Art Center Happenings

Carolyn Caldwell in the Margie Wilkins Gallery

The Margie Wilkins gallery at the Lewistown Art Center is proud to host the work of Helena artist Carolyn Caldwell. Carolyn’s oil and oil pastel landscapes are evocative or several Montana vistas, but are flurry around the edges, giving us the effect of a memory, or faded photograph. Caldwell’s color palette changes slightly from painting to painting, but her mottled skies, deep green hills, and golden fields lend such depth to these two-dimensional works.

One of my favorite parts of this series are Caldwell’s collection of small “cowboy” themed paintings and drawings. These paintings and drawings are abstracted, but only to a point. While the image of the cowboy hat remains crisp, the background, action, and details of the wearer fade into her brightly colored compositions. I like the way Caldwell uses the hat as both a symbol for Western identity, yet masks the identities of the wearers in her images.

Be sure to not miss this excellent work, and thanks to ArtWorks for their sponsorship of this exhibition.

Next month, the Wilkins Gallery will welcome the Montana Painter’s Alliance with a selection of painted masterpieces from all over the state. Opening will be Friday, Dec. 1.


Central Montana Fair “Night Show” announcement

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 10 a.m. to hear the exciting lineup planned for the 2018 Central Montana Fair Night Show. The new Night Show act will be announced, along with the opening act, at the Lewistown Art Center on Saturday morning. As always, we’re in total suspense, but rumor has it that next year’s star is an up and coming, popular talent. We can’t wait to hear!

Join us on Saturday to hear the announcement for the Central Montana Fair’s 2018 Night Show performers.


Christmas Stroll and Membership Open House

The holiday season is upon us. The Lewistown Art Center is getting into the swing of things and kicking off the holidays with the Christmas Stroll, on Nov. 24, the Friday after Thanksgiving. The Lewistown Art Center has a variety of activities going on, and here’s your chance to be involved… with prizes.

At 10 a.m., the LAC will accept cookies for our annual Christmas Cookie Contest. Judged at 1 p.m., the winner of the Christmas Cookie Contest will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Lewistown Art Center. Don’t worry, there are prizes for second and third place, too. From 2-5 p.m., Santa Claus will be in the house, posing for pictures with little ones, and hearing gift requests.

At 6:30 p.m., we’ll have our first “Snowball Drop” for kids aged 0-5, and our second “Drop” for kids 6-12 at 6:45 p.m. Kids will be able to catch “snowballs” dropped from the roof of the LAC and redeem them for prizes and Chamber Bucks, great for shopping downtown!

The Lewistown Art Center will be open until 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, and is the perfect place for all your holiday needs.


Call for Story Tellers

Everyone is invited for this very special, December Social Night at the Art Center, celebrating our community and the wealth of stories within it. On the third Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 6:30 p.m., we'll cozy up under holiday lights as we eat, drink and be merry...and spin tales into the evening. Will there be romance? Wild adventure? Tall tales and whoppers, myths and flights of fancy? Or perhaps even a few Lewistown ghost stories? Join us and see. No need to register; all are welcome.

We're still looking for more story submissions. If you would like to share a story, please let us know. Give us a call at 535-8278 or stop by the Art Center to pitch your story or get more information.

There is a small cost for the evening's festivities. As always, treats will be provided. Guests are encouraged to bring along their favorite beverage or a dish to share.


Reasons to Give Handmade this Holiday Season

Last week, I talked about how giving handmade is about giving “the story” of the gift itself: how long it took to make it, what skills and processes were involved, what the artist’s intent might be, can all come along with the purchase of a handcrafted object.

This week, I’d urge you to give handmade to support our local economy. Particularly in rural parts of Montana, cottage industries like craft help to supplement other careers. Indeed, most of the artists represented by the LAC are not full time artists, but rather people who pursue art “on the side.” The majority of work in our gift shop is by Montana artists, many from within an hour’s drive of Lewistown. Stop by to ask about our artists.


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 second Tuesday at 9 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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