Art Center Happenings

Leah Grunzke
Art Center Program Director

Denton Public School students enjoy a day at the Ken Edwards Clay Studio recently, where they learned about the history of ceramics and how to create their own pieces to take home.

Photo courtey of Leah Grunzke

Field Trips

The Lewistown Art Center was fluttering with excitement this week as we hosted a field trip of young artists from Denton Public Schools. The kids had great fun in the Ken Edwards Clay Studio, learning about the history of ceramics and creating their own pieces to take home. Our classroom offers a wealth of resources and materials for artists of all ages and abilities. If you have a school group, club or organization that would like to participate, just give us a call or stop by for more information on arranging a visit.


Winter Fair

It’s that time of year. We hope you’ll join us at the Art Center in welcoming the Montana Winter Fair to our community once again. The fair offers a little something for everyone looking to cure their cabin fever and celebrate life in the heart of Montana. The whole town will be bustling with fair activities the last weekend in January, and the Art Center is no exception. As the home of the Winter Fair Fiber Arts and Quilt Show, we’ll be hosting a range of activities for fabric arts enthusiasts.

Quilts and other fiber pieces, including knitted, woven, felted and more, will be on display Jan. 24 through Feb. 11. These handcrafted works of art are great examples of some of the incredibly talented folks that call Central Montana home. There is still time to enter your own work in the quilt show as well: Just drop off your completed work at Lewistown’s Sew Pieceful by Jan. 19. Prizes will be awarded for each class, and there will also be Best in Show and People’s Choice awards.

Winter Fair weekend will offer a number of ways to get some hands-on experience in fiber arts at the Art Center. Come cast your vote for the People’s Choice awards, and stay for spinning and weaving demonstrations throughout the day on Jan. 27 and 28. If you’d really like to join the fun, there are still a few spots left in our workshop series as well. Local artist Shauna Crawford will lead Art Quilting and Fabric Embellishing Jan. 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Jan. 28, 1-5p.m. Jane Lund will host a fabulous needle felting class Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Space is filling up quickly, so call or stop by the Art Center soon to register.


Fiber Arts Trunk Show

Winter Fair weekend will bring Art Center patrons a unique opportunity to experience some international culture as well. On Saturday, Jan 28, Paula Halvorson will join us to display her stunning collection of free-trade fiber arts from Kyrgyzstan and South America. The artist’s mastery of traditional techniques is evident in the craftsmanship of these handmade pieces, whose rich colors and character reflect the fascinating history of fabric arts around the world.


Watercolor Workshop

On Saturday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Art Center will be hosting a watercolor painting workshop led by the talented professional artist Peter Jones. Jones and his wife are the owners of Milestone Gallery in Belgrade, and have many years of experience teaching structured art lessons and workshops. This class is open to beginners as well as experienced painters. Participants will get a detailed overview and introduction to the medium of watercolor, and complete one 11x14” landscape painting during the class, ready to take home and frame. There is a cost for the class, and it does includes all materials. Please contact the Art Center or visit us online at to find out more and register.


Wilkins Gallery Exhibition

Fine art photographer Larry Blackwood will be showing his work in the Wilkins Gallery Feb. 23 through March 31, with an opening reception Feb. 24 from 5-7 p.m. Blackwood, who currently resides in Bozeman, has been exploring self-expression through photography for over 40 years. He has had major solo exhibitions displayed in venues all over the country, and we are very excited to offer our community the chance to experience his internationally acclaimed work.



What is your favorite part of the Fair?