Monthly Archives: July 2010

Claire Vitucci and Project: Home @ [the art project]

[the art project] at the Emerson will be exhibiting 2 exhibits during the August art walk on Friday, August 13 from 5-8pm. Claire Vitucci will be exhibiting her mixed medium of photographs, collage and painting titled Homesteads & Thresholds. Also on display will be Project: Home.

Abandoned cabins, barns and homesteading equipment are a common sight throughout the west.  It’s hard to imagine the path that led to the cabin site, the building of the cabin, the life led while living there and what might have brought someone to close the door forever. This show embodies the thresholds she has passed over and called home.  With each threshold, she hopes to portray part of what made them more than just a house.  In juxtaposition she has also depicted a variety of lone homesteads; empty forever, with the wind at their backs.

Vitucci uses photographs to capture a place for posterity, while memory helps serve a personal connection to the experience and location.  Through the combined use of photography and collage the exhibited works take the likenesses of a photograph one step further to encompass the overall impression of a place that comes to mind when looking back on it.

Project: Home is the first project of many in which submissions were asked of anyone in the U.S. to take part. We asked creatives to relay what “home” means to them using any form of media on a postcard provided and mail back their submissions to the Emerson. A variety of postcards have already been submitted from artists from several locations, a graphic designer, a writer, children of all ages, MSU students and more. Our goal is to increase community involvement in the arts by reaching out to those who don’t label themselves as “artistic” but want to be involved in a project. We hope to fill the entire 10’ x 6’ steel project wall with postcards from a broad demographic. We expect to see pieces from all over the U.S., with most submitted from Montana. The opening will take place on August 13 from 5-8pm during the Bozeman art walk and will be on exhibit until October. The pieces will be sold at a very affordable price which will in turn be used to fund future community engagement projects and art education at the Emerson.

We are still accepting work for this show until August 9. Contact us for more info or to retrieve a postcard. If anyone would like to create a postcard but doesn’t have the supplies or just wants some inspiration, a station in [the art project] has been set up inviting anyone interested in the project to create one today or to view what others have done so far!

We are located at 111 S. Grand in the Emerson’s Galleria Hall, Bozeman, MT.

Heisel and Danahy featured at Artists’ Gallery

The Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson is pleased to present new artwork by, Justine Heisel and Anne Danahy, our featured artists for the month of August.  We invite you to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, August 13th from 5-8 p.m., during Downtown Bozeman’s Art Walk.

Justine Heisel’s exhibit is called Leaf Letters – A Petite Calligraphic  Installation, where she combines beautiful letters with nature’s greenery. Heisel likes to approach each new subject in a different way.  This time the subject is the alphabet.  The approach is playful, colorful, light, and it moves!

Award winning watercolorist, Anne Danahy, discovered silk painting five years ago, and was drawn to the transparent brilliance of color when using dyes and silk. In August, the subtle beauty of her silk scarves and abstract and impressionistic silk paintings will be featured at The Artist’s Gallery in the Emerson.

Sandra Dal Poggetto: New Paintings & Works on Paper

An exhibition of large scale, abstract oil paintings and works on paper by Sandra Dal Poggetto will be on view at Dave Kirk’s Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory from July 16 to August 15. An opening reception will be held Friday, July 23, 5-9 pm.

Dal Poggetto’s work combines rich paints with buckskin or luxurious feathers and pelts from game that she hunts. In so doing, she hopes to both honor and challenge the Euro-American tradition of landscape painting giving form to a fresh, and also ancient, awareness of the natural world. A large painting from this body of work is concurrently on view in the sweeping group exhibition, Montana Landscape: The Eye of the Beholder at the Holter Museum of Art.

As Ben Mitchell, Senior Curator at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, has written: “Dal Poggetto is reinterpreting the Western American landscape tradition through stunningly beautiful and deeply surprising means.”

Further information and images can be found on Dal Poggetto’s web site.

GGWC Holiday Art Competition

Highlight your artistic talents while contributing to the quality of your community and its waters by submitting an image for Greater Gallatin Watershed Council’s (GGWC’s) 2010 holiday card contest!

The competition is open to professional and amateur artists of all ages, for holiday card artwork that includes some type of water element (e.g., snow, icicles, stream, etc.), capable of being produced as a 4”x6” printed card. Style may be classic, contemporary, or whimsical. No text is necessary. A cash prize will be awarded to the top three winning artist(s), and the top 10 entries will be displayed (with artist info) at the Bozeman Angler during the Christmas Stroll and during GGWC’s January annual meeting and auction. Submittals are due July 30th, 2010.

For more details and to download an entry form, please click here (PDF).

Willow Creek Art Walk + Willow Creek Days

Due to Willow Creek Days being held a week later than the usual summer art walks, this July the art walk will be Friday, July 23rd, starting at 5 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.

Regional art from local artists will be in the Fire Hall, with arts and crafts ranging from hand spun llama wool caps to metal works in copper and fine paintings in oils and watercolors. Hamburgers and Hot Dogs will be available to raise funds for the Willow Creek High School students field trips.

Three other galleries will also have their doors open. Aunt Dofe’s House of Memory will feature some of the best Contemporary Art work to be seen. Don and Maren Kast of Willow Creek Art Gallery continue to display their oil painting and other mixed media work. Walls of Grace Studio (across from the Willow Creek Cafe), exhibits the art of Leslie Drawbaugh. Her work has two distinct themes of either landscapes and fantasy. Between all four places, there is bound to be something to please the eye and heart. Just take the road through Three Forks and end up at our front door.

For more information, call 600-8049.

Job opportunities @ The Emerson

Update: The Emerson is also looking for an Administrative Assistant. Applicants should have a background in an office environment, and a general set of business related skills and experience. Desired Education: A 4 year college degree or equivalent office experience. Desired Experience: At least 1-2 years of experience in an office environment. Experience with non profit organizations and membership programs would be helpful. Desired Skills and Abilities: Strong writing skills; strong communication skills; organizational skills, Microsoft Office Suite. See web site for details.

The Emerson is looking for an Exhibits Preparator. The exhibits preparator and exhibits assistant is responsible for the installation of Emerson’s art exhibitions. The position includes handling and shipping artwork, condition reporting, installing text panels and vinyl letters, light carpentry and will assist in associated community outreach. The preparator must be able to lift 50 pounds. The preparator needs to have a flexible schedule & reports to the Visual Arts Director. Hourly wage DOE. Approximately 40 hours/month; hours will vary each week. Please email resume to See the notice on the Emerson web site for full details.

The Administrative Assistant should have a background in an office environment, and a general set of business related skills and experience. Desired Education: A 4 year college degree or equivalent office experience. Desired Experience: At least 1-2 years of experience in an office environment. Experience with non profit organizations and membership programs would be helpful.
Desired Skills and Abilities: Strong writing skills; strong communication skills; organizational skills, Microsoft Office Suite.

Recycled art in a big way: an elephant is coming to Bozeman

Nomkhubulwane (Nomkoo for short), 9-foot high elephant made from recycled tires by South African sculptor and activist Andries Botha, will be in Bozeman August 4 – September 15. The sculpture will be on display in front of the Bozeman Public Library. The goal of the visit—Bozeman is one of only six cities in North America on the itinerary—is to facilitate and catalyze conversations relating to the environment and sustainable living. For a schedule of events and other information, check the Nomkoo in Bozeman website at

As a fundraiser for the project, local artist Paula Pearl is donating the commemorative oil painting shown above, which is for sale by auction. See the Nomkoo website for the schedule of venues where the painting will be on display.

Update: Chalk on the Walk. On Tuesday, August 3, from 10:30 – 12:30, you’re invited to decorate the sidewalks around the plaza in front of the Bozeman Public Library with your own creative welcoming message to Nomkoo for her arrival on August 4th.  We will have a “Community Celebration”  that day, 8/4, starting at 3:00 with fun activities and her official welcoming by some “important guests” at 6.  Go to for more information.

Gallatin Art Crossing

The Gallatin Art Crossing is pleased to announce the Reception for the 2010-11 show and installation. This years show will begin on July 17th with the Reception starting at 5:30 at the Bozeman Public Library. Please join us for complimentary beer, wine, appetizers with music from Scott Evje and go on a tour of the over 30 Sculptures in downtown Bozeman.

Creation and contribution for the Gallatin Art Crossing is an opportunity to have an artists work marketed and on display in downtown for one year. The Art Crossing exhibit hosts a variety of artwork introducing viewers to many artistic approaches. The goal of the program is to add at least one piece to the permanent collection each year. Please visit to get more information, also place your vote for this years Peoples Choice Award.

Elizabeth Stone @ [the art project]

[the art project] at the Emerson—a new space dedicated to engage the community with unique interactive projects, art exhibited by primarily emerging artists and other creative adventures—invites you to stop by during the art walk on Friday, July 9 from  5-8pm.

Elizabeth Stone will be exhibiting Song Bird Song, a collection of photographs that lyrically portray a brief interlude between impermanence and stagnation.  Stone moves us through her song, her poem, with the minute movements of the birds. The birds on the wires shimmer not unlike tiny drawings or musical notes on a piece of sheet music.  They rest, they move, they rest and they move and they pause before taking flight, depicting our own dance in life.

[the art project] will also be offering various interactive art projects for all art walkers at the walk while you enjoy wine and small snacks!

The Raptor Society will be here to exhibit their raptor images and will share information about their exciting education programs!