Art Center Happenings

“Self Portrait as Dracula” by Paige Wright is one of the pieces in the People and Places exhibition at the Lewistown Art Center through Friday.

Photo courtesy of Mary Callahan Baumstark


Exploring art forms

Lewistown Art Center is “branching out.” We hosted a comedy night (with Gingers on Ice), a Lewistown author’s event in August, and this past Saturday, we partnered with the Dance Syndicate for a dance performance and photo exhibition.

These art forms haven’t been “traditionally” included in the gallery setting, but instead, were pushed to other venues like the theater, library and coffee shop.

At the LAC, we think about art holistically – a “creative expression that disrupts” – whether it’s handmade soap, laughter, a talented performance, or an expressive book or CD. 

What’s important to us is for Central Montana to experience art in every day, which is why we carry everything from functional goods (hats, soaps, blankets, dishes) to decorative pieces (paintings, photographs, wall décor) and provide for the ephemeral (dance, music and comedy).


In the Wilkins Gallery

Don’t miss the last week of Paige Wright’s evocative “People and Places” exhibition. This display of figurative ceramics and uncanny pottery is sure to surprise and spark curiosity. Wright combines traditional sculpting methods with new surfaces, resulting in “pop” portraits of some well-known folks, and Montana legends. One of my favorite pairs of sculpted heads places renowned Montana educators and ceramic artists, Beth Lo and Rudy Audio, side-by-side. Both taught at the University of Montana in Missoula, where Wright went to school, and this work reminds us of the “lineage” of teaching in the visual arts.

The display – sponsored by CMMC – ends Friday, Sept. 29, so don’t miss it.


After-school program

Hands On Art is coming back soon. This artful after-school program, run by Program Director Leah Grunzke, is for kids of all skill levels and interests, grades K-6. Classes are on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m., and begin the first week of October. These classes balance independence with instruction, creativity and curiosity. There is no pre-registration required. There is a small fee for the class, or you can buy a 10-class discounted punchcard. Art Center members receive an additional discount. Questions, give us a call at 535-8278.


“Clay Club” for grown folk

The Ken Edwards Memorial Clay Studio at the Lewistown Art Center is up and running, and we’re looking for more folks to use it. Beginning in October, Tuesday evenings in the Clay Studio are reserved for a drop-in “Clay Club” from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This is a low-stakes way to experiment with clay and meet new friends. Director Mary Baumstark, with a BFA in ceramics, will be around for some instruction and helpful hints. This isn’t a “class,” but rather a space for independent creating and play.

This is a Clay Club for all skill levels and experiences. Try hand-building, mold-making or throwing on the wheel.

The Lewistown Art Center is able to offer free clay and firings to its members, but this won’t last long. Bring your beverage of choice, a friend and a fun attitude. There is a per-night fee, discounted for members. No need to RSVP.


Oktoberfest 2017

This year’s wonderful, German-inspired event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 5-9 p.m. Come join us for a bratwurst dinner, polka band and plenty of beer and wine. Seats are limited. Tickets will go on sale at the Lewistown Art Center next week.


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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