-guided tour. During your visit, you’ll even get the opportunity to see artists in action! Click here to learn more about the Suzie Cappa Gallery.

Prairie Edge

A trip to the area isn’t complete without viewing beautiful Native American art, jewelry, ceremonial items and more, which can all be seen at Prairie Edge in downtown Rapid City. The gallery also serves as a center to educate the public about, as well as preserve, the heritage and culture of Native American tribes of the Northern Plains. The smells of sweetgrass and sage, as well as the rustic atmosphere of Prairie Edge, are sure to transport you to a place far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Head to their website to learn more about them and view their online store.

So, the next time you’re looking for unique, interesting things to do in Rapid City, SD, visit one of these destinations that are perfect for those that have an appreciation for art of all forms!