Art Center Happenings

Linda Tullis
Executive Director, Lewistown Art Center

Tess Fahlgren of the ArtMobile shows a painting to students at the Lewistown Art Center last week. Over 100 students were able to experience art from Montana artists.

Photo courtesy of Suzanne Carter

The Art Mobile 

visits Lewistown

More than 100 students from Lewistown and surrounding areas were able to experience the artwork from Montana artists in an educational format.

The only program of its kind in Montana, the Art Mobile of Montana is an educational, art outreach program providing access to a high quality, original, and contemporary art exhibit with instruction by a professional artist for schools and diverse groups. The Art Mobile program helps others understand the importance of the visual arts and educates through visual art about the diversity of the human experience, culture, practices, customs, and history.

This year’s instructor was Tess Fahlgren. Tess graduated from the University of Montana with her Bachelor of Art in Creative Writing and a minor in Studio Art.  After graduating in 2015 she spent a year close to home in Nashua, Mont., teaching high school art and creative writing full time. 

Her drawings and paintings are often illustrative, comical accounts of true-life events, or interpretations of her home in northeastern Montana. Her writing can be found in many publications around the state.


“Art of Feather Burning” workshop

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19 (6–8 p.m. and 9 a.m.–noon), the Art Center will host a wood carving and wood burning class with Lewistown’s Marv Hoffer, master wood carver. With only 10 spots available, sign up early for this two-day workshop. This class will explore feather venation lines with a burning tool and each student will be able to create lifelike feathers or leaves out of basswood. This class is designed for both beginners and experienced artists. The finished projects are guaranteed to impress. For more information, contact the Art Center.


In the Wilkins Gallery

“On Which We Stand”, a group show by five Native American contemporary artists, is on display throughout the month of October. “Intricate Beasts”, a show including works by Jennifer Eli French and Jessica Rosier, will be on display from Nov. 2 through 30, with a reception on Friday, Nov. 4 from 5 until 7 p.m.

Jessica Rosier considers herself to be a collage artist, but also has her masters in the mental health field. She has a whimsical imagination, a love of “found” objects, and appreciates the process of creating as much as the finished product. Picasso once apparently said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Rosier finds this to be true indeed.

Jennifer French moved back to Montana after being away for 30 years and started exploring the idea that land could represent time and memory, and her work became increasingly about the concept of “home.” Having moved around so much in her childhood, it was an idea that had always been illusive to her. Her family’s ranch on Red Lodge Creek is scattered with old farm equipment, sheds, animal bones, homestead cabins and other abandoned and decaying relics. French paints on skulls, many of which were collected there, paying tribute to her home and the land and also celebrating the beauty and intricacy of the bones.


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