The 18th season of the Artwalk in Downtown Billings opens with the Friday, May 4, celebration from 5-9 p.m.
The community is invited to visit the 28 galleries and businesses that will be hosting free receptions for local and regional artists and their new art work.
The Fun Express Bus will operate a free guided ride to the Artwalk venues beginning at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Good Earth Market/Wetzel parking lot. In addition to walking the night away many galleries also have bike racks for biking Artwalkers.
The Terpsichore Dance Company will be performing modern dance pieces on the sidewalks of downtown Billings as a preview of their upcoming show on Sept. 8 at Petro Theater. The company is made up of 11 dancers including director Ricki Feeley.
Beginning at 5:15 p.m., Terpsichore will perform a full piece at the Good Earth Market, and then move to the alley adjacent to the Sandstone Gallery, then to the Arcade in the Babcock Theater, and finally do an improv at the four corners of Skypoint.
Highlights of the Artwalk gallery exhibits include:
• McCormick Café will host the first art exhibit of 17-year-old Senior High School art student, Nolee Anderson. “Tap Shoes and Trash Cans” will include recycled, discarded or scavenged surfaces that serve as her canvases. Nolee’s goals in life include graduating from high school in 2012 and pursuing a degree in art education.
• Q’s Art & Frame Shop will show oil paintings by P.J. Smith. Live demonstrations will be given during the evening by local artists Grace Bailey and Jayme Mitchell in the studio. The show includes an introduction to Montana metal sculptures by Pigcasso.
• CTA will host the annual Billings Art Association Auction, which benefits and expands the art opportunities for area schools and the BAA “Images Art Grant.” This exhibit of original artworks will include water media, oil, pastel, pencil, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, glass and metal. Artwork will be offered at a Silent Auction/Buy Now price.
• Susan Germer (susang) will open her studio in the Carlin Hotel. On view will be her jewelry, watercolors, bead embroidery and pastels. For the past 14 years Germer’s main focus has been jewelry design using vintage beads, tiny seed beads and precious metal clay.
• Navigate Art, located above Don Luis restaurant, will present the artists of Unreal, a Billings-based company of artists, fashion designers, musicians, photographers and culinary artists. “Navigate Goes Unreal” will be a mixed media experience with canvas paintings, photography, music and cupcakes.
• The Apple Gallery at the Good Earth Market will open “Cellular,” a collection of photographs by Luke Boyd. “With the advent of cell phones, life has changed dramatically and, with the addition of high definition digital cameras, the medium of photography has begun to evolve as well. Mr. Boyd says, “Anyone can pick up a phone and capture a beautiful image and that’s what I try to do.” Boyd will do a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.
• Sunrise Studio will feature the work of owners Lance Johnson and Dawn Ness. Landscapes, horses, wildlife will be the subjects of the May Artwalk show along with charcoal studies. The collection of Ellen Feldman will be on display and for sale and include works by Bev Doolittle and Carol Hagan. Beverages and a variety of hors d’oeuvres offered.
• The MSU Billings Potters’ Guild, a student and community organization, will feature a variety of ceramic work from the ceramics department. Both sculptural and functional work will be on view.
• The Billings Gallery of Fine Art, located under Skypoint, will feature Native American painter, Allen Knows His Gun. With a master’s degree in American Indian studies from University of Kansas, he returned to Montana to paint.
• In the Babcock Theater’s Arcade, the gallery is hosting artists, Elizabeth Shumaker and Elizabeth Almann. Music and performance art will be provided by the Billings Youth Orchestra and Terpischore Dance Company. Hidden Legend Winery will be serving wines and Jimmy John’s and z Pizza will provide appetizers.
• The Lore Law Firm will present new oils by longtime Billings’ artist and sculptor, Bill Rains. Stop by the Lore Law Firm to register for a free painting by Rains that is being offered as a gift from this new Artwalk stop.
• Papa Bear Gallery in the former Depot Antiques Building at Montana Avenue and North 23rd Street will host Troy and Coila Evans from Blockhorse Designs of Roundup. Troy will present his woodworking artistry and visual arts while his wife Coila will present her paintings. Also on hand will be Tom Mulford with both watercolor and ink drawings, Travis Delp with watercolor and oil paintings along with the artists represented by the gallery. Ceramics from Anastasia Swarthour and Cody Brown will be on view.
• Grafix Level 504 will feature art by Matt Taggert, Aaron Nathan and Kerry Epley along with music by Lee Nelson. Sidney Ayers will present his woodworking talents, Justin Choriki will be there with his photography and Sharon Karlson will show her wildlife paintings. Tyler Murphy will open his studio with new paintings from his recent trip to Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. Big Brothers and Sisters will present art by Derek Cross.
• Come visit the Purple Sage Gallery and see artist Janet Bedford demonstrate her painting style. Born and raised in New Jersey, she moved to Powell, Wyo., in 1986. Her art reflects her love of western wildlife, landscape and life style.
New artists represented by Purple Sage include Barbara Gerard-Mitchell and Brenda Wolf. Other gallery artists include Greg Eiselein, Thomas English, John Felten, Dale Marie Muller, Diana Mysse, Tana Patterson, Dione Roberts, Judy Robertus, Steve Schrepferman, Carolyn Thayer, Robert Tompkins, Shirle Wempner, Scarves by Neck Candy, Jewelery by Buffalo Gals Designs and Mountain Stonewear.
• Award-winning bead designer Catherine Dove will be demonstrating and selling her work at Global Village.
• Guido’s Pizzeria, a new Artwalk member, will feature “Transitions,” a body of work by native Montanan Sarah Morris. Morris says, “The feeling I have for our earth, bodies of water, and beautiful views of our big sky is what I need to show here. The connection between the universe and our earth is part of my focus during my process. I show this relationship between our world and outer space through energy in the brush strokes.”
• Cline Fine Art will show the work of three well known Montana artists on Artwalk. Freeman Butts, whom Gordon McConnell characterizes in his book, “Freeman Butts: Legacy of a Painter,” as “a big exuberant man who reveled in all of the sensuous sights and pleasures of life, embraced early on the vigorous brushwork and gesturalism of action paintings. Looseness, fluidity of line, high energy and speed of execution characterized all of his work.”
• Jens Gallery & Design introduces the work of James McGregor in “Concrete Ideas.” Mr. McGregor brings more than 25 years of solid experience to his artistic pursuits, but it’s a yearning to elevate his creativity that motivates him. He is driven by two passions – creating distinctive forms and perfecting high performance architectural concrete. His one-of-a-kind tables, benches and wall art are made of a material often considered pedestrian, but he proves the notion wrong. His exhibit will be up through June.
• Gallery Interiors will present work by Connie Herberg. Graduating with a bachelor of arts in fine arts from MSU Billings with an emphasis in both drawing and sculpture, Herberg puts an emphasis on drafting skills and observation of life in her art. Her works range from figure drawings to still life and landscape paintings to sculptural subjects. “Art resides in our core and surrounds us as color, a tone, a word, a gesture, a touch, a smell, a taste,” according to Herberg. “I am passionate, drive, haunted, daily surprised, inspired and moved by my art.”
• See the culmination of work that Sherrie Love has been creating since her move to Billings from Nashville, Tenn., five years ago. Visit her for her final exhibit under The Big Top Studio & Gallery, across from Grafix Level 504.
• The Billings Food Bank will host a reception for Native American artist Leland Stewart. Stewart is a member of the Crow Whistling Water and Knight Hawks Society. Raised in Crow Agency, he grew up on his grandparents’ ranch surrounded by horses. He attended the American Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and Rocky Mountain College.
• James Seward, a sculpture teacher for the YMCA Poets on the Prairie program, will bring his paintings and sculpture to Barjon’s Books for the Artwalk. “When I was a little boy I used to look at pieces of material and try to envision what was hidden inside. With a sculptor’s first and favorite tool, a pocketknife, I tried to release these things from their bonds” Seward reflects. “I thoroughly delight in teaching young people the techniques and skills that I sought so fervently as a youth.”
• Stephen Haraden will open his studio and gallery for Artwalkers to view his latest works created by assembling portions cut from previous paintings that are then incorporated into totally new pieces. Stop by and visit with the artist from 5-9 p.m.
• Toucan Gallery is extending the exhibit of fabric artist and the current Artist in Residence at the Yellowstone Art Museum, Brooke Atherton, because of the popularity of the show. The show will be open until May 25. Atherton has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio and her work has been shown in juried shows across the United States and England. Atherton’s work visually describes her journey across the American West.
• The Yellowstone Art Museum offers on Artwalk free admission to the museum’s current exhibits, “Creative Force: The Studio Art Quilt” and East/West: Visually Speaking.”
• Kennedy’s Stained Glass will present new work in collaboration with metal artist, Rick Byam, Glass and metal contemporary art pieces can be viewed during Artwalk. Bevel entry way windows in fabrication.
• Amy Dean McKittrick will open her studio/gallery to view watercolor paintings including “The Korea” series.
• April showers bring May flowers and Prairie Blossoms will prove it by exhibiting the work of Montana botanical artist Cheri Moss. Moss uses antique windows for her frames and lays out pressed botanical flowers inside of them to give the illusion of looking out a window. Also Moss will bring her “Lewis and Clark Collection.” On the face of each mat she has created a botanical arrangement which includes the same variety of botanicals that Lewis collected and journalized.
• The Sandstone Gallery will feature Billings artists Dick Cottrill, John Havener and guest Artist Matthew Berg. Mr. Cottrill is a wildlife artist who uses watercolor, acrylic and pencil to capture the essence of wildlife in their natural habitat. Mr. Havener, a photographer, shows images from the Northern California and Oregon coasts. Mr. Berg grew up in Miles City and has moved from drawing to oil paintings.