Monthly Archives: March 2010

Life with Wings: Mixed Media Paintings by Mika Holtzinger

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents Life with Wings, a collection of paintings by Mika Holtzinger. The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery April 5 – April 16. There will be a free public artist reception on Thursday, April 15, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The images Mika creates celebrate the beauty of nature, as well as the decay of it, observing the interconnectedness of living things and the laws that govern them. Mika strives to make artwork which inspires people to more intricately bond with their environment, in hopes of forming a deeper appreciation for their surroundings.

Mika Holtzinger studied at the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy before earning her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Wichita State University in Kansas. While completing her Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Oregon, Mika became enchanted by the natural beauty of the West and her painting became more intensely focused on wildlife and the natural world. During this time Mika gained an appreciation for the value of making art in the community while performance painting with musicians, poets and actors. She has been on stage with  KRS-ONE, Anthony B and Steve Kimock, just to name a few. Mika recently moved to Montana, the ideal place to build a long lasting home and further her focus of nature-inspired painting. Please visit to learn more about Mika and her work.

The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Exit Gallery Call for Entries!

The Exit Gallery is now accepting applications for exhibits during the Fall 2010 semester. If accepted, you will have the opportunity to show your artwork in a two week solo exhibition with paid advertising and reception. This is a unique and highly visible opportunity to exhibit your work to MSU and the Bozeman community. Applications are available in the Exit Gallery and ASMSU office or by e-mailing Applications are due Monday, July 12th, 2010.

Photography @ BHS DeWeese Gallery: Redux

Former Bozeman High School art students are participating in Redux, a collaborative fine art photography show on display in the DeWeese Gallery at the school. Showing work are Robyn Schmidt, Carly Coppenhagen, Cale Hofferber, CJ Carter, and Maggie Mateskon. An opening reception will be held 7-9 pm, Thursday, April 1.

30 Year Design Retrospective: Class of 1979

Montana State University School of Art presents a panel discussion by the Interior Design Alumni, Class of 1979, on Tuesday 30 March 2010, 5:30PM – 6:30PM. Admission is free. The panel discussion will be followed by an exhibition reception in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, 7PM – 9PM. Exhibitors include: Dana Aaberg, Bill Clem, Lindy Coon, Martha Hodder, Amy Hofacker, Julie Koch, Mark Koch, Connie Kolokotrones, Jeff Lovely, Arunas Oslapas, Carol Schmidt, Brad Schwend, Greg Stackhouse, Gary Talcott, and Jayne VanAlstyne.

Library Seeking Proposals for Atrium Gallery Exhibition Series

The Bozeman Public Library is seeking submissions for its 2011 Atrium Gallery Exhibition Series. The Atrium Gallery will showcase both traditional and innovative contemporary art forms as well as the work of both established and emerging artists of our region. The Library’s primary objective is to feature exhibitions that will expand public appreciation of art as well as reflect the diversity of the community. Each exhibit will run for one to three months. Selections will be made by The Library Art Committee which is made up of local artists, community members, Library Foundation and Library staff.

The Bozeman Public Library is committed to promoting the visual and aesthetic enhancement of the Bozeman community through this ongoing presentation of rotating exhibits of public art in the Library. Proposals must be received by April 30, 2010. Incomplete proposals will not be considered. For complete description of the program and guidelines, visit the Library website at For additional information, please contact Alice Meister at 406/582-2401 or

Flowers @* Artists’ Gallery

The Artists’ Gallery members display new work inspired by flora.

The Artists’ Gallery invites you to come see their wall of new pieces inspired by the blooms of spring. Featuring everything from jewelry to paintings, these local artists have created a wide selection of artwork perfect for those who love flowers. Each individual piece is for sale and affordably priced. You’ll feel like spring is here when you come see all the flower art in bloom at the Artists’ Gallery.

This show will be on display March 29 through April 24, 2010. Join us for a reception during Art Walk, Friday, April 9th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson. 111 S. Grand Ave.

* The @ symbol itself is art, or at least has been acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It’s nice to know I’ve been using it appropriately all this time.

Noah Massey paintings @ Exit Gallery

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents Empyrean, a collection of paintings by Noah Massey. The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery March 22nd – April 1. There will be a free public artist reception on Thursday, March 25th, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Utilizing contemporary graffiti styles and items of modern fashion, the paintings draw a comparison between modern existence and that of the beatified who lived from the 2nd to 11th centuries . The paintings create a psychological space that is abundant with pain but free of panic, the place where decisions of fate and faith are made. It is Noah’s desire to create paintings that seduce the viewer into believing that impossible challenges and trials can be overcome, even by the weakest of us.

Noah is a Montana-born painter who recently established a studio practice east of Bozeman. In 2009 Noah received a Master of Fine Arts degree in painting and printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where her fascination with religious art and art history deepened and became incorporated with her studio work. As a teacher Noah emphasizes the need for familiarity with the chemistry of a non-toxic painting process and rigorous study of classical painting techniques. She is actively involved with mentoring young artists in both Montana and Wisconsin, as well as exhibiting her own work on a national level.

The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. See you there!

Soup N’ Bowl Fundraiser @ The Emerson

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture will be hosting a SOUP N’ BOWL fundraiser on Friday, April 2 from 6-8pm in the Emerson ballroom.  This fundraiser will support the Emerson’s pottery program and fund the installation of a newly donated ceramic kiln.

The cost of $10/Emerson members, $12/non-members & $8/children includes a locally handcrafted soup bowl and a choice of homemade soups from over 10 varieties. This family friendly night will include live music, beer and wine. Bring your friends and family to the SOUP N’ BOWL for a fun, social dinner while supporting the arts. Tickets can be purchased at the Emerson office or at the front door of the event. Call 587-9797 or go to for more details.

With the recent move from Beal Park to the new Frances Senska Pottery Studio, the program has continued to provide a great learning environment for both children and adults and a much needed resource for ceramic artists in Bozeman. Throughout the year, the Emerson offers a wide range of classes with highly skilled instructors. With your support and donations, we can keep this program strong!

To learn more about the education programs offered at the Emerson, check out our website at

Mike Weix & Everybody’s Birthday @ Aunt Dofe’s

On Sunday, March 14th, we are hoping to see Alice at our Everyone’s Birthday Party. If you were born, this party is for you. Mike Weix and Dave Kirk will be hosting this party for everyone, as well as displaying Mike’s new artwork at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory Gallery out in Willow Creek.

The Everybody’s Birthday Party and Art Opening will run from 3-9 p.m. This will be the sixth time that Aunt Dofe’s has hosted the Everybody’s Birthday Party. This tradition began as a result of the personal life of Dave Kirk, owner of the gallery. Dave elaborates the story by saying, “it actually started about twenty five years ago when my kids would spend August with me in San Francisco. Because none of them was born in August, I was never there for ‘their real birthday party.’ So we started having ‘guerilla’ parties around San Francisco each summer. We’d take over some public place and throw a birthday party for everybody that was there.” This tradition now continues at 100 Main Street in Willow Creek, six miles south of Three Forks Montana.

If you ever wondered what would happen if a gingham chicken sat on a gingham pillow in a gingham chair, you are not alone. Mike Weix has pondered such questions himself. He is probably the only one in the universe to ask such deep questions. Mike Weix is a contemporary artist working in watercolor, collage and other mixed media. He has displayed his artwork, in the past, at the Emerson Cultural Center and the former Bealle Park Art Center. His passion for art extends beyond visual arts to include music. He is a local musician, and is on staff at the Emerson Cultural Center as the chief sound technician. Mike will be providing not only his artwork, but his music live at this birthday party. Dave Kirk will be providing the fresh pizza and the pinata. For information, please call 285-6996.

Folk Dog Bites: Paintings by Abby McMillen

Benefit Show for Heart of the Valley

Opening reception Friday, March 12th 5-8p.m
Update: Abby’s show moves to Sola, reception April 2, 4:30 – 6

The folk dogs have gone bite size! The ever popular and charming Folk Dogs return in a new smaller, juicier and affordably priced size in this 2nd annual benefit show for Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter. The opening reception for this show will feature a photo booth with Jessie Moore Photography where you and your best friend can get your portrait taken, adoptable dogs from Heart of the Valley conducting interviews, environmentally pet toys made locally by West Paw Design, a raffle, and treats for both humans and pups. The show will be on display through April 6th, 2010.

TART is in room #107C of the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave. Call 582-0416 for more information.