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Three “little art” shows and three student shows are part of the big December ArtWalk Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Billings.

Works by elementary and high school artists are featured at Jens Gallery and Design, the Western Heritage Center and the Young Artist’s Gallery at Yellowstone Art Museum.

The Toucan Gallery’s bi-annual “Little Art” show features more than 100 postcard size works by area artists. The “Small Works” show at Catherine Louisa Gallery showcases smaller pieces created by gallery and invited artists. In her Gallery Nine, on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel, owner/artist Connie Dillon presents her miniatures in shadowboxes.

The Holiday Artwalk, part of the 20th Season, includes more than 30 galleries, museums, studios and other venues. Many sites offer music and refreshments. Featured artists are often in attendance.

Participation is free. Maps are available at all participating sites and at More information is also on

Following are featured venues:

Anderson Art Studio and Gallery, 2706 Minnesota Ave., features Fossil Fish, a series of stone sculpture created by Keith Feeley and paintings by Laura Marie Anderson. Anderson’s paintings are from her travels in Hawaii and Florida.

Apple Gallery at Good Earth Market, 3024 Second Ave. N., features new works.

Atrium Gallery at Valley Credit Union Building, 207 N. Broadway, Lower Level, features digital art explored by a trio of Billings artists in their show, “Fragments of Fractals in the Big Sky,” Tim Urlacher, Nikki Shiva and Kent Savage are fascinated by Fractals, their symmetry, the endless possibilities that exist.

Billings Food Bank, 2112 Fourth Ave. N., features new works.

Billings Open Studio, 2814 Second Ave. N., Suite C, mixes music, feminist perspectives and the female form. “The ‘F’ Word: The Female Perspective” includes works by Sherri Cornett, Sarah Morris, Jesse Jeane Harkness, Phyllis Lewis, Melissa Burns, Hannah Jacobsen, Heather Connolly and Nikki Shiva. Each artist seeks to understand female identity and social roles, individual perspectives, the female body, and every-day lives of women. Female in Form includes studies of the female figure in light and dark by Billings photographers Ellen Kuntz, Tara Reiners, Chris Jorgensen, Liv Swant Johnson and Veronika Kovcova. Musical offerings are provided by the Stillwater Quartet and singer-songwriter Angela Bearclaw and James Vallie, joined by Cain Flores.

Catherine Louisa Gallery, 103 North Broadway, An artists’ reception for “Small Works” highlights the Holiday ArtWalk celebration at Catherine Louisa Gallery. “Small Works” includes Transfiguration by Montana artist, Robert Rohyl and other smaller pieces by gallery and invited artists.

Chinatown Art Gallery, 2645 Minnesota Ave., digital photography by local photographer, Peter Herzog, is exhibiting alongside Coila Evans and Troy Evans, ledger artist, Alaina Buffalo Spirit, and potters Melinda Maurisek and Jennifer Larson.

Clark Marten Photography, 2606 Montana Ave., features new works.

CTA Architects Engineers, 13 N. 23rd St., Kyle Ploehn has returned home to Billings to create his dream life as artist, writer and illustrator after studying art in Washington state. His blue owl series reflects his fascination with owls, which appear ghost-like as if searching for something lost in time.

Downtown Billings Alliance, 2815 2nd Ave. N., Brontë Wittpenn is an aspiring photojournalist and soon to be graduate of the University of Montana. Daughter of DBA director, Lisa Harmon, Wittpenn seeks to diminish stereotypes and heighten awareness of the beauty and diversity of other cultures through her photography. Her mutli-media exhibit will focus on a recent journey to North Africa and images from other travels.

Gallery Interiors, 2702 2nd Ave. N., featuring new works.

Gallery Nine, Connie Dillon Fine Art, The Carlin Hotel Building, 2501 Montana Ave., showcases photographs of the season, including Winter’s Playground, alongside miniature paintings in shadow boxes. John Felten’s wood work and ramble hand-made journals are also up.

Global Village, 2720 Third Ave. N., Billings artist, teacher and therapist, Rachel Larson Long, displays her acrylic paintings. Long works in acrylic, oil, and mixed media and will be on hand to greet visitors.

Guido’s Pizzeria at Pug Mahon’s, 3011 First Ave. N., 12 outdoor mural spaces are available on a first come, first serve basis. The competition continues until all murals are completed. Call Bill “Mac” McIntyre at 259-4190 for more info.

Jason Jam Gallery, The Carlin Hotel Building, 2501 Montana Ave., Watercolor and ink artist Jason Jam challenges us to look anew at the holiday season with the clever and cartoon-like work he creates. Wendy Jam constructs toys that bring the paintings to life.

Jens Gallery and Design, 2822 and 2824 Third Ave. N., A Gathering of Angels, featuring angel art by young artists from area sixth and seventh grades, will be shown alongside works by Tina DeWeese, Jenny Moller, Janet Julian Amy McKittrick, Barbara Morrison, Gretchen Bainum and Gerald Kindsfather. Winter Grace opens on the night of the Holiday ArtWalk and features gallery artists, Sean Heavey, Libby George, Kenny Alefteras, Connie Jens, and Gerald Kindsfather.

Kennedy’s Stained Glass, 2923 Second Ave. N., “Strolling Angels” are the 2014 special edition Christmas ornaments available during the holiday season. The annual ornaments are one-of-a-kind pieces made by Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld and other stained glass artists.

Kim and Eddy’s, 2413 Montana Ave., a new addition to the Holiday ArtWalk, features original photography, collage, paintings and welded works, vintage pieces that have been restyled or re-purposed, plus an eclectic mixture of of antiques and new jewelry, gifts and home decor.

McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Ave., Bill Arbizanni, curator of the McCormick Cafe Gallery, exhibits watercolors of the Montana landscape, including the Billings’ Two Moon Park along the Yellowstone River. Arbizanni is a retired food broker. Paintings by Paul Arbizzani, Bill Arbizzani’s nephew, are also on display.

Northern Hotel, 19 N. Broadway, hosts photographer Ashley Prange, potter Cassey Crafton Kramer of 504 Pottery and jewelry artisan, and Cindy Lou Smith, who works in natural gemstones and fine metals. Also showing is Karen Johnson who draws inspiration for her paintings from nature and a deep sense of spirituality.

Sandstone Gallery, 2913 Second Ave. N., stone carver William Crain has rejected power tools, choosing instead to work with a hammer and chisel on Italian Carrara marble. His sculptures are hand-sanded to achieve a fine, lustrous finish. Madelein Bladow experiments with watercolors and acrylics to create colorful works of diverse subject matter. Jeweler Jeanine Deiling creates simple, yet intricate jewelry and fiber art by Arlene Fortney will also be exhibited.

Stephen Haraden Studio, 2911 Second Ave. N., will have new works up.

Susang, Carlin Hotel Building, 2501 Montana Ave., Susan Germer’s working studio and gallery presents new works.

Toad ‘n Willow, 2202 First Ave. N., welcomes Rhonda Addison, a photographer and artist. Recently relocated to Montana from Seattle, Addison’s photography has a timeless quality. Each photograph is hand-embellished using acrylics and sparkly vintage jewelry, crystals and beads.

Tompkins Fine Art, 2511 Montana Ave., will feature new works.

Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave., Bozeman glass artist, Kathy Burk, and her kiln glass trays and bowls and handcrafted floor and table lamps are on display. Burk’s intricate mosaics make their gallery debut. Burk will be Toucan on Friday and Saturday.

Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St., last opportunity to see T.L. Solien: Toward the Setting Sun and The Art of the Brick. Solien’s collages mix popular culture, prairie imagery and depictions from Herman Melville’s literary classic, Moby Dick, and Sara Jeter Naslund’s Ahab’s Wife. Nathan Sawaya’s impressive LEGO sculptures have brought record crowds to YAM. YAM offers free admission, live music and Winterfair, a collection of over 20 booths selling pottery, jewelry, clothing, fine art and more. Artist-in-residence, Bentley Spang, will be available for questions and conversation in the Visible Vault.

Underground Culture Krew (UCK), 12 N. 29TH St., featured artist Emily Davidson describes her artistic subjects as “wild and curious.” She began her drawing career at age two, when she attended her mother’s college art classes. Her first show was at age 18. Her art is in collections world-wide. Other guest artists at include Vincent Sanchez and Adriane Arredondo-Becker, shown aside artists whose work appears regularly at UCK.

High Plains Women’s Museum, 207 N. Broadway, a vintage jewelry sale from private collections of museum patrons supports the mission of the museum. Also displayed are millinery classics from the hat collection of Lorraine Marsh and vintage wedding dresses.

Harry Koyama Fine Art, 2509 Montana Ave., new works.

Western Heritage Center, 2822 Montana Ave., art by sixth-graders of School District 2. Also on display are selections from the museum’s Cecil Dunn permanent collection, including an 1800’s era Arapaho painted buffalo robe by Charles Washakie, a medicine shield and other Plains Indian artifacts.


Entertainment Reporter

Jaci Webb covers entertainment for The Billings Gazette.