Art Center Happenings

“Circles,” by Melody Lark, is featured in the upcoming exhibition.

Photo courtesy of Mary Callahan Baumstark

In the Wilkins Gallery

We have loved hosting the work of Lewistown woodworkers Harry Felton, Jessie Ferguson (collectively Felton plus Ferguson), Elaine Maier and Bertie Brown in “Joined: Sculpture and Function.” This fabulous exhibition featured beautiful, functional craft made entirely by hand – no power tools allowed. We were allowed a glimpse into the effort behind functional design, as Felton plus Ferguson’s sketches surrounded the work. This show is bookended by learning, as the opening was a chance for viewers to try their hand at a shave horse, and our final spoon making workshops with Harry Felton take place this weekend. Thanks to everyone who came and supported the show, it was a joy to have.

This Friday, March 2, from 5-7 p.m., the LAC is keeping it local with the opening of “Centered,” an exhibition of Central Montana art. This multimedia exhibition will consider the idea: Central Montana is the Center of our Art World. What kind of art represents Central Montana, what kind of artist? Featuring works from professionals to amateurs, “Centered” resists easy explanation. Each Central Montana artist was asked to invite a friend from Central Montana’s periphery, i.e. everywhere but Central Montana. So while the locals reflect on the idea of “center” in the middle of the state, artists from as far as New York City ask what the “center” looks like from where they are. This is an exhibition about relationships, place, and communication, coming from our community. We’re grateful to Lynn Gies for her generous sponsorship of this exhibition.

Don’t miss the opening of “Centered,” this Friday at the Lewistown Art Center from 5-7 p.m. In addition to being able to chat with the artists, there will be a brief presentations and yummy snacks. The opening is a great chance to sign up to participate in a “Socially Engaged Craft.”

March 2 marks my one-year anniversary in Lewistown, and with the LAC. I created a new coffee set (coffee pot, cups, milk, and sugar) for the exhibition, and invite the community of Central Montana to share a cup of coffee with me, to talk about what it means to live in Central Montana. Every morning the Art Center is open in the month of March, I will be in the gallery from 9-10 a.m., drinking coffee and (hopefully) having conversations. This artwork is about the connections and conversations that can happen over a cup of coffee, and I’d like to use this early morning ritual to become better acquainted with my community. There will be a sign-up sheet at the opening of Centered, and throughout the month. Let’s grab a cup of coffee, Lewistown.

Classes and programs

Don’t forget to sign up your growing artist for Hands on Art. This artistic, after-school program meets every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30-5 p.m., and is open to artists from Kindergarten to sixth-grade.

Social Night at the Art Center is on March 21 this month. Join us for a fabulous evening of Floral Paper-making as we make beautiful, colored paper with seeds within it, perfect for a short note or planting in the ground. These Social Nights fill up quick, so call us at 535-8278 to register.

Every Thursday, join us in the Ken Edwards Memorial Ceramic Studio for Clay Club. This adult (16-plus), low-pressure “club” is a great way to experiment with ceramics for a low fee. We’ve got experts on hand, but this is a great time to try new projects and techniques. More folks are joining every week. There’s a small fee, so call us if you have any questions.

Coila Evans and Paula B. Sayers

at the CMMC Clinic Hallway

These are the last few weeks to check out the small, gestural paintings of Coila Evans (of Roundup), and the Bear Gulch pictographic reproductions by Paula Sayers (of Kalispell) in the CMMC Clinic Hallway. We’ll be switching out this work soon, so make sure not to miss it.

The Lewistown Art Center promotes art, art education and art appreciation in Central Montana. Regular hours are Tuesday – Friday from 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is always free.

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