Classes Begin Again in 2019!
Join us for our Winter and Spring Programming in the coming months, which includes after-school programs, Clay Club, Social Nights, and new professional workshops. Keep your eyes out for upcoming opportunities, or search “Lewistown Art Center” on Facebook to follow us!
Hands on Art is an after-school program for kids in grades k-6. Your young artist will have access to all the collaboration and creativity in the world with a fully stocked classroom and energetic staff. Our Hands on Art participants are often found writing and directing plays, building machines, or making something out of clay. Hands on Art is only $5 a class, and punch cards are available. With questions, reach out to our Program Director, Leah Grunzke, at 535-8278.
Live Figure Drawing
We're starting the new year off right with Lewistown's first LIVE MODEL FIGURE DRAWING class on Wednesday, February 20th, and we want to see you there! This will be a lively, low-pressure night of practicing our observation skills - absolutely no experience necessary! We'll play fun games and experiment with different poses as we learn basic pencil and charcoal drawing techniques; participants are encouraged to develop their own style of sketching what they see!
Cost of the class is $35 ($30 for LAC members!) and includes all materials and instruction, appetizers and a free drink. Space is limited; register here or call 535.8278 for more info. Bring along your favorite beverages and an open mind...we can't wait to see you there!
The 2019 Montana Winter Fair Quilt and Fiber Exhibition -
This past weekend, the Lewistown Art Center had to be the most colorful spot in our snow-covered town! We were thrilled to welcome the Fiber Art and Quilt Exhibition, and all the wonderfully soft things within the show. On the Fiber Art side of things, there are wearables of all sorts, from socks to shawls, and incredibly delicate table pieces. I am in awe of the amount of texture and technique packed into a single inch of these crocheted, knitted, felted, and tatted pieces.
On the quilt side of thing, we can see the diversity of quilting in just the sizes present, from a dinner plate sized art quilt to huge king size bed spreads. Each quilt is a masterpiece of technique and creativity, as the artists uses fabric and stitching to speak volumes. This year, we have more than 70 quilts on display… 20 more than last year!
In addition to the lively artwork in the Wilkins Gallery, the Art Center has become the hub of Montana’s winter textiles community. Our Gallery is bustling with artists weaving and spinning, chatting and educating. From Thursday to Saturday, the Winter Fair Superintendents and the LAC has hosted 5 different classes on tatting, felting, crocheting, and quilting, and we were delighted with attendance.
Beneath the glow of our (surprise!) new lighting, we got to witness the participatory power of craft. Craft keeps us connected to our traditions, and is most often taught orally, from one person to another. Craft helps us communicate, telling stories with objects, from the camel’s wool shawl made from Central Montana camel hair (hi Alice!), or the vintage hand-pieced quilt with samples of fabric from the last 100 years. Craft keeps our communities talking, making, learning, and yes, purchasing. It reminds us of our own sustainability, ingenuity, and creativity. We hope you came out to witness and support local craft last weekend. If you missed it, there’s always some left over at the Art Center. !
Chokecherry Cookbook Submissions
Lewistown is proud to be the Chokecherry Capitol of Montana!!
The Art Center is incredibly excited to announce that we've been hard at work compiling the region's BEST recipes to create the BIGGEST, BADDEST CHOKECHERRY COOKBOOK Montana's ever seen...and we want to see your recipes included! Chutneys, cocktails, soups, marinades, breads, candies...show us what you can dream up for our beloved native cherries! Personal stories, historical notes and serving suggestions are always appreciated as well. Email submissions to email@example.com or give us a call to learn more. We can't wait to see your scrumptious submissions!