Patse Hansen - The September Show in the Wilkins Gallery

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Featuring entirely new paintings that reflect on the feathers as a metaphor for travel of the mind, body, and spirit. In these expressive and evocative paintings, Hansen explores how the symbol of the feather might manifest as strength, wisdom, honor, power, and trust when intertwined with ideas and visions. This work is simultaneously representative, in that you recognize the images at work, and conceptual, as Patse uses the idea of a feather to transcend narrative boundaries. These works imagine a variety of “travelers,” human, animal, and spiritual, as they engage with complex ideas and emotions.

A relatively “new” artist, Patse’s unique style has continued to gain recognition in recent years, including her juried inclusion in a Manhattan Arts International exhibition featuring just 50 women in the U.S. The Lewistown Art Center will provide refreshments from 5-7 on Friday, and Patse will be available to answer questions about her work, don’t miss it! Chokecherry Weekend Excitement

The Complete Chokecherry Cookbook Available for Purchase

We are happy to announce that the first edition of "The Complete Chokecherry Cookbook," a publication by the Lewistown Art Center, will be available for sale this Saturday, Chokecherry Festival Day at the LAC. It includes over 170 recipes in an array of categories including Appetizers, Jellies & Syrups, Main Dishes, Desserts, Beverages, Breads and more! Not only is it a comprehensive resource for all things chokecherry, but a great gift or keepsake that celebrates our community as the Chokecherry Capital of Montana!

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We are happy to announce that the first edition of "The Complete Chokecherry Cookbook," a publication by the Lewistown Art Center, will be available for sale this Saturday, Chokecherry Festival Day at the LAC. It includes over 170 recipes in an array of categories including Appetizers, Jellies & Syrups, Main Dishes, Desserts, Beverages, Breads and more! Not only is it a comprehensive resource for all things chokecherry, but a great gift or keepsake that celebrates our community as the Chokecherry Capital of Montana!

Herbalism Series at the LAC in September

Join us on Saturdays in September (the 14th, 21st, and 28th) from 1-3 PM to learn about the health benefits of safe, tonic herbs, and get hands-on experience making their own herbal infusions. Participants will make an herbal infusion, botanically infused skin care, and nutritious adaptogen foods in this education and fund workshop series.

Taught by Dixie Sullivan, these workshops are meant to bring meaningful experience and knowledge of herbs into daily life with traditional recipes, interesting facts and stories, and personal creations that support and nourish the body. Dixie will help participants cultivate positivity and peace of mind and body while engaging with the body’s sensory organs to obtain a deeper understanding of the qualities of these herbs. Participants can sign up for one class or all three for a discount. Most of the materials are provided and pre-registration is required, so stop by the LAC with any questions or to register today!

2019 CHOKECHERRY FESTIVAL

Beginning on Friday, September 6th, the Art Center will be a whirl of activity for Chokecherry Weekend! Join The Dance Syndicate for a family friendly, outdoor performance of Mary Poppins across the street at the Bank of the Rockies parking lot on Friday, September 6th, beginning at 4 PM.

After this fabulous and free outdoor performance, head into the air-conditioned LAC for the opening reception of Patse Hansen’s “The Feather Dance,” a new exhibit of contemporary paintings from a local artist. Patse will give a brief artist talk, and refreshments are provided. The opening reception for “The Feather Dance,” will take place between 5-7 PM on Friday night. Don’t forget to grab your Chokecherry Jam tickets for after the reception, and have a night of culture in Central Montana!

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Grab your entry forms this week and get cookin’! It’s almost time for the Annual Chokecherry Culinary Contest at the Lewistown Art Center! Bring your chokecherry-themed dishes to the LAC on Chokecherry Festival day, Saturday, September 7th, between 8-9 AM to be considered by our panel of distinguished judges. There will be prizes in all of the categories, as well as a special “Best in Show,” and “Best Presentation” award.

We encourage you to get creative with this famously tart fruit! Try to create a savory appetizer, non-alcoholic beverage, or artistic object from chokecherry wood, there’s a category for everything! So bring your soups, salad dressings, cakes, appetizers, main dishes, and more to the LAC on Saturday morning! Don’t forget, there’s a Youth Category as well! Entries accepted between 8-9 AM at the Lewistown Art Center, the public is welcome to come taste the entries around 11 am! Download the Chokecherry Culinary Contest Entry Form here or pick up a copy from the Lewistown Art Center. **Please note that recipes must be submitted for each entry, with the exception of those in the “Commercial Product” category.** Best of luck, and happy cooking!

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Chokecherry Festival Featured Artist

The Lewistown Art Center is excited to welcome Mary Gayle Young to Central Montana as our Featured Artist for the Chokecherry Festival this year. Mary Gayle Young is a jeweler from Sagle, ID who specializes in lightweight metal jewelry. Her newest collection, “Flame Painting,” explores the effects of fire on metal to create dynamic textures and color changes, all little wearable works of art. Young’s work features organic shapes and elements, including freshwater pearls, wildlife charms, and natural stone beads. We’re excited to feature Mary Gayle Young’s jewelry line, Earthwear, this Saturday in front of the Lewistown Art Center. While small and personal, jewelry is an art form that takes years to master, and we’re grateful that Earthwear will share her talents with Central Montana. Stop by the LAC on Saturday, September 7th to visit with the artist, as well as check out Young’s newest work!

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CALLING ALL BEER LOVERS!!

The LAC is looking for folks who dabble in the art of home brewing to feature at our Fall HarvestFest this year. Show off your creative talents, and help us celebrate Central Montana's BEST small-batch beers, ciders, wines and meads at this October 26th event! Interested in participating? Call 535.8278 or email lewistownartcenter.edu@gmail.com for details. Spread the word; the more brews the merrier!

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