Monthly Archives: March 2009

Tony Huckert: Bowls @ Infusion Gallery

Infusion Gallery in the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture presents Tony Huckert’s showing of lathe-turned bowls. You’re invited to attend an opening with the artist during ArtWalk, March 13, from 5-8 p.m.

Huckert presents his sculptural vessels and containers, open and closed forms, natural-edged and individually hand-shaped wooden forms. The beauty created from simple pieces of tree is far from the raw form with which Huckert begins his artful process. He wants the viewer to visualize the tree’s life and how it responded to its environment, the water, drought, minerals in the ground, fire bugs, growing up in a fence row, bullets from hunters and wars gone by. All these things effect the growth of wood, from the closeness of the grain, colors in the wood, even things found in the wood that should not be there.

Tara Bowman

Confirmating the fears of many, the woman killed in the Main Street blast has been identified as Tara Bowman, Director of the Montana Trails Gallery. It was a tragedy in any case, but now we know it is also a tragedy for the Bozeman arts community. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle has a fine article here.

A memorial fund has been established to contribute to the Bozeman Help Center and Crisis Center, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and other charities (depending upon the amount of funds received) in Tara’s honor. To donate, write a check (payable to “Tara Reistad Bowman Memorial Endowment Fund” and deliver it to any First Security Bank location.

Aaron Schuerr open studio

Aaron Schuerr, a Livingston artist, is represented by the Montana Trails Gallery in Bozeman, tragically destroyed in the Main Street explosion a few days ago. Schuerr had previously arranged to host a studio open house from 5 to 9 p.m., Friday March 13. That event will go on as scheduled. The public will have a chance to preview over 30 new oil paintings, pastels and charcoal drawings in the intimacy of a home and studio setting before Schuerr brings the work up to the CM Russell Exhibit in Great Falls.

Gibbon Dawn by Aaron Schuerr

To preview the work online visit For more information and directions, call Schuerr at 539-8393, or e-mail him at

Hiller Higman and Katy Kellogg Nygard @ Flying C

During March, the Community Food Co-op’s Flying C Café will feature the work of Bozeman watercolor and ink artist Hiller Higman and Gallatin Gateway fiber artist Katy Kellogg Nygard.

This is Higman’s first Bozeman exhibit of watercolor work. His graphic design firm, BootLeg Enterprise, is found at, and his artwork may be viewed at

Nygard’s nine-piece series, Aerial Geometry – Contemplating Circles, is inspired by the beauty of the once plentiful family farms and ranches quickly disappearing from our landscape. She has been quilt-making for a number of years and uses a variety of surface design techniques to print the fabric for her work. She has exhibited nationally for many years in both juried and invitational shows and has received several awards.

The public is invited to visit with the artists at a reception on Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Flying C Café.

Abstract landscapes by Mary Keefer @ Atrium Gallery

The work of artist Mary Keefer, in a show entitled As I Feel It–Abstract Landscapes, is on display at the Bozeman Public Library’s Atrium Gallery starting Friday, March 6, and continuing through March and April. Join the Library Foundation for an opening artist reception from 5:30-7 p.m.

Mary Keefer - Straw Bale Home

Keefer’s current series of paintings includes whimsical and/or imaginary elements that reflect the wonder, beauty, and mystery of nature. She uses a combination of acrylic paint, charcoal, watercolor crayon, watercolor pastel and any other media that suit her intentions for any given painting. She paints on various papers, including rice paper, using the elements of color, shape, and texture to create a design that expresses her ideas and feelings.

For more information about the library art show or opening reception, call Paula Beswick at 582-2426.

Upheaval: A Revolution of the Arts

It’s happening again! The 5th annual Upheaval: A Revolution of the Arts will take place Tuesday, March 31 through Thursday, April 2, in the SUB Ballrooms on the MSU Campus! Show times are:  Tuesday and Wednesday 11 am to 7 pm and Thursday 11 am to 5 pm with a Closing Reception Thursday 5 pm to 7 pm. Food and Beverages will be served. Parking is great after 5pm – Really!

All participating artists are MSU Students. This is a rare opportunity to add to a current art collection, or start a new one! Don’t miss this unique event – come see and purchase new, innovative, truly exceptional original artwork created by generations of great Montana State University artists. Invest in art while you invest in the future.

The Bozeman Chronicle published an article on Upheaval here.