The 20th season of ArtWalk in downtown Billings kicks off on Friday, May 2, from 5 to 9 p.m. with 25 galleries and businesses showcasing art, music and demonstrations.
Two new galleries have crossed the railroad tracks and joined Chinatown Gallery on Minnesota Avenue, including Anderson Art Studio & Gallery, 2706 Minnesota Ave., and Big Sky Blue Gallery, 2702 Minnesota Ave.
The ArtWalk bus has retired so organizers encourage patrons to walk, ride their bikes or catch one of the three rickshaws that will be cruising around downtown on Friday night, courtesy of David Dean Young and Jason Jam. The pedal-cab drivers will not charge for their services but will welcome tips.
Visit www.billingsartwalk.com to get a copy of the map or pick one up at any of the venues.
Following are highlights for ArtWalk:
Catherine Louisa Gallery, 118 North Broadway, “Altered Moments: Works with Found Photographs by Jane Waggoner Deschner.
“I appropriate everything — photographs taken by others — fonts and embroidery stitches created by others,” Deschner said.
Sandstone Gallery, 2913 Second Ave. N., will feature the oil paintings of Sue Hammersmark and the photography of John Havener, both long time members of the cooperative art gallery. Jolene Yellowrobe will be the featured guest artist with her oils.
CTA’s spring show will be the annual Billings Art Association exhibit. The Billings Art Association is a nonprofit community-based publicly supported arts organization. The exhibit will include a wide range of media and showcase the different talents of its members including Phil Bell, Ev Bergeron and others.
Good Earth Market and the Apple Gallery will show the work of native Wyoming artist, April O’Brien, and feature music by the Americana band, Satsang. O’Brien’s art expresses her deep fantasies and vivid dreams. She will show a range of media including photography and acrylics.
Level 504, 421 North 20th Street, has changed its name to Trulove Studio. They are pleased to present the following artists for the May ArtWalk: Stacy Ruckstad (mosaics); Matthew O’Brien (mixed media); Patrick and Justin Choriki (photography); Hawk and Thistle with Nick and Vickie Nichols; and Charlie Haagenson (Western art). There will also be bluegrass music by Song Dog Serenade with Paddy Moore.
Clark Marten Photography, 2606 Montana Ave., will feature photography of flowers. New this year, Marten has created a calendar that features select art pieces each month. At May’s ArtWalk they will give May, June and July calendars to all who visit the studio. Ten Billings Central High School students will also be exhibiting their art.
Jens Gallery & Design at 2822 Third Ave N., features “Patterns Upon Patterns” and new work by Lisa Ernst. Her porcelain pottery with hand-painted designs are drawn from nature and feature watercolor glazes described as “holding a Monet in your hands.” The gallery is also featuring “Nature Girls II,” a whimsical collaboration between Billings’ artists Gerald Kindsfather and Connie Jens.
Kennedy’s Stained Glass at 2923 Second Ave. N., will display “The Tree of Knowledge” for the May ArtWalk. It will continue to be on display through May 9 before it leaves Billings to be installed in University of Montana Western in Dillon.
“The Tree of Knowledge” has been designed to be an interactive piece with disciplines of education hidden throughout the tree and window. The art glass piece measures 16 feet by 8 feet.
Anderson Art Studio & Gallery, 2706 Minnesota Ave., has invited Keith Feely and his FossilArt to exhibit. Feely is an avid outdoorsman and has explored much of Montana by foot and observing and recording our more recent western heritage and the historical remnants of the ancient civilizations that came before us.
The Northern Hotel will present its mix of artists in the hotel lobby along with food and beverages. Artists include The Girl Who Ran Away with the Spoon (vintage silverware jewelry), Ashley Prange (photography), Charlene Magargal (rebound journals), Cassy Crafton Kramer (504 Pottery) and Steve Kuennen/Robin Earles (printmaking).
Big Sky Blue Gallery will feature art by the owner, Dana Zier, and also guests including other artists in her family. “Though my paintings vary in subject, they are all part of the vast landscape of Montana and my family’s part of that landscape,” Zier said.
Global Village shows photography by Cindy Hummel from her world travels of the Far East.
The Billings Food Bank features Leland W. Stewart, a member of the Crow Whistling Water and Knight Hawks Society. Raised in Crow Agency, he grew up on his grandparents’ ranch surrounded by horses. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., and Rocky Mountain College.
Toucan Gallery will show paintings by Romanian visual artist, Cristina Simona Marian Albin. Painting since kindergarten, she studied art in middle school and then moved away from home to study at a fine arts high school in Romania’s capital, Bucharest. She went on to attend the National University of Fine Arts in Bucharest graduating in 2003. Her career is validated not only by the quality of her artwork but by the fact that she has supported herself as an artist since she was 14 years old.
She moved to the United States in 2013 and currently makes her home and studio in Bozeman.
She used bold, bright colors to depict cheerful characters in magical settings in her acrylic on wood panel paintings. Inspired by childhood, her paintings are conceived to transport viewers into their own imaginations, perhaps discovering memories of their own youth along the way. This will be the first exhibit of her work in Billings.
Susang, in the Carlin Hotel, 2501 Montana Ave., shows work by Billings artist, Susan Germer. She has been creating fine silver jewelry since 2004 and is certified to teach the precious metal clay process.
McCormick Café will host two local Billings’ artists, Ev Bergeron and Jim Vincent. Bergeron’s favorite subjects are Montana landscapes in watercolor, but her new works are done with a rogue technique of metallic and oil.
Vincent is the designer and founding co-director of the Welch Heart Center and past chairman of cardiology at Billings Clinic. His pastel work has been shown in juried shows in the region and is available at The Depot Gallery in Red Lodge.
Stephen Haraden’s Studio, 2911 Second Ave. N., exhibits colorful art created by applying pieces cut from Haraden’s previous paintings and applying them to a new canvas. He then adds paint and charcoal to complete the image.
The Yellowstone Art Museum invites ArtWalkers to view “Face to Face, Wall to Wall,” an extraordinary exhibit that explores contemporary approaches to portraiture and “Un/Conscious Bent: A Survey of Regional Surrealism.” Free admission from 5-9 pm along with Jam at the YAM featuring Justin Johnson.
Underground Culture Krew, 2814 Third Ave. N., will feature all 10 of its members and their works, including photographers Kristin Rude and Jenna Martin, fused glass artist Gloria Mang, potter Tina Jensen and five local graffiti artists andone out-of-state graffiti artist. By mid May, the studio is opening a new downtown location at 12 N. 29th St.
Jason Jan Gallery, second floor of the Carlin Hotel, 2501 Montana Ave.e, shows “Comics,” the younger brother of fine art. Come laugh at the most recent collection of hilarious new comics by Jam.
Chinatown Gallery, 2645 Minnesota Ave., will include new work by its regular members with an emphasis on the paintings of Roundup artist, Coila Evans. Evans took her first painting class in 2008 and has been painting since. She paints from life and photographs as well as in the field-plein air. Her style is impressionistic but with a sense of realism made by loose strokes and a variety of textures.
Tompkins Fine Art, 2511 Montana Ave., will show works by Sarah Morris, their newest member. All of their regular artists will also show work and several will be on hand to meet visitors to the gallery and answer questions.
Gallery Interiors, 2702 Second Ave N., is celebrating spring with artwork and home accessories featuring “Birds and Barnyards.” Their artists include Bob Barlow, Joseph Booth, Dennis Boyd, Barbara Butler, Jessica Durnell Smith, Greg Eislein, Loren Entz, John Felten, Connie Herberg, Gerald Kindsfather, James LeBar, Cyndie Mohseni, James Poulson, Jeff Schaezle, Kevin D. Showell, C. David Swanson, Tom Temple, Robert Tompkins, and Susie Van Pelt.
Guido’s Pizzeria, 3011 First Ave. N., will offer both art and a piece of pizza on ArtWalk.