Fall ArtWalk hits downtown Friday night

2012-10-05T00:10:00Z Fall ArtWalk hits downtown Friday night The Billings Gazette

Quilting demonstrations, new galleries, and live music will highlight the Friday night Fall ArtWalk in downtown Billings.

It takes place Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Twenty-six downtown galleries will feature new exhibits, demonstrations and opening receptions. The ArtWalkers Bus, sponsored by Walkers Grill, will begin its two-hour complimentary bus tour of the galleries at the Good Earth Market at 5 and 7 p.m. Live music and refreshments will be served.

Visit artwalkbillings.com to see the map.

Here are the exhibits:

The Billings Gallery of Fine Art, featuring art demonstrations by Maggi Neal and Susan Tantlinger. Victoria Franck Wetsch will be presenting a new collection of encaustics. The gallery exhibits both traditional and modern art by highly skilled and award-winning contemporary regional artists.

The Billings Food Bank will present quilt demonstrations by Barbara Scheppele and Debby Hernandez. In addition to displaying examples of hand-stitched quilts, the artists will show you how to needle-turn, piece, and finish quilts. Scheppele is a graphic designer, but several years ago entered a Baltimore Album quilt in MontanaFair and was named grand champion. Hernandez is the Yellowstone County Auditor and also an oil painter and master doll maker.

The Catherine Louisa Gallery will feature “Works on Paper” by a diverse group of well-known contemporary Montana artists during Artwalk.

CTA will host the Seventh Annual Messiah Festival Art from the Heart Auction that benefits the Meadowlark House, a free cancer-patient-lodging facility of St. Vincent’s. Twenty-four artists will be featured in the auction, which officially begins during Art Walk and continues online until the Dec. 2 performance of the Messiah Festival at the Alberta Bair Theater. A limited-edition poster of Carol Spielman’s oil painting “Heartfelt” will be sold for $15 during the auction.

Gallery Interiors will feature much-loved local artist and accomplished guitar painter Jim Poulson. A professional oil painter since 1978, Poulson’s first art show was at the Castle Gallery in Billings and his paintings included regional scenery, cozy cabins in snowy wintry scenes and still lifes. His style has evolved, yet he returns to refine and expand some of his early subject matter. He is influenced by Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) and the Taos Society of Artists.

Global Village, 2720 Third Ave. N., hosts weaving instructor and fiber enthusiast Jo Anne Voirin Setzer, who will demonstrate her art. Setzer is known for her use of recycled knitting and woven materials.

The Apple Gallery at Good Earth Market presents "Vegetables Aren’t Just Good For You," an exhibition highlighting a series of photographs by Michael Carl through Nov. 30. He will discuss his work at 6:30 p.m. Cellist Geneva Copeland will provide music during the event.

Guido’s Pizzeria hosts day manager Steve Brown's oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, which were completed in California where he studied under San Diego-based artist Benjamin Andrew Snyder.

Stephen Haraden will open his art studio for the public to visit at 2911 Second Ave. N., Ste. 235. Among the works he will show will be “Ramble,” which is constructed from portions of previous paintings and assembled into a new piece.

Jens Gallery & Design, 2822 Third Ave North, will showcase the work of ceramic artist Nicholas Bivins in “Fired Perfection.” Like fine sculpture created with masterful perfection and grace, his pottery elicits an emotional response from the viewer or user. Bivins pushes the medium to make forms that are sublimely practical and elegantly refined.

Bivins has been an artist in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation this past year as the recipient of the Matsutani Fellowship and the Rudio Autio Technology Grant.

Kennedy’s Stained Glass, 2923 Second Ave. N., will present the fused and painted glass work of fellow artist, Dione Roberts, owner of D&J’s Glassworks.

Level 504, 504 N. 20th St., will include live music with Drew Mullins and Audrey Campbell, art from fine woodworker Sidney Ayers, drawings from Kyle Trott, paintings by April O’Brien and Kirsten Horn Pett, and photographs by Justin Choriki.

McCormick Cafe features Sonja Caywood, an artist from Dayton, Wyo., who grew up in Montana. Her oil paintings primarily feature scenes from the Big Horn mountains.

“Effects of light, brushwork, and bold colors are key components of my art,” Caywood said. The more experience I gain, the more I rely on fundamentals learned in my year and a half as an art student at Sheridan College.”

Prodigal Gallery features Eastern Montana townscape paintings of Edd Enders and the Jungian-inspired paintings of Jackie Hud.

Purple Sage Gallery is featuring the work of Casper, Wyo., potter and art teacher Phil Smith. His work combines beauty, functionality and an appreciation of nature. New work will also be on view from gallery artists Janet Bedford, Greg Eiselein, Thomas English, John Felten, Susan Germer, Barbara Gerard-Mitchell, Dale Marie Muller, Diana Mysse, Tana Patterson, Neil Patterson, Dione Roberts, Judy Robertus, and others.


Q’s Art & Framing, 1511 Sixth Ave. N.,  will see the return of Montana artist, PJ Smith. The season of fall will be the subject of his impressionistic paintings, which combine thick layers of paint with thin layers of glazes, all applied with a palette knife. Jenny Marie O’Dell will have an assortment of her poetry, in addition to her photographs and paintings. She will be creating pastel caricatures for ArtWalkers to own with a charitable donation.

Sandstone Gallery will include the works by gallery artists Lana Bittner and Jim Rennie. The guest artist is Tom Wolfe from Red Lodge.

Susan Germer and Jason Jam invite Artwalkers to the second floor of the Carlin Hotel at 2505 Montana Ave. to see their art studios from 5-9 p.m. New fine silver jewelry, bead embroidery art, handmade note cards, watercolors and pastels can be seen in Susan's studio in Suite 8. “Black as Ink” in the Jason Jam Studio in Suite 7 will feature ink, pencil, and oil illustrations depicting the dark, the humorous, and the macabre. This will be Jam’s second ArtWalk showing and he promises to make ArtWalkers both laugh and cringe.

Toucan Gallery introduces new glass artist to the Billings art scene, Kathy Burk. Living in Bozeman, Burk works with a variety of techniques including mosaic and kiln forming. She transforms raw glass into a wide variety of forms and expressions. Taking her inspiration from the abundant and evolving natural environment that defines Montana, Burk has developed a body of work that includes both abstract and figurative wall hangings; a variety of functional plates, platters and trays; and an ongoing series of wall sconces and lighting fixtures. For ArtWalk, Toucan will also be showing new work by Lewistown encaustic artist Susan Gellner and Montana mixed-media artist Holly Manneck, as well as new handcrafted jewelry from Wyoming artist Kelsey McDonnell.

Yellowstone Art Museum will be having Jam at the YAM with Justin Johnson in the courtyard (weather permitting) during ArtWalk. Visitors can also view the current exhibits including, "Body of Work: Figural Work from the Permanent Collection," "Treasured Views," and "Herb & Dorothy: Fifty Works for Fifty States."

Other gallery stops include Barjon’s Books, Harry Koyama Fine Art, Lore Law Firm, Navigate Art, and Sunrise Studio.

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