Art Center Happenings

2017 chokecherry festival poster contest

Calling all Montana artists to submit artwork for the Chokecherry Festival Poster contest for 2017. For the first time, the Chokecherry Festival in Lewistown is offering a contest to any amateur or professional artist to create a poster design to be used for the 2017 event. In the past, it was a logo design that was up for consideration. The creator of the winning poster design will receive a Chamber Bucks prize that can be spent at any Lewistown Area Chamber of Commerce member’s retail establishment.

Entries should be labeled with the name, address and phone number of the individual submitting the poster design. Digital submissions will need to be high enough resolution for reproduction in larger formats. Entries should be mailed to the Lewistown Art Center, PO Box 1018, Lewistown, MT 59457.

The Chokecherry Festival is the premier event in Lewistown each year, showcasing Montana arts and crafts, performers and great food. The deadline for entries is June 1. For information, please call 535-8278, email, or visit


In the Wilkins Gallery

Throughout the month of March we are featuring the black and white fine art photographs of Larry Blackwood from Bozeman, titled “Elevations.” Blackwood includes images of grain elevators from around Montana, Idaho and Kansas; a subject matter that finds itself in peril of extinction. We invite folks to check out his blog where he posts a new photograph every day. In the days to come, maybe he will include some the photos he shot from the clock tower in our courthouse. We appreciate Larry and Kathi Carrell for sponsoring this great show.

Gesine Janzen, associate art professor at Montana State University, will feature current monotypes and block prints that reflect her experiences and observations of her ancestors’ lives in Poland, and also the Missouri River. The mood of her pieces is reminiscent of space and time, and the role that an individual plays in the mix of it all. Much appreciation to Courtesy Motors, Inc. (Bill, Vickey and Brandon Cowen) for sponsoring this show. A reception is scheduled for Friday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m.


Kids grow through art education

Most people understand and agree that practicing art can help kids build motor skills and promote creative thinking. But there is a growing body of research that shows art education provides many other benefits, preparing kids for greater success in school, work and life. Kids who engage in the arts exhibit significantly better literacy and math skills, have better attendance and are more engaged in school work, display better collaboration and communication skills and are more likely to go on to work in leadership fields. The creative arts promote cross-cultural understanding and civic engagement, fostering a sense of community among participants that supports their personal, artistic, civic and social development.

The Lewistown Art Center believes in the power of the arts to empower and enrich young minds. We are dedicated to providing arts education for everyone, regardless of age, ability or circumstance. Stop by to learn more about our Hands on Art after-school program and Summer Fun Camps, and ask about the many ways your family, club or organization can get involved.


Upcoming SNAC events

Social Night at the Art Center is held the third Wednesday of every month, and offers participants a chance to dabble in the arts without the pressure of professional-level workshops. It’s a low-key evening of casual creativity, for people looking to try something new. Projects are always “No Experience Necessary” and vary month to month. Upcoming events include acrylic canvas painting in March, ceramic glazing in April and building flower and herb planters in May.

Consider signing up a group of friends for girls’ night out, taking your sweetheart out for a special date night, or just come and meet some fun new people. Pre-registration is required, space is limited and fills up quickly. Visit us online at to sign up, or call us at 535-8278 to learn more.


The Lewistown Art Center promotes art, art education and art appreciation in Central Montana. Regular hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is always free. Join the “ArtWorks!” volunteer group every third Wednesday at 11 a.m. to support the Art Center in accomplishing its mission. New members and volunteers are always welcome; for information call 535-8278.


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