Art Center Happenings

Linda Tullis
Executive Director, Lewistown Art Center

Reception this Friday

Please join us this Friday, Sept. 2, from 5-7 p.m. for an artist’s reception for Sean Heavey and his photographic exhibition, “The Wind Blows and the Sky Above.” Heavey has taken some of the finest storm photos in the country, and was honored as a Montana Treasured Artist in 2012. He will speak at the reception about his pieces and techniques. We thank the Elks Trustees and Russ Spika, CPA for sponsoring this show. His work will remain up until Sept. 30.

In October, works by Native American Montana artists will be on display. The artists include Ben Pease, John Pepion, Lauren Monroe, Robert Martinez and Louis Still Smoking. Their art reflects Blackfeet and Arapaho cultural motifs and imagery, as well as their personal experiences. Much of their current works use the historical imagery, myths and stories of the West to create images that have statements on the issues of today. Using vibrant palettes, they paint striking imagery that is confronting and engaging for the viewer. The staff of the Art Center is proud to sponsor this show.

In November we welcome two very talented women to the Wilkins Gallery: Jennifer Eli French and Jess Rosier. French was born in Denver, Colo. After attending high school in England, she earned a BFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design and settled on the East Coast. Every summer throughout her nomadic childhood, she returned to a ranch in Montana that has been in her family for four generations. After 20 years in New England, she moved back to Billings where she currently lives with her husband and twin sons.

Her work is influenced by folk tales, medieval art, Victorian lithographs, the Western landscapes of her childhood and the strange beauty she finds in the darker corners of history. Her other creative outlets include cooking, interior design and thrift store scavenging.

I met Rosier in Whitefish a couple of years ago in an antique and art shop. I was intrigued with some sculptural pieces she had made using all sorts of vintage materials. You could tell she had a good sense of humor and design, and was also very resourceful. So, two years later, we are delighted to be showing her work alongside French. We thank Don and Ellen Alweis for sponsoring this show.

Chokecherry Festival, Sept. 10

Besides checking out all of the terrific vendors on Main Street, don’t miss out on the four fantastic artists inside and out of LAC: 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. These artists bring not only their stunning artwork to Lewistown for the day, but their unique interpretation with their individual crafts.  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 BBQ 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.


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

Central Montana is the lucky recipient of having members of the Montana Painters Alliance hanging around our area, painting the scenery, big and small, on Sept. 22, 23, and 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, Sept. 24, from 4- 6 p.m. 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.


Art-Oberfest, Oct. 15

Save the date for a fun-filled afternoon at the Art Center on Saturday, Oct. 15, that will include Brats and Kraut, a polka band, good friends and much more. Tickets will be available here. This special fundraiser benefits future projects at LAC.


“Art 4 U” after school art classes

After school art classes will start in Oct. Information will be available detailing the class schedule and projects next week. Pre-registration is always encouraged, and if you have any questions please call or stop by the Art Center.



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