The fall Artwalk will take place in Downtown Billings from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.
Artwalkers, bikers and bus riders will converge into the downtown area and visit local businesses and galleries that will be featuring the work of our local and regional artists.
There will be 23 stops for Artwalkers to choose from, on traditionally the best-attended Artwalk of the year.
The Fun Express Bus will begin its two-hour free tour of the galleries at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Good Earth Market/Wetzel parking lot and at Level 504 at 6:15 p.m.
Live music, art demonstrations, food and beverages will be also be available, compliments of the participating businesses.
Highlights of the evening will include:
• Level 504 is holding an exhibition and sale as owner Rich Clawson prepares to move on. He says, “I have made this place my dream for 28 years now, and it is time to pass it on to those who joined the possibilities of this place and what it came to be. I will be moving on to finishing old business elsewhere in my other endeavors. Come and enjoy the last of my funkiness, and what made this place different.” The sale of whatever remains begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.
• Photographer Michael Jennings at Q’s Art and Frame will be on hand to sign prints and show his award-winning images, which came away with Best of Show and two first-place ribbons at the 2011 MontanaFair. Artists will be painting in the studio and Café DeCamp will furnish finger food.
• Watercolor artists J.R. Stout from Sheridan, Wyo., and Paul Arbizzani will be at McCormick Café through Oct. 21.
• Navigate Art will feature photographer Becky Brockie, digital artist Shawn Abel and painter Pablo Hidalgo at the studio located above the Don Luis Restaurant. Becky Brockie and her brother and writer Joe Ouldhouse contrived a simple Poe-inspired love story: a photographic series that will be on view. Mr. Abel, associated with Solo Graphics, will present digitally created oil paintings, vehicle graphics and a plan to turn an entire section of downtown Billings into an art gallery. Pablo Hidalgo’s art is a standard feature at his family’s restaurant, Don Luis. Working with both pencil and paint he tells the stories of individuals and scenes that have touched his heart.
• Jeweler Julie Karnos will display her hot glass technique at the Billings Gallery of Fine Art. Karnos, who lives south of Belfry, is inspired by nature and creates her art with a flame, gravity and fine tools to transform molten glass into sculpted glass beads. The gallery is also hosting “Art Celebration,” both an exhibition and a fund-raiser. A portion of the sales made on Artwalk will help fund the Billings Art Association “Images Art Grant.” This grant is designed to expand art opportunities for teachers and students in School District 2. A People’s Choice Award will be presented to the chosen artist. Gallery director and artist, Victoria Franck Wetsch, specializes in a collection of over 20 regional artists at her location on North Broadway in the Babcock Theater.
• Ceramic artist Candace Forrette and landscape painter Jenny Moller are featured artists at Jens Gallery & Design, along with Shirley Shirley and Sue La Fountain. The show “As Autumn Slides In …” evokes a sense of the autumn experience with Forrette’s smoky glazes on wood–fired ceramic forms and Moller’s brush strokes and vibrant palette defining her landscape portraits. Haiku poems written especially for this show echo familiar autumn experience as well as underscore the art, and gallery patrons are invited to choose one for their own.
• Painter Elizabeth Shumaker will exhibit at Barjon’s Books. Ms. Shumaker first started to paint 10 years ago when she was a student in Sue Dolan’s art class at West High School. In addition to her art she runs a healing arts business, Creative Healing. “My art is very much a part of my spiritual growth,” she says. The process of creating art is for me about discovery. Each of my paintings is a reflection of a teaching, a realization, a transmission, a dream or a story I have received.”
• Montana oil painter Laura Blue Palmer will be exhibiting at the Fisher Business Center. Palmer studied fine art at the University of Montana and has a bachelor of fine arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. She returned to Montana in 2000 and makes her home in Bozeman. “I have a true passion for the wild spaces of the west, as I document my experiences of nature in evocative abstract atmospheric landscapes,” she says. “My work is as much about memory as it is about place.” Fisher Business Center is the newest Artwalk stop. Founded by Montana natives Chuck and Laura Fisher, it is a downtown business that provides video conferencing, court reporting, video production, facility use to attorneys and other business professionals.
• Prairie Blossoms will be featuring Tim and Lori Trafford and their Red Sky design koozies, which are handcrafted out of cowhide, leather, bison/buffalo or beaver. Koozies are an official Made in Montana product. The Traffords design and sew all of their creations made for coffee, soda or beer cans, water bottles.
• Cline Fine Art of Montana will be showing six Salvador Dali graphic works. These works are all authenticated by Albert Field (Dali’s lifetime friend) in his book entitled “The Complete Catalogue of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali.” The principal piece in the show is “Savage Beasts of the Desert” and contains the actual signed authentication on the verso by Albert Field.
• Sunrise Studio and Art Gallery welcomes fall with new original watercolors by Lance Johnson. Guest artists will include photographer, Kitty Kolden and pointillism artist Willy Barker.
• Global Village will present Peru Artisans, a grassroots project developed to provide weavers, fiber artists and ceramic craftsmen and women from the highlands of Peru with an alternative means to sell their finely handcrafted arts.
• The Messiah Festival Art from the Heart auction and poster from the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation will kick off the viewing of the art and bidding in person at CTA. The auction will continue for two months, ending on Dec. 4 at the Messiah Festival at the Alberta Bair Theater. To view and bid on the art online visit auctions.svfoundation.org beginning at 8 p.m. Oct. 7. In addition, the Messiah Festival limited edition poster of Ben Stringer’s oil painting, “Yellowstone Moonrise” is being sold for $15 to raise money for the Meadowlark House.
• Celebrate fall at the Purple Sage Gallery. Weather permitting, fresh kettle corn will be available. See work by Janet Bedford, Greg Eiselein, Thomas English, John Felten, Berna Loy Ost, Dale Marie Muller, Diana Mysse, Judy Robertus, Carolyn Thayer, Robert Tompkins, and Shirle Wempner, Jewelry by the Buffalo Gals Designs, and Mountain Stonewear.
• bailiwick gallery on tour showcases 12 artists originally from bailiwick studio and gallery and will be showing at Rock Creek Coffee Roasters. Featured artists include Susan Leverton with lambscapes and woven shawls; Susan Brandt with felted purses and gifts; Monica Maristuen with mixed media; JoAnn Levine with handcrafted jewelry; Patti Rose with watercolors; Carrie Hannah Sharp with earth fire pottery; Lavonne Girardin with painted glass and wood; Danielle Stone with watercolors and enameled jewelry; Gina Brott with whimsical acrylics; Karen Johnson with Mediterranean and country landscapes; Tami Dayley with handmade jewelry; and introducing Carol Murray and acrylic with bead embellishment.
• Billings artist Susan Germer, susang, will have her studio open for visitors on Montana Avenue. Her creations include fine silver jewelry, bead embroidery art, watercolors and pastels. New work will include copper jewelry and original watercolor note cards. “I love it when people tell me that their favorite pieces are ones that I created,” she says.
• The Apple Gallery at the Good Earth Market will host a reception for the exhibit “Transitions” by artist Sarah Morris. Also that evening are a Deli Café dinner special (tamale pie, brown rice, corn) from 4:30-7 p.m., a poetry reading by Peter Tolton and a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. Musician Lindsey Jacobsen will perform throughout the evening.
The exhibit will be on display through Nov. 25.
• At the Sandstone Gallery, longtime member Doris Eccles presents oils from her selections of various landscapes around the area, including national parks. Also showing are works by photographer Michael Cruzan, and David Knows His Gun plays classical guitar.
Other participating galleries include:
Billings Food Bank
Harry Koyama Fine Art
For more information visit artwalkbillings.com, follow Billings Artwalk on Facebook, or call 259-6563. For a map, see Page 21 of this issue.