ArtWalk pairs with Christmas Stroll, First Friday

2012-12-06T11:00:00Z 2012-12-06T11:55:16Z ArtWalk pairs with Christmas Stroll, First Friday The Billings Gazette

Two new galleries will join the 29 other art galleries at the Holiday ArtWalk Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

ArtWalk has been a downtown Billings tradition for 18 years. Friday’s ArtWalk coincides with First Friday and the Christmas Stroll, where retail stores and restaurants stay open late, and special holiday entertainment is presented along the sidewalks.

A free bus will begin two-hour tours of the ArtWalk galleries at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Good Earth Market.

Maps will be available at each of the galleries or visit to download a copy.

Chinatown Gallery in the basement of the L & L Building, 2624 Minnesota Ave., opens its doors for its first ArtWalk. The gallery, which is housed in a building on the National Historic Register, will feature works by Fred DeFauw, Coila Evans, Lori Blaylock, Suzanne McPherson, Dominique Parks and Kevin Morgan.

Also joining ArtWalk is Limber Tree Yoga Studio, 212 N. 29th St. The studio will exhibit works by local artist Elizabeth Shumaker, who works in oil and acrylic. Her paintings are a reflection of a teaching, a realization, a dream or a story that she has received and benefited from.

Other highlights of the exhibits include:

Barjon’s Books, Music & Gifts, 223 N. 29th St., exhibits works by Billings painter Kira Fercho. Known for her modern impressionistic paintings, her work is in national galleries and museums.

Montana State University Billings Potters’ Guild and Art Students’ League will show work at the Downtown Campus, 2804 Third Ave. The Potters’ Guild is a student and community organization. The work represented in the exhibition will demonstrate the variety of ceramic work that is being made in the Ceramics Department at MSU Billings.

McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Ave., will show works by Bill and Phil Arbizzani.

Q’s Art & Framing, 1511 Sixth Ave. N., will present art and crafts from the students of its continuing education programs. A silent auction will be held to make the entire show available for sale to the public. The silent auction will end Dec. 21. In addition, there will be live art demonstrations and refreshments.

Harry Koyama Fine Art, 2509 Montana Ave., will be full of song on ArtWalk night with the voices of the Montana Melodies from Hardin. Come hear the songs of the season and see the latest work by Koyama.

Good Earth Market and Apple Gallery, 3024 Second Ave. N., features “Altered Vista,” a series of paintings by Sarah Morris. Morris spent years looking out at the miles of visibility in this “Last Best Place.” The Deli Café will serve its dinner special from 4:30-7 p.m., and live music will be provided by Lindsey Jacobsen.

Papa Bear Gallery, Montana Avenue, features work by students of retired Hardin art teacher Hector Alvarado, watercolors and ink drawings by Tom Mulford, and drawings, paintings and silk screens by Judd Thompson.

Babcock Theatre Arcade, Third Avenue North, features works by local professional photographer Phil Bell. A wide variety of photographic images can be seen that will range from classic and traditional to abstract and eccentric. Also enjoy live music by Justin Johnson, a singer/songwriter playing country and folk.

Kennedy’s Stained Glass, 2923 Second Ave N., features custom stained glass by Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld and team. Artwalkers will enjoy the festive atmosphere and beautiful color in the custom stained glass studio. The ornament of the year will be featured, a tradition that has been part of the studio for two years.

Billings Gallery of Fine Art, 118 N. Broadway, features art demonstrations by Pamela Earleywine and Victoria Franck Wetsch. Earleywine, a plein air landscape and wildlife painter from Livingston works mainly in oils. Wetsch will be presenting a new collection of encaustic work and demonstrating with all of the elements of the encaustic process including beeswax, fossilized resin and pigments.

Global Village, 2720 Third Ave. N., will feature pieces produced at Middle Ground Pottery from the Salvation Army Art program. The program started by Tana Patterson under the Billy Booth Fine Arts Factory is the Salvation Army’s art and music program for youth ages 6-18. Live music will be provided.

CTA Atrium Gallery, 13 N. 23rd St., shows new works by Cody Johnson and Justin Voeller.

Gallery Interiors, 2702 Second Ave. N., shows Joe Booth and his Santa Claus art, wildlife and figurative work. A professional artist since 1987, Booth’s choice of medium is charcoal and the human figure. Trained as a comic book illustrator, he is the founding member of the The Black Hand Group.

Lore Law Firm, 2921 Second Ave.N., will exhibit the first solo show of local photographer, Cherlyn Miller.

Navigate Art, 15 N. 26th St., will be hosting the artists of the Unreal for Artwalk. Unreal is a Billings-based company that features local and regional artists, musicians, fashion designers, photographers and culinary artists. Photography by Becky Brockie and Liv will be featured. Live jazz from 5-9 p.m.

Purple Sage Gallery, 2511 Montana Ave., Canadian artist and master member of the Oil Painters of America Neil Patterson will be on hand to discuss his work. Born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, his exposure to art and availability of supplies was limited. His work is famous for its use of bright vivid colors, applied straight from the tube with loose impressionistic brush strokes.

Sandstone Gallery, 2913 Second Ave. N., will feature works by members Gloria Mang (encaustics, fused glass, watercolors and photography and Sue Hammersmark (oils, watercolors and drawings.) The guest artist will be Dave Torrence, wood carver.

Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave., continues its presentation of "A Little Art Show," the gallery's biennial showing of small works. Artists were invited to submit artwork that conformed to dimensions no larger than 5 by 7 inches. This exhibit includes many different media and subject matter, and provides a compelling overview of the range of artwork being made in and around Billings.

Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St., free admission to see the current exhibits and shop Winterfair, an indoor arts and crafts festival presenting handmade jewelry, fine art, pottery, clothing and more. The Raven’s Café will be open for dinner. Live music by Chuck Holland.

Jason Jam Gallery, Suite 7 on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel, will display small oil and watercolor paintings of varied subjects including gardens, mountain landscapes and urban dwellings by Jam in addition to his cartoons.

Jens Gallery & Design, features “The Colors of Joy” showing the art of Lisa Ernst, Nicholas Bivins, Sean Heavey, Connie Jens, Lila Carpenter, Cy Kindsfather, Sue La Fountain, Jenny Moller, Tine DeWeese, and Gerald Kindsfather. This exhibit is a blend of paintings, sculpture, pottery, photography, drawings and jewelry.

Catherine Louisa Gallery, North Broadway, features works by Rob Akey, painter from Whitefish. Growing up in Montana, he spent summers working steel gangs,trail crews, and harvesting wheat. As a result he paints in his studio subjects that have stories that need to be told. His work are highly representational, yet emotional.

Stephen Haraden Studio, 2911 Second Ave. N., Suite 235, will present new paintings and Haraden will discuss his process. Also works in progress will be on display.

susang will open up her studio in Suite 8 in the Carlin Hotel on Artwalk. She will have new fine silver jewelry, bead embroidery art, handmade notecards, watercolors and pastels.

Billings Food Bank, 2112 Fourth Ave. N., will display the art of former executive director of the St. Vincent de Paul Center, Harry Merchant. Known for his generosity in the field of community service for years, we are invited to view his new passion: landscape painting. Refreshments will be served.

Other Artwalk stops include:

Prodigal Gallery

Level 504

Guido’s Pizzeria

Sunrise Studio & Art Gallery

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