Art Center Happenings'

Mary Baumstark
Assistant Director, Lewistown Art Center

Shakespeare in the Park

Set against the backdrop of the Judith Mountains, join us on June 27 for Shakespeare in the Park at the Pine Meadows Golf Course.

This beloved annual event is free and open to the public, and will feature the professional cast of Montana Shakespeare in the Park performing a humorous rendition of George Bernard Shaw’s “You Can Never Tell.” The play begins at 6:30, but bring the family and come early. Food and refreshments will be available courtesy of the Elk’s and the Lewistown Art Center. Perfect for all ages, this event only comes once a year, be sure not to miss it.


Social Night: 


Come jumpstart your summer garden projects, learn new skills, meet your friends, and have a blast at Social Night at the Art Center. Held on the third Wednesday of each month, Social Night is a low-pressure, creative evening where you’ll walk away with a unique and handmade project.

On June 21, our Project Director and resident Bee House Maker, Leah Grunzke will host a woodworking workshop. Participants will head home with a decorative garden planter box or a flower press for preserving the fruits of your labor. All materials and instruction are included; no experience is necessary. This workshop is intended for everyone, from beginners to pros.

As always, appetizers are available and participants are encouraged to bring their own beverages. Check in on our website – for upcoming Social Nights and events, and reserve your spot now.


Summer Fun camps

It’s time to register kids for Summer Fun camps; 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 participating in exciting projects around town with Week Two’s “Public Art,” like painting the “Tire Serpent” at Frank Day Park.

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.


In the Wilkins Gallery: Jay Crider in July

“Down the Rabbit Hole” featuring the works of Beth Huhtala and Jocelyn Howard, will be gone before you know it. Be sure to not miss these striking ceramic sculptures and vibrant, colorful paintings.

Coming in July, the Art Center will host the acrylic paintings of Jay Crider in his exhibition, “The Fantastic.”

Born and raised in Helena, Montana, Crider wanted to be an artist since kindergarten. He believes in the subconscious power of ideas, and uses a journal, stream of consciousness writing, and sketchbooks to develop his surreal and striking compositions.

Crider said, “My art is like a wild last frontier in which you never know what kind of trouble is around the next corner… I am always asked, ‘Where do your ideas come from?’ and the truth is I don’t want to know. The mystery and intrigue motivate me to continue creating.”

“The Fantastic” will open on July 7, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. We hope to see you there.

We’d like to thank Greg Clark and Frank Vallach for their generous sponsorship of this exhibition.


Gift shop: new items

Summer is almost here and that means, new work in the LAC Gift Shop. In June, we’ve been fortunate to receive more beautiful, handcrafted items from all over Montana. Just in time for Father’s Day, the LAC welcomed the work of The Growler Girdle, a father-son company from Florence, Montana.

The Growler Girdle has a passion for great beer, and excellent craftsmanship, creating one-of-a-kind growlers with reclaimed and heritage woods. These stylish jugs are sure to please anyone in your life, from a college graduate to retiree. In addition, The Growler recently released their “Chessboard Collection;” sleek, wooden carrying cases for your favorite bottle of wine or whiskey in Blue Pine and Aromatic Cedar.

The LAC Gift Shop also has new jewelry from Monica Drew, and a variety of bath and body products from Montana makers like Montana Farmhouse Soaps and Crimson and Clover Creations. These bath bombs, soaps, and scrubs smell amazing and support local makers in Central Montana.


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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