Art Center Happenings

Mary Baumstark
Assistant Director, Lewistown Art Center

Shakespeare in the Parks

The Art Center is once again sponsoring what is quickly becoming one of summer’s most beloved annual events. Join us for an evening of live outdoor theater with George Bernard Shaw’s “You Never Can Tell,” performed by the professional cast of Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.

The show starts at 6:30 p.m., but come early as the Art Center will have food and beverages available. This event is open to the public, held June 27 at the lovely Pine Meadows Golf Course.


Social Night: garden projects

June’s Social Night at the Art Center is your chance to get a jumpstart on your summer garden projects, learn some new skills and get to know other creative folks in our community.

On June 19 at 6:30 p.m., we’ll host an informal construction workshop designed to send participants home with a decorative garden planter box or a flower press for preserving summer’s treasures. All materials and instruction are included; no previous woodworking experience is needed.

Appetizers will be on hand and everyone is invited to bring their own beverages. Social Night is held the third Wednesday of each month. Projects vary, so check the schedule online at to reserve a spot at any of our upcoming events.


Fathers’ Day Trunk show, Saturday, June 10

Join us on Saturday, June 10 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for a Fathers’ Day Trunk Show at the Lewistown Art Center. We’ll feature the designs of Rusty Lathe Wood Design, a small, Great Falls home-based business that features hand-turned items made of wood and antler.

Dan and Carrie Escobedo enjoy bringing a piece of Montana to their customers through their handcrafted items. They specialize in beautiful, handcrafted pens, but because they utilize as much of their wood and antler as possible, they use the smaller pieces to design keychains, razors, letter openers and jewelry. The materials they select have infinite varieties of color and design. They are extremely proud to be a part of the “Made in Montana” program and show their work at various craft shows and markets around north-central Montana and online to the rest of the United States.


“Down theRabbit Hole ” and the 2017 Art Party

The Lewistown Art Center would like to say “thank you” to the Central Montana community for showing up to support art this weekend.

Last Friday, the festivities began with the opening of “Down the Rabbit Hole” featuring the works of Beth Huhtala and Jocelyn Howard. We got to hear from the artists, as they explained their unique approaches to storytelling and narrative, using tropes, animals, figures, color and more. After a well-attended opening at the Lewistown Art Center, the party continued at the Agriculture Building at the Fairgrounds.

Organized by local artist Adam Grensten, the 2017 Art Party featured the works of over 40 artists from all over the Northwest and Montana.

Tall Boys Tavern catered with some delicious gourmet hot dogs and a bar, and there was live music from several local musicians.

The Arts and Entertainment District raffled off a Russell Chatham print and a wrought iron planter. The event was hugely successful, with over $2,500 of art sold. The proceeds of this event will benefit public art in Central Montana.

We appreciate Tall Boys Tavern, Eyecare Associates, HCR Inc., Spika Design and Manufacturing, Dave Rummans, Chris Hildebrant and Little Big Man Pizza, and all who participated, for helping us bring this event to life.


Summer Fun camps

It’s time to register the kids for Summer Fun camps, as space is filling up fast. This month’s camps run June 12-14 and 19-21, with morning and afternoon sessions available.

We’ll team up with the Green Shares community garden for Week One with “Birds, Bees and Garden Art,” and participate in exciting projects around town with Week Two’s “Public Art.”

Visit our website to see the full summer schedule and get signed up, or stop by the Art Center to learn more about kids’ education programs year-round.


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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