Art Center Happenings

Linda Tullis
Executive Director

Montana Painters Alliance “Paint Out”

Members of the Montana Painters Alliance will gather in Lewistown from all around the state on Sept. 22, 23, and 24 for a plein air painting event. This group of incredibly talented artists selects two locations in Montana during the year in which to paint. Not only will they be creating beautiful paintings, but they will be mentoring high school students in the area. To cap off their visit to the Lewistown area, there will be a “tail gating” reception at the Turner building at Brewery Flats. The public is invited to meet the artists, see what they have created, have some food and refreshments, and listen to the music of Charlie Denison and Chris Hildebrant, from 5 – 7 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the reception will be at the Art Center.

We thank Torger Oaas for being a sponsor of this event.


After-school art classes

“Hands On Art” starts in October. Join us for arts, crafts and carefree creativity! Our after-school art program, Hands On Art, offers kids the opportunity to develop their artistic skills using a wide range of mediums and techniques.  All abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Fall 2016 Schedule (Oct. 3-Dec. 15):

Doodle Bugs (Pre-K to second grade). Pre-K and kindergarteners are welcome to attend but must provide transportation.

Mondays:  3:30-5 p.m.

Sprouting Artists (third-sixth grade)

Tuesdays: 3:30-5 p.m.

Open Studio: (All ages are invited to come in and continue ongoing artwork, or explore independent projects.)

Thursdays: 3:30-6 p.m.

Grades 1-4 can take the Number 5 bus, and grades 5-6 take the Number 7 bus, to be dropped off at the Art Center.

 Scholarships are available for qualified students. Pre-registration is always encouraged. No class Halloween or Thanksgiving Day.

For more information please contact Leah Grunzke, education director at; 406-493-0544.

 An up-to-date program calendar will be available soon...please check back.


Art-Oberfest, Oct. 15

Fall is in the air, and on Oct. 15 from 4 – 7 p.m., the aroma of brats and kraut will be, too, at the Art Center. This annual event helps to raise necessary funds for the Art Center.  Please join us for great food, live polka music, and good friends. Tickets will be available from LAC board members and at the Art Center.


In the Wilkins Gallery

The storm chasing photography of Glasgow artist Sean Heavey is on display throughout the month of September. The caliber of Sean’s imagery is such that the world is calling for his work. He is an award-winning photographer with “National Geographic,” and has work in collections internationally. The staff of the Art Center is proud to sponsor this show.

“On Which We Stand,” a collective of emerging Native American artists, will be on display in October.   Artists include Ben Pease, John Pepion, Robert Martinez, Lauren Monroe, and Louis Still Smoking. This is a very exciting collection of work that portrays not only their universal history but each artist’s interpretation of the journey of their heritage. A reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 7, from 5 until 7 p.m.   The staff of the Art Center is proud to sponsor this show.

November’s show combines the works of two unique artists who work three-dimensionally. Jennifer Eli French from Billings and Jess Rosier from Whitefish both create sculpture, yet their work is dramatically different from one another. The common denominator is the spell they cast in working “in the round.”

Jennifer has lived abroad and received her BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her summers brought her back to a family ranch in Montana each year, and now she and her family reside in Billings. 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.

Jess grew up on the east coast, studying sociology and English, but she was always creating and cutting and assembling and telling stories with her “collages.” She received her master’s in mental health counseling at MSU, and lives with her family in Whitefish.  I imagine there has never been a time when she hasn’t been cutting, collecting and assembling whimsical pieces, each one telling a story.


New work in the gift shop

We have received new kiln fired pieces from Bridget Stiverson, new paintings from Betina Johnson, new beaded jewelry from Monica Drew, new sterling and pewter jewelry from Alison Sweeney, and new ceramics from Breena Buettner. For the first time in the gift shop, hand carved birds and feathers by Robert Seas will be available.

All of these artists excel in their craft; we are privileged to add them to the gallery of artists.



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