Lewistown Art Center Happenings

Linda Tullis
Art Center Executive Director

Reception this Friday

Larry Blackwood is a self-taught fine art photographer with over 40 years experience exploring self-expression through photography. Born and raised in Kansas, he earned a Ph.D. in statistics and worked in that field for 30 years while pursuing photography part-time. In 2007 he switched to photography full time. Join us in welcoming him to Lewistown from 5-7 p.m. this Friday.

Blackwood has had major solo exhibitions in a number of venues including the Wichita Art Museum, the Center for Contemporary Arts (Abilene, Texas), the Museum of Idaho, the Hockaday Museum of Art, the Art Museum of Southeast Idaho, the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center and the Emerson Center for Art and Culture. His work has also appeared in many other major juried shows, including venues such as the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio; Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, California; the Center for Visual Arts, Toledo, Ohio; the Center for Photographic Arts in Carmel, California; the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming; and the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

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. We thank Larry and Kathi Carrell for sponsoring this show. It will remain on display throughout the month of March.

Gesine Janzen’s monotypes and block prints will be on display throughout the month of April. 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.

Recent images include some of the places where her ancestors lived, such as the Baltic Coast in Poland. She is working on a series of the Missouri river, which stretches from her home near Bozeman to her home state of Kansas and onward. She lives with her husband and two children in Bozeman, Montana.


In the gift shop

We love Bill Ryder’s horse sculptures, and we just acquired the latest creations from him. His pieces can be seen in yards and fields and galleries throughout Montana. It’s worth noting that Ryder is an incredibly generous man, donating his pieces to various nonprofits throughout the state. He is an artist who creates for the love of art, but with the help of his wife Julie, they support their family and contribute to their community as well. Together they utilize found objects and discarded “junk,” and resurrect the materials to masterful works of art. Custom pieces can be crafted, too.

Dave Leininger has worked his family ranch for a long time, and he knows a little bit about barbed wire as a result. It was invented in the late 1800’s by homesteaders and ranchers to contain their animals. He has been collecting early variations of barbed wire, as many as 300 different styles, and has created historical collages of the various wires. Dave’s pieces represent an authentic and artistic part of Montana life.


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. Join the “ArtWorks!” volunteer group every third Wednesday at 11 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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