Art Center Happenings

Ojibwe artist Paula B. Sayers lives on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Sayers will be in town to do a benefit for the Art Center and Bear Gulch pictographs.     Photo courtesy of the artist

Paula B. Sayers exhibit

The Lewistown Art Center and Bear Gulch are thrilled to welcome Paula B. Sayers to Central Montana. Paula will be donating a series of eight, travertine rock tiles painted with pictographs in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Bear Gulch and the Lewistown Art Center.

Sayers was born in Minnesota and grew up in a house on the site of the earliest known Ojibwe village in Fond du Lac. Paula currently lives on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, but is enrolled in the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, and is a member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

Sayers typically works in the Woodland School of Art, a genre of paintings among First Nation and Native American artists from around the Great Lakes in the US and Canada. This visionary style was founded by Noval Morisseau and is known for its vivid colors and stark outlines. In addition to working in this contemporary style of art, Sayers also reproduces original pictographs on stone, using traditional and passed down techniques and formulas.

Don’t miss this special reception for Sayers and her work on Friday, Oct. 20, from 5-7 p.m. This will be an opportunity to examine Bear Gulch pictographs up close, and learn about traditional techniques, preservation, and the future of pictographic rock art in Central Montana. We’re grateful to Brian Cannavaro for his sponsorship of this reception.


Social Night: making wreaths

The holidays are right around the corner, and the Art Center is here to help. For November’s Social Night, bring along your favorite beverage as we learn to craft boughs and ribbons into dazzling seasonal displays. We’ll provide all the materials for you to make your own evergreen wreath, with step-by-step instructions and some yummy holiday snacks. Lewistown Art Center members receive a special discount on class fees. This will fill up fast so call the Art Center to reserve your space today.


Solar grant

The Lewistown Art Center was awarded a major grant through NorthWestern Energy’s Universal System Benefit program, allowing us to install a 19.7 kw photovoltaic solar panel system. The USB program is funded by a small monthly charge on the electric and natural gas bills of NorthWestern Energy customers. NorthWestern Energy administers the program, created by the Montana Legislature.

This will result in a huge cost savings for our nonprofit organization, which we can now funnel right back into our education department and community programming. We couldn’t be more excited to serve as a model for the advancement of clean, renewable energy in Montana. Sincere appreciation to the Central Montana Resource Council for their guidance through this process, and to all of you for supporting arts and culture in our community.


Thank you

We’re so grateful for Central Montana’s dedication to arts and culture, and for all of the individuals that volunteer their time, talent, and resources at the Lewistown Art Center. 


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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