Art Center Happenings

Nina Alviar hold up paint-coverd hands at a summer art program.            Photo courtesy of Mary Callahan Baumstark

It’s a wrap

This year’s summer educational programs at the Art Center came to a close. K–eighth-grade kids from near and far joined for creative learning and engagement with our community. Whether it was building nature art and catching bugs at Brewery Flats, giving a concert with homemade instruments at Frank Day Park, building glider planes with a local pilot or planting and exploring at the Green Shares Community Garden, each week was a blast for all involved.

Now, we gear up for another great year of our Hands on Art after school art program. Classes start the first week of October, with programs geared toward K–sixth-graders. With a mix of guided lessons and self-directed discovery, students will be able to explore their unique interests and hone their skills in a relaxed, low-pressure environment. With ceramics, painting, fabric arts, drawing, sculpture, printmaking and more, we offer a little something for everyone.


In the Wilkins Gallery

Catch the last of Rowan Nyman’s excellent wildlife and landscape photographs. These up-close looks at Mother Nature delighted viewers all month – don’t miss out.

 On Friday, Sept. 1, from 5-7 p.m., we’ll welcome “People and Places,” an exploration of the human figure in clay by Paige Wright. Wright discovered clay at a young age at an after-school class in Portland, Oregon, and enjoys the access to both clay and fulfillment in the ceramic process.

After attending the University of Montana for her Bachelors in Fine Arts in 2006, Wright participated in two Artist-in-Residency programs, the Carbondale Clay Center’s long-term program and the Red Lodge Clay Center’s yearlong residency.

Wright researched portraiture and the avenues of self-perception for her Masters in Fine Arts at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio in 2012. Paige’s figurative practice has led her to work in both the International Ceramic Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary and the Guldagergaard: International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark.

Currently, Wright instructs ceramics courses at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts while maintaining a personal studio in Portland, Oregon.

Wright’s work, a collection of “People and Places,” is sure to shock and thrill, as she grapples with interior motivations and external forces that are present within a singular human face.


Chokecherry culinary competition

The annual Chokecherry Culinary Competition will be Sept. 9, Festival Day, in the Lewistown Art Center. Entries may be dropped off between 8-9 a.m. on Sept. 9 to be evaluated by our panel. Come by 10 a.m. to taste this year’s entries. There’s a category for everyone and everything: dessert, vinegar, entrée, or even a non-food item made from chokecherry products. There is even a Youth category for the emerging chef in your family.

With prizes in each category and “Best in Show” and “Best Display” awards, there’s something for everyone at the Chokecherry Culinary Competition.


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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