Art Center Happenings

A polka band provides a lively atmosphere at the Art Center’s Artoberfest.

Photo courtesy of Linda Tullis


exceeds expectations

A super great time was had by all this past Saturday with our annual ARToberfest celebration. The brats and kraut were flying out of the kitchen as fast as they could be dished up, and the polka music had the crowd primed for dancing and toe tapping. On behalf of the board of directors and staff, I thank all who attended, and the many people who donated artwork, food and beverages, their time and talents to create a fantastic celebration of the arts and our community.


In the Wilkins Gallery

“On Which We Stand,” a collaborative show by five Native American contemporary artists, is on display throughout the month of October. Ben Pease, John Pepion, Lauren Monroe, Robert Martinez, and Louis Still Smoking are the artists represented in a powerful exhibition, representing their interpretations of their heritage, each tribe’s history, and their individual talent. Their combined message is important for us to observe and understand. And, each one of these artists is at a point in his career where the message will be seen and heard on the national stage. Don’t miss this show.

“Intricate Beasts”, a show including works by Jennifer Eli French and Jessica Rosier, will be on display from Nov. 2 through the 30. Jennifer’s work is influenced by folk tales, medieval art, Victorian lithographs, the Western landscapes of her childhood, and the strange beauty she finds in the darker corners of history. Her other creative outlets include cooking, interior design and thrift store scavenging.

Jessica’s pieces are also influenced by similar visual and historical genres. The artistic talents, personal points of view, and visual excitement of these two women will be combined in a uniquely animated show. A reception will take place on Friday, Nov. 4 from 5 until 7 p.m. We thank Clint Loomis and Mary Frieze for sponsoring this show.


The Art Mobile of Montana is in town

Founded in 2000 by Sara Colburn, their mission has been to provide a permanent statewide traveling art outreach program for schools, the general public, and diverse groups; offer presentations of quality, contemporary art exhibits; teach art lessons; extend teacher education; and emphasize the importance of art and relating to art in a personal way.

AMM strengthens school programs by filling the required mandate for art as a content area and provides opportunities for youth and adults to participate together in arts-learning through and about art. The annual traveling exhibit of approximately 30 contemporary Montana visual artists’ works, including Native American art, is accompanied with presentations by the artists and resources for teachers about teaching art. 

Artworks enhance the exposure to exemplary artworks for all ages and cultures at any location, including the seven Native American reservations and Indian reservation schools for the 12 federal and state-recognized tribes in Montana. AMM lessons satisfy Montana’s State Content Standards for visual art.


“Hands On” After-school art classes

Our fall classes are under way with instructor Leah Grunzske. The schedule for this fall is:

Doodlebugs (Pre-K – Second Grade), Mondays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Sprouting Artists (Third – Sixth Grade), Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Open Studio: Thursdays, 3:30 – 6 p.m. with all ages welcome. Come and continue ongoing art projects, or explore independent new avenues.

Grades One – Four can take the Number Five bus, and grades Five – Six take the Number Seven bus, and will be dropped off at the Art Center. *Pre-K and kindergarteners are welcome to attend but must arrange transportation. For more information and upcoming classes and workshops, including a complete Hands On Art schedule, visit us online at or email our Education Director at Kids can sign up any time throughout the semester.


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