Art Center Happenings

Each one of blacksmith Jim Marsh’s hand-made pieces tells a story.

Photo courtesy of Lewistown Art Center



In the Wilkins Gallery

The Lewistown Art Center is pleased to host the works of Helena painter Carolyn Caldwell. Caldwell’s oil pastel and oil paintings are sure to resonate with any Montanan, as her work explores the diverse landscapes that surround us. Caldwell’s use of color and soft lines makes each piece appear to be almost “out of focus” as you take in the whole scene, but each daub of paint draws you back into the specifics of her work.

Each landscape appears to be almost a memory of a landscape, missing the specific details that could tell you exactly where it is, or when you were there last. The overall effect will be different for each viewer, as we all bring our own perceptions and memories to each piece of art.

This wonderful exhibition of vistas and cowboys will be up in the Margie Wilkins Gallery until the end of November. We’re grateful to our volunteer group, ArtWorks, for their generous sponsorship of this exhibition.


Social Night at the Art Center

Back by popular demand, you’re invited to join us for Social Night in November. While Social Night is always held on the third Wednesday of the month, we’ve had enough interest to offer a second social night in November.

The wreath making Social Night is an excellent opportunity to meet friends, learn something new and leave with a festive decoration for your home or office. Program Director Leah Grunzke will walk you through choosing fresh-cut boughs, attaching them to a wreath frame and adding as many bits and bobbles as your creative spirit desires.

Social Night on Nov. 15 is full, but there is still room on our second social night on Friday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m. Grab a friend and register today, 535-8278.


Drop-In Clay Club for adults

Want to try something new? Want to learn to “ghost” like Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore? Stop by on Tuesday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. for Drop-In Clay Club. This informal gathering is a chance to play with clay, learn new skills and maybe make a couple holiday presents while you’re at it. You can make dishes, ornaments, jewelry, or sculpture; the choice is yours. There’s a reduced fee for members, and bring the beverage of your choice. See you there.


Give handmade for the story

I’ve been thinking lately about the upcoming holidays, and why it’s so important to buy handmade in the coming months. When you buy handmade, you’re buying “into” the artist’s story, into the years they took to hone their craft. Often, when someone asks how long it took to make a painting, or wrought-iron wall hook, I answer in years, since each object comes from days, weeks and months of trial and error, learning and perfecting. You’re buying the opportunity to tell the artist’s story, to explain how something is made and why it was made that way. From atmospherically fired ceramics to hammered silver jewelry, every object at the LAC has a story to tell, and we’re proud to share it with you.


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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