Featured Artists


Barb Alverson Biggerstaff

barb alverson


Evening Star Woman is a Gemstone Artist and has been creating beautiful pieces of jewelry for over 30 years by combining healing gemstones and beadwork into beautiful handcrafted designs. Barb has been making and selling bead work since high school, starting with daisy chains in the 70’s. She began selling her creations to friends and at craft shows. In the late 90’s Barb helped to start Art Forms, an artist co-op in the Hill City, SD. Since then she sells her jewelry at art shows, in stores and gallery’s all around the U.S.

Barb has grew up and resided in The Black Hills of South Dakota most of her life.   Embraced by her adopted Lakota family on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, she was given the name Wihape Wicape Win (Evening Star Woman) by the Spirits.

Barb is also a Gemstone Healer and Reiki Master/ Teacher. Each unique piece of jewelry she makes carries the healing properties of Mother Earth as well as the love and healing energy from her Spirit.

We are living and co-creating our dreams every day.
—Evening Star Woman

Barb is now living in Hill City, SD in the summer months and in Borrego Springs, CA in the winter months where she is one of the co-founders of the Healing Arts Center of Borrego.

Barb Alverson Biggerstaff


James M. May


I am a native of South Dakota, born in Deadwood and raised in Rapid City.  I received my BFA and MA from the University of Denver, and studied further at the University of Kansas.

I taught Art History and Creative Photography at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for nearly forty years.  My work has been exhibited regionally in Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri, and South Dakota. My work is included in the collections of Fort Hays State University, Museum of Nebraska Art, University of Nebraska at Kearney, and several private collections in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

My work is currently not represented by any gallery.  During the spring and summer it can be seen at my studio and home on Hazelrodt Cutoff.  All my work is for sale and prices are given upon request via e-mail or the phone.


I am an image maker.  My images are about nature: physical nature and human nature.  Often, they are nothing more than mere records to be deleted later.  However, there comes that moment when all the elements work together to produce an image that expresses a sense of mystery and awe–and, maybe, even spirituality.  That is the one that becomes a work of art.  That is the image I print.  Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, in 1836: “Standing on the bare ground–my head bathed by the blithe air, and uplifted into infinite space–all mean egotism vanishes.  I become a transparent eyeball; I am nothing; I see all; the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or parcel of God.” I am an image maker.

Many of my images focus on the landscape, especially those with trees.  They bring to mind the work of the poet Robert W. Service, first introduced to me by my father.  Service is best known for his tales of the Yukon.  However, it is the final verse of his poem “Trees Against the Sky” that I hear when I walk the forest in search of images.

Trees, trees against the sky –
O I have loved them well!
There are pleasures you cannot buy,
Treasurers you cannot sell,
And not the smallest of these
Is the gift and glory of trees. . . .
So I gaze and I know now why
It is good to live – and to die. . . .
Trees and the Infinite Sky.

James M. May

12465 Hazelrodt Cutoff
Custer SD 57730


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