Art Center Happenings

Linda Tullis

Photos expressing the power of weather in Montana, by photographer Sean Heavey of Glasgow, will be on display in “The Wind Blows and the Sky Above” at the Art Center in September.
Photo courtesy of Linda Tullis


Chokecherry Festival

The chokecherries are ripe and ready here in Central Montana; so get out there and pick those tart, little morsels of culinary goodness, and enter the Chokecherry Culinary Festival with your favorite recipe. There are many different categories, from jams and jellies, to beverages and desserts. Savory recipes and even non-food products will be judged. A youth division is also included.

Entries need to be submitted by 8 a.m. on Sept. 10, with judging taking place at 9 a.m. Entry forms are available at the LAC. The public is invited to sample the entries throughout the day. Enter as many categories as you wish. Presentation will be an important factor, so make them pretty. Prizes will be awarded.

In addition to the culinary contest, we are proud to have trunk shows by four artists: Betina Johnson, Bridget Stiverson, Robert Seas and Monica Drew. Each artist is tremendously gifted in various areas, painting, jewelry, glass and woodcarving. Don’t miss the opportunity to be able to see their collections that day.

Montana Painters Alliance Paint-Out, Sept. 22-24

Once in a blue moon there is a convergence of incredibly talented artists with a common cause, and that is to paint. The Lewistown area is the lucky recipient of many of the members of the MPA, visiting Lewistown and the surrounding area with their easels, paints, talents and laid back attitudes. Some of the artists are Rob Akey, Tom English, Diana Brady, Steven Oistad, Ron Ukrainetz, Bob Phinney, Mimi Grant and so many more.

There will be a reception for the artists on Saturday, Sept. 24.


In the Wilkins Gallery

August: Photography by Jean Albus. Jean has taken her relationship with nature and upbringing in Montana to create surreal and abstract images in a show titled “Land Use”. Her subject matter includes the Montana landscape, vintage dresses, feathers and bones, and the human experience.

September: “The Wind Blows and the Sky Above”, an exhibition of storm chasing photography will be on display from September 2-30 by artist and photographer Sean Heavey from Glasgow. Sean was raised in Seattle, and only until a few years ago he only drove through small towns. What started as a two-month trip turned out being an adventure he never expected. Rarely without his camera, Sean has been exploring his new home. Driving the dusty roads, walking the untamed lands, discovering the rich spirit of Northeastern Montana. Join us for an opening reception on Friday, Sept. 2 from 5- 7 p.m. We thank the Elks Trustees and Russ Spika, CPA for sponsoring this show.

October: Contemporary Native American artwork by artists Ben Pease, John Pepion, Robert Martinez, Lauren Monroe and Louis Still Smoking will be on display in October, with an opening reception on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m. Their art reflects Blackfeet cultural motifs and imagery as well as their personal experiences. The abstract and surreal qualities of their works create visual narratives with dream like qualities, which often leave the viewer in thought of the story behind them. The staff of the Art Center is proud to sponsor this show.


Call to Artists

We welcome all artists and crafters to submit examples of their work for the 2016 Holiday season by Nov. 7. There’s no better opportunity to showcase your work than in the Holiday setting in our gift shop. Both amateurs and professional artists are encouraged to contact our staff. The diversity of creative works of art represented in our gift shop is extensive. Be a part of it.


Annual LAC meeting this Thursday

The membership and the public are invited to attend the annual board of directors meeting this Thursday at the Art Center. Meet the board of directors, review the business from the prior year, the budget for 2016/17, and the goals and upcoming projects. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the Art Center.


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