Poetry, live music, art demonstrations, and works by artists as big as Salvador Dali are all on tap during tonight's Fall ArtWalk from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Billings.
There are 23 stops to choose from, on what is traditionally the best-attended ArtWalk of the year. ArtWalk is free and open to all.
Downtown businesses, including The Soup Place, Brockels Chocolates, and Das Kuchenhaus Bakery will be in the Arcade at the Babcock Theatre offering a variety of food. The Fun Express Bus will begin its free two-hour tour of the galleries at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Good Earth Market/Wetzel parking lot and at 6:15 p.m. at Level 504.
Highlights for the October ArtWalk follow:
Photographer Michael Jennings will sign prints and show his award-winning images at Q's Art and Frame, 1511 Sixth Ave. N. Jennings won Best of Show and two first-place ribbons at the 2011 MontanaFair. Artists will be painting in the studio and Café DeCamp will furnish finger food and nutritious juices and soups.
McCormick Cafe, 2419 Montana Ave., is showing works by watercolor artists J.R. Stout, from Sheridan, Wyo., and Paul Arbizzani.
Navigate Art, above the Don Luis Restaurant on North 26th Street, will feature photographer Becky Brockie, digital artist Shawn Abel and painter Pablo Hidalgo. Brockie and her brother/writer Joe Ouldhouse contrived a simple Poe-inspired love story that is depicted through a photographic series. Abel, associated with Solo Graphics, will present digitally created oil paintings, vehicle graphics and a plan to turn an entire section of downtown Billings into an art gallery. Hidalgo's art is a standard feature at his family's restaurant, Don Luis. Working with pencil and paint, he tells the stories of individuals and scenes that have touched his heart.
Billings Gallery of Fine Art, located in the Babcock Theatre building on North Broadway and Second Avenue North, will show works by jeweler Julie Karnos, who works in hot glass. The gallery is also hosting "Art Celebration," both an exhibition and a fundraiser. A portion of the sales made during ArtWalk will help fund the Billings Art Association Images Art Grant, which is designed to expand art opportunities for teachers and students in School District 2. A People's Choice Award will be presented to the chosen artist. Gallery director and artist Victoria Franck Wetsch works with more than 20 regional artists.
Jens Gallery & Design, 2822 3rd Ave. No., is hosting "As Autumn Slids In..." featuring ceramic artist Candace Forrette and landscape painter Jenny Moller.
The show evokes a true sense of the autumn experience with Forrette's smoky glazes on wood —fired ceramic forms and Moller's brush strokes and vibrant palette defining her landscape portraits. Haiku poems, written especially for this show, echo familiar autumn experience as well as underscore the art, and gallery patrons are invited to choose one for their own. The gallery is also showing works by Nicholas Bivins, Lisa Ernst, Gerald Kindsfather, Connie Jens Kindsfather, Shirley Shirley, Lila Carpenter and Sue LaFountain.
Elizabeth Shumaker will exhibit paintings at Barjon's Books, 223 N. 29th St. Shumaker first started to paint 10 years ago when she was a student in Sue Dolan's art class at West High. In addition to her art, she runs a healing arts business.
"Each of my paintings is a reflection of a teaching, a realization, a transmission, a dream or a story I have received," Shumaker said.
Montana oil painter Laura Blue Palmer will be exhibiting at the Fisher Business Center, 2711 1st Ave. N. Palmer studied fine art at the University of Montana and has her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. She returned to Montana in 2000 and makes her home in Bozeman.
"I have a true passion for the wild spaces of the West, as I document my experiences of nature in evocative abstract atmospheric landscapes. My work is as much about memory as it is about place," Palmer said.
Sandstone Gallery, 2913 2nd Ave. N., presents works by four highly different types of artists for ArtWalk, including gallery member Doris Eccles. Her award-winning oil and acrylic paintings feature landscapes from the area, including the national parks.
Author Sharie Pyke will sign copies of her new book during ArtWalk. She wrote her first book at age 10 and has been writing ever since. Her self-published book, "A Crowd of Three," is available at the Sandstone Gallery.
Michael Cruzan, photographer and partner in Photographic Solutions, will show outdoor and nature photography.
"The small things in the outdoors that most people walk by, are the things that I enjoy shooting the most," he said.
David Knows His Gun, a guitarist from Crow Agency, will play classical guitar works and some of his own compositions.
Prairie Blossoms, 225 N. Broadway, will feature Tim and Lori Trafford and their Red Sky design "koozies," which are handcrafted out of cowhide, leather, bison/buffalo or beaver. The Traffords design and sew all of their creations made for coffee, soda or beer cans, and water bottles.
Cline Fine Art of Montana, North Broadway, will be showing six Salvador Dali graphic works among their offerings. These works are all authenticated by Albert Field (Dali's close friend) in his book entitled "The Complete Catalogue of the Graphic Works of Salvador Dali." The principal piece in the show is "Savage Beasts of the Desert" and contains the actual signed authentication by Albert Field.
Sunrise Studio and Art Gallery, 2923 Montana Ave., features watercolors by Lance Johnson, whose style invites you into the painting and takes you on a virtual tour of the beauty that Montana offers. Guest artists will include photographer Kitty Kolden and pointillism artist Willy Barker.
Global Village, 2720 3rd Ave. N., will present Peru Artisans, which is a grassroots project developed to provide weavers, fiber artists and ceramic craftsmen and women from the highlands of Peru with an alternative means to sell their finely handcrafted arts.
The Sixth Annual Messiah Festival Art from the Heart auction and poster from the St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation will kick off the viewing of the art and bidding at CTA, 13 N. 23rd St. The auction will continue for two months, ending on Dec. 4 at the Messiah Festival at the Alberta Bair Theater. To view and bid on the art online visit auctions.svfoundation.org. Contributing artists include Russell Chatham, Michiko Conklin, Tom Dean, Kira Fercho, Carol Hagan, Marilyn Beth Hughes, Bette Jaedicke, Harry Koyama, Eloise Oviatt, Mary Peters, Edna Schiltz, Linda Snider, Ben Stringer, Carolyn Thayer, Helen Tolliver, Robert Tompkins, Barbara Van Cleve, Laurie Wertman and Jessica Zemsky. In addition, the Sixth Annual Messiah Festival limited edition poster of Stringer's oil painting, "Yellowstone Moonrise" is being sold during ArtWalk for $15 to raise money for the Meadowlark House.
Come celebrate fall at the Purple Sage Gallery, 2511 Montana Ave. Weather permitting there will be warm, fresh kettle corn available. Among those artists showing are Janet Bedford, Greg Eiselein, Thomas English, John Felten, Berna Loy Ost, Dale Marie Muller, Diana Mysse, Judy Robertus, Carolyn Thayer, Robert Tompkins, Shirle Wempner, Buffalo Gals Designs and Mountain Stonewear.
Bailiwick Gallery on Tour showcases 12 artists at Rock Creek Coffee Roasters, 124 N. Broadway. Featured artists include Susan Leverton with lambscapes and woven shawls, Susan Brandt with felted purses, Monica Maristuen with mixed media, JoAnn Levine with jewelry, Patti Rose with watercolors, Carrie Hannah Sharp with pottery, Lavonne Girardin with painted glass and wood, Danielle Stone with watercolors and enameled jewelry, Gina Brott with acrylics, Karen Johnson with landscapes, Tami Dayley with jewelry, and introducing Carol Murray with acrylics using bead embellishment.
Billings artist Susan Germer will have her Montana Avenue studio, susang, open for visitors during ArtWalk. Her creations include fine silver jewelry, bead embroidery art, watercolors and pastels. New work will include copper jewelry and original watercolor note cards.
The Apple Gallery at the Good Earth Market, 3024 2nd Ave. N., will host a reception for the exhibit "Transitions" by Sarah Morris, who delves into the magnificent landscapes of the state.
"Rather than attempting to achieve photorealism, I'd like to show what Montana is to me in my soul," she said.
Peter Tolton will present a poetry reading and there will be a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. Musician Lindsey Jacobsen will perform throughout the evening.
Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave., will showcase work by Toucan artists, including new small paintings by Kelsey McDonnell and Allison O'Donnell, handmade jewelry by Simply Eve Designs and Wyoming Creative, new pottery by Theresa Gong and Fallen Leaf Pottery by Matt Guenthner.
Level 504, 504 N. 20th St., will feature open art studios and a close-out sale by Rich Clawson, creator of Level 504. Clawson, who is leaving the 504 after the Christmas Artwalk, is offering for sale numerous funky items that he has collected over the last 28 years. This includes a completely restored 1920s Kelvinator apartment stove and a desk that folds up into a brief case. Twenty percent of the sale proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Arts Enrichment program, which is The Billy Booth Fine Art's Factory. There will be a preview of the sale items at 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 7.
Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St., features "Capture the Moment: the Pulitzer Prize Photos," "splash of Paint, Flash of Stelle," and "Neltje." From 5:30 to 8 p.m., the museum hosts Jam at the YAM featuring acoustic guitarist Justin Jackson in the cafe. Free appetizers will be provided.
Other participating galleries include: Billings Food Bank, 2112 4th Ave. N.; Harry Koyama Fine Art, 2509 Montana Ave.; and Prodigal Gallery, 2517 Montana Ave.
For more information, visit artwalkbillings.com, follow Billings Artwalk on Facebook, or call 259-6563.