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Artist's paintings at Depot RED LODGE - Billings artist Laura Cater-Woods is the current featured artist at the Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery in Red Lodge.

Cater-Woods is a full-time studio artist with an extensive exhibition record and awards. Her work is held in numerous public and private collections. After completing an MFA in painting she began to integrate her love of fabric and thread with her approach to drawing and painting.

Her images explore the textures and rhythms of details from the landscape, often interwoven with eccentric grids.

She has completed commissions for Public Art and Percent for art projects, including Montana State Hospital at Warm Springs and the HORSE of course project in Billings.

Cater-Woods' exhibit entitled "New Windows" will be up in the Main Gallery through May. The public met the artist at a reception last weekend.

The Depot Gallery is at 11 W. Eighth St. (across from Beartooth IGA) in Red Lodge.

China photos unveiled in Powell gallery POWELL, Wyo. - "West Meets East: Journey to the Silk City," an exhibit of photography taken this spring in China, hangs in the SinClair Gallery at Northwest College through Sept. 12. Located in the Orendorff Building, the gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The photos are selected works from a collection of photographs taken by NWC students, faculty and community participants who traveled to the heart of China's silk producing area during a spring break trip in March.

Most of the images are color; their focus is predominantly on people and the silk industry, although visitors will also see landscapes and cityscapes from the journey.

Jeff Wooden, the NWC photography instructor who organized the trip, said popular attractions in Beijing for the trip participants included the Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall. In Xian, the group brought back photos taken at a jade factory and a fresh water pearl processing facility.

Many images in the collection were taken in Suzhou, a fortressed city from the Ming dynasty in southern China that predates Venice.

Located in the center of the country's silk industry, the historic city is circled by rivers and boasts canal streets.

According to Wooden, "Visitors to the exhibit can expect to see plenty of images of children, middle aged and older people that represent different aspects of life in China and the living and working conditions of everyday people."

Beall pairs student prints with pros' BOZEMAN - Large neon-colored silkscreen prints on mylar scrolls and individual print and photography projects by Bozeman fifth graders are on display in the Emerson Beall Park Art Center, 111 South Grand. The exhibit hangs in the Weaver Room on the second floor, accompanied by drawings by Bozeman artist and neon sculptor Willem Volkersz and resident artist Kerry Corcoran.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception for the students, with refreshments from 7 to 9 p.m., on Tuesday. The exhibit is a celebration of the Emerson's "Domestic Neon" school outreach project in which over 600 students from Bozeman's elementary schools toured an exhibit of neon sculpture by Volkersz and created colorful silkscreen prints with Corcoran in the schools.

Volkersz exhibited neon and mixed media sculpture this spring at the Beall Park Art Center. The Volkersz exhibit was accompanied by a video interview of the artist created by MediaWorks, a color catalogue designed by Becky Sheehan, outreach to every elementary school in Bozeman, a family "flashlight" photography workshop with Tom Ferris, and a slide lecture/gallery talk by the artist. In addition to school outreach, these features enabled people of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to interact with the artist, his process and ideas, and to participate in h ands-on experiences that related to these concepts.

School outreach included tours of the exhibit with an activities guidebook and h ands-on arts activities led by Volkersz, Emerson staff and docents. For further information, call Ellen Ornitz at Beall Park Art Center at (406) 586-3970.

Wyoming landscapes on view at the Brinton BIG HORN, Wyo. - The first artist to exhibit in the Bradford Brinton Memorial & Museum's Patio Room this summer is Jenny Glenn Wuerker of Buffalo.

Her exhibition of oil paintings, named "Wyoming Landscapes," features aspects of the Front Range of the Bighorn Mountains.

Originally from New England with a degree from Yale, and an M.F.A. from American University in Washington, D.C., she has been working in Wyoming since 1993 and with her husband and infant son, established a residence in Buffalo after ending her tenure as a full-time faculty member at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn.

Her paintings will be on view until June 26. An opening reception to honor and meet the artist was on Saturday, May 24. For information please call (307) 672-3173.

Relationships explored in Artspace exhibition Artspace is featuring the work of Billings artist Grace M. Frankforter this weekend, through Saturday.

Frankforter's current works are reflective of her constant need to experiment both mentally and physically with the concepts of art, spirituality, reality and relationships. Featured in this show, along with her paintings and drawings in oil and mixed media on paper and canvas, will be two interactive art projects. Participation is encouraged but not required.

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