The Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson is pleased to introduce Ann Wilbert and Kathy Burk, our featured artists for the month of May. We invite you to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of the Emerson’s Art Walk, Friday, May 14th from 5-8 p.m.
Ann Wilbert will be showing her recent glass bead creations with an emphasis on shapes and colors that echo the look of natural stones. Kathy Burk incorporates steel, glass, found items and objects from nature to create her mosaic collages, merging her organic design with a mechanical style. She is intrigued with the constant challenge of creating both functional art and exploring the creative properties of art glass. Burk uses color, texture, depth and design to capture her audience. Nothing goes to waste and light is always considered.
Charles Ross, an internationally recognized sculptor who is known for connecting art and architecture and his art of light, will lecture about his Star Axis project at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 16, in room 339 of Leon Johnson Hall on the Montana State University campus. Ross’ lecture, “Star Axis: Sculpture to Observe the Stars,” is sponsored by the MSU School of Architecture and is free and open to the public.
“Charles is extremely well-known in the art world and comes out of a tradition of land art, which is particular to America, and uses the specifics of land and place,” said John Brittingham, a professor in the MSU School of Architecture. “Most of his work is concerned with light, which is something we’re famous for in Montana. He’s been working on his project, ‘Star Axis,’ for more than 30 years. (His lecture) is something that’s relatively unprecedented for MSU.”
Ross is a sculptor based in Las Vegas, N.M., and New York City, whose subject is light itself. His “Star Axis,” an earth/sky sculpture and “naked-eye observatory” that he has been working on for more than 30 years, made him a part of the Land Art movement that began in the 1960s and ’70s. Located in the New Mexico desert, “Star Axis” was conceived in 1971 and is now nearing completion. This earthwork is on an Egyptian or pre-Columbian scale. It includes a solar pyramid. From inside it, the Earth’s rotation can be observed. The central element of Star Axis is the Star Tunnel, which is cut into the side of a mesa with an ascending 11-story stairway in perfect alignment with the axis of the earth. As visitors climb the stairs of the star tunnel, they pass through 26,000 years of Earth/star history, viewing distant past and future aspects of Earth’s shifting alignment with the stars.
ASMSU Arts and Exhibits presents the FACES project, a visual display of strength and healing. The exhibit will be showing in the gallery April 19-30. There will be a free public artist reception Wednesday April 21, 5-7 pm.
The FACES project is designed to raise awareness about sexual violence in the Bozeman community as well as celebrate the strength of all survivors. Breaking silence is paramount and this project is designed to provide survivors the opportunity to share their stories and strength with others through words and images. Black and white portraits of survivors are displayed alongside their writings.
The reception will be in conjunction with the TAKE BACK THE NIGHT speak out/march (SUB room 233, 6pm) and the ROCK AGAINST RAPE concert (Baxter Ballroom, 7:30 pm)!
The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. See you there!
The people of New York City have been able to get J. Kathleen White’s quirky little books for years. And on warm autumn evenings they have been able to go to vacant lots around New York to see her small dioramas. This spring we get our chance. J. Kathleen White will be presenting her new book at a special reception for her at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek from 3 until 9PM on Sunday April 18, 2010.
21 Day Hikes in the Umbra Region of the Vespertine will be like walking into the book itself. The show will open on April 18 and run until Mother’s Day May 9. Call 406 285 6996 to arrange a time to see the show.
Wax Works is a group show featuring a diverse group of women exploring encaustic techniques. Cherlyn Wilcox, Janette May, Allie Buck, Stacey Herries, Sue McCauley, Vicki Fish, Shawna Moore and Diana Arnold will display pieces that vary from tiny to large, simple to elaborately complex, whimsical to earnest. Encaustic is an incredibly tactile medium, inviting the senses not only to see, but to touch and smell.
An opening reception will be held during Art Walk on Friday, April 9th 5-8pm. The show will be on display until May 12th, 2010.