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MSU Graduate Students 09 @ The Emerson

The exhibiting artists include sculptor Shannon Berg, exhibiting large drawings; 2-D artist Emily Browne, showing figurative paintings/drawings; Lorie Hoffman, op art paintings; April Hale, conceptual “jewelry” that combines cast and fabricated metal objects with appropriated mixed media; and Sukha Worob, prints with a “pop art” influence. The exhibiting artists employ both traditional and contemporary techniques with the scale ranging from the intimacy of jewelry to expansive paintings. Some artists focus on a purely aesthetic and optical experience while others promote concepts and emotions that are essential to appreciating the work.

Chigiri art by Chiyoko Lewis @ Bagelworks

The Japanese art of making pictures from torn pieces of paper is known as chigiri. Chigiri work by Chiyoko Lewis is currently on display at BagelWorks (708 W. Main St.). Lewis is originally from Kagoshima, Japan, and came to Bozeman six years ago. She and her husband Jimmy recently moved to Livingston.

Geri Ward and Anne Danahy @ Artist’s Gallery

The Artists’ Gallery at the Emerson invites the public to a reception for artists Geri Ward and Anne Danahy, to be held on Friday, September 11 from 5 to 8 PM. Their works will be on display from August 31 through September 26.

Geri Ward will be presenting new works in a show entitled “Star Stuff”, a collection of amorphous outer space water-media work, representational, but without absolute literalness or realism.  Geri has been painting in Bozeman for 35 years, and has worked as a gallery attendant in a variety of galleries.  She has exhibited in Bozeman, the U.S.A. and abroad.

Rooster - Anne Danahy

Anne Danahy, a local watercolorist and oil painter, will be featuring Poultry Portraits of proud roosters, humble hens and delighted children holding their feathered friends with affectionate comfort and mutual trust. Whether fantastically feathered or commonly plumed, Anne’s Poultry Portraits look as good inside as the real birds do in the yard. Bring one home today!

Call for Special Ed Art Teacher and Aide at the Emerson – Fall 2009

Emerson Art Education
Special Ed. Artist-Educator & Special Ed Art Aide
Job Application 2009

The Emerson’s offers community-based art education for teens, adults and children. Emerson Art Education classes and workshops are fun and build artistic skills and creative courage for all students in an inclusive community setting. Our teachers are high-quality educators and artists.

Beginning Fall of 2009, the Emerson will pilot a Special Education art class for grades 6-12 and recent high school graduates. Artist-Educators must have expertise in the media they teach, enthusiasm about working with youth and adults with a range of artistic abilities, an exceptional ability to communicate with parents, students, Emerson staff and the community at large, and a flexible attitude about working in a community-based arts organization. In addition, the Artist-Educator for this position will be certified to teach Special Education and Art, or have demonstrated success and enjoyment with this population. We seek inspiring candidates who are great art teachers and are sensitive to the wide range of issues and talents of students with special needs.

The Frances Senska Pottery Studio has large working tables, slab roller, fully stocked glaze area and glaze making material area, 10 wheels, an electric kiln, a variety of tools, extruder, clay mixer, slide projector and trays, and buckets. It is a community space shared by several teachers and thirty students at any given time. Proactive communication and willingness to pitch in to improve this popular and growing program are imperative.

Emerson’s art classroom, the Green Room, is a multi-use space shared by the Crawford Theater and the Art Education program. There may be times when classes must be moved to accommodate concerts or other community events. While we do our best to provide a consistent location for art classes, you may be asked to relocate your class. Please take this into account when applying for this position.

We currently have funding for a five-week class for 8-10 students that meets for two hours after school once a week during Fall 2009. We are also hiring a classroom aide with demonstrated enjoyment and success in working with students with special needs. We hope to continue the program throughout 2009-2010 and beyond, pending funding.

Your application packet should include the following:
• Cover letter, including: your specific interest in teaching, class ideas
• Resumé or narrative describing related training, teaching and community-based art experience
• Artist’s statement, if applicable
• CD with five – ten images of your current work (jpeg files, 1 – 3 megabyte), if applicable
Please send your packet to: Visual Arts Director Ellen Ornitz
The Emerson 111 South Grand, Bozeman, MT 59715
Please do not email your application.

Deadline for receipt of materials – June 1, 2009 or until position filled
Notification of acceptance – July 1, 2009 or until position filled
Fall Session – September – December 2009 (first class no earlier than September 14, 2009)

Folk Dogs by Abby McMillen


tart is pleased to present Folk Dog Paintings by Abby McMillen.  This show is a benefit for Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter

Opening reception Thursday, March 5th 5-8pm.

The show will be on display through the end of March in TART, room #110 of the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave.,  call 582-0416 for more information.

Call for filmmakers – Emerson promotional DVD

The Emerson is fundraising for continued renovation of our 1918 building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Part of this campaign is a two to five-minute film short that effectively and innovatively communicates the tremendous and wide-ranging value the Emerson adds to southwest Montana. The short will be used to explain our mission visually to out-of-state donors and foundations who cannot tour the building in person.

This project will be funded through private grants, $1,500 – $2,500 contingent on funding. Filming will begin Spring 2009.

To be considered for this project, please submit a cover letter, resume and sample of your work to the Emerson by March 1, 2009. Please mail or drop off application materials to:


DVD Project

111 S. Grand Ave.

Bozeman, MT 59715

Bozeman High School Art Teachers Exhibition

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery announces its second summer exhibition in a series showcasing 3 different high schools. This exhibition, from Bozeman High School, features Pat Hoffman, Mark Sullivan, Kerry Corcoran, Stacie Smith, and Beth Plaff. Their work will be on display June 23rd through July 18th. An opening reception will be held Monday, June 23rd from 5:00 – 7:00pm.

A variety of different mediums make up the exhibition. We have two potters, Hoffman and Plaff who demonstrate two very different points of view in their work. Hoffman’s wall forms are inspired by the shape of seeds that developed from his recent investigations of organisms as “containers of life”.

Pfaff’s pottery demonstrates her mental energy and critical analysis of the external world. Mental alertness and self exploration define her process as an artist.

Smith’s metalwork and paintings are described as being funky, fun, elegant, and confident. She uses them to demonstrate her plethora of life experiences that have helped to develop her as a person and artist.

Sullivan’s paintings and drawings take on the construction of “guardian angels” that serve to teach, comment, protect, and keep him honest. He encourages you to not be told what the works mean, rather create your own sense as the viewer.

Corcoran’s drawings and prints reflect her studies of nature. Working with a combination of print mediums, Corcoran creates monotypes with woodcuts and collaging with multi-layering techniques.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located in Haynes Hall on the MSU-Bozeman campus. All exhibitions and receptions are free and open to the public. For more information call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562.

Gennie DeWeese and the Art of Community

The memorial service for Gennie DeWeese was held today. Though I knew her personally in the slightest way–enough to greet each other on the various occasions we met at some art event over the last year or so–I knew well of her significance in the Montana art world. She and her late husband Bob were instrumental in developing modern art in the state. They did this not only through their work and teaching, but by forming the nucleus of a very strong and supportive community of artists, a fact universally attested to by the many who spoke at the service.

Some of DeWeese’s recent canvas scrolls were hung around the walls of the ballroom. My clear favorite was of a tree-lined stretch of creek, with snowy ground before and snowy hillside behind. Later in the afternoon I drove past her house on Cottonwood Creek on my way to ski up the canyon. It seemed a good place to spend time.

About Gennie DeWeese: News story and art on the web