Art Center Happenings

Mary Baumstark
Art Center Director

Holiday festivities

This Friday, Nov. 24, will kick off the holiday season at the Lewistown Art Center. Here’s a list of the exciting events we have planned during the Christmas Stroll:

• Christmas Cookie Contest: Drop off your entries at the Art Center at 10 a.m. Each participant may bring up to two entries of a dozen cookies each. At 1 p.m., winners will be announced, and will win one of three gift certificates to the Lewistown Art Center.

• Santa Claus and Pictures: From 2-5 p.m., join us for pictures with Santa. In partnership with the Dance Syndicate, Santa will be available for pictures with your little ones and furry friends. All proceeds from professional photos will go to fund the Dance Syndicate’s upcoming trip to New York City. The Dance Syndicate will also be on-hand to provide gift-wrapping for your holiday shopping.

• Snowball Drop: Everyone is guaranteed a prize at our second annual Snowball Drop. Join us at 6:30 p.m. in front of the Art Center (corner of Fourth and Main) for your chance to catch a “snowball” and win a prize. The first “drop” is limited to kids aged 0-5, and is at 6:30. At 6:45, we’ll have our second round, for kids aged 6-12. Prizes include Chamber Bucks and a surprise. Be sure not to miss it.

Tickets will be available for next year’s Central Montana Fair entertainment, and pick up your tickets for “WinterSongs,” the musical event of the season, held on Dec. 16. The LAC is raffling off tickets to win a Bill Ryder horse, and we’ll draw for the winner at “WinterSongs.”

In addition to live music by local singer-songwriter Haeli Allen, we’ll have mulled wine and spiced cider, and the leftovers from the Cookie Contest for snacking. Join us for an evening full of festive fun.


Calling all storytellers

Now is your chance to tell a tall tale, a wild story, or recite a holiday favorite. We’re seeking storytellers for our December Social Night at the Lewistown Art Center. Join us for an evening of festive folly, for a low entry fee. As always, Social Night is on the third Wednesday of the month, so we’ll see you Dec. 20.

New art exhibit at CMMC

This month, the exhibit features two types of local painting. Although wildly different, Paula B. Sayers’ and Coila Evans’ painted works both speak to the history and contemporary moment of Central Montana.

Paula B. Sayers grew up in a house on the site of one of the earliest known Ojibwe villages in Fond Du Lac, Minnesota. Sayers 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. In addition to producing contemporary art, Sayers is one of the few individuals in the country working on pictographic reproductions. This series of pictographs on stone tiles are directly taken from the images found at Bear Gulch, and are reproduced in a traditional manner. This limited edition group of works is for sale, and generously benefits both the Lewistown Art Center and the historic Bear Gulch site.

Coila Evans is an artist living and working in Roundup, Montana. Her work comes from life, and uses warm, muted tones with quick, spontaneous brush strokes. Specializing in both portraiture and animals, each of Evan’s pieces imparts both the personality and appearance of her subjects, using color and gesture to describe movement and form. This series of “small works” draws from Evan’s inspirations and surroundings.

Stop by to take a look. We’re grateful for CMMC’s continued partnership with 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 on the second Tuesday of each month, 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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