Art Center Happenings

Linda Tullis

Images of grain elevators feature in the exhibit “Elevations” by highly sought after photographer Larry Blackwood from Bozeman. Blackwood’s images will be on display at the Art Center starting Feb. 24.

Photo courtesy of Linda Tullis


Only four more days to see the quilt and fiber art show

Excite your visual senses and take in the quilt and fiber art show before it comes down on Saturday. Each piece has a story that accompanies it; whether it was created by a 3-year-old or whether the piece is more than 100 years old. Some of the winners include Gerri Campbell, Marci Foran, Shawna, Clara and Kylie Crawford, Elaine Meier and Cathy Holmes.


In the Wilkins Gallery

The fine photographic artwork by artist Larry Blackwood will be on display from Feb. 24 until March 31. Blackwood will be in Lewistown for a reception on Friday the 24th, from 5–7 p.m. He has decades of experience and is a very engaging artist.

Stop by to meet the artist that evening and see his exhibition “Elevations,” a comprehensive show of grain elevators, from his point of view. He exhibits regularly in museums and galleries internationally, including ten solo exhibitions in the last five years. His work has been published in major fine art photography publications including multiple portfolios in Lenswork and Black and White. Awards include prizes in international photography competitions as well as fine art grants and artist residencies. We thank Larry and Kathi Carrell for sponsoring this show.

In April we welcome a show of wood block prints and monotypes by Bozeman artist Gesine Janzen. Janzen has been the Associate Professor of Art, head of printmaking at MSU from 2002 to the present. Her professional experience is vast and includes numerous awards and grants, and has been published extensively. We are lucky to have her collection of one-of-a-kind prints.


In the gift shop

We are privileged to have fantastic clay art from many Montana artists, but this week features the following incredibly talented artists from Helena: Emily Free Wilson, Joseph Crowley, Sarah Dargan, Eric Van Eimeren and Lauren Smith. The uniqueness of each person’s clay shapes and glazes is fascinating, and can add richness to anyone’s home.


Hands on art

The spring session of after-school art is well underway in the Art Center classroom. The Hands on Art program is geared toward K–sixth-graders looking for a space to create, explore and have fun, regardless of “artistic ability.”

This month the kids were inspired by the Fabric and Fiber Arts displays in the Wilkins Gallery and discovered some wonderful fiber projects they could make on their own. We’ve been busy stitching together pillows, weaving “yarn bowls” to fill with trinkets and sweets, and learning how to mold newsprint fiber into sculptures with paper mâché. Hands on Art is held three times a week through the end of May; visit or stop by the Art Center to join the fun.


SNAC: Social night at the art center

For the grown-ups who’ve always thought it would be fun to do something creative, but were too afraid to try, we’d like to invite you to join us for Social Night.

SNAC events are held the third Wednesday of the month, and feature local artists leading casual, step-by-step lessons in simple take-home projects. Try out acrylics or watercolors; create simple holiday decorations and gifts; play around in the clay studio and more. All materials, instructions and light appetizers are provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their beverage of choice.

If you have a project idea you’d like to see happen, or if you’re an artist interested in sharing your talents with the group, please let us know. Class space is limited and fills up quickly, so call, email or stop by to register today.


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