Art Center Happenings

Reception this Friday, Nov. 4

“Intricate Beasts,” a show including works by Jennifer Eli French and Jessica Rosier, will be on display from Nov. 2 through the 30th, with a reception this Friday, Nov. 4 from 5 until 7 p.m.

After attending high school in England, Jennifer earned a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and settled on the East Coast. Every summer throughout her nomadic childhood, she returned to a ranch in Montana that has been in her family for four generations. After twenty years in New England, she moved back to Billings where she currently lives with her husband and twin sons. Jennifer’s imagery creates a fantasy narrative, beautifully painted, with lyrical patterning.

Jessica’s life experiences have all contributed to her assemblages and sculptures. The end product is intriguing, nostalgic, humorous and thoughtful. She considers herself a collage artist, sometimes enjoying 2-D, but more-often-than-not, creating 3-D pieces which are often rusty, always quirky, and oftentimes trying to tell a story. Her pieces reflect her love of history, people and things from the past. She hunts for her materials in thrift stores, car junkyards, antique shops and old books.

The artistic talents, personal points of view and visual excitement of these two women will be combined in a uniquely animated show. We thank Clint Loomis and Mary Frieze for sponsoring this show.


“On Which We Stand,” in the Wilkins Gallery until Friday

If you haven’t seen the collective of artworks by the contemporary Native American artists Ben Pease, John Pepion, Lauren Monroe, Robert Martinez and Louis Still Smoking, don’t miss the last few days of this exhibition.


Ladies’ Night Out at LAC

“Sip and Paint” in the pottery studio on Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. This event is very special to all of us at the Art Center, because we are providing bisque-fired bowls created by Ken Edwards. The lucky ladies who attend will be able to paint their own glaze onto one of Ken’s bowls to take home after being fired again. Attendance is limited. Appetizers and libations will be provided.


“Art of Feather Burning” workshop with Marv Hoffer

Friday and Saturday, Nov. 18 and 19 (6–8 p.m. and 9–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.


New pottery in the gift shop

We received a variety of new birds by Cathy Weber from Dillon, each one with its own lyrical personality. We also received new pieces from Helena’s Emily Free Wilson and Joseph Crowley. All three of these artists have a signature style and are highly regarded in the country for their fine-tuned skills and beautiful products.


Call out to artists and crafts people

The holidays are quickly approaching, and we are always seeking out artists from around the state to show their work in our gift shop. This is an opportunity to showcase arts and crafts in a beautiful venue. Call or stop by to submit your work for the holiday season.


Halloween at the Art Center

The ghouls, goblins, and monsters once again greeted pint-sized devils for gobs of candy. Scary, but oh so sweet.

By supporting LAC, a cornerstone of Main Street, you are helping downtown Lewistown too. Become a member or renew your membership and have a chance to win one of five exceptional sculptures.


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