Drawing on Main: Paul Heaston sketches @ Story Mansion

On November 12, 13, and 14, Paul Heaston will exhibit his complete Main Street artwork and share his artistic experiences as “Main Street Chronicler” at the Story Mansion with support from the MSU School of Art, the Friends of the Story Mansion, and the Downtown Bozeman Partnership.

Beginning in September of 2008 and through the winter of 2009, Montana State University MFA student Paul Heaston spent time sitting with a sketchbook along Main Street with the intention of documenting the buildings in every block of Bozeman’s historic downtown core from Grand to Rouse Avenues. Heaston described his drawings as “less rigorous studies of architecture than they are an attempt to emphasize and amplify the character of the various buildings and cars.”

On March 6, 2009, just after 8 a.m., a massive explosion ripped through the 200 block of East Main Street, killing one person, destroying buildings that dated to the 1880s, and displacing businesses and residents. It was a tragedy that Bozeman residents felt deeply. After the explosion, a buzz began building at the MSU School of Art and throughout the community about “that guy who drew Main Street before the explosion.” Many have visited his website www.paulheaston.com, others have seen prints of his sketchbook at a local gallery, but his original sketchbook and a full set of prints have not been exhibited.

Heaston will be selling copies of his sketches as prints, posters and postcards. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale and any donations received from the events will support the Friends of the Story Mansion and the MSU School of Art.

Scheduled Events

Thursday, November 12
7:00pm to 9:00pm Opening of The Paul Heaston: Main Street at Story Mansion
A reception for invited guests from the Downtown and University Communities featuring a gallery talk by the artist, refreshments, and music by Jawbone Railroad

Friday, November 13th
12:00pm to 5:00pm The Paul Heaston: Main Street Exhibit at Story Mansion
7:00pm to 9:00pm The Paul Heaston: Main Street Exhibit Public Reception, featuring a gallery talk by the artist, refreshments and music

Saturday, November 14th
10:00am to 5:00pm
Open Mansion to view the exhibit
10:00am to 12:00pm Coffee, doughnuts and Story Mansion tours
12:00pm to 4:00pm “Sketch Crawl” a free drawing workshop in the BonTon Historic District with Paul Heaston and other MSU School of Art faculty