Art Centr Happenings

Dillon artist Cathy Weber creates ceramic birds, such as the pair shown, front and back, here. Weber’s work will be on display in the Art Center shop.

Photo courtesy of Cathy Weber

Bob Ross landscape painting class, 

Saturday, April 29, 

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Learn to paint with joy and confidence in the spirit of television’s No.1 art show, “The Joy of Painting.” Bob Ross taught the world to paint with soft-spoken encouragement, creating landscapes filled with gentle clouds and happy trees. The take-home? You can do it, too.

Our workshop leaders, Don Dixson and Carol Lawen, are Bob Ross Certified painting instructors hailing from Stanford. With their patient instruction and helpful suggestions, you will gain the confidence and techniques you need to create serene landscapes of your own. Bob Ross taught us that art is therapy, a way to relax and unwind. Don and Carol will help bring out the artist in us all, no experience necessary.

All supplies and materials will be provided. Call the Art Center for more information.


In the Wilkins Gallery

“Elevations,” a collection of black and white photography of regional grain elevators by Larry Blackwood, is on display until the end of March. His work has been published in major fine art photography publications including LensWork, B and W, Shots, Color, Popular Photography, Best of Photography Annual and Shutterbug. He has received a number of awards in international photography competitions including the World Photography Awards and the B and W Spider Awards and has received grants sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the states of Montana and Idaho.

While Larry was in Lewistown, he took his camera to the clock tower at the courthouse. Check out his blog with daily images to see if you see some familiar local shots.

We thank Larry and Kathi Carrell for sponsoring this show.

“Ancestral Landscapes” and “Rivers”, an exhibition of monotypes and block prints by Gesine Janzen will be on display during the month of April, with an opening reception on Friday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m. Themes of landscape and place, time and the elusive qualities of memory appear in Janzen’s work. She uses multiple printing processes, layering ink, colors, and content, to mimic the acts of recollection and remembering. Her work is shown widely in the U.S. and abroad. Janzen teaches at MSU, and resides in Bozeman with her family.

We thank Bill, Vickey, and Brandon Cowen for sponsoring this show.

May’s show brings us the 32nd Annual Members Exhibition of the Montana Watercolor Society. A reception will take place on Saturday, May 6, from 4-6 p.m. The Society has more than 200 members, and the folks that participate in this show have become friends and peers in advancing their skills in the art of watercolor. Gretchen Finch will conduct a two-day workshop on May 6 and 7. Although this class is offered to the members, there is a scholarship available for a qualified applicant. Please contact the Art Center for more information.


In the gift shop

Fabulous ceramic birds from Cathy Weber of Dillon, Montana, have “flown” in to usher in spring time at the Art Center. Lewistown was introduced to Cathy’s work last year with an exhibition in the Wilkins Gallery, and we are thrilled to share her latest creations.


Social Nights at LAC

The Art Center is the place to be every third Wednesday evening for fun in the art studio. Whether the project is painting or pottery, it’s a great way to enjoy new techniques and meet up with your friends or meet new ones.

April will be all about ceramics as we glaze and fire various pre-made dinnerware pieces, and May will be a springtime celebration as we create flower and herb planters for the garden. All materials, step-by-step instructions and light appetizers are provided. Participants are encouraged to bring their beverage of choice. Check out the calendar online at, and register today.


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. 


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