Art Center Happenings

Breena Buettner’s pottery is hand thrown and fired in a wood kiln. It is on display at the Art Center.
Photo courtesy of Lewistown Art Center

Third Annual Artworks Street Sale, July 16
We invite the public to our street sale this Saturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. All proceeds will benefit future projects at the Art Center.

Summer Art Camp Schedule for Kids: 10-11:30 a.m.
July 12, 13, 14: Getting into Nature (tie-dyed tees, walking sticks and hike to Frog Ponds)
July 19, 20, 21: Midsummer Monoprints
July 26, 27, 28: Pottery (by popular demand.) Two sessions will be offered, 10–11:30 a.m. and 1:30–3 p.m. Call for more information.
Aug. 2, 3, 4: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (paper airplane design and flight contest with 3-D drawing)
Aug. 9, 10, 11: Buzz... Bee Habitats and Homes
Aug. 16, 17, 18: Open Art (creating multi-media projects using techniques and ideas learned at camp.)
Please call to register your kids beforehand. The important lessons in art involve creativity, eye and hand coordination, learning about line, color, and composition, understanding two and three dimensions and so much more. There is a true sense of joy and accomplishment when kids lose themselves in the process of making something with their hands.

Summer Art Camp Schedulefor Adults: 7–9 p.m.
July 26, 27, 28: Cartooning and Monoprinting
Aug. 9, 10, 11: Pottery: Pinch, Coil, and Slab
Aug. 23, 24, 25: Pottery Wheel Week

Breena Buettner
introduces wood
fired ceramics
A bit about the process: “All of the items have been hand made in my studio space in the outskirts of Helena. Everything is thrown on a potter’s wheel and high fired in a wood kiln. I fire the pieces with a group of girls here and we utilize two different types of wood burning kilns. Depending on the kiln design, we continuously stoke the firebox with split wood and logs for either 24 or 48 hours. This process creates an atmosphere inside the kiln that is full of flame and wood ash and these two elements cause surface treatments unlike any other.
“After each stoke of wood to fuel the fire, the ash swarms the kiln and settles on each pot, creating a secondary glaze that distorts and enhances the colored glaze that I previously applied. The flame snakes its way around the pots and creates flashes of color on the raw clay body ranging from light oranges to deep reds to variations of brown. These organic marks contrast my linear glaze patterns, balancing my intentions for the pieces and the outcome. Wood fired ceramic work varies drastically in appearance and touch from one side to the other and from one piece to the next, making it truly unique and one of a kind.”
The Art Center also received new ceramic work from Sarah Dargan, also from Helena. Her signature “tripod” mugs are a beautiful addition to anyone’s dinnerware collection.

In the Wilkins Gallery
The Blue Buffalo Art Group returns to our Gallery for the month of July with their show, “Painting the West.” Pieces include paintings in oils and pastels, woodcarvings and more. Some of the artists represented include: Karen Petrovich, Lynne Jordan, Phyllis Waltman, Elene Weege, Joan Kosel, Pat Schermerhorn, Bonnie Zahn Griffith and Trish Stenenson. We thank Susanne and David Wigginton and the Yogo Inn for sponsoring this show.
Jean Albus’ photography will fill the Wilkins Gallery for the month of August. Of her work, it has been said: “Encountering the work of Albus, one immediately senses the joyful moments she experiences living on the northern plains in southeastern Montana. She exalts the rural condition by layering personal icons over images of the Montana landscape. The rapturous notions apparent in the work are constructed with a variety of cultural precedents in mind and express themes rife with married ideas: life/death, abundance/scarcity or isolation/contentment. Though Albus has created a broad body of photographic work that shares a similar point of view about urban settings, [she] focuses on subjects viewed directly from her rural home near Bridger. Her photographs add to the historical documentation of the northern plains while infusing it with contemporary narratives. These images emphasize the sublime aspects of the plains while revealing a personal story that intersects with primal and pristine places.” - “Rapture on the Plains: Observations”

Bob Durden, curator of “Rapture On The Plains,” Paris Gibson Square Museum
An opening reception will take place on Friday, August 5, from 5-7 p.m. Thank you to Dave and Donna Byerly for sponsoring this show.


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