The Billings Outpost

ArtWalk completes 19th season on Friday

The Friday, Feb. 7, ArtWalk in Downtown Billings will mark the end of the 19th season of the event. Twenty-four galleries and businesses will present new shows by local and regional artists.

Refreshments, demonstrations, and live music will also be featured. The ArtWalk bus will begin its two-hour tour of the ArtWalk stops at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Good Earth Market courtesy of the ArtWalk galleries.

Visit for a map to plan your evening or pick up a map at any of the galleries, or see the map on Page 15 of this issue. Also like Billings ArtWalk on Facebook to get a sneak preview of the art you will see at various businesses.

Highlights of the ArtWalk will include:

* Sandstone Gallery (a gallery cooperative) highlights all of its current members and their work, including pastel artist Louise Payovich. Sandstone Gallery has been an ArtWalk member since December 1999 and has 18 members in the cooperative.

• Apple Gallery at the Good Earth Market will present an exhibition called “Beauty Is Nothing” to include the works of ceramic artist Renee Audette. Audette is a figurative artist who creates emotional, narrative sculptures and paintings relating to human psychology and her own personal experiences.

Her work in featured in permanent collections throughout the United States and in Jingdezen, China. She is the recipient of numerous awards including a fellowship to attend the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts as a resident artist in 2007. She is a studio artist and part-time instructor at Montana State University Billings. The exhibit will be up through April 25. A dinner special is served from 4:30-7 p.m. with live music. Audette will give a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m.

• Big Sky Cheap Tees will feature artist Addam Ostlund. Owner of his own graphic design and T-shirt printing company and self-employed, he has been designing since the age of 14. Most self-taught, he lived in Nashville before moving to Montana to work and live.

• Stop by Stephen Haraden Studio to see a selection of new work as well as some of his favorite pieces from the past. He creates his works by adhering portions cut from previous paintings to a new canvas and then applies paint and charcoal to achieve the desired result.

• Join Catherine Louisa Gallery in the historic Babcock Theater complex for ArtWalk. Bob Durden, curator at the Yellowstone Art Museum, will be on hand to discuss his work and the work of other gallery artists. New artists recently added to the gallery include Durden, Jean Albus, Jerry Cornelia, Robert Royhl and Phoebe Toland.

• Yellowstone Art Museum will feature Jam at the YAM featuring Wes Urbaniak from 5:30-9 p.m. and free admission to the Art Auction exhibit.

• Jason Jam Gallery will be displaying the most recent comic art by Jam. Jam’s outrageous comics are created with pen and ink and brilliant watercolor.

• Also on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel, visit Susan Germer at susang. She will have new fine silver jewelry creations, colorful watercolor note cards, photography, bead embroidery and pastel art. She has been creating fine silver jewelry since 2004 and is certified to teach the PMC (Precious Metal Clay) process. Each jewelry piece is unique and signed. Her jewelry and note cards are also shown at Tompkins Fine Art.

• CTA will be closed for the February ArtWalk because of first floor renovations and changes to their gallery area.

• McCormick Café will feature the original oil landscapes and wildlife art by artist, Calvin John Treiber. The exhibit will run through April 1.

• Chinatown Gallery, under the direction of Fred DeFauw, will feature the following art and artists: photography by Cameron Krizek and Emma Maurisak, wooden sculptures by Kevin Ferguson, paintings by Troy Evans and Fred DeFauw, women’s clothing by Martha Lawson, jewelry by Suzanne McPherson and paintings and jewelry by Terry Zee Lee.

• Gallery Interiors will feature the fine art paintings by local artist Robert Tompkins. Tompkins has been represented for the last five years by Gallery Interiors as well as his own gallery, Tompkins Fine Art (formerly Purple Sage Gallery.)

Tompkins describes his work as “interpretive but representational with vibrant and simplified images. Interpretation of the subject with expressive and textured strokes with both brush and palette knife is the intent of each painting. The basic principles of drawing, design, color and value are incorporated within images of abstract shapes. Strong value contrast is aspirational in each painting, but the painting takes on its own persona and an interaction is usual. Still life is an interest, but typically they are not ‘still.’”

Gallery Interiors will also feature a special giclee print by Wayne Dowdy as a fundraiser for the Stillwater Youth Center.

• Global Village welcomes the Yellowstone Calligraphers’ Guild as guest artists for the February ArtWalk. On display will be handmade books, greeting cards, formal invitations, hanging art, signs and clothing by guild members. Refreshments will be served from 5-9 p.m.

• Toucan Gallery will feature drawings and lithographs by Billings artist Robin Earles. Born in Michigan and raised in southern California, Earles received her master of fine arts degree in illustration in 2006 from California State University, Long Beach. She now works in a subterranean studio in downtown Billings.

• Underground Culture Krew will feature the artist Sonito, who says, “I was born in Billings, Montana. I express my art through graffiti, break dancing, and djing. I try to create art that has more than one meaning and can be interpreted on many levels.” Also see the regular gallery artists and their new work including Kristin Rude, Jenna Martin, Emily Davidson, Miriam Cross, Gloria Mang, Tina Jensen and six local graffiti artists and one out-of-state graffiti artist.

• Happy Valentine’s Day from Tompkins Fine Art (formerly Purple Sage Gallery). Stop in to view art, taste candies and listen to hi-fi audio. The gallery in addition to changing its name has also expanded its gallery space to include work by Phil Smith, Susan Stone, Michael Stanish, Jerry Inman, Steve Schrepferman, John Felten, Brenda Wolf, BCKuxhausen, Diana Mysee, Susan Germer, Kathleen Sheard, Thomas English, Shirle Wempner, Janet Bedford, Neil Patterson, Dione Roberts, Tana Patterson, Bonnie Zahn Griffith and Robert Tompkins. Chef Sheila Poklemba of Sweetie Pies will be on hand to share information and samples of her fine handmade chocolates, sea salt caramels, almond praline, chocolate-covered pretzels and Oreos.

• Stop by the lobby of the Northern Hotel and visit with an array of artists and fine craftsmen from our region and see their new work. The Northern Hotel will feature some wonderful food from their restaurants for visiting ArtWalkers.

• del Alma Gallery & Studio will display new works by David Overturf including photography of people. places and things as well as digital renderings/paintings of his images. Visit his website at

• Level 504 will present a range of fine artists and craftsmen including: Sid Ayers and his functional art furniture, Hawk and Thistle and their wood creations, Charlie Haagenson and Western art ornaments, Jim Huertas and face and body molds, and photography by Justin Choriki. Also enjoy live music  with the Song Dog Serenade Bluegrass Band.

• Marcasa Clothing will showcase the conceptual photography of Jenna Martin. A floral installation will be partnered with Martin’s photography to create a unique exhibit for ArtWalkers to see.

Other participating galleries include Barjon’s, Billings Food Bank, Clark Marten Photography, Guido’s Pizzeria, and  Kennedy’s Stained Glass.

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