The Terpsichore Dancers performing on Montana Avenue will be a highlight of the ArtWalk on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Billings.
Twenty-seven galleries will feature receptions, free to the public, to honor artists and their new work. Maps are available at all of the participating galleries. The ArtWalk bus will begin its free ride to the galleries beginning at 5 p.m. at the Good Earth Market.
The following galleries are offering a drawing for a free gift from their stop on ArtWalk: Lore Law, Stephen Haraden, Barjon’s, Billings Food Bank, Billings Gallery of Fine Art, Big Sky Cheap Tees, and Catherine Louisa Gallery. Visit www.artwalkbillings.com to download a copy of the map and plan your self-guided tour.
Highlights of the ArtWalk:
The Billings Art Association will hold its annual auction to benefit the “Images: Art in the Schools” grant at CTA, 13 N. 23rd. St. Featured artists will include Jeannette Magstadt and Phil Bell. In addition, a string quintet from the Billings Community Orchestra will play.
Kennedy’s Stained Glass, 2923 2nd Ave. N., will present spring-inspired art glass from Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld and her team of craftswomen.
The Apple Gallery in the Good Earth Market, 3024 2nd Ave. N., will feature “GEM of a Staff” through July 26. The artistic endeavors of the staff will include stained glass, oil paintings, metalwork, photography, pottery and fused dichroic glass jewelry. There will also be live music from Peter Tolton and deli specials.
The Yellowstone Art Museum will open its doors, free of charge to ArtWalkers, to view “Broken Brushes: German Art from Kaiser to Hitler” and “Insomnia” by Michael Zansky. Also Joanne Berghold from Livingston, author of “Old Windows-Old Doors” will sign copies of her book. Desja Eagle Tail will provide live music at Jam at the YAM.
Level 504, 504 North 20th St., will host an array of artists and open studios. Aaron Nathan, Laurie DeWar, Syd Ayers (fine woodworking), Michelle Dyk (installation), Matt Taggart (installation and performance), Nick Olson and No Creative (photography studio), Blake Eden (handcrafted small clutches and handbags) and Lynne Thorpe, artist and former instructor from Northwest College in Powell. Live music from Justin Choriki and Donna Ayers.
Barjon’s, 223 North 29th St., will host Billings woodcarver Russ Bessette. Owner of Wyoming Willow Sticks, he does custom carving on diamond willow and other woods. He harvests his own wood, strips the bark, and uses hand tools to shape and refine, adding embellishments.
The Catherine Louisa Gallery, 120 North Broadway, will present the work of Ted Waddell. His abstract subjects merge with his illusionary background that implies the vastness and simplicity of the Western landscape.
Sandstone Gallery, 2913 2nd Ave. N., will feature gallery artist and graphite artist Jeanie Broveak. As an artist, Broveak believes that her special gift for drawing is a style that brings to life the very character of each subject.
Guest artist will be Cliff Potts. Potts was raised in Custer. At the age of 15, he contracted polio. He lost the use of his arms and legs and spent many months in an iron lung. Today he uses a tongue-controlled electric “golden arm” to manipulate his own left arm and produces original pen and ink, watercolors and oils, as well as limited-edition prints and cards. He has a bachelor's degree in art from MSU Billings and a master's degree in counseling.
Gallery Interiors, 2702 2nd Ave. N., will feature Belt Mountain Rustic Home Furnishings, a regional business that creates unique home furnishings from harvested and found antlers. This is functional art that is also beautiful, and Russ Friede is the artist behind these one-of-a-kind pieces. Friede is an avid hunter and horn collector. Out of his passion for horn collecting he developed a desire to build and create home furnishings from antlers.
MSU Billings Potters Guild and the Red Lodge Clay Center residents will exhibit at the del Alma Gallery & Studio, 2507 Montana Ave. The Clay Center residents conducted a two-day workshop in April at MSU Billings, demonstrating their techniques to the Potters’ Guild. The pieces in this show will reflect the work produced in the workshop. Two sales per semester raise money for MSU Billings potters to attend the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, host visiting artists and buy studio equipment.
Jens Studio & Gallery presents “Give Me Color!!!” at 2822 3rd Ave N., through May. Both abstract and realistic, this exhibit is an interaction of color, pattern, form and design. See it in Sue La Fountain’s metal sculpture, Lila Carpenter’s cabochon pendants, Lisa Ernst’s hand-etched pottery, Jenny Moller’s acrylic landscapes, Frances Boetcher’s bold floral paintings, and Gerald Kindsfather’s sculptural forms in wood, metal or fiberglass.
Underground Culture Krew opens its first ArtWalk exhibit at 2814 3rd Ave N. by featuring the work of artist, art educator (public schools and college level), and gallery owner from Shell, Wyo. Karyne Dunbar. Her work has been purchased by the Bradford Brinton Museum and the Yellowstone Art Museum. The President of Ireland presented her bronze of Celtic warrior Queen Maeve to the Granuaille Center on the west coast of Ireland. Gallery artists Sonni Senger, Vincent Severo, Gloria Mang, Kristin Rude, Sheri Gustke, Nic Beckman, Emma Prosser, Jack Sease and Cyrem Graffiti will also be exhibiting new works.
Stop by the Stephen Haraden Studio, 2911 2nd Ave. N., to view his latest completed pieces as well as works in progress. Also for the first time, see Haraden’s miniature gallery of small framed paintings priced at $50 or less.
Lore Law Firm, 2921 2nd Ave. N., hosts a reception for Billings painter Sarah Morris. “I’ve spent years looking out at the endless miles of visibility in this ‘Last Best Place.'" she said. "As you view my art, I hope you will experience the feeling of being a Montanan, because it is a beautiful feeling to possess.”
Calvin John Treiber, a Billings native and a child that grew up next to the Yellowstone River, will exhibit at the McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Ave.
Chinatown Art Gallery, 2624 Minnesota Ave., lower level, will show an array of local emerging and established artists. Gloria Maixg (jewelry), Coila Evans (paintings), Susanne McPherson (jewelry), Amy Drake (photography), Terry Zee Lee (jewelry and paintings), Dominique Paulas (wildlife paintings), Fred DeFauw (paintings), Lori Blaylock (pottery) and Rick Williams (metal art).
The Jason Jam Gallery, 2501 Montana Ave. #7 on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel, will present “The 100 Drawings in 100 Days." This includes 100 original pen and ink drawings that were produced between Jan. 1 and April 10. The 2013 drawing series is the third installment of this self-challenge, which began in 2009. All of the drawings and a collection of drawings in a book format will be available for purchase.
Global Village, 2720 3rd Ave. N., hosts “Weaving the World” exhibit, a collection of weavings from all over the world. Jo Anne Voirin Setzer, local artisan and teacher, will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss weaving techniques.
Big Sky Cheap Tees, located at 2911 3rd Ave. N., will feature photographer Casey Page and artisan Amber Kober as its first ArtWalk artists.
Page began her photography experience under her grandmother’s guidance in Sandpoint, Idaho. In the 1990s she honed her skills by recording her trips to Europe, Mexico and Africa. She launched her photojournalism career after graduating from Beloit College in 2003 and is currently on the staff of The Billings Gazette. Her exhibit will include photographs of animals up for adoption at the Billings Animal Rescue Kare (BARK). “I chose a white backdrop and simple lighting to make the colors and features of each animal jump out of the photograph,” Page said.
Amber Kober created a shop on Etsy (etsy.com) called "Day Old Tee" in October 2011 and has been making upcycled accessories from old T-shirts ever since. See on ArtWalk necklaces that have been repurposed from T-shirts.
Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave., will feature fused-glass work by Bozeman artist Kathy Burk. She has a BFA in Interior Design, but became enchanted by the colors and textures available as raw material in the glass medium and became a glass artist. An ongoing experiment with the relationship of design, light and emotion is taking place in her studio as she attempts to make meaning materialize from the alchemy of heat, color and glass. A variety of vessels and lamps will be on display for ArtWalk.
Purple Sage Gallery, 2511 Montana Ave., will feature the work of gallery artists Janet Bedford, Robert Tompkins, John Felten and new member Michael Stanish. One of Bedford’s favorite subjects is the buffalo and several of her buffalo paintings will be on display. Tompkins will present a collection of floral paintings. Felten continues to perfect his marquetry and adds a beautiful crane decorative box to his works available at the gallery. Landscapes in oil by Stanish will be available. Other gallery artists are Greg Eiselein, Thomas English, Diana Mysse, Tana Patterson, Dione Roberts, Neil Patterson, Steve Schrepferman, Carolyn Thayer, Shirle Wempner, Brenda Wolf, Phil Smith and Barbara Gerard-Mitchell and Susan Germer.
The Billings Gallery of Fine Art, located in the historic Babcock Theater Building at 118 N. Broadway, will present the work of Montana artist Wayne Snowbird. Originally from New Mexico, his sculpture and fine jewelry reflect his native southwestern heritage.
The gallery will also be hosting the Billings Elks Lodge Annual Elk Poster Contest. “The Choice 4 Me is Drug Free: Living a Healthy Lifestyle.” Works by young artists in grades 1-12 will be judged by Mayor Tom Hanel and Elks president Al Kirsche.
Susan Germer will open her studio in the historic Carlin Hotel, 2501 Montana Ave., second floor, Suite 8, exhibiting fine silver jewelry, original note cards, bead embroidery, paintings and more. Germer has been creating fine silver jewelry from precious-metal clay since 2004 and is certified as an instructor. She teaches adult classes at the Yellowstone Art Museum and jewelry making for ages 8-14 at the Summer Art Academy held on the campus of Rocky Mountain College.
Marcasa Clothing, 104 N. Broadway, will present the work of photographer Brooke Moore in its first ArtWalk show. Moore’s work primarily consists of wedding, portrait, and commercial photography. “My favorite subject to photograph or paint has always been people," Moore said. "People are complex. They are full of emotion, expression, and history. I love capturing that for them, because those images are reminders, moments of their own personal history.”
Other galleries to visit during the spring ArtWalk are: The Billings Food Bank, 2112 3rd Ave North; Guido’s Pizza, next door to Pug Mahon’s; and Navigate Art/Unreal, 15 North 26th Suite 301.