Art Center Happenings

"People and Places" exhibit

September’s exhibition in the Margie Wilkins Gallery is an evocative exploration of the human figure by ceramics artist Paige Wright. Raised by medical professionals, Wright has a persistent curiosity about the human body. Her clay work ranges from impeccably detailed realism to raw emotive forms, with touches of playful whimsy balancing the collection. Wright studied, taught and worked with far-ranging arts organizations including the Guldagergaard International Ceramics Research Center in Denmark, Colorado’s Carbondale Clay Center, the International Ceramics Studio of Hungary, the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and the Red Lodge Clay Center’s year-long residency program. Stop in and see this bold new exhibition for yourself, graciously sponsored this month by the Central Montana Medical Center.


Jim Dunakin collection

The Art Center is honored to have the opportunity to curate the jewelry estate of the late Jim and Maggie Dunakin, masterful Montana artists whose exquisite craftsmanship and one-of-a-kind style is unlike any other. With over 50 pieces, this estate collection represents a wide variety of pieces crafted from precious stones and sterling silver. From simple wearable art to lavish masterpieces, the Dunakins’ work is sure to impress.



Hands-on-Art is a low-pressure, high-energy art club for kids K-6, where creativity has a chance to shine. With a first-rate classroom stocked with countless artistic ideas, kids have a chance to hone their skills with instructor-led projects or let their imagination take over with self-directed exploration. There’s a little something for everyone. Classes are 3:30-5 p.m. Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the school year, starting the first week of October. Pre-registration is not required, but give us a call at 535-8278 if you would like more information on our youth education programs.


Volunteer appreciation

As a “member-funded, member-driven” nonprofit organization, our small staff relies on the generosity of our hard-working volunteer base to pull off a lot of the great programming we offer. We are continually overwhelmed and humbled seeing the dedication our community has to keeping arts and educational opportunities alive and well in Central Montana. Many thanks to those who so freely give their time and expertise; we couldn’t do it without you. If you are interested in joining the team, please let us know. We’d love to have you on board, just stop on by to learn more.


The Lewistown Art Center promotes art, art education and art appreciation in Central Montana. Regular hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m.-5 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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