Art Center Happenings

Reception this Friday

Join us this Friday, Aug. 5, from 5-7 p.m., to meet artist and photographer Jean Albus. Her show, “Land Use,” will be up in the Wilkins Gallery until Aug. 31.

Collected bits of bones and skeletons guard the door to Jean Albus’ studio. Abandoned birds’ nests crowd a nearby table, while parts from dolls, feathers, wasp paper and a dress shape made of chicken wire populate the counters. These remnants, combined with complicated patterns and images, make up the strands of voices in Albus’ photo assemblages.

On a nearby workspace her piece, “Magpie,” waits to be framed. A large floating dress shape composed of twigs, branches, bones and feathers hovers over a dark but lush landscape with a curving dirt road that seems to run off into the horizon. The figure embodies all things dispossessed of their original places, rising above the land.

Albus’ work reflects not only our physical place in society, but our roles in it as well. Although the objects are placed specifically into a composite, they react naturally with the landscape. Ultimately, Albus allows us to linger at the border between inner and outer worlds.

“My photographs of the landscape reflect my own relationship and how I feel about it,” she says. “I feel safe and at home in the landscape. It teaches me everything I need to know.”

 “I never go out thinking I’ve seen it all,” she says, striding under the warm sun just outside Bridger, Mont. “I see beauty. And it’s not threatening to me, including dead things, rocks, moss, grass, tree bark, water. And the sky is my very first love.”

We thank Donna and Dave Byerly for sponsoring this show. Refreshments will be provided by Artworks.


Summer Art Camp 

schedule for kids: 10-11:30 a.m.

Aug. 2-4: Planes, Trains and 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.


September gallery show

Sean R. Heavey is an award-winning photographer best known for capturing the vast expansive beauty of Montana. His images have been published internationally by clients such as Apple, National Geographic, The Boston Globe, U.S.A. Today, New York Post, Discovery, NASA, Al Gore and other collectors. Heavey was honored as a Montana Treasured Artist in 2012. Heavey lives in Northeastern Montana and owns a photo gallery in downtown Glasgow.

Heavey’s work will be on display from September 1-30, with an artist’s reception on Friday, Sept. 2 from 5-7 p.m. We thank the Elks Trustees and Russ Spika, CPA for sponsoring this show.


New work available

We just received new enameled jewelry from artist Lynn Jordan from Sand Point, Idaho. Jordan works with powdered pigment and copper to create really hip and colorful, wearable pieces.

We are also very pleased to bring in new encaustic, abstract pieces from Lewistown’s multi-talented Susan Gellner.

Encaustic is a Greek word meaning “to heat or burn in.” Heat is used throughout the process, from melting the beeswax and varnish to fusing the layers of wax. The medium can be used alone for its transparency or adhesive qualities or used pigmented. Pigments may be added to the medium, or purchased colored with traditional artist pigments. The medium is melted and applied with a brush or any tool the artist wishes to create from. Each layer is then reheated to fuse it to the previous layer.


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