Rickshaws, kites, return of Rogue Gallery highlight ArtWalk

2014-07-31T10:45:00Z Rickshaws, kites, return of Rogue Gallery highlight ArtWalk The Billings Gazette

Rickshaws will be on the streets downtown to help transport people Friday night during ArtWalk from 5 to 9 p.m.

Twenty-seven venues will be open for receptions featuring local and regional artists. Maps are available at all of the ArtWalk venues or you can visit artwalkbillings.com to download a copy.

The Save the Murals committee members from Billings Senior High School will be at Sandstone Gallery and Toucan Gallery with information on their fundraising events.

The group is raising money to restore and preserve more than 100 historic murals on Senior High’s walls in conjunction with the school’s 75th anniversary.

Rogue Art Gallery returns to the scene in conjunction with a multimedia collaboration, “The Tug of War.” They will be performing and showing new works during ArtWalk in Billings Open Studio, 2814 Second Ave N.

“The Tug of War” combines dance, poetry, acting, spoken word and canvas artwork produced by more than 30 local and national artists. ArtWalk will offer a preview of their premiere on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Billings Open Studio.

On display with this installation are 30 individual canvases by Vincent Severo and an 8-foot abstract triptych created by Kira Fercho. For more information, visit www.tugogwar14.blogspot.com.

The Rogue Gallery will include works by Cody Meyer, Jenna Christensen, Hollie Paris, Aaron Nathan and Noah Bourn. DJs Alto, Benefit, and Eros will be on the decks playing down-tempo house, trip-hop and other electronic music.

Photographers Kristin Carroll, Tony Anderson, Bryce Turcotte and Ted Kim will show new works as part of their collaborative pop-up exhibit, “Music and Motion.” The exhibit, which is only up for ArtWalk, explores the relationship between the physical body and the emotional transiency of music.

Other highlights follow:

Anderson Art Studio & Gallery, 2706 Minnesota Ave., featuring paintings of East Rosebud Lake by Laura Anderson. She and her husband, Karl Morledge, were the caretakers of the East Rosebud Lake Association from 2005 to 2010. Living at this isolated lake, Anderson experienced everything from bright sunny days to those with 130 mph winds. The lake, with its towering peaks nearing 11,000 feet and its very own “Sleeping Giant,” is a painter’s dream, she said.

Connie Dillon and her new studio on the second floor of the historic Carlin Hotel, 2501 Montana Ave., will be open for the summer ArtWalk. Joining fellow artists Susan Germer and Jason Jam, Dillon features a selection of large framed format photographs and 6-inch-by-6-inch paintings of interiors framed in shadow boxes with miniatures that complement the scenes.

Riverstone Health’s Lil Anderson Center, 2626 First Ave. S., is joining ArtWalk to showcase photography of Montana scenery, flowers and animals in the wild by Drs. Mike Geurin, Mike Downing and Rory Rogina.

Global Village, 2720 Third Ave. N., welcomes young artists from the Summer Art Academy held at Rocky Mountain College in June. The exhibit features kites, watercolors, acrylics, drawings, jewelry, costume designs and prints from the young artists (ages 8-14) attending the camp. Refreshments will be served with some extra special treats from Velvet Cravings.

Sandstone Gallery, 2913 Second Ave N., will feature the pastels of member artist Louise Payovich and the watercolors of member artist Dick Cottril. Guest artist will be well-known local watercolor artist Michiko Conklin.

Jens Gallery & Design, opened its second location with new shows at each gallery, 2822 and 2824 Third Ave. N. The work of two contemporary female artists, Chris Romine and Jenny Moller, is being showcased.

Romine, a Billings native who exhibits throughout the Seattle area, is a mixed-media artist whose passion for color and texture is unmistakable as is her inventive use of materials.

Moller, a Billings artist known for her bold acrylic landscapes, has just completed a series focusing on the Rimrocks. Her work explores form and color from different perspectives, giving viewers pause to consider beauty as well as vulnerability.

Dana Zier, owner of Big Sky Blue Gallery at 2702 Minnesota Ave., is collaborating with professional women from Montana and Indiana to bring a special group to the gallery.

“This show magnifies the love on nature and creative connections that bond these different artists and cultures and result in new inspiring art,” Zier said.

Guest artists will include watercolor artist Rena Brouwer, art educators and mother-daughter artistic team Doris Myers and Bonnie Zimmer, oil painter and Billings resident Laura Anderson, local artist Mary Blain, fiber artist Mary Ann Van Soest, and photographer Margaret Weber, who is Zier’s daughter.

McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Ave., will host the Billings Art Association with an all-membership show featuring 60 pieces through Aug. 30. Sales of the art will generate funding for art education charitable purposes: BAA Art Education Grant Funding or IMAGE grants. BAA is an organization of 119 regional artists who gather to share information and provide education to its members.

The Northern Hotel will feature in its lobby a group of local artists representing a variety of media including the digital photo overlay work on brushed aluminum by native Billings artist Ashley Prange.

Prange’s graphic-design and ceramics backgrounds influence the way she manipulates and builds her work. She loves to take a photo and bring it to life, whether than means building it into a large metal photo sculpture, or even in her prints using metallic paper to draw out shadows and highlights.

The Yellowstone Art Museum will exhibit kites and paintings by artist-in-residence John Pollock. An art professor at MSU Billings from 1974 to 2010, Pollock has had his art exhibited widely. His works can be found in collections around the country, including the Yellowstone Art Museum’s permanent collection. Admission to the museum is free during ArtWalk.

The Jason Jam Gallery, on the second floor of the historic Carlin Hotel at 2501 Montana Ave., will present the second annual “Super Cute Fun Show,” a combined art show of works by Jason and his wife, Wendy. Wendy Jam loves knitting and crocheting creatures. Jason loves painting and drawing monsters. The show features eight new dolls with corresponding ink and watercolor illustrations.

Underground Culture Krew — in their new location at 12 North 29th St., just north of the Army Navy Store — will feature its newest gallery member, photographer Ellen Kuntz. Her exhibit, titled “Bang,” is a self-portrait series that explores modern-day vices in consumer culture.

Of her work, she says “I go by the standard if I shocked my mother, then I know I did a good job.”

Culture Krew is also exhibiting work by other gallery artists — Kristin Rude, Jenna Martin, Gloria Mang, Tina Jensen and Crystal Rieker — and five local graffiti artists.

Gallery Interiors, 2702 Second Ave. N. will feature the figurative drawings of Joseph Booth. He was trained as a comic-book artist only to find out what he loved about the medium was the figures, not the confined spaces of the panels on a page.

Booth will be on hand along with live bluegrass music from the house band. Other gallery artists include Bab Barlow, Dennis Boyd, Barbara Butler, Jessica Durnell Smith, Greg Eislein, Loren Entz, John Felten, Connie Herberg, Jim LeBar, James Poulson, Jeff Schaezle, Luci Scott, Kevin Showell, C. David Swanson, Tom Temple, Robert Tompkins, Joseph Trakimas and Susie Van Pelt.

Susan Germer will open her studio at 2501 Montana Ave., No. 8, on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel. She exhibits silver jewelry, photography, watercolor notecards, bead embroidery, and pastels.

Catherine Louisa Gallery will hold the grand opening of its new space at 103 N. Broadway, with catering from Bin 119.

Tompkins Fine Art, 2511 Montana Ave., presents two new artists at the August ArtWalk: Connie Herberg and Mia DeLode.

Herberg’s home and studio are located in Shepherd. “Each day, I am moved to create,” she says of her work. “I am driven by the desire to say it differently, interpret it more expressively, or make it more delicious. I bring to canvas or verse an interpretation of my own vision.”

DeLode is a fourth-generation rancher from central Montana. She is an accomplished painter, sculptor and writer of the culture, animals, people and humor that are unique to western living. Her oil paintings are bold in color and texture using thin glazes, heavy brush strokes and a palette knife.

Stop by the Stephen Haraden Studio, 2911 Second Ave. N., Suite 235, to see a selection of Haraden’s painting collages. Also on view will be “What I Did This Summer” works done silk or felt as well as examples from teaching in the Summer Art Academy at Rocky Mountain College.

CTA Architects Engineers, 13 N. 23rd St., will present the CTA Employee Art Show, featuring both 2D and 3D mixed-media works.

Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave., will feature the ceramic works of Great Falls artist Don Hanson. When demand for his work began to grow in the 1970s, not long after graduating from what is now MSU Billings, Hanson devoted himself to making and marketing his pottery full time. Hanson specializes in functional stoneware, dinnerware sets and fine porcelain as well as commissions, corporate gifts and urns for funeral homes.

A variety of Hanson’s work will be on display, and Hanson will be at Toucan to discuss his work.

Good Earth Market, 3024 Second Ave. N., invites ArtWalk participants to join them for a new event. In the spirit of Recycle, Reuse and Cooperation, the Good Earth crew will be re-purposing unwanted items into new works of art. Come in to check out both fun and eclectic creations from 5 to 9 p.m.

In February, Clark Marten was the second person to own an IQ250 back that joins to a Phase One medium format camera. The result? Images almost three times as sharp as a 35mm camera.

“Digital medium format cameras have been around for awhile but haven’t been used much in the portrait industry — mostly just in the fashion industry and with landscape artists,” says Clark.” When you enlarge a family portrait shot with a 35mm, clarity is lost in the faces. This new camera takes incredibly sharp images.”

In Marten’s gallery on Montana Avenue, there is a 36-inch full-length image of a woman in a red dress.

“On a closer look, and you can see the goose bumps on her arms. On the computer when I zoom in on her eye, you can see her contact lenses.”

ArtWalkers will be able to pick up the gift August, September and October calendars, compliments of Clark Marten.

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