Art Center Happenings

By: 
Linda Tullis
Art Center Executive Director

Works by Red Lodge ceramic sculptor Jocelyn Howard are on display at the Art Center in a show titled, “Down the Rabbit Hole.”

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Photo courtesy of Lewistown Art Center

Membership Kick-Off Saturday

Join us at the Turner Building at Brewery Flats this Saturday for a barbecue, live music, art activities, and great giveaways. Kids can make their own ceramic tiles for a future mosaic mural at the Art Center, from 2-4 p.m. Food and music start at 4 p.m., featuring custom-made ceramic beer glasses and so much more. The event is free to the public to celebrate the Lewistown Art Center’s 45th birthday, and to invite everyone to become members. This is the perfect opportunity to help support the arts in Central Montana. We thank Mid-Rivers Communications and Payne West for sponsoring this event.

 

Shakespeare in 

the Park: June 27

“You Never Can Tell”, written by George Bernard Shaw in 1897, and directed this year by William Brown, will be performed at the gorgeous Pine Meadows golf course and Elks Lodge on Tuesday, June 27. The very popular play involves dentists, twins, love and lust, rejection, many luncheons, and the parting line, “I’d do it all again, I assure you. You never can tell.”

Shakespeare in the Park is always free to the public, and is sponsored by the following: Dr. Joan McMahon, Drs. Jason Ricks and Randy Hoch (Eyecare Associates), Dr. Annette Comes, Fergus County Medical Society, Drs. William and Cathy Holmes, Dr. Michael Sura and Fitness Central, Thrivent Financial, Pine Meadows Country Club and the Elks Lodge.

This fantastic, annual event is also celebrating 45 years of performances. Come early for food and refreshments, and don’t forget your lawn chair or picnic blanket. Summer in Lewistown doesn’t get any better than this.

 

Summer art camps

• June 12-14: “Birds, Bees and Garden Art”

This week we’ll get our hands dirty exploring all the creative opportunities we can find in the garden. We’ll partner with the Green Shares Community Garden to plant and study flowers, build insect hotels and learn how gardens provide food and shelter for all kinds of wildlife.

• June 19-21: “Public Art – Make this Place Your Own”

“Art is for the people.” This week we’ll be making art in the spirit of generosity and giving back to the community. Campers will choose people, places, causes, or things that are important to them and create art projects to give to those in need. We’ll also participate in a local beautification project; painting the ‘tire serpents’ in the park.

• July 10-12: “Take Flight”

From birds to balloons, we’ll be looking to the skies for inspiration in this camp dedicated to the wonders of flight. Campers will test out their paper airplane making skills, scout natural areas for wild birds and create their own contraptions to soar through the air.

• July 17-19: “All About Insects”

Some of nature’s most amazing creatures are hiding in plain sight, and this week we’ll find them. Campers will explore different techniques for catching and observing insects, learn about the buggy habitat in their backyard, and try their hand at creating some creepy crawlies of their own.

• August 7-9: “Music Makers”

Calling all movers and shakers. Regardless of musical experience, campers will have fun building their own instruments, exploring the science of sound, and learning from local musicians. Come play along.

• August 14-16: “The Play is The Thing”

This week we make “theater” come alive. Campers will create costumes and puppets, write and perform mini-sketches, and use their creative skills to create magnificent set pieces.

 

“Out of the Closet” street sale, July 22

The proceeds from this sale go to our Artworks volunteer group. They, in turn, assist in the many projects going on at the LAC. If you need to clear a closet of artwork or decorative items, we will come and get it.

 

In the Wilkins Gallery

For many reasons, the annual Watercolor Society Members Show remains one of the most popular of the year. And this year’s exhibition, in my opinion, is the best yet. There are 76 entries, and each one will catch the viewer’s interest. This remains on display throughout the month of May.

In June, we welcome Jocelyn Howard, a fine narrative, ceramic sculptor, from Red Lodge, along with two-dimensional artist, Beth Huhtula, with their show, “Down the Rabbit Hole.”

Howard’s and Huhtala’s work wades through human experiences and explores complex relationships. Through the use of symbolism and archetype, both artists create abstract, surreal self- portraits that invite the viewer down the proverbial rabbit hole into a journey of their own. We thank Clint Loomis for sponsoring this show. A reception for the artists takes place on Friday, June 2, from 5-7 p.m.

 

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. New members and volunteers are always welcome; for information call 535-8278.

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