Art Center Happenings

“I have a deeper appreciation for the fact that there is hidden beauty in this natural world, that there always will be.”

Photographer Jean Albus Photo courtesy of Linda Tullis

Chokecherry
Festival, Sept. 10
We are excited to be featuring four emerging artists on Chokecherry Saturday: Bridget Stiverson with her kiln-fired glass work; Monica Drew with her beaded jewelry; Betina John Johnson with her acrylic paintings; and Robert Seas with his hand-carved birds and feathers.
These artists bring not only their stunning artwork to Lewistown for the day, but their unique interpretation with their individual crafts.
The Chokecherry Culinary Contest will also take place at the Art Center. Entries need to be submitted by 8 a.m. with judging taking place at 9 a.m. Entry forms are available at the LAC. The public is invited to sample the entries throughout the day. Each year the competition becomes more fierce and creative, from chokecherry PB and J’s and syrup to chokecherry barbecue sauce and wine. Don’t be shy; enter your favorite recipe. Prizes will be awarded. This is how the Chokecherry Festival got started and continues to show the ingenuity and tradition in our little town.

Montana Painters
Alliance Paint-Out, Sept. 22-24
Once in a blue moon there is a convergence of incredibly talented artists with a common cause, and that is to paint. The Lewistown area is the lucky recipient of many of the members of the MPA, visiting Lewistown and the surrounding area with their easels, paints, talents and laid back attitudes. Some of the artists are Rob Akey, Tom English, Diana Brady, Steven Oistad, Ron Ukrainetz, Bob Phinney, Mimi Grant and so many more.
There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, Sept. 24. Details will follow.

Summer Art Camps
This was the last week of our Summer Art Camps, and what a success it has been with all of the great kids. The fall schedule for After School Art will be out soon. We look forward to sharing creative and fun projects with the young artists in our community.

In the Wilkins Gallery
“Land Use,” a solo photography exhibition by photographer and artist, Jean Albus, will be on display throughout Aug. 31.
In her words, “I have a deeper appreciation for the fact that there is hidden beauty in this natural world, that there always will be. I like knowing it exists whether I am there to witness it or not, poetically, metaphorically, and physically... not just in the physical landscape, but in the interior landscape of my own personal wilderness.”
Albus’ interpretation of the Montana landscape integrated with a master’s hand and educated eye.
We thank Dave and Donna Byerly for sponsoring this show.
Sean R. Heavey is an award-winning photographer best known for capturing the vast expansive beauty of Montana. His show “The Wind Blows and the Sky Above” will be on display from Sept. 2-30. His images have been published internationally by clients such as Apple, “National Geographic,” and other collectors. Sean was honored as a Montana Treasured Artist in 2012. Heavey lives in Northeastern Montana and owns a photo gallery in downtown Glasgow.
There will be an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 2, from 5-7 p.m.
We thank the Elks Trustees and Russ Spika CPA for sponsoring this show.
Contemporary Native American artwork by artists Ben Pease, John Pepion, Robert Martinez, Lauren Monroe and others, will be on display in October, with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m. Their art reflects Blackfeet cultural motifs and imagery as well as their personal experiences. The abstract and surreal qualities of their works create visual narratives with dream like qualities, which often leave the viewer in thought of the story behind them.
The staff of the Art Center is proud to sponsor this show.

LAC annual
meeting Aug. 18
The Lewistown Art Center made its mark on our community 45 years ago, and once again it’s time to welcome our members and the public to hear about what we’ve done this past year, what our plans are for the future and to meet our board of directors. Contact the Art Center for more information.

Call to artists
We welcome all artists and crafters to submit examples of their work for the 2016 Holiday season by Nov. 7. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work in a beautiful setting for the Central Montana community. Details are available at the Art Center.

Poll

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