Category Archives: Galleries

Roots and Anchors: Painted stories of freedom, flight and grounding by Christine Sutton

New paintings by Bozeman artist Christine Sutton will be unveiled during the September artwalk. In her latest series, Roots & Anchors, Sutton explores a landscape of nostalgia, melancholy, loneliness and hope. These otherworldly paintings play with images of weight and lift to create abstract portraits of mood, time, and place to examining her own real-word experiences. Christine’s images are rough, yet deliberate, exposing the hidden tensions and meanings underlying daily existence. From a small cast of common elements including the prairie horizon-line, the “sage brush ocean”, and open sky, Christine conjures up an emotional and contemplative space that is continually evolving.

10% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Pintler Pets, a no-kill animal shelter in Anaconda, MT.

Opening reception will be held in tart, rooms 107B & C in the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave. Visit, call 406-582-0416 or email The show will be on display through October 6th, 2011.

“Montana Women in the Visual Arts” exhibit @ The Emerson

The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture in Bozeman, Montana presents a comprehensive exhibit: Montana Women in the Visual Arts, a two-venue show featuring historic, modern and contemporary works of art in all media. The shows will be on display from September 9 – November 11 with an opening reception, September 9, 5-8 pm. The last time Montana viewers had the opportunity to see such a survey was in the 1980s in Custer County, Montana.

The Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery will feature a survey of works by accomplished women artists from 1850 – 2011. Most of these works are borrowed from the permanent collections of Montana’s major art museums. Emerson’s guest curator Mimi Harris selected compelling artworks that reflect a visual relationship to Montana and represent an overview of women’s interests and concerns. Women artists of both Native and European traditions have representation in this show. The show will feature works by such renowned local artists as Christine Joy, Deborah Butterfield, Frances Senska and Jessie Wilber. Exceptional beaded Native American pouches and dolls highlight the historic components in the exhibit. On display in the Emerson Lobby is a juried exhibit of emerging professional women artists from throughout Montana. Selections for both exhibits included originality of idea, creative use of materials and professional craftsmanship. The combined shows are a springboard for the Emerson’s “Schools in the Gallery” program that offers exhibit tours for students of all ages, with a focus on K-5 elementary school children.

The Emerson is grateful to the National Endowment for the Arts, the Montana Arts Council, the Montana Cultural Trust and the Yellowstone Community Foundation for supporting these programs. For additional information about this exhibit and our education programs please consult or contact Ellen Ornitz:

Wilbert and Williams works @ Artists’ Gallery

Artists Ann Wilbert and Linda Williams will be displaying new work during the month of September at the Artists’ Gallery in The Emerson. Come to the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, September 9th from 5-8 p.m., during Bozeman’s last Downtown Art Walk.

Ann Wilbert has been making lampwork glass beads for 15 years. She continues her fascination with taking something as solid as glass and molding it into a unique piece of art.

Linda Williams continues to develop her skills as an oil painter. After graduating from MSU with a degree in Studio Art and a focus on watercolors, she has since taken numerous classes to hone her talent in oil. She has recently shown her work in the MIA, Sweet Pea, and Danforth juried shows.

“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.

“Downtown Bozeman”: June Billings Safford @ Altitude Gallery

Altitude Gallery is pleased to present “Downtown Bozeman”, a collection of original oil paintings by longtime Bozeman resident, June Billings Safford.  There will be an Artist’s Reception during the Art Walk on July 8 from 6-8pm.  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Safford, born in Brooklyn, NY, moved to Bozeman forty years ago.  She has since retired from a teaching career in the English department at Bozeman High.  As a painter, the West has come alive for Safford with an eye to the rural settings and a plenitude of nature.  Her latest focus brings Safford back to her urban roots as she explores the unique architecture of downtown Bozeman.  She is drawn to the historic buildings as well as some of the newer downtown additions.  “I’ve watched Bozeman become more and more beautiful as it sheds its sixties fronts” says the artist.  “I hope those who view these paintings will form an even firmer appreciation for our vibrant downtown.”   Safford’s paintings will be showing in the gallery July 8-August 8.

Altitude Gallery has been showcasing contemporary art in the Gallatin Valley for six years, and in downtown Bozeman for over four years.  Owner Amy Kirkland says “June so perfectly captures the lively feel of our wonderful downtown.  She has included some real gems in this complete body of work.  I would encourage anyone with a love of architecture, art, or downtown Bozeman to stop in the gallery to see their favorite building done in June’s expressive style.”

Altitude Gallery is located in the heart of historic downtown Bozeman, MT at 134 E. Main St.  Voted Bozeman’s Best Art Gallery in 2010 and 2011.  Open 10-6 Mon.-Sat. and 10-3 Sun.

Rural avant-garde @ Visions West

Visions West, for Bozeman’s first summer Artwalk on June 10th, 6-9pm, features the opening of Montana Rural Avant-Garde! Seven artists will share their work, highly reflective of the western landscape, but informed by a different perspective than typical Western art being produced today. Instead of bone-tired, nostalgic paintings of cowboys, highly realistic landscapes and wildlife paintings, these artists take their cue from modernist, expressionist, minimalist schools, combining modern techniques and influences with their own insights, emotions, and imaginations. This combination produces fresh, diverse work that stands out. The show will feature work by Arin Waddell, Ted Waddell, Kirsten Kainz, Ralph Wiegmann, Suzanne Truman, Brad Rude and Will Pope.

“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.