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Termesphere Gallery
Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Spearfish
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Owner description: Dick Termes is an internationally acclaimed artist whose work is recognized from New York to Tokyo. Termes spends several months painting spherical canvases know as Termespheres. These unique, mind-bending works of art are unlike anything you’ve ever seen. In the Black Hills, you have the opportunity to visit the largest collection of Termespheres in the world. The Termesphere Gallery can be found in one of four geodesic domes nestled in a valley just outside of Spearfish, South Dakota. Once inside, you can’t help but marvel as several dozen of his intricate worlds hang and rotate before your very eyes. “His art is magnificent and like nothing that I’ve ever seen before. We actually spent longer there than intended because it’s so interesting and beautiful.”
Reviewed 24 June 2014

If you like to visit interesting places, you need to visit this place. As for the spheres, it didn't take long before I'd seen enough. The concept is interesting, and I enjoyed looking at them. You definitely need someone there to explain how some of these are created and what you need to look for. if the artist's wife had not been explaining different spheres for us, I would have left a lot sooner. Some of the artwork did not seem that great, but other spheres had very good drawings on them. (I am probably not the best judge of his drawing skills.) The real reason to visit is to see how he creates his different concepts.

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Reviewed 22 June 2014

The Black Hills of South Dakota... not just about motorcycles and Mt. Rushmore. Tucked away in a small canyon-like drive in Spearfish, SD lives one of South Dakota's own world renowned artists: Dick Termes. His gallery is in a dome as is his home... so right from the start the environment is enticing. How many of us have actually gotten to explore in a dome? The big bang, so to speak, is walking through the door into this gallery and immersing yourself in a world of spheres, at least 50 suspended from the ceiling, seated on rotating table stands or polyhedrons sitting on the floor ranging in size from 6" to 30" WOW! The artwork on the spheres is phenomenal but the concept BEHIND the artwork is what is truly intriguing. His 'sketchbook' is comprised of small ornament size spheres, where ideas are worked out... and can be purchased! Throughout the space are published articles about his work, his workshops, his philosophy, his WHIMSY. He has books that feature his art, videos show his artwork with comments by himself, and pieces that can be cut out and assembled into all kinds of polyhedrons.
The atmosphere at the gallery is so relaxed and friendly, and one never knows when Dick might just happen to be in the gallery, having emerged from his studio (another dome located on the property). He takes the time to visit and explain his work.
Also on board is a BONUS: His wife Markie has a puppet theater named DRAGONS ARE TOO SELDOM, which she travels the countryside producing puppet shows for children of all ages. some of her work can be seen and purchased at the gallery also.
The Termesphere Gallery is a remarkable example of Best Kept Secrets hidden away... you will not regret taking a few moments to wander into Dick Termes' world... you may even want to take part of it home with you!

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

I could have stayed there a lot longer, viewing the spheres. They are not something you just glance at and move on. My family and I REALLY enjoyed this stop. Call ahead to make sure the gallery is open.

1  Thank racemom2000
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Reviewed 13 September 2013 via mobile

We probably should have called ahead, but didn't know enough to do so. I would recommend giving the artist a head's up as his gallery is next to his home and he was manning the gallery solo.
If you have artistic kids you should plan to stop in. He is very patient as he explains his 6 pt perspective view on the world displayed on rotating globes hanging from the gallery ceiling.
His work is unique and requires attention to detail to fully appreciate.
His art is priced as it should be which is out of my price range, but he has really cool t-shirts which ARE in my range!

His newest works are solar powered and just blew my husband's mind!

It's not far off the main road, so take a few minutes away from the incredible scenery & spend them watching the hermespheres go round & round.

2  Thank STLtravel35
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Reviewed 22 February 2013

This place was amazing. We walked in and there were hundreds of painted spheres hanging everywhere. It was a visual overload. The talent was amazing. We got to talk to the artist and his wife ( a world known puppeteer) they told us stories of the spheres and many other things. Am returning to the area this spring and will definitely return!

2  Thank Sandie R
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