Art Center Happenings

Woodworking instructors Elaine Meier (left), Jesse Ferguson (back right) and Bertie Brown (seated, right) assist Cathy Bartel with the use of wood carving tools. Photo courtesy of Lewistown Art Center

Updates From

“Joined: Sculpture and Function”

in the Margie Wilkins Gallery

The wood shavings are still fresh on the floor from last Friday’s opening of “Joined: Sculpture and Function,” featuring the talents of local woodworkers. Viewers who attended the opening were treated to a brief chat about the history of hand tools in wood working, followed by a participatory demonstration using hand tools and shave horses, built

by the artists.

This exhibition will be on view until the last week of February, so don’t miss it. Featuring the woodwork of Harry Felton, Jesse Ferguson, Bertie Brown, and Elaine Meier, “Joined” is a meditation on contemporary design and traditional techniques. Each piece of furniture is a dedicated exploration of form and material, and each piece would be an artful addition to any living space.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the LAC and Harry Felton are offering a few “Spoon Making” classes. These will be scheduled as soon as they are filled, so call to sign up today.

Hands-On-Art,

Social Night, Clay Club

We’re so excited to welcome our artists back to the Lewistown Art Center this month as Hands-On-Art and Clay Club start back up.

Hands-On-Art is an afterschool arts program for growing artists in kindergarten-sixth grade, and runs every Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoon from 3:30-5. These after school sessions are perfect for fostering independence, social skills, and creativity, and artists are encouraged to pursue their passions, from sculpture to set design, music to mosaics. Call our Program Director, Leah Grunzke, with questions or to sign up today

Adult Clay Club starts back up this week, and is every Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. This informal “club” is an opportunity to try ceramics in a low-pressure environment. Our LAC ceramic experts will be on hand to assist with whatever project you want to try, or to teach basic skills along the way. Clay Club members are invited to bring a snack to share, their favorite beverage, and an experimental, “can do” attitude every Thursday. There is a small fee, call 535-8278 to inquire.

Social Night at the Art Center is every third Wednesday. This month, on Feb. 21, come with friends to make ceramic candy dishes. This low-pressure social is always filled with fun, laughter, and a bit of a mess. This is a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends, make new ones, and stretch your creative muscles. Snacks are provided, but feel free to bring your favorite beverage. There is a fee, and Social Nights fill up quickly, so call soon to save your spot!

A note from the Director

Harry Felton said to me this week, “When you get a tool in someone’s hand, and they use it, they are no where else but here, fully present.”

This resonated with me, as a lover of craft. When you are making, particularly when you’re learning a new skill, you must be completely focused, especially if you are to be successful. To learn to center clay on the wheel, or to shape a piece of wood, the mind, the hand, and the material have to move in tandem. It takes knowledge and care to mold material to your liking, requiring you to be sensitive to your surroundings in a way that we typically are not. For safety, and for success in craft, it’s imperative to be present when making. When viewing craft, I’d encourage you to consider being present as well. What does it mean to share space with, or to use, a piece of furniture, a quilt? Contemplate this with us with “Joined,” or in Clay Club or Social Night.

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 “Art-Works” 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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