Monthly Archives: October 2008

Ceramics @ Exit Gallery: Donna Flanery and Nicolas Darcourt

MSU Ceramics Guild and ASMSU Arts and Exhibits proudly presents “Bray Days,” a collection of ceramics by Donna Flanery and Nicolas Darcourt, both resident artists of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena.

The exhibit will show in the Exit Gallery from November 3-14. On Wednesday, November 12 there will be FREE workshops and lectures in the MSU Ceramics Studio, Haynes Hall #108, and an artist reception in the Exit Gallery:

10am-12pm: Demonstrations
12pm-1pm: Lunch Break
1pm-2pm: Artist Lectures
2pm-4pm: Demonstrations
5pm-7pm: Artist Reception in the Exit Gallery (free food, great conversation, and live music!)

The Exit Gallery is located in rm 212 of the Strand Union Building on the campus of Montana State University-Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. For more information contact Stacey Ray at 406.994.1828 or at

Visionary Art in Glass: “Waters of Renewal” @ Zoot

Please join Cindy Webber & David Fjeld for the Premiere & Opening Reception of “Waters of Renewal”, Thursday, November 6th, 5-8pm, at Zoot Enterprises Corporate Gallery, 555 Zoot Enterprises Lane, Bozeman, Montana.

This unique, grand-scale artistic creation speaks volumes about current environmental concerns. “Waters of Renewal” takes you on a visual journey of seven subjects – Oceans, Wildfires, Rain Forest, War, Famine, Addiction, and Our Children. Each image is captured in a three-foot circular stained glass panel. The eighth panel, “Waters of Renewal”, illuminates the belief that humanity can find solutions to preserve our planet and the beings that live here.

Eric Funk, classical composer, jazz pianist, and artistic director & host of the Emmy winning Montana PBS-TV program “11th & Grant with Eric Funk”, will provide solo jazz piano background music for your entertainment.

Directions from Bozeman:
West of Huffine Lane, through Four-Corners intersection, right on Zoot Way, left on Zoot Enterprises Lane.

Emerson is looking for Artist-Educators for Winter Session

The Emerson’s Open Studio is a community-based art education program for teens, adults and children. Open Studio art classes and workshops are fun and build artistic skills and creative courage for all students in an inclusive community setting. Our teachers are high-quality educators and artists. Qualified applicants with limited teaching experience may be asked to apprentice with a more experienced Artist-Educator before teaching on their own.

Open Studio Artist-Educators must have expertise in the media they teach, enthusiasm about working with youth and adults with a range of artistic abilities, an exceptional ability to communicate with parents, students, Emerson staff and the community at large, and a flexible attitude about working in a community-based arts organization.

The Frances Senska Pottery Studio has large working tables, slab roller, fully stocked glaze area and glaze making material area, 10 wheels, an electric kiln, a variety of tools, extruder, clay mixer, slide projector and trays, and buckets. It is a community space shared by several teachers and thirty students at any given time. Proactive communication and willingness to pitch in to improve this popular and growing program are imperative.

Emerson’s art classroom, the Green Room, is a multi-use space shared by the Crawford Theater and the Open Studio program. There may be times when classes must be moved to accommodate concerts or other community events. While we do our best to provide a consistent location for Open Studio classes, you may be asked to relocate your class. Please take this into account when applying for this position.

The Emerson currently offers three formats for classes: one-day adult workshops (usually on weekends); PIR Art Day (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and Early Release Day (1 – 4 p.m.) classes for youth in grades 2 – 6; four-week classes for adults and grades 2 – 6, grades 5 – 8 and grades 9 – 12; and seven-week classes for adults, grades 5 – 8 and grades 9 – 12.Your application packet should include the following:

  • Cover letter, including: your specific interest in teaching, class ideas, preferred age group
  • Resumé or narrative describing related training, teaching and community-based art experience
  • Artist’s statement, if applicable
  • CD with five – ten images of your current work (jpeg files, 1 – 3 megabyte)

Please send your packet to: Visual Arts Director Ellen Ornitz
The Emerson 111 South Grand, Bozeman, MT 59715
Please do not email your application.

Questions or want to pitch ideas/brainstorm? Call Stephanie 587-9797.

Deadline for receipt of materials – November 14, 2008 or until position filled
Notification of acceptance – November 21, 2008 or until position filled
Winter Open Studio classes – mid-January to March 2009 (first class no earlier than January 19, 2009)

Saturday Art Market @ Emerson Galleria

The Emerson Galleria is launching an Art Market every Saturday November 1st through December 20th from 11:00am until 2:00pm. Featuring affordable gifts, artist demos, art and gift raffles, live music, coffee, and refreshments.

With the farmer’s markets behind us and winter on the way, you can still buy local for the holidays. Bozeman artists bring you affordable gifts to give this holiday season. Enjoy the warmth of indoor shopping downtown at the Emerson Center for Art & Culture. With lots of easy parking and coffee and lunch available on site, it is sure to be the best way to spend your Saturday.

Local artists will be present to share their inspiration and techniques. A one-of-a-kind art and gift raffle with dozens of prizes worth hundred of dollars will be taking place for the duration of the eight week Art Market. Prizes will be on display in the Emerson lobby display case and tickets can be purchased from Olivera Coffee Shop and all of the galleries in the Emerson Galleria. Raffle tickets are $1.00 each or 10 tickets for $5.00.

THINK ART at the Emerson. The perfect place to find local, affordable art and gifts for everyone on your list. Located at 111 S. Grand Avenue.

Aunt Dofe’s Fundraiser Update

Recently we announced the upcoming benefit at Aunt Dofe’s gallery in Willow Creek. Here’s further information:

Aunt Dofe’s Art Sale will be a silent auction with the artist naming the minimum price. You will be able to mark a bid-sheet near each work on Saturday afternoon, November 1 or anytime on Sunday, November 2 until 7:30 PM.  If there is enough interest, the Willow Creek Café will be serving several gourmet specials to help with our fundraising. They will be $60 per adult and $7 per child. Please make reservations at the café by calling 285 3698 on or before Wednesday October 29 and mention “Aunt Dofe’s Fundraiser”. For more information, contact Dave Kirk at 285-6996 or e-mail at:

“MSU Semester in Italy 2008” exhibition

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery invites everyone to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “MSU Semester in Italy 2008” Thursday, October 30th from 5-7 p.m. The opening reception with the artists is free and open to the public.

The exhibition, which runs from October 27th – November 7th showcases works by Montana State University students who spent Spring 2008 studying art and art history in Italy.  Instructed by MSU professors Harold Schlotzhauer and Harvey Hamburgh, the students traveled extensively throughout the country and also spent several weeks creating art while staying at an Umbrian villa. This exposure to Italian culture and life influenced the students greatly.  The exhibition includes works that were created in Italy and also later works that were influenced by their Italian studies.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall on the MSU-Bozeman campus.  Haynes Hall is on 11th Avenue near the duck pond.  For more information, please call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562.

Art Lecture @ MSU: Professor Todd Larkin

The School of Art at MSU announces , “Jean-Baptiste-André Gautier-Dagoty’s Marie Antoinette “en robe de cour” (1775): A Cultural Renaissance in Microcosm at the Court of Versailles”, a view of the work of art historian Todd Larkin. Dr. Larkin, an Associate Professor in the School of Art will read excerpts from his soon-to-be published book and describe the research process he used during his sabbatical in 2007. The lecture takes place Thursday, October 23, 5-6 p.m., in Cheever 215, and is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562.

Velma Brownson and M.J. Corrigan @ Artists’ Gallery

Oil Painters Velma Brownson and M. J. Corrigan will be featured during the month of November at the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson, 111 S. Grand Ave, Bozeman. Their paintings will be hung from October 27 through November 22. The gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM. The Gallery invites the public to a wine and cheese reception on Friday, November 14th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM.

Velma Brownson began painting at an early age and has spent her life trying to catch the beauty and wonder of the Lord’s marvelous creation from the landscapes, animals, and people of the Rocky Mountain West. Her ranch and wilderness scenes are well known in the Bozeman community, vividly portraying the majesty of our country life.

M. J. Corrigan will be showing her most recent still-lifes, landscapes, and floral studies, exhibiting her continuing observation of simple everyday scenes.

Photography lecture @ MSU: Richard Renaldi

The MSU Department of Media and Theater Arts presents well-known professional photographer Richard Renaldi in a free public lecture on October 20th @ 11:00am, in the Strand Union Building, Ballroom C. Renaldi’s recent work deals with the American West. Some of his photographic projects, as well as biographical information, can be found at his website

Fundraiser for Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory

Like a hole finger-poked in the soil, Aunt Dofe’s (rhymes with loaf) Hall of Recent Memory, provides a place for artists to grow. In these times of ever-growing concern, curator Dave Kirk not only encourages artists who might not have a place to show their work, but inspires them to push beyond their limits and examine their own processes. For the last half a dozen years, Kirk nurtured known as well as unknown makers of contemporary art in his non-profit gallery located on Main Street in Willow Creek, Montana. But to take the metaphor further, Kirk doesn’t weed the garden, but allows it to grow whatever decides to take root – and an extraordinary thing happened – people came from all over the state to gorge themselves on the bounty.

It is never easy to admit, but now more than ever this gallery is asking for help. Dozens of artists have donated their work to the cause. The fundraiser/sale of pieces by Robert Royhl, Sara Mast, Tom Ferris, Jeffrey Conger, Ellen Ornitz, Tina DeWeese, Tom Thorton, Nina Alexander, Marcy James, Gabriel Kulka and many others will be available for purchase on a first come, first sold basis, on Sunday, November 2nd from 2 to 8 pm.

Across the street, the Willow Creek Café will offer gourmet meals, with the proceeds going to keep Aunt Dofe’s open. If this is something you’re interested in doing please call 406-285-6996 for more information or to reserve your ticket.

Kirk, and his gallery in Willow Creek, is a haven both for artists with a tendency toward the unconventional and for the rest of us, whose belief is often shaken by the hard edges of the world.