Art Center Happenings

Linda Tullis
Art Center Executive Director

Blown glass pieces by Bozeman artist Dan Van Antwerp are on display at the Art Center.
Photo courtesy of Lewistown Art Center


In the Wilkins Gallery

Currently showing in the Wilkins Gallery throughout the month of August are the photographic images by artist and photographer Jean Albus. Albus’ photo assemblages work because she’s able to find images that are both specific and universal, like the dress, the sky, birds, branches and bones.

The work is open-ended enough that anyone can decipher what she’s trying to convey and what the narrative stands for. That’s a sign of interesting work; it allows the viewer to complete the dialogue, which leads to interesting possibilities, including that a viewer can reject the visual outright because he doesn’t understand it.

We thank the Elks Trustees and Russ Spika, CPA for sponsoring this show.

September’s show in the Wilkins Gallery is the “storm chasing” photography by Sean R. Heavey. Heavey is an award-winning photographer best known for capturing the vast expansive beauty of Montana. He is also a humble, hard working husband and father who enjoys well-deserved vacations, Mexican food and follows the weather reports for eastern Montana. His images have been published internationally by clients such as Apple, “National Geographic,” “The Boston Globe,” Al Gore and other collectors. Heavey was honored as a Montana Treasured Artist in 2012. Heavey lives in northeastern Montana and owns a photo gallery in downtown Glasgow.

Heavey's work will be on display from Sept. 1-30, with an artist’s reception on Friday, Sept. 2 from 5-7 p.m. We thank the Elks Trustees and Russ Spika, CPA for sponsoring this show.

October’s show is an energetic group show of contemporary Native American Montana artists: Ben Pease, John Pepion, Lauren Monroe, Robert Martinez and Louis Still Smoking. The individual artistry and the history of these young men come together to create a mighty force of artwork, which will be on display throughout the month, with an artists’ reception on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5-7 p.m. The staff of the Art Center is proud to sponsor this show.


Chokecherry Festival, Sept. 10

Don’t miss out on the four fantastic artists inside and out of the Art Center during the Chokecherry Festival: Bridget Stiverson with her kiln fired glass work, Monica Drew with her beaded jewelry, Betina Johnson with her acrylic paintings and Robert Seas with this hand carved birds and feathers. They are some of the best in Montana.

The Chokecherry Culinary Contest will also take place at the Art Center. Entries need to be submitted by 8 a.m. 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. Each year the competition becomes more fierce and creative, from chokecherry PB and Js and syrup, to chokecherry barbecue sauce and wine. Don’t be shy; enter your favorite recipe. Prizes will be awarded. We’re already hearing about the fantastic ideas from local amateur and professional cooks. This is the best part of the Chokecherry Festival.


New art in the gift shop

Dan Van Antwerp, an incredibly talented glass blowing artist from the Bozeman area, is debuting his pieces in Lewistown. Dan is a medical professional, a carpenter and a glass artist. Each and every piece is a fine example of his craft.


Montana painters alliance "Paint-Out", Sept. 22-24

Central Montana is the lucky recipient of having members of the Mt. Painters Alliance painting the scenery, big and small, on Sept. 22-24. They are also mentoring students in the area. What a valuable gift this will be for those students in the craft of plein air painting. A reception will take place on Saturday, the 24th. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the most talented painters in the state and have the possibility for a “pre-sale” of their fine art paintings of our area.


Call to artists

We welcome all artists and crafters to submit examples of their work for the 2016 Holiday season by Nov. 7. This is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your work in a beautiful setting for the Central Montana community. Details are available at the Art Center.


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