Art Center Happenings

Budding artists from January’s Tropical Social Night at the Lewistown Art Center hold up their paintings. Photo courtesy of Mary Baumstark

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Wilkins Gallery: Joined

Our Margie Wilkins gallery is looking sparse, populated only with the masterful furniture works of a group of Central Montana wood workers. We’re delighted to showcase the talents of Jessie Ferguson and Harry Felton, Bertie Brown and Elaine Maier in Joined: Sculpture and Function. Each piece of fine furniture is featured “in the round,” allowing viewers to inspect these works of craft from every angle, as well as inspect some preliminary sketches hanging on the wall.

I love the ways in which these makers play with the “finish” of each piece, alternating between soap, wax, and oil to bring out different characteristics of each piece of wood. Each work of functional art plays with the balance between practical and beautiful, and is completely hand worked, without power tools or machines.

Don’t miss this exhibition of functional sculpture created by some of Central Montana’s finest woodcarvers. We’re grateful to Jay and Janette Henderson for their sponsorship of this exhibition.

A brief correction: Last week, we identified the woodcarvers in our image incorrectly. The image featured artists Bertie Brown and Elaine Maier teaching Cathy Bartel and Cassie Stone about traditional hand tools and processes.

Classes and Clubs

We’re kicking on February with a bang, and we love having our artists at the LAC to fill it with creative energy. Check out our full calendar on our website at www.lewistownartcenter.net or our events on Facebook. Be sure to like, follow and share.

Social Night at the Art Center is every third Wednesday of the month, landing on Feb. 21 this month. Join us for low-key, casual art making and make some friends from 6:30-9:30 p.m. this coming Wednesday. We’ll make ceramic candy dishes and decorate them with LAC Shop Manager (and ceramicist) Cassie Stone. Bring your favorite beverage, we’ll provide the snacks, and enjoy some creative fun with your friends. Space is limited, so call 535-8278 to reserve your spot.

Tthe LAC has partnered with local woodworker extraordinaire Harry Felton to offer a series of spoon carving classes, scheduled on Saturdays, Feb. 17, 24, and March

3. Space is very limited, so call us soon to reserve your spot.

Adult Clay Club is every Thursday in the Ken Edwards’ Ceramic Studio at the LAC. This “drop in” Club is a great way to explore clay in a lowpressure environment, and we’re here to help. Every Thursday, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., a small group gets together to practice ceramics, and we welcome everyone, from beginner to pro. There’s a small fee, call us if you have questions.

Hands On Art is the perfect way to get your little one involved in art. This after school program is for kids from kindergarten to sixthgrade on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m. Hands On Art offers growing artists a plethora of materials and projects, independent learning, social skills, and fun. Our classroom is a constant exploration of ideas and materials, and you never know what these young artists will do next. Call Program Director Leah Grunzke with any questions.

Featured artists

in February

You may have noticed our new festive window displays, just in time for Valentine’s Day. The LAC is proud to represent a number of artists and makers from the West, from authors to musicians to painters to sculptors. This month, check out Daniel Van Antwerp’s newest glass creations, platters and tumblers in swirling blue-green glass. These affordable works of art would be perfect for your kitchen, or someone else’s. For the reader in your life, consider one of Maxine Melton’s Central Montana memoirs, a perfect gift for a parent or friend. If you’re looking for a bit of sparkle, the copper metalsmithing of Bonnie Jo Kyles is an excellent gift for that special something, or maybe the Yogo sapphires encased in one of TBT Jewelry’s bottle necklaces. If flowers and jewelry aren’t for you, a more practical bowl from Chuck Heath ceramics might be appropriate, or a delicious smelling soap from Farmhouse Creations. Celebrate love in all its forms this week with a handmade gift from the LAC.

The Lewistown Art Center promotes art, art education and art appreciation in Central Montana. Regular hours are Tuesday – Friday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is always free. New members and volunteers are always welcome; for information call 535-8278.

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