The 18th season of the ArtWalk in downtown Billings opens with the Friday, May 4, celebration from 5 to 9 p.m.
The community is invited to visit the 28 galleries and businesses who will be hosting free receptions for local and regional artists and their new artwork. The Fun Express Bus will operate a free guided ride to the ArtWalk venues beginning at 5 and 7 p.m. at the Good Earth Market/Wetzel parking lot.
Visit artwalkbillings.com to download a map showing all participating galleries.
The Terpsichore Dance Company will perform modern dance pieces downtown as a preview of its upcoming fall show at Petro Theater. The company is made up of 11 dancers, including director Ricki Feeley. Beginning at 5:15 p.m., Terpsichore will perform a full piece at the Good Earth Market, and then move to the alley adjacent to the Sandstone Gallery, then to the Arcade in the Babcock Theatre, and finally do an improv at the four corners of Skypoint. They will then repeat this entire performance.
A list of participating galleries follows:
Prodigal Gallery, 2517 Montana Ave., showing works by Dan Palaygi.
McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Ave., will host the first art exhibit of 17-year-old Senior High art student Nolee Anderson. “Tap Shoes & Trash Cans” will include recycled, discarded or scavenged surfaces that serve as her canvases. Anderson plans to pursue a degree in art.
Q’s Art & Frame Shop, 1511 Sixth Ave. N., will show oil paintings by P.J. Smith. Live demonstrations during the evening by local artists Grace Bailey and Jayme Mitchell in the studio. Special introduction to Montana metal sculptures by Pigcasso.
CTA Atrium Gallery, 13 N. 23rd St., will host the annual Billings Art Association Auction that benefits and expands art opportunities for area schools and the association. “Images Art Grant” includes water media, oil, pastel, pencil, photography, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, glass and metal. Artwork will be offered at a silent auction/buy now price.
Susan Germer (susang) will open her studio at 2501 Montana Ave. in the Carlin Hotel. On view will be her jewelry, watercolors, bead embroidery and pastels. For the past 14 years, Germer’s main focus has been jewelry design using vintage beads, tiny seed beads and precious metal clay.
Navigate Art, located above Don Luis restaurant, 15 N. 26th St., will present the works of Unreal, a Billings-based company of artists, fashion designers, musicians, photographers and culinary artists. “Navigate Goes Unreal” will be a mixed-media experience with canvas paintings, photography, music and cupcakes. Megan Nielsen, Pierre Hart, Stoni Sell, Amanda Brown and Nate Smith will be the artists on hand. Live music will be featured.
Apple Gallery at Good Earth Market, 3024 Second Ave. N., will open “Cellular,” a collection of photographs by Luke Boyd. With the advent of cellphones, life has changed dramatically, and with the addition of high-definition digital cameras, the medium of photography has begun to evolve as well. His photo studies exhibit life’s moments captured in an instant. Boyd will do a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. Live music is scheduled.
Sunrise Studio, 2923 Montana Ave., will feature the work of owners Lance Johnson and Dawn Ness. Landscapes, horses and wildlife will be the subjects, along with charcoal studies. The collection of Ellen Feldman, which includes works by Bev Doolittle and Carol Hagan, will be on display and for sale. Beverages and a variety of hors d’oeuvres will be offered.
The MSU Billings Potters’ Guild, a student and community organization, will feature sculptural and functional works at 2804 Third Ave. N.
The Billings Gallery of Fine Art, located under Skypoint, will feature Native American painter Allen KnowsHisGun. With a master’s degree in American Indian studies from University of Kansas, he returned to Montana to paint. New artists represented by the gallery include Linda Sanders (feather jewelry) Randy Redekopp (photography) and Arnold Aragon (sculpture). In the Babcock Theatre’s Arcade, the gallery is hosting artists, Elizabeth Shumaker and Elizabeth Almann. Music and performance art will be provided by the Billings Youth Orchestra and Terpischore Dance Company. Hidden Legend Winery will be serving its award-winning wines and Jimmy John’s and Z Pizza will provide appetizers.
The Lore Law Firm, 2921 Second Ave. N., will present new oils by longtime Billings artist and sculptor Bill Rains. Register for the free painting by Rains that is being offered as a gift.
Papa Bear Gallery, in the former Depot Antiques Building on the corner of Montana Avenue and North 23rd Street, will host Troy and Coila Evans from Blockhorse Designs of Roundup. Troy will present his woodwork and other visual pieces while his wife, Coila, will exhibit her paintings. Tom Mulford will show watercolor and ink drawings, Travis Delp displays watercolor and oil paintings, and Anastasia Swarthour will show ceramics.
Grafix Level 504, 504 N. 20th St., will feature art by Matt Taggert, Aaron Nathan and Kerry Epley along with music by Lee Nelson. Sidney Ayers will show woodworking, Justin Choriki will show photography, Sharon Karlson will exhibit wildlife paintings, and Tyler Murphy has new paintings from his trip to Canyon de Chelly in Arizona. Big Brothers Big Sisters will present art by Derek Cross.
Purple Sage Gallery, 2511 Montana Ave., is hosting Janet Bedford demonstrating her unique painting style. Her art reflects her love of Western wildlife, landscape and lifestyle. New artists represented by Purple Sage include Barbara Gerard-Mitchell and Brenda Wolf. Other gallery artists include Greg Eiselein, Thomas English, John Felten, Dale Marie Muller, Diana Mysse, Tana Patterson, Dione Roberts, Judy Robertus, Steve Schrepferman, Carolyn Thayer, Robert Tompkins, Shirle Wempner, Scarves by Neck Candy, Jewelery by Buffalo Gals Designs and Mountain Stonewear.
Global Village, 2720 Third Ave. N., will feature award-winning bead designer Catherine Dove demonstrating and selling her work.
Guido’s Pizzeria, 3011 First Ave. N., will feature “Transitions,” a body of work by Sarah Morris, a native Montanan. Guido’s is a new ArtWalk member.
Cline Fine Art, 120 N. Broadway, will host the work of three well-known Montana artists. Freeman Butts, who Gordon McConnell characterizes in his book, “Freeman Butts: Legacy of a Painter,” as “a big exuberant man who reveled in all of the sensuous sights and pleasures of life.” Sheila Miles will show figurative work. As a process painter, Miles is inspired by the abstract qualities of the material. Rob Akey’s paintings draw on varied themes and reveal his desire and ability to capture the light and create atmosphere.
Jens Gallery & Design, 2822 Third Ave. N., introduces the work of skilled craftsmen and artist James McGregor in an exhibit titled “Concrete Ideas.” McGregor is driven by two passions: creating distinctive forms and perfecting high performance architectural concrete.
Gallery Interiors, 2702 Second Ave. N., well-known for its interior design, fine furniture and accessories, and representation of local artists, will present work by Connie Herberg.
Big Top Studio & Gallery, 421 N. 20th St. across from Grafix Level 504, features its final exhibit of artworks by Sherri Love. See the culmination of work that Love has been creating since her move to Billings from Nashville, Tenn., five years ago.
Billings Food Bank will host a reception for Native American artist Leland Stewart, a member of the Crow Whistling Water and Knight Hawks Society. He is a graduate of the Fortin Culinary Center at the Billings Food Bank. The chef from the culinary program will prepare food with Native American flavors for ArtWalkers.
Barjon’s Books plays host to paintings and sculpture by James Seward, a sculpture teacher for the YMCA Poets on the Prairie program.
Sandstone Gallery, 2913 2nd Ave. N., will feature Billings artists Dick Cottrill, John Havener, and guest artist Matthew Berg for ArtWalk. Their works will be displayed during May. Cottrill is a wildlife artist, Havener is offering California and Oregon vistas in photographic form, and Berg is a representational artist with a great sense of humor.
Stephen Haraden will open his studio and gallery at 2911 Second Ave. N. to display his latest works created by assembling portions cut from previous paintings that are then incorporated into new pieces.
Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave., is extending the exhibit of fabric artist and the Artist in Residence at the Yellowstone Art Museum Brooke Atherton through May 25. The fabric and mixed-media drawings are built up in layers of silk, cotton and wool from canvas backings. She used nontraditional methods such as ripping, burning, and rusting.
Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St., offers free admission to the museum’s current exhibits, “Creative Force: The Studio Art Quilt” and East/West: Visually Speaking.”
Kennedy’s Stained Glass will present new work in collaboration with metal artist Rick Byam. Glass and metal contemporary art pieces can be viewed.
Amy Dean McKittrick will open her studio/gallery to view watercolor paintings, including “The Korea” series.
Prairie Blossoms, 225 N. Broadway, will exhibit the work of Montana botanical artist Cheri Moss. Moss uses antique windows for her frames and lays out pressed botanical flowers inside of them.
Harry Koyama Fine Art, 2509 Montana Ave., will feature new oil paintings by Koyama.