Monthly Archives: July 2011

Tim Crawford photographs “Nature in My Studio”

The Emerson invites the community to view recent photographs by Tim Crawford, Nature in My Studio in an upcoming Emerson Lobby Exhibit, August 5 – August 31. Meet the artist at gala reception Friday, August 12, 5-8 pm. The show features photographs of exquisite flowers documented in a studio setting with dramatic black backdrop. His final images are produced by applying an ink-jet printing process onto stretched canvas.

Crawford began working as a photographer shooting actors’ composites, models’ portfolios; film set stills, magazine assignments, and architectural photography, in southern California, in the late 1960s. In recent years he has worked on several conservation projects with aerial photography while still doing some magazine and product work. Tim now lives in Montana with his wife, Kathy and pursues photography primarily for his own gratification.

For further information about this exhibit and our education programs consult our website: or email

Christman and Ward at Artists’ Gallery for August

Artists Dede Christman and Geri Ward will be displaying new work during the month of August at the Artists’ Gallery in The Emerson.

Dede Christman has been exploring new shapes in earthenware clay with glazes reminiscent of the Yellowstone geyser colors. She has also created ‘totem like’ sculptures and abstract ‘beings’ in ceramic. To complement her pottery, Christman will be displaying her abstract, mixed media paintings with added papers to enhance their texture and color.

Although usually recognized for her whimsical and imaginative watercolors, Geri Ward is equally adept at rendering realistic scenes, especially of ducks and geese. Ward’s current exhibit is a brief return to nature and wildlife painting.

Come to the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, August 12th from 5-8 p.m., during Bozeman’s Downtown Art Walk.

Sweet Pea art show at the Library

The Sweet Pea Juried and Open Art Shows will once again be held in the Atrium Gallery at the Bozeman Public Library. A seamless exhibition of juried and open artwork in diverse media will feature many talented artists. The public is invited to attend the opening reception 6-8 pm on Thursday, August 4. The show runs from Thursday, August 4 to Friday, August 26, and may be viewed during the library’s normal business hours: Monday–Thursday, 10am–8pm; and Friday–Saturday, 10am–5pm.

Special August Art Walk in Willow Creek

Summer relaxation and art just got better for everyone. The Willow Creek Artists are inviting you to experience a very special Art Walk for August. New to Montana, from the East coast, the Celtic fiddling group, “Mohr4”, will be our guest performers. They describe their playing as “Celtic and Classical music – straying into other genres (like Shaker, Renaissance, and Gypsy) when the mood hits us.” This mother plus daughters quartet have a long list of venues they have played at in their past. White Mountain Chimney Corner Celebration, Springville; Mologne House; Walter Reed Army Medical Center; Concerts in the Park, New Hope ; and the Classical Music Recital at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Huntsville Alabama are just a few the many places for their concerts. Their website is

Come and enjoy, as well as support the art works, galleries, artist and our wonderful musicians on August 19th, beginning at 5 pm. Head over to Three Forks, go right through town, and head south for six miles until you see us there in the heart of Willow Creek. For more information, call Leslie at 406-600-8049.

Emerson exhibits @ July Art Walk

In the Mud Room is an ongoing show featuring high-end and affordable contemporary ceramics by Emerson teachers and staff. Reception Friday, July 8th at 5-8 pm. Exhibit artists are teachers Ryan Mitchell: functional porcelain; Vanessa Rogers: sculptural porcelain vessels; Carl Sheehan: functional high fire stoneware:: Shaila Sorenson: primitive fired hand dug clay; and Emerson staff Ellen Ornitz: porcelain & mixed media sculpture; Mike Weix: terracotta vessel.

In the Lobby is an exhibit of work by Stevi Lynn and Sally Hickman, who will describe their photo transfer and encaustic processes in a gallery talk at 6 pm.

The ongoing show at the Jessie Wilber Gallery is Contemporary Figurative Ceramics.

The Weaver Room Gallery is showing Butte: Common & Private Spaces, an ongoing and collaborative effort between Bozeman photographers Dan Cornish and Ian van Coller. The work is a selection of photographs taken from February 2009 to the present. Ian van Coller is a professor of photography at Montana State University, Bozeman; Daniel Cornish graduated in photography from MSU and is a Butte native.

The Ecce Gallery will hold a reception for A Visual Feast: DeWeese Family Art Show. Talk with artists Tina, Josh, and Gretchen DeWeese starting at 6:30.

“Places: Exploring Bozeman’s past and present” Oils and Encaustics by Amanda Wilner

tart will be displaying a new series of works in oil and encaustic by Bozeman artist Amanda Wilner during the July artwalk. The opening reception for the exhibit titled “Places” will take place on Friday, July 8th from 5-8pm in the tart gallery.

Trained as an architect and a sculptor, Wilner explores iconic images in Bozeman’s agricultural/industrial/historical landscape, rendering the animals, architecture and places of our town in rich deep color. Using ancient techniques of oil painting and encaustic in new ways, Wilner layers oil pigments, wax and metal leaf to create images that glow with a weathered grace. Balancing the hard lines of buildings, fancifully drawn horses and birds softly enliven her work. Vibrant colors and bold composition highlight the familiar lines of buildings we drive by every day, creating a fresh perspective on the place we call home.

10% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to the Emerson Center’s Project Art, providing equal access to the arts for all children in our community by offering scholarships to art classes and take home art supplies.

Opening reception will be held in tart, rooms 107B & C in the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave. Call 406-582-0416 or visit for more information. The show will be on display through August 10th, 2011.

Bring Your Own Art @ The Cottonwood

This July, in recognition of the significance of the month’s revolutionary history, The Cottonwood Club invites you to participate in a Bring Your Own Art show featuring the work of disenfranchised citizens…please bring your work as a show of resistance to the evergrowing shit show at the highest rungs of your nation’s declining governing powers…what’s that sound?…street artists, film artists, clay tossers, performance nerds, painters, everyone invited and all mediums highly encouraged…bring your work ready to hang or display…resistance to the overgrown capitalist monopolies could be pretty much anything you make yourself…one more cup thrown on the wheel is one less walmart is peddling, one more handmade bag is one less children in third world countries cut their fingers on…make something! educate yourself! resist! resist! sweet sounds from Royal 7 and the Young Squires. July 30, 7pm, 201 S. Wallace.

Montana Institute of the Arts Show

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation and the Montana Institute of Arts – Bozeman invites the public to the Art Opening Reception for the group’s juried art show on Friday, July 8, 5–8:00 pm. The exhibit features 42 individual participating artists using a variety of mixed media, including oils, watercolors, and drawings. The artwork will be on display in the Library’s Atrium Gallery throughout the entire month of July, and the opening coincides with the Downtown Art Walk.

This is the 10th annual juried art show for the Institute. This year’s juror is Curtis Tierney of Tierney Fine Art. Mr. Tierney has held numerous positions as art juror and trustee to public art institutions. He is a fifth generation Montanan from a family of agri-livestock producers with personal interests in art collecting.

The public is invited for food and drinks and to meet the many artists during the reception and awards presentation. All artwork is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bozeman Library Foundation to benefit the Library. Contact Paula Beswick at or 582-2426 for more information about this show or the gallery.