Art Center Happenings

Dance Syndicate members (from left) Tori Alexander, Ireland Larson, Morgan Pierce and Brooke Gardner compete at the Vienna International Ballet Experience in 2016. This photo is part of a special exhibition that opens this Saturday at the Art Center.

Photo courtesy of Lewistown Art Center



Art in motion with the Dance Syndicate

The Lewistown Art Center is excited to partner with the Dance Syndicate for a special exhibition and reception on Saturday, Sept. 23. Join us from 3-5 p.m. for a special performance and exhibition. The Lewistown Art Center will feature beautiful photos of Dance Syndicate performances in recent years, and at 4 p.m., the dancers will perform an exhibition, choreographed by director Janet Luciano. Refreshments will be provided. Come support the visual and performing arts, and bring your friends.


Hands on Art and after-school programs

Our after-school programs start soon. Hands on Art is an art club (for kids ages K-6) that combines creativity, collaboration and fun. Hands on Art is low-pressure and high-energy, where kids are encouraged to try new skills, build new projects and explore with art. Our downstairs classroom is chock-full of artist’s supplies, and our instructor, Leah Grunzke, gives kids the perfect balance of instruction and freedom. Classes are form 3:30-5 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and begin the first week of October. Pre-registration is welcome but not required. Give us a call at 535-8278 if you’d like to know more.


Dunakin Collection

The Art Center’s latest addition: The amazing silversmithing and jewelry of Jim and Maggie Dunakin. The LAC is honored to work with the estate of the late Dunakin family to sell the remaining work of these masterful artists. With over 50 pieces, this collection represents a wide swath of Jim’s career and style, with Maggie’s works from early and late in her career. Each work uses sterling silver, semi-precious and precious stones, as well as river rocks, Tibetan prayer beads and other gorgeous materials. This wearable art is now available. Don’t miss your chance to see this wonderful work.


In the Wilkin’s Gallery

Don’t miss the final weeks of “People and Places,” a masterful, figurative ceramic show featuring the work of Paige Wright. Wright is a professional pottery maker from Portland, Oregon, trained at the University of Montana. Her interest in the human body began at a young age, and emerges in her sympathetic and detailed treatment of her subjects, from her grandmothers to former instructors to some notable political figures. Wright mixes this detailed treatment of the clay with bright pops of colors and surreal textures, calling into question the ways in which we present ourselves to the world, and who we are beneath our masks. With residencies and experience from all over the world, Wright’s work is first-class and we’re excited to host her sculptures for another week. Stop in for this unique exhibition, generously sponsored by the Central Montana Medical Center.


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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