Art Center Happenings

Photographs by storm chaser Sean Heavey, such as this one of a super-cell near Glasgow, will be on display at the Art Center in September

Photo courtesy of Linda Tullis


Summer Art Camp

July 27 and 28: All-Out Pottery: Three different sessions will be offered to allow for smaller class sizes. There is a fee for each session separately or for the day. Projects will be fired in the kiln then glazing sessions will be offered Aug. 16 -18. “Kids” of all ages are welcome so if you want to do fun parent/child project together this is your opportunity. Session One is 10-11:30 a.m. Session Two is 12-1:30 p.m. Session Three is 3-4:30 p.m. For those that choose the all-day option, you will be able to work and receive instruction between scheduled sessions.

Aug. 2- 4: Planes, Trains & Automobiles: Paper airplane design and flight contest, 3-D drawing and making mobiles. This will be a nice mix between art, math and science.

Aug. 9-11:  Buzz... Bee Habitats and Homes: We will be building bee houses and doing other bee themed activities. Due to anticipated high interest there will be two sessions offered. Please call to get a spot. If necessary, a third session will be added. Session One is from 10-11:30 a.m., Session Two is from 12-1:30 p.m. This is going to be a great chance to learn about the importance of bees in our environment.

Aug. 16-18: Open Art and Pottery Glazing: This camp is a chance for students to plan their own project based on different techniques and projects throughout the summer camps. Again, this is an opportunity for “kids” of all ages to come down and get creative using a variety of media.

Pre-registration is encouraged to insure a space in the classes. For more information contact the Art Center.


In the Wilkins Gallery

“Paint the West”, a group show by the Blue Buffalo Art Group, combines intricate wood carvings with paintings in oils, pastels, and acrylic. This group of artists joined forces more than a few years ago with similar choices in subject matter and a love for portraying imagery of the West. Some of the artists included in this fine exhibition are Bonnie Zahn Griffith, Joan Kosel and Phyllis Waltman.

Kosel was born and raised near the beautiful Beartooth Mountains in South Central Montana. As a little girl she enjoyed drawing and painting pictures of mountain scenery, wildlife and cowboys. When she was thirteen, she watched her Dad work on a wood carving of a moose and with the use of his carving tools and a lot of coaching, her carving career took shape. All of Kosel’s carvings are signed and numbered on the bottom and are marked with the year of completion.

We thank Susanne and David Wigginton and the Yogo Inn for sponsoring this show.

“Land Use,” a solo exhibition by photographer and artist Jean Albus, will be on display from Aug. 1 – 31, with an opening reception on Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 until 7 p.m. In her words, “I have a deeper appreciation for the fact that there is hidden beauty in this natural world, that there always will be. I like knowing it exists whether I am there to witness it or not, poetically, metaphorically, and physically–not just in the physical landscape, but in the interior landscape of my own personal wilderness.” Albus’ interpretation of the Montana landscape and her metaphorical symbols are integrated with a master’s hand and educated eye.

We thank Dave and Donna Byerly for sponsoring this show.

Sean Heavey, photographer and storm chaser, lives in an area of Montana that gives him many opportunities to record spectacular images in the sky and landscape. A photograph of a perfect storm has earned nicknames such as “The Eye of God” and “Mothership.” Upon seeing this impressive storm photo, images from science fiction movies come to mind, as this scene could easily be the descent of an alien spaceship. However it is a real photograph shot by Sean R. Heavey.

At first glance, it is hard to believe that this picture was not produced digitally, however, it is a real storm photo. It was taken last July near Glasgow, during a super-cell storm that was around 5 to 10 miles in diameter with winds of around 85 mph. (This photograph won honorable mention at the National Geographic Photography Contest 2010.)

Sean joined some “storm chaser” friends when they came across a developing super cell storm near Glasgow. What Sean captured was nothing short of breathtaking and the image was shown in the 2010 National Geographic Photo Contest and has gone viral across the globe.

Sean Heavey’s show will be on display from Sept. 1-30, with an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 2, from 5-7 p.m.


LAC Membership 2016/17

The Lewistown Art Center is entering its 45th year of existence and is like a good ol’ country song: beautifully crafted, rooted in tradition, honest and heartfelt, with layers of complexity and sophistication. We invite the folks of Central Montana to either become members or renew their membership. All of the dues go toward general operations and special projects so we can keep providing our community with quality art education, gallery showings, performance and outreach programs and more.



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