Monthly Archives: August 2010

Celebration of the Arts

You are invited to The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture annual gala fundraiser the Celebration of the Arts on September 11, 2010 at 6pm.

The Emerson Center is a non-profit community art center that serves as a primary resource for the arts, arts education and cultural activities in southwest Montana. The Celebration of the Arts is the Emerson’s largest fundraiser. Proceeds from the evening will fund the Emerson’s exhibits and education programs and the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the historic 1918 building.

The festive evening features an array of talented Quick Draw Finish artists, live entertainment, an inspired buffet, silent and live auctions, an open bar and a wide range of cultural talents from Emerson tenants and others around the Bozeman community.

Quick Draw Finish Artists include:

Tom Gilleon
Adair Peck
Sue Tirrell
Jim Dick
Jennifer Lowe-Anker

Some live auction items include:

Painting by artist, Jim Dick
Gibson Guitar
Private concert with Stuart Weber
Painting by Aaron Shuerr
and much more…

Call the Emerson at 587-9797 for tickets and information. Please RSVP by September 6.

Fabric assemblages of China Marks

Now showing at the Jessie Wilber Gallery is an exhibit by China Marks. The artist will give a gallery talk on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6pm.

Not quilts, not collages, these pieced and stitched fabric assemblages pique one’s curiosity. The spliced imagery is quirky, surreal and slightly ominous. And that grabs our attention. China’s New York studio is glutted with innumerable cloth swatches of both contemporary and historic fabrics. This forms her primary palette, Countering tradition, the artist dispenses with sketches or other preliminary planning and launches directly into actualizing these eccentric narratives. Fabric scraps prepared with fusible backing are combined with unprepared printed pieces until a composition emerges. Then China temporarily fuses these fragments through ironing them together. These assembled fabric cutouts are then joined more permanently through laborious, zigzag stitching.

Be sure to see this amazing and unique work! For more information, contact Ellen Ornitz at

Update: There will also be a gallery talk by Willem Volkersz @ 6pm during Artwalk 9/10.

MSU Ceramics Collection

Montana State University is proud to present an exhibition of ceramic works from the MSU permanent collection. The works will be on exhibit Monday 30 August – Thursday 16 September, 2010, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall. The gallery is open Monday through Friday; 9AM – 5PM (except Labor Day, Monday 6 September). There will be a closing reception on Thursday 16 September, 7PM – 9PM, at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, with invited speaker Josh DeWeese.

View rare and incredible ceramic objects from the MSU archives. The front gallery takes viewers back more than 100 years through the astoundingly beautiful Pueblo Pottery of the Southwest United States. These large bowls, polychrome jars and assorted objects represent excellent examples of pots from the Zia, Acoma, Santa Clara, and Santa Domingo Pueblos.

The back gallery represents the MSU Ceramics Research Collection. Included in the exhibition are pieces by alumni, former professors and visiting artists at Montana State University; such as Peter Voulkos, Rudy Autio and Frances Senska. Experience early 1950’s Peter Voulkos glazed, wheel-thrown pottery and witness the beginnings of his raw abstract expressionist forms. This collection also includes raw clay pieces by American masters Rudy Autio, Paul Soldner and Patti Warashina. Included in this show are pieces made by current professors Josh DeWeese and Dean Adams, as well as, current School of Art Graduate Students in Ceramics Dave Peters and Ernest Forward.

Yellowstone Stories: watercolors by Marsha Karle

Yellowstone Stories, a show of watercolors by artist Marsha Karle, will be on display throughout the Fall semester at Montana State University Libraries in the first floor Heathcote Court. Marsha has drawn on fifteen years of experience living and working in Yellowstone National Park in creating her watercolors.

“Having spent so many years involved in Yellowstone’s controversies and issues, it can take some time to make the transition back to just seeing and appreciating the park for its beauty. It’s such a wonderful place, and I’ve tried to capture its magic in watercolors that give us little glimpses of all the daily drama that goes on in nature.”

This is Marsha’s second library show in Bozeman this year. In June and July, seventy of her watercolors and sketches of Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park were shown at the Bozeman Public Library.

Call for artists for Emerson Holiday Bazaar

The Emerson is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our annual Holiday Bazaar. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, December 11 from 10am to 8pm in the Emerson Ballroom. A limited number of booths will be available and the application deadline is Sept. 1 October 1. All artists are invited to apply and will be a juried selection process.

Get in the holiday spirit and contact Jordan at the Emerson. To receive the application, contact Jordan at or 587-9797.

Willow Creek August Art Walk

Enjoy a Montana summer evening strolling through Willow Creeks’ Art Walk on Friday, August 20th. The Art Walk will begin at 5 p.m. and go to 9 p.m.

The Fire Hall brings all the regional artists and crafters under one roof. Handcrafted knifes and beads by Donna Pogreba, watercolors by Pat Gibson; as well as necklaces, oil paintings, copper jewelry, llama scarves and caps, photographs are part of the variety you will enjoy browsing through. The Fire Hall will feature their hot off the grill hamburgers as a fundraiser for the Willow Creek High School Field Trips.

Painting by Pat Mahan

Don Kast at Willow Creek Gallery continues to display the works created by himself and his wife. Their works range from traditional landscapes in oil to contemporary mixed media. Their shady  porch is a fine place to enjoy their artwork and escape the summer heat.

Leslie Drawbaughs’ Walls of Grace Studio, (straight across from the Willow Creek Cafe), presents pastels fantasies drawings and  abstract landscapes in acrylic which continue to amaze viewers with her choices of colors. Enjoy chocolate tipped strawberries with other fruit delights to cool down an hot summer night. Special frozen treats for all kids at heart offered.

Dave Kirk, at Aunt Dofe’s House of Recent Memory will feature the contemporary work of Nan Parsons. He will also have music by M.J. Williams and Friends. Aunt Dofe’s will continue to give amazing food. Call Dave Kirk at 285-6996 for more information on this gallery.

If you still want to just enjoy a sit down meal, then make reservations to our famous Willow Creek Cafe and Bar. Their number is 285-3698.

Pull String Clouds and Pinhole Stars: Constructions by Gabriel Kulka

tart presents a show of new work by Gabriel Kulka. Known for his haunting, sometimes achingly evocative sculptural work, Gabriel presents a series of petite work for this exhibit. Figures crafted from scraps of hardwood, string, nails, metal, and other “junk” cause the viewer to stop, to think, to find something new upon each viewing.

Whether the pieces are two feet tall or two inches high, Kulka’s sculptural perspective reverberates with isolation and what it means to be ensnared in the human form. Much of Kulka’s work invites the viewer to participate – to twist a string, move a leg, turn or remove a part of a sculpture – to be whimsical, mindful, fully in the world. But it is only a tease, because in the end we still feel like a visitor.
-Michele Corriel

An opening reception will be held during Art Walk on Friday, August 13th, 5-8pm.

Montana Institute of the Arts show

A unique collection of original work by artists from The Montana Institute of the Arts will be exhibited and on sale during the 9th annual show at The Emerson Cultural Center Ball Room, starting Friday 13th August to Sunday 15th. Oil and water color paintings, drawings, pastels, cards, mixed media, silk paintings, collages and three-dimensional art will be on display at this increasingly popular show which draws a crowd from across Montana and coincides with Bozeman’s August art walk.

Diana Tremaine, a nationally known artist who lives and paints in The Gallatin Valley, will be the judge for this juried show.

The public are invited to the opening reception of light refreshments and music by Malinda Jones on Friday 13th August from 5 to 8 pm. Hours are Saturday 8am to 8pm and Sunday 8am to 4pm. The Emerson is at 111 South Grand.

Upon the Heels of the Mystics: The New Entropy @ the Danforth

The New Entropy is exhibiting an exploration of imagery, Upon the Heels of the Mystics, at the Danforth gallery on August 27 at 5pm for members of the Danforth and 5:30pm for the public. New works from Dalton C. Brink, Ryan Mitchell, April Hale, and William Shirey will be on display for your viewing pleasure. A live performance from our hometown hero Jason Lytle of Grandaddy and Admiral Radley fame will be granted for your listening pleasure. The exhibition includes works of painting, writing, film, installation, live performance, music, fashion, ceramics, sculpture, and much more. Wine and refreshments for the taking. Come and enjoy.

Imagination and social change: call for participation around Nomkoo

Project Nomkoo invites the community to join Bliss Browne and Bon Gertz on Sunday August 8 from 2-5 pm at Nomkhubulwane (Nomkoo) in front of the Bozeman Public Library. Through story telling, art activities and conversation, guests will have the opportunity to explore the power of imagination and creativity to inspire and effect change. Local amateur and professional artists are invited to bring your sketch pads, easels etc to express your vision of Nomkoo and sustainability. The community can see our local artists at work. This family friendly event is free and open to the public.

Bon Gertz, visiting from Hout Bay, South Africa is a deep ecologist and lover of nature and books. Former Assistant Director of the Central Library in South Africa, Bon was responsible for setting up much of the Provincial Library Service there. She is a good friend of Andries Botha, the artist who made Nomkhubulwane. Bon will be on hand to read elephant stories and to answer questions about South Africa. (She turns 80 on August 14 so wish her happy birthday!)

Bliss Browne is founder and President of Imagine Chicago and the mother of the global “Imagine” movement. She is the organizer of Nomkhubulwane’s national tour and a close friend of the elephant’s sculptor. Browne will lead the conversation about imagination and social change, a subject for which she is known all over the world. She has visited Bozeman many times as part of her close working relationship with Hopa Mountain.

Nomkhubulwane (Nomkoo), a South African Ambassador for Sustainability, is a 1.3 ton 9’ tall elephant made of recycled tires and traveling internationally to raise awareness for issues of sustainability, conservation and environment. Project Nomkoo is a 6 month grass roots collaboration revolving around Nomkhubulwane’s August 4 – September 15 visit to Bozeman. Bozeman is one of only five US cities on her 2010 North American Tour. She will be standing in the front plaza of the Bozeman Public Library. Project Nomkoo works with community members, nonprofits, businesses and educators to utilize art, music, culture and community conversations to increase awareness and inspire commitments to live in a more respectful and sustainable manner.

For more information about Project Nomkoo and upcoming events visit