Art Center Happenings

A red fox takes center stage in one of Rowan Nyman’s photos. A display of his work opens this Friday at the Lewistown Art Center.

Photo courtesy of Lewistown Art Center

In the Wilkins Gallery

Please join us on Friday, Aug. 11, from 5-7 p.m. to welcome our August artist and exhibit. Rowan Nyman, an experienced fisherman and photographer hailing from Belgrade, Montana, brings to us a selection of wildlife and natural photography.

Rowan said, “A sense of place and belonging imbues my soul when I am outdoors, and it is my sincere hope and desire that I can convey theses emotions in my vision of photographs.”

We’re thrilled to offer Central Montana the chance to experience the wonder and sense of place throughout Montana in these photographs of vast landscapes and majestic creatures. Join us on Friday, Aug. 11, for some light refreshments and a chance to chat with the artist.


Special presentation and interviews

Adam McKinney and his team are in Central Montana for the continued work on his dance-on-film project HaMapah / The Map. DNAWorks, an arts and service organization committed to healing through the arts and dialogue, premiered HaMapah / The Map in 2010 in New York City. Since then, this multimedia dance journey has been re-envisioned as a dance project for film, as McKinney works with DNAWorks co-director Daniel Banks and filmmaker Laura Bustillos Jáquez.

McKinney is the great grandson of Harry and Sylvia Alweis of Harlowton, Montana, who opened “The Hub” Department Store ca. 1917, and the great great nephew of Joe and Jessie Alweis of Lewistown, who opened “The Hub” (now Jason’s Men’s Store) ca. 1912.

Please join us for a special presentation of Adam’s work and research, as well as a dance selection from HaMapah/The Map on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 5-7 p.m. Adam McKinney also seeks folks to interview and visit with regarding the Alweis family. If you knew these folks in person, come by the Lewistown Art Center at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 to chat with Adam and share your memories and stories.


Social night

Join us every third Wednesday of the month for Social Night at the Art Center. This month, on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at 6:30 p.m., we’ll get ready for the annual Chokecherry Festival. Come learn to make chokecherry brandy and cordial using local recipes. We’ll have supplies on hand to make the liqueur and custom jars and labels, perfect for sharing with friends. Call us at 535-8278 or stop the LAC to pre-register; these events fill up fast.

After crafting your own chokecherry beverage at Social Night, show off the rest of your cooking repertoire at the annual Chokecherry Culinary Contest. We accept all entries, from children to professionals, of chokecherry-based dishes, from desserts to booze to savory dishes.

Entries are due at the Art Center between 8-9 a.m. on Sept. 9. Judging takes place at 9 a.m., with prizes awarded for different categories as well as Best in Show.

The public is invited to come sample the goodies until noon. Registration for the Culinary Contest is free and open to all. Stop by the Art Center to pick up your entry form, or give us a call at 535-8278 to learn more.


Gingers on Ice, Aug. 24

We are so excited to announce Comedy Night at the Lewistown Art Center at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Slater Building, with special guests, Gingers on Ice.

Gingers on Ice is a comedy duo based out of Missoula, Montana, composed of Lewistown native, Jacob Godbey and his pal Alex Tait. Together, these two will treat us to a comedy experience that combines the best of sketch comedy, improv, stand-up and original film. Their act constantly evolves and changes, so be sure not to miss this one-time event.

Tickets are available at the Lewistown Art Center (or from your neighborhood ArtWorks volunteer). Ticket price includes a gourmet hot dog bar at 6 p.m., a special performance by local singer-songwriter Charlie Denison at 6:30 p.m., and the Gingers on Ice extravaganza at 7 p.m.

The Lewistown Art Center is grateful to our volunteers, ArtWorks, for their generous sponsorship of this event.


Authors’ Event

Don’t forget about our local Author’s Event on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 2-5 p.m. Join Marcia Losh and Runi Arnold for “Children’s Hour” from 2-3 p.m., featuring a reading of their book, “If Everybody Did It,” and a special paper-collage workshop with Runi.

From 3-5 p.m., join us for light refreshments and live music as we meet our local authors, Louise Langford, author of “Louisa,” and Lisa Ferguson, author of the children’s books, “There’s a Scottie in the House,” and “Scottie’s in Trouble.” We’ll also welcome Maxine Melton, whose texts, “A Tree Firmly Planted,” and “Roots in the Prairie Dust,” revolve around Central Montana history and family biography. Several authors will be on hand to sign copies of their texts and answer questions. While the roster isn’t final, we’re pleased to announce that Marcia Losh, Runi Arnold, Maxine Melton, Lisa Ferguson and Louise Langford will all be joining us.


Last week

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There’s just one week left of the Lewistown Art Center’s Summer Fun camps, and still time to register. From Aug. 14-16, we’ll explore the dramatic world of theater, working with improv, costume making and puppetry. Be sure not to miss this last chance at an artful summer, and sign up your little ones now. Camps are open to everyone, regardless of artistic skill or experience, from grades K-8. Please pre-register online at, or give us a call at 535-8278 for more information.


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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