Art Center happenings

Linda Tullis
Lewistown Art Center Executive Director

Forty-fifth celebration wrap-up

The Lewistown Art Center would like to extend gratitude to all of the folks who braved with weather to celebrate with us on Saturday, May 20. The John Turner Education Building at Brewery Flats was the place to be, with barbecue, Harvest Moon beer, and music by the Lewistown Street Jam Band.

Unfettered by the rain, new and returning members of the Art Center tried their hand at ceramic sculpture, tile painting, and a “Find and Draw” nature scavenger hunt. Our “After School Art” participants made some thrilling decorations, from paintings to centerpieces, and the LAC’s board, staff, and volunteers made over 50 handmade, ceramic cups for this event. If you didn’t make it out on Saturday, no worries. The Art Center is accepting new memberships all year round, and each membership is good for 12 months. 

The Lewistown Art Center would like to thank Payne West Insurance and Mid-Rivers Communications for their sponsorship of this event. Much appreciation to Wicks Ranch Corp, Custom Cuts, Chamberlain Chip Repair, Albertsons, and Harvest Moon Brewery, as well as our board, ArtWorks, and multiple volunteers for their generous donations. 


In the Wilkins Gallery

The 32nd annual Montana Watercolor Society Members show is on display throughout the month of May. With 76 pieces to view by 21 different artists, this traditional show has something for everyone, with various subject matters and styles.

“Down the Rabbit Hole”, is the exhibition during the month of June. The narrative, sculptural ceramic pieces by Red Lodge artist Jocelyn Howard and two-dimensional works by Beth Huhtala opens on June 1 with an artists’ reception on Friday, June 2, from 5-7 p.m. Going “down the rabbit hole” has become a common metaphor in popular culture, symbolizing everything from exploring a new world to delving into something unknown and scary. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the adventure begins in the rabbit hole. It’s a one-way trip that leads to an unexpected conclusion.

This show explores a desire to tell difficult stories from a contemporary perspective. These stories don’t have clean endings. In fact, some of these stories lack beginnings and endings altogether. Howard 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.

Clint Loomis generously sponsors this show.


Shakespeare in the Park

Montana Shakespeare in the Park is the only fully professional touring theatre program in the state currently producing Shakespeare’s plays, the only Shakespeare Company in the country to reach as extensively into rural areas and the only company in the state that offers its performances free to the public, guaranteeing accessibility to all. MSIP travels to 60 communities every summer with 75 performances throughout MT, northern Wyoming, eastern Idaho, western North Dakota and eastern Washington with an emphasis on underserved, rural areas. Since 1973 this tradition has enlightened the Central Montana community.

The play this year is “You Never Can Tell,” written by George Bernard Shaw, and will be performed at the Pine Meadows Golf Course and Elks Lodge. So, mark your calendar, and gather your lawn chair or picnic blanket and enjoy the incredible beauty of Pine Meadows with the Judith Mountains as the back drop.

Come early for food and refreshments. 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.


Summer Fun camps

The Art Center has an exciting line-up of camps for kids, kindergarten–eighth-grade, this summer. Classes run June–August, and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, please check out our website,, or call Program Director Leah Grunzke at 535-8278.


Social Night

The very popular Social Night at the Art Center event series is back with something different for June. This month we’ll try out simple woodworking projects that anyone can master. All the tools and materials will be available to create your own handmade flower press or garden planter box to fill with flowers and herbs, along with step-by-step instructions.

These projects are “No Experience Necessary” and everyone is invited. Snacks will be provided, participants are encouraged to bring along a beverage. Please visit us online to get signed up, or stop by the Art Center for more information.


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. Join the “ArtWorks” volunteer group every third Wednesday at 11 a.m. to support the Art Center in accomplishing its mission.


When do you think the snow will finally be melted in Lewistown?