The Billings Outpost

Summer ArtWalk shows best of regional artists

More than two dozen art galleries and businesses host free receptions for local and regional artists during the Summer ArtWalk.

The ArtWalk runs from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, downtown. Maps are at the galleries and on Page 19 of this issue of the Outpost.

Among the highlights:

• The Western Heritage Center is holding its Western Artists of America show, which runs through Aug. 31.

• The work of Billings artist Mana Lesman is shown at Barjon’s Books. Ms. Lesman calls her work “graphic surrealism.” Many pieces are concerned with the history of the written word, belief systems and the forms of decoration humans have invented to adorn the objects in our world. 

• Big Sky Cheap Trees shows works by Kerry Epley and Kevyn Pust. Ms. Epley says her son is her greatest inspiration: “I believe I am a super creative genius ... a very abstract artist, and given more space to paint, my possibilities would become limitless.” Mr. Pust, a 17-year-old from Bozeman, says his “exhibit is based completely on space and nature all painted with cans of spray paint.”

• At CTA Architects, artist Dick Moulden says, “I try to put on canvas what I see in nature, and hope the viewer sees something that reminds him or her of a special place or time.”

• Canvas, a local volunteer-powered arts advocacy collective, holds a “reverse auction” in connection with its Extended Exposure exhibition at the Babcock Theater arcade. Live music and refreshments are included. For information, go to

• Photographer Ellen Erikson, who has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Seattle University, shows “A Selection of Photographs” at Good Earth Market. She says, “I shoot the vast majority of my photographs on film, developing the negatives and prints myself. The darkroom is my sanctuary.” Recently she has been working on “old school” techniques that require even more of a hands-on approach.

• Stephen Haraden shows his newest paintings and discusses his works in progress at the Stephen Haraden Studio.

• Jens Gallery opens a new exhibit, “Sticks and Stones,” with an artist’s reception during ArtWalk. The work of two Montana artists is showcased: jewelry artist Kris Kramer of Whitefish and furniture designer Todd Clippinger of Billings. Metal sculptor Laura Walker of Montana State University Billings is the featured student artist of the show. Her work “gives objects a second chance through the fabrication of steel.” 

• At McCormick Café, artist Terri Porta is a Billings native who drew inspiration from her 3-year-old son, Isaac. Work in photography, original oils and a few acrylic masterpieces are shown. Austin Martin plays live music.

• The Toucan Gallery features two artists whose work was recently brought to Billings by the gallery. Ryan Mitchell is a potter from Bozeman whose ceramic vessels represent a stated goal to create beautiful objects meant for everyday use. Brian Reed founded Old School Stationers in Portland, Ore., in 2004. He and his wife, Amy, work without computers, using techniques and equipment from an earlier era.

• The Sandstone Gallery shows pottery and paintings by Jennifer Baretta, paintings and sculptures by Leo Olson and turned wooden bowls by guest artist Gary Lavine. Live music is provided.

• Terry Moore Photographers Studio shows art on the theme of water, drawing on the work of the African Reflections Foundation, which builds wells in African villages.

 She recently made a trip to African, and ArtWalk also showcases the work of photographer Jeff Reiter.


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