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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 ellen@theemerson.org.

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

“Life Forms” Paintings by Adele Pittendrigh

Paintings by Adele Pittendrigh are on display in the Emerson lobby through March 8. The gallery will be open for Art Walk, February 12, 5-8 pm, and a closing reception will be held March 4, 5:30 – 8 pm, with a gallery talk at 5:30.

Pittendrigh’s work was inspired by images from the electron microscope that reveal an invisible world in graphic detail. These ultra close-ups reveal unexpected lines, shapes and edges. Most of the paintings are based on images of plant cells, which sometimes echo landscape forms viewed from the sky. The paintings are not meant to be scientifically accurate, but instead are variations on a theme and evolve during the process of painting. Texture and collage contribute to a sense of construction as the paintings develop over time.

Pittendrigh studied painting at the High School of Music and Art in New York, the University of Chicago, and Montana State University. Although her training is in the humanities, she has a life-long interest in science and enjoys the cross-disciplinary atmosphere in the College of Letters and Science at Montana State University, where she has worked for over 30 years.

Call for Artists: Art Markets at the Emerson

Local artists are sought for the Emerson’s second annual Art Market, held in conjunction with the Bozeman Winter Farmer’s Market. The Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture seeks local craftspeople selling handmade arts, crafts, jewelry and more. Products must be handmade locally by the vendor and vendors must attend all dates. Applications are due by October 24th.

Art markets will take place on the following Saturday mornings, from 9am – 12pm: November 14th and 28th, December 12th, February 13th and 27th, March 13th and 27th, April 10th and 24th.

For more information or an application, visit www.theemerson.org, email cherlyn@theemerson.org or call 587-9797.

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)

Call for contemporary visual artists

The Emerson is now accepting applications for contemporary visual art exhibits for our Lobby, Weaver Room, and Jessie Wilber galleries for 2009 – 2011.

The Jessie Wilber Gallery exhibits the artwork of professional contemporary artists showing painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, crafts, mixed media, film, new genre, and installations.

The Emerson Lobby Gallery exhibits the drawings, paintings, prints, photography, and mixed media work of regional contemporary artists. The show often relates specifically to the current exhibit in the Jessie Wilber Gallery.

The Weaver Room Gallery displays two-dimensional and wall hung sculpture highlighting topics of regional significance including community concerns, travel, and artwork by students and faculty of Montana State University and our local schools.

Click here for more information and to download an application form.