The Billings Outpost

Artwalk warms up for Valentine Day

Twenty galleries in downtown Billings will host receptions for local and regional artists and their new work, free to the public, on Friday, Feb. 3, from 5-9 p.m. Invite your sweetheart for an early Valentine’s treat and enjoy art, music and refreshments all on one night.
Turn to Page 23 to see the map and the location of all the galleries and businesses that are participating. The Fun Express Bus will offer free bus tours starting at Good Earth Market/Wetzel parking lot at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and at Level 504 at 6:30 p.m.
Highlights include:

• Q’s Art & Frame Shop will feature watercolor painter John Langeliers. A student of Nels Olsen, Ben Steele and Tony Couch, he will be demonstrating techniques during the evening. Jayme Mitchell will also demonstrate etching techniques that involve metal, wax and acid. Other artists that will be represented are Elliott Eaton, Tyler Murphy, Mike Capser, Loren Entz, John Armstrong, Tom Mulford, Mike Jennings, Grace Bailey, Joi Ostefjellse and the Knows the Gun family. Jamey Mitchell will be there to answer questions about her work.
• The Good Earth Market presents Rachel Larson Long, a well known local artist and teacher with a fine arts degree from Montana State University Bozeman specializing in printmaking. “Life Lessons” will include acrylic and mixed media. She will present a gallery talk on the exhibit at 6:30 p.m. The deli special will be served from 4:30-7 p.m. Live music by Alex Nauman and Jeff Long will be included.
• The Billings Gallery of Fine Art will present fourth-generation jewelry craftsman Jack L. Gohn. He received his formal training from the Bradley Horological School in Peoria, Ill., and from the Gemological Institute of America. His work has been featured in Art Jewelry magazine. He has owned and operated jewelry and casting shops that specialize in custom designed jewelry.
More than 25 other local and regional artists are represented in this gallery located in the historic Babcock Theater complex. In the Arcade, gallery owner Victoria Franck Wetsch has members of the Billings Youth Orchestra providing music, free appetizers from Jimmy John’s and Z Pizza, and exhibitions by acrylic artist Teresa Stroebe, collage artist Nikki Tolliver and calligrapher Kathy Tolliver.
• Global Village will host Rocky Mountain College student Benjamin Sherman. A college senior who has traveled extensively with a camera in his hand, he will exhibit photography.
• US Bank will host a reception for two photographers, Tracy Moore and Warren Dignen, and for landscape oil painter, Davi Nelson. Tracy Moore is owner of Tracy Moore Photography, which specializes in wedding photography. Retired from the Air Force after 20 years of service, Dignen has now devoted himself to photography. Owner of WD Photos, which specializes in senior portraits and sports, he is also the founder of the Montana Shutterbug Association, which encourages local photographers to share knowledge and improve their skills.
Davi Nelson says of her oil paintings, “My work is a reflection of the landscape I live in. It is not a portrait of a specific place but rather an attempt to evoke a sense of place and a way of life in a rural setting.”
The Billings Youth Orchestra will feature young musicians and their talents during the evening at US Bank.
• Prodigal Gallery will be showing new works by Gallatin Gateway painter Jacqueline Rider-Hud. Rider-Hud paints from her dreams, her subconscious and her deep seated connections to animals. Owner Penelope Strong will also have new hand-strung pearl and semi-precious jewelry for Artwalkers to enjoy.
• Purple Sage Gallery invites Artwalkers to enjoy wine and snacks during the evening. In addition, see paintings by Greg Eiselein, Janet Bedford, Dale Marie Muller, Diana Mysse, Berna Loy Ost, Judy Robertus, Carolyn Thayer, Robert Tompkins and Shirle Wempner.
Other artists on hand will include John Felten and custom wood designs, Tana Patterson and pottery, Dione Roberts and fused glass, jewelry by Buffalo Gals Designs and Mountain Stonewear and scarves by Neck Candy.
• Brittany Putnam will be displaying several travel and fine art photographs at McCormick Café during Artwalk. The photographs on display are printed on aluminum and include photos from Western Montana, San Francisco, and Salzburg, Germany. Putnam is a local freelance photographer and a native of Montana. A college class in black-and-white photography was her first inspiration, followed by a move to Denver to attend the Art Institute of Colorado.
• Owners Lance Johnson and Dawn Ness will have new paintings on view at the Sunrise Studio and Art Gallery. Also see a private collection of artwork belonging to  Ellen Feldman, formerly of Billings. The collection consists of framed prints by Bev Doolittle and Carol Hagan for sale.
• Prairie Blossoms will host Laurel jeweler Elaine Green. Ms. Green has started to incorporate copper with glass beads for necklaces and bracelets and a full range will be on display through February. Also on display will the Mondor/Quanbeck family Valentine collection.
• Harry Koyama Fine Art will feature Koyama paintings to be shown at the Western Masters Art Show and Sale held at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls on March 14-17. The annual event features artists from across the United States. On display during the Artwalk will be the painting “Spirit of the Bison,” a 24-by-30 oil painting to be sold in the “Off the Wall” auction at the Western Masters on Friday, March 16.
• CTA Architects will host local artist Mike Stanish.
• Level 504 will be an Artwalk stop that includes art, dancing and live music. The Tyler Murphy studio will feature new oil paintings of Western themes and landscapes.
The Ayers Studio will include custom furniture including a bubinga wood dining table in progress. Also showing are photographs by Justin Choriki, pencil drawings by Kyle Trott, and paintings and drawings in the ZigZag Gallery by Shawn Thompson. The Big Sky Belly Dance Troupe will perform from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and Devin Kennedy & Company will provide live music from 8-10 p.m.
• The artist studio of Susan Germer will be open for Artwalk in the Carlin Hotel. Her susang gallery is known for her fine silver jewelry, pastels, bead embroidery  and watercolors. Ms. Germer has been creating jewelry from PMC (precious metal clay) since 2004 and is certified as an instructor.
• Navigate Art, on the third floor above Dos Machos Restaurant, will host three women artists. Included are photographers Sara Wright and Barbie Martin and Michelle Dyk, a painter with an illustrative style and a fine arts degree from Montana State University Billings.
• Cline Fine Art Gallery will feature the three-dimensional work of San Pueblo, N.M., artist Wayne Snowbird. Snowbird is a frequent top winner in the Santa Fe, N.M., Indian Market.
• Sandstone Gallery hosts its “It Figures” show, a collection of art from the community that features the human nude. Guests presenting their work include Ben Steele, a piece by Jessica Zemsky, and many, many others. Louise Payovich will be submitting her first attempt in this subject matter, and she will be joined by several other members of the Sandstone body showing their work.
Other participating galleries include Billings Food Bank, Toucan Gallery and theYellowstone Art Museum.
For more information call 259-6563.

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