Category Archives: Emerson

“Summer Providence” Embroidered Truths by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner

tart is delighted to announce the exhibit of a series of new works by Red Lodge artist Maggy Rozycki Hiltner. The opening reception for the exhibit, titled “Summer Providence” will take place on Friday, June 10th from 5-8pm in the tart gallery.

Hiltner is a nationally exhibiting textile artist renowned for breathing new life into the craft of embroidery. Meticulously detailed and sneakily subversive, her work is filled with iconic, nostaligic images of the fifties and sixties, but set slightly askew. She creates images that at first appear whimsical or vibrantly happy but on closer inspection are not quite so. This creates an experience that is at once familiar, funny and strikingly original.

10% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to BridgerCare, providing excellent, affordable reproductive and sexual healthcare and education in a safe, supportive, and empowering atmosphere.

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 July 6th, 2011.

Contemporary Figurative Ceramics @ the Emerson

Contemporary Figurative Ceramics, an exhibit of cutting edge sculpture, will open at the Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery on Friday, June 10, 2011 with a public reception from 5-8 pm. A gallery talk will be held at 6 pm. The group show will feature the clay sculptures of renowned regional and international artists: Monica Van Den Dool from Oakland, California, Greg Jahn & Nancy Halter of Billings, Trey Hill and Beth Lo of Missoula, Richard Notkin of Helena, Michael Sarich of Reno, Nevada, Tip Toland of Seattle, Washington, Rosalie Wynkoop of Bozeman, Kensuke Yamada of Helena.

This show is held to honor the 60th Anniversary of the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana, a center that attracts ceramic artists from around the world. International ceramics collectors will visit the exhibit on June 22 in a field trip hosted Steven Young Lee and the Bray Foundation.

The Emerson is fortunate to exhibit works by such an intense group of innovative ceramic artists working today. Contemporary Figurative Ceramics includes both realistic yet poignant portraiture, symbolic, abstract human and animal figures, “Day of the Dead” inspired raku skulls, press molded tiles and elaborately painted wheel thrown vessels. Some of the work is explicit in its narrative intent while others are more abstract and open to interpretation. The exhibit will be on display through August 31st.

Wendy Marquis and Sali Jo Hand @ Artists’ Gallery

Artists Wendy Marquis and Sali Jo Hand will be displaying new work during the month of June at the Artists’ Gallery in The Emerson.

Wendy Marquis attempts to straddle the place between past and present in her paintings.  She tells the story of the 1954 tractor parked in a field of wildflowers, and the ’38 GMC resting next to a rancher’s fence.  She hopes the viewer can sense the intensity of color here and the magnitude of Montana’s vistas as they appear under the big sky. Wendy has won the 2011 Cover Competition for American Artist Watercolor Magazine, her painting Bridger GMC will appear on the cover of June’s issue.

Sali Jo Hand combines her passion for art and horses in a series of black and white paintings depicting these spirited animals. Come to the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, June 10th from 5-8 p.m., during the first Downtown Art Walk of the season.

“Second Nature” Eco-friendly and Re-styled Vintage Furniture by Carla and Chandler Pyle

Livingston furniture makers and restorers Carla and Chandler Pyle of Living Home Furniture craft and re-craft furniture that treads lightly on the earth without sacrificing style. From a mid-century chrome club chair reupholstered with eco-friendly fabrics and foam, to a new chair constructed with sustainably harvested hardwood and hand dyed silk from Thailand, each piece of furniture from this duo is a green work of art intended to be used and lived on. Come see and sit on this exhibit of new and vintage furniture in tart during the Emerson’s artwalk, and participate in a fantastical wonderland photo booth with photographer Jessie Moore.

Definition of Second Nature: “A habit or mode of behavior so long practiced that it seems innate.” The relationship of this definition to furniture may seem a bit obscure, until one considers the current state of the world, in which our old ingrained habits are shifting to accommodate the true cost of our resource use in every facet of our lives. Finding a second use for our furniture, where its very nature is transformed to fit our changing needs, is a solution we can feel good about.

10% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Big Brothers and Sisters of Gallatin and Park Counties.

Opening reception on Friday, May 13th from 5-8p.m 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 June 8th, 2011.

Blessing and Faust @ Artists’ Gallery

Michael Blessing and Garrick Faust are new members of the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center, and will be the featured artists during the month of May. Come to the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, May 13th from 5-8 p.m., during the Emerson Galleria Art Walk.

Michael Blessing will be displaying his bright and whimsical oil paintings depicting everything from delectable desserts to colorful toy robots. Blessing started painting in 2003 and has since been published in International Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, Montana Quarterly and other publications. Blessing is printing limited edition fine art prints of select paintings from his growing body of work.

Garrick Faust hand crafts flutes from exotic and reclaimed antique woods. Developing his craft through years of carpentry, Faust happened upon the perfect blend of wood and music when he discovered the tradition of handcrafting flutes. He offers his flutes, and his music, as a healing integration of the indigenous and colonizing American cultures. Incorporating reclaimed wood from the ranchlands of Montana, and from Yellowstone’s historic buildings, Faust gives the wood a native-sounding voice that honors the earth. Faust offers a free half-hour lesson with the purchase one of his flutes.

“Headdress for Success” Paintings by Laura Poinsette

tart unveils a new collection of shadow boxes and paintings by Livingston artist Laura Poinsette, featuring portraits of disguise and camouflage. Inspired by the restlessness that often accompanies this season of late winter doldrums, this series illustrates the ability to transport ourselves away from our own reality using our most available vehicle, physical transformation.

A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter and Stafford Animal Shelter, caring for stray animals in Gallatin and Park Counties.

Opening reception on Friday, April 8th from 5-8p.m 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 May 11th, 2011.

Social commentary @ The Emerson: Bently Spang and Re/Vision

Two exhibits of social commentary will open at the Emerson March 11th, 2011. The Jessie Wilber Gallery will feature an installation and video by Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang. entitled New America Relics: Redux 2. Spang exhibits internationally and maintains a studio practice in Billings, Montana.

The exhibit is an edgy yet humorous critique on the perceived preciousness of imagined museum objects and a challenging Native perspective on how white people view Indians and cultural history. The installation is composed of dramatically lit glass “sculptures” cast from molds of commonplace objects from our contemporary corporate society. The video is a tongue-in-cheek interview with a costumed Spang. See the exhibit and video on ArtWalk, March 11, 5-8 pm or at our Open House before the PowWow, Friday,April 1, 5-7. The public is also meet the artist, hear a gallery talk, and see additional videos on Tuesday, March 29, 7 pm. All activities will take place in the Wilber Gallery.

In conjunction with Spang’s exhibit, three Montana artists will exhibit their own brand of commentary and satire in Emerson’s Lobby show entitled Re/Vision. These artists assemble disparate found objects and tell unpredictable stories that may be funny yet thought-provoking. Missoula artist and curator Stephen Glueckert is showing hand-cranked interactive sculptures that depict famous men in history, but with a playful twist that pokes fun at their roles as “celebrities.” Bryan Peterson‘s functional jewelry combines appropriated objects that communicate symbolic narratives about friends and notable characters. Petersen teaches jewelry and metals at Montana State University – Bozeman and the Bear Canyon School of Art & Craft.

Noah Massey showing new paintings @ The Emerson

New and startling works by Noah Massey are being hosted by the Emerson Cultural Center’s Weaver Room. Nine works by Massey, a native Bozemanite, are on display at the Emerson Cultural Center from March 1st to June 10th. The artist will have a reception on May 13th from 5 to 8 PM, with an artists talk at 6 PM.

Massey is primarily a figure painter and each of the nine works in this show depicts a local Bozeman resident in the guise of Catholic saint. “I start my paintings with the personality of the model in mind and filter that through all the hagiography stored in my head. Eventually that leads to an interesting combination of antiquity and modernity that, I think, suggests an enduring universality of the human spirit and our ability to overcome adversity.”

Recent objections to Massey’s work have required the Emerson to cover the works while there are children in the Weaver Room.

Looking For Luck @ Artists’ Gallery

Many of us have a something special we turn to for luck. Whether it’s finding a lucky penny on the sidewalk, carrying an unusual stone in our pocket, or wishing on a captivating dragonfly that flutters past. The members of the Artists’ Gallery, Bozeman’s only artist cooperative, are displaying some of their “lucky” artwork during the month of March. Most of the pieces measure 8×10 inches or smaller. The artworks on display are made from a variety of media, and are sure to bring some luck your way.

We invite you to come to the gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, March 11th from 5-8 p.m., during the Emerson Galleria Art Walk.