The 19th season of ArtWalk kicks off with the Spring ArtWalk from 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Downtown Billings.
Twenty-seven galleries will feature receptions, free to the public, to honor their artists and the artists’ new work. Maps are available at all of the participating galleries and on Page 17 of this issue of The Outpost. The artWALKERSbus will begin its free ride to the galleries at 5 p.m. at the Good Earth Market.
Terpsichore Dance returns to ArtWalk and will perform on Montana Avenue. The following galleries are offering a drawing for a free gift from their stop on ArtWalk: Lore Law, Stephen Haraden, Barjon’s, Billings Food Bank, Billings Gallery of Fine Art, Big Sky Cheap Tees, and Catherine Louisa Gallery. Visit www.artwalkbillings.com to download a copy of the map and plan your self-guided tour.
Highlights of the ArtWalk will include:
• The Billings Art Association will hold its annual auction to benefit the “Images: Art in the Schools” grant at CTA. Featured artists will include Jeannette Magstadt and Phil Bell. In addition, a string quintet from the Billings Community Orchestra will play.
• Kennedy’s Stained Glass will present new spring-inspired art glass from Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld and her team of craftswomen.
• The Apple Gallery in the Good Earth Market will feature “GEM of a Staff” through July 26. The artistic endeavors of the staff will include stained glass, oil paintings, metalwork, photography, pottery and fused dichroic glass jewelry. The Deli Special will be served beginning at 4:30. Live music is by Peter Tolton.
• The Yellowstone Art Museum will open its doors, free of charge to ArtWalkers, to view “Broken Brushes: German Art from Kaiser to Hitler” and “Insomnia” by Michael Zansky. Also, Joanne Berghold from Livingston, author of “Old Windows-Old Doors,” will be on hand to sign copies of her book. Desja Eagle Tail will provide live music at Jam at the YAM.
• Level 504 will host an array of artists and open studios: Aaron Nathan, Laurie DeWar, Syd Ayers (fine woodworking), Michelle Dyk (installation), Matt Taggart (installation and performance), Nick Olson and No Creative (photography studio), Blake Eden (handcrafted small clutches and handbags) and Lynne Thorpe, artist and former instructor from Northwest College in Powell, WY. Live music from Justin Choriki and Donna Ayers.
• Barjon’s guest artist will be Billings’ wood carver, Russ Bessette. Owner of Wyoming Willow Sticks, he does custom carving on diamond willow and other woods. Each product is the result of a multi-step process. He harvests his own wood, strips the bark, hand tools are used to shape and refine, adding embellishments and finishing it off by hand with an oil finish. He graduated from Montana State University Billings in early childhood education and received his master of arts degree in Chinese history from the University of Colorado.
• The Catherine Louisa Gallery will present the work of Ted Waddell. Waddell’s abstract subjects merge with his illusionary background that implies the vastness and simplicity of the Western landscape.
Sandstone Gallery will feature gallery artist and graphite artist Jeanie Broveak. As an artist, Broveak believes that her special gift for drawing is a style that brings to life the very character of each subject. Those who have seen her work comment on the way her created portraits have “eyes that talk to you from the paper” or subjects that “pop” out at viewers.
Guest artist will be Cliff Potts. Potts was raised in Custer and, at age 15, he contracted polio. He lost the use of his arms and legs and spent many months in an iron lung. Today he uses a tongue-controlled electric “golden arm” to manipulate his own left arm and produces original pen and ink, watercolors and oils, as well as limited edition prints and cards. He has a bachelor’s degree in art from MSU Billings and a master’s degree in counseling.
Gallery Interiors will feature The Belt Mountain Rustic Home Furnishings, a regional business that creates unique home furnishings from harvested and found antlers. This is functional art that is also beautiful and Russ Friede is the artist behind these one-of-a-kind pieces. Friede has always been an avid hunter and horn collector. Out of his passion for horn collecting, he developed a desire to build and create home furnishings from the antlers gathered.
He has designed and built table and floor lamps, chandeliers, coffee and occasional tables, cribbage boards, and candelabras made from antlers. Friede and his wife Kelli run their business from their home in White Sulphur Springs.
• MSU Billings Potters’ Guild and Red Lodge Clay Center residents will exhibit at the del Alma Gallery & Studio. The Red Lodge Clay residents were able to perform a two-day workshop in the beginning of April at MSU Billings demonstrating their techniques to the Potters’ Guild.
• Jens Studio & Gallery presents “Give Me Color!!!” through May. Both abstract and realistic, this exhibit is an interaction of color, pattern, form, and design. See it in Sue La Fountain’s metal sculpture, Lila Carpenter’s cabochon pendants, Lisa Ernst’s hand-etched pottery, Jenny Moller’s acrylic landscapes, Frances Boetcher’s bold floral paintings, and Gerald Kindsfather’s sculptural forms in wood, metal, or fiberglass.
• Underground Culture Krew opens its first ArtWalk exhibit at 2814 Third Ave. N. by featuring the work of artist, art educator (public schools and college level), and gallery owner from Shell, Wyo., Karyne Dunbar. Her work has been purchased by the Bradford Brinton Museum and the Yellowstone Art Museum. The President of Ireland presented her bronze of Celtic warrior Queen Maeve to the Granuaille Center on the West coast of Ireland. “It is important to me that my works provoke thought. World mythology is a source of inspiration to me, particularly the Celtic which forms my heritage.” Gallery artists Sonni Senger, Vincent Severo, Gloria Mang, Kristin Rude, Sheri Gustke, Nic Beckman, Emma Prosser, Jack Sease and Cyrem Graffiti will also be exhibiting new works.
Stop by the Stephen Haraden Studio to view his latest completed pieces as well as works in progress. Also for the first time, see Haraden’s miniature gallery of small framed paintings priced at $50.00 or less.
Lore Law Firm hosts a reception for Billings painter Sarah Morris. “I’ve spent years looking out at the endless miles of visibility in this ‘Last Best Place.”
As you view my art, I hope you will experience the feeling of being a Montanan, because it is a beautiful feeling to possess.”
Calvin John Treiber, Billings’ native and a child that grew up next to the Yellowstone River, will exhibit at the McCormick Café.
• Chinatown Art Gallery will show an array of local emerging and established artists. Gloria Maixg (jewelry), Coila Evans (paintings), Susanne McPherson (jewelry), Amy Drake (photography), Terry Zee Lee (jewelry and paintings), Dominique Paulas (wildlife paintings), Fred DeFauw (paintings), Lori Blaylock (pottery), and Rick Williams (metal art).
The Jason Jam Gallery, on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel, will present “The 100 Drawings in 100 Days” for the May ArtWalk. 100 original pen and ink drawings that were produced between Jan. 1 and April 10, 2013, will be on view.
• Big Sky Cheap Tees will feature photographer Casey Page and artisan Amber Kober as their first ArtWalk artists. Casey Page began her photography experience under her grandmother’s guidance in Sandpoint, Idaho. In the 1990s she honed her skills by recording her trips to Europe, Mexico, and Africa. She launched her photojournalism career after graduating from Beloit College in 2003 and is on the staff of the Billings Gazette. Her exhibit will include photographs of animals up for adoption at the Billings Animal Rescue Kare (BARK). “I chose a white backdrop and simple lighting to make the colors and features of each animal jump out of the photograph.” Amber Kober created a shop Etsy (etsy.com) called Day Old Tee in October 2011 and has been making upcycled accessories from old T-shirts ever since.
Toucan Gallery will feature the fused glass work of Bozeman artist Kathy Burk. After receiving a degree in interior design and working in that field for many years, Burk found herself increasingly frustrated by the available selection of lamps and lighting fixtures. She learned how to work with glass and designed and built her own.
Enchanted by the colors and textures available as raw material in the glass medium, Burk was propelled in to a new career as a glass artist. An ongoing experiment with the relationship of design, light, and emotion is taking place in her studio as she attempts to make meaning materialize from the alchemy of heat, color, and glass. A variety of vessels and lamps will be on display for ArtWalk.
Purple Sage Gallery will feature the work of gallery artists Janet Bedford, Robert Tompkins, John Felten and new member, Michael Stanish. One of Bedford’s favorite subjects is the buffalo and several of her buffalo paintings will be on display.
Tompkins will present a collection of floral paintings. John Felten continues to perfect his marquetry and adds a beautiful crane decorative box to his works available at the gallery. Landscapes in oil by Michael Stanish will be available. Other gallery artists are Greg Eiselein, Thomas English, Diana Mysse, Tana Patterson, Dione Roberts, Neil Patterson, Steve Schrepferman, Carolyn Thayer, Shirle Wempner, Brenda Wolf, Phil Smith and Barbara Gerard-Mitchell and Susan Germer. Refreshments will be served.
The Billings Gallery of Fine Art, located in the Babcock Theater Building, will present the work of Montana artist, Wayne Snowbird. Originally from New Mexico, his sculpture and fine jewelry reflect his native southwestern heritage.
The gallery will also be hosting the Billings Elks Lodge Annual Elk Poster Contest. “The Choice 4 Me is Drug Free: Living a Healthy Lifestyle.” Works by artists in grades one through 12 will be judged by Mayor Tom Hanel and Elks president, Al Kirsche.
Susan Germer will open her studio in the Carlin Hotel and show new work. Fine silver jewelry, original note cards, bead embroidery, paintings and more will all be on view.
Germer has been creating fine silver jewelry from precious metal clay since 2004 and is certified as an instructor. She teaches adult classes at the Yellowstone Art Museum and jewelry making for ages 8-14 at the Summer Art Academy held on the campus of Rocky Mountain College.
Marcasa Clothing, in its first ArtWalk show, will present the work of photographer Brooke Moore. Moore’s work primarily consists of wedding, portrait, and commercial photography. “My favorite subject to photograph or paint has always been people. People are complex. They are full of emotion, expression, and history. I love capturing that for them, because those images are reminders, moments of their own personal history.”
Other galleries to visit during the Spring ArtWalk are The Billings Food Bank, Guido’s Pizza next door to Pug Mahon’s and Navigate Art/Unreal.
For more information see Billings ArtWalk on Facebook or visit www.artwalkbillings.com or call 259-6563.