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Drawing on Main: Paul Heaston sketches @ Story Mansion

On November 12, 13, and 14, Paul Heaston will exhibit his complete Main Street artwork and share his artistic experiences as “Main Street Chronicler” at the Story Mansion with support from the MSU School of Art, the Friends of the Story Mansion, and the Downtown Bozeman Partnership.

Beginning in September of 2008 and through the winter of 2009, Montana State University MFA student Paul Heaston spent time sitting with a sketchbook along Main Street with the intention of documenting the buildings in every block of Bozeman’s historic downtown core from Grand to Rouse Avenues. Heaston described his drawings as “less rigorous studies of architecture than they are an attempt to emphasize and amplify the character of the various buildings and cars.”

On March 6, 2009, just after 8 a.m., a massive explosion ripped through the 200 block of East Main Street, killing one person, destroying buildings that dated to the 1880s, and displacing businesses and residents. It was a tragedy that Bozeman residents felt deeply. After the explosion, a buzz began building at the MSU School of Art and throughout the community about “that guy who drew Main Street before the explosion.” Many have visited his website www.paulheaston.com, others have seen prints of his sketchbook at a local gallery, but his original sketchbook and a full set of prints have not been exhibited.

Heaston will be selling copies of his sketches as prints, posters and postcards. A percentage of the proceeds from the sale and any donations received from the events will support the Friends of the Story Mansion and the MSU School of Art.

Scheduled Events

Thursday, November 12
7:00pm to 9:00pm Opening of The Paul Heaston: Main Street at Story Mansion
A reception for invited guests from the Downtown and University Communities featuring a gallery talk by the artist, refreshments, and music by Jawbone Railroad

Friday, November 13th
12:00pm to 5:00pm The Paul Heaston: Main Street Exhibit at Story Mansion
7:00pm to 9:00pm The Paul Heaston: Main Street Exhibit Public Reception, featuring a gallery talk by the artist, refreshments and music

Saturday, November 14th
10:00am to 5:00pm
Open Mansion to view the exhibit
10:00am to 12:00pm Coffee, doughnuts and Story Mansion tours
12:00pm to 4:00pm “Sketch Crawl” a free drawing workshop in the BonTon Historic District with Paul Heaston and other MSU School of Art faculty

Bozeman As We See It: Work by Adair Peck and Paul Heaston

This September, tart will show the work of two artists rendering their own unique takes on Montana classics.

Adair Peck presents life size papier mache dogs and trophy heads.  Adept at capturing gesture and form, Adair raises a common childhood art material to a new level with the addition of intricate japanese papers and humorous take on a Montana game room classic, the trophy head.  Part caricature and part tribute, these animals charm and compel.

Working on a much smaller scale, Paul Heaston has spent the last year sketching each of block of Bozeman’s Main St. in small moleskine notebook.  The sketches are then scanned and digitally printed, resulting in an astonishingly detailed record of the buildings of Main St., brick by  brick, block by block.  The show includes a sketch of the block damaged in the natural gas explosion in March of this year.  A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these prints will be donated to the Downtown Relief Fund.

Opening reception on Friday, September 11th 5-8p.m, in tart, room #107C of the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave.,  call 582-0416 for more information.  The show will be on display from September 11th through October 8th.

Exhibit at MSU Libraries: Paul Heaston

Self-Portrait in Studio

Self-Portrait in Studio

Artwork by MSU graduate student, Paul Heaston, is currently on exhibit in the first floor Heathcote Court at Renne Library through December 2008. Additional works are displayed over the computer area on first floor.

In 2002, Heaston graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio (Magna Cum Laude) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting. Some of his Bozeman exhibitions have been included at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery, the Weaver Room at the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture, and the Helen Copeland Gallery. His artwork has also been exhibited at Bear Moon Gallery in Boerne, TX  and the Eye II Eye Gallery and Bismarck Studios in the Blue Star Arts Complex in San Antonio. Heaston’s artist’s statement is available at http://www.lib.montana.edu/displays/08fallexhibit.php.

Stop by the library or visit Paul’s website [www.paulheaston.com] for his bio and more samples of his work.