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Artistic Risk and the Ticking Clock - Work by Linda Tullis & Susan Gellner

This past weekend we welcomed Susan Gellner and Linda Tullis, two Central Montana artists, and their exhibition “Artistic Risk and the Ticking Clock” to the Margie Wilkins Gallery. This exceptional art show is composed of colorful monoprints from Tullis, and a range of encaustic artwork from Gellner.

   The Shore by Susan Gellner

The Shore by Susan Gellner

Although they work with vastly different media (Tullis with oil based inks, a large printing press, and paper while Gellner uses molten wax, pigment, resin, and wooden boards), there are threads of similarity throughout the exhibition.  I’m particularly struck by both artists’ use of color and texture. Although they both work in relatively “flat” mediums, both artists use bright splashes of color and contrasting texture to draw the eye to different focal points. In Tullis’ work, she uses color to guide the eye around the images, allowing us to take in the multiplicity of her floral forms. Gellner, on the other hand, typically reserves bright colors for emphasis and focus, pulling the eye to specific points within a composition.

This exhibition is not one to miss! Featuring the works of two local artists, this exhibition is an exploration of time, practice, and skill in both monoprinting and encaustic art. “Artistic Risk and the Ticking Clock” will be on display in the Wilkins gallery until August 31st. We’re grateful to Rachel Stansberry for her sponsorship of this exhibition.

Chokecherry Festivities are
On the Way!

Can you believe summer is nearly over? In Central Montana, that can only mean one thing: Chokecherries! The Lewistown Art Center is eagerly gearing up for a weekend of Chokecherry celebration in early September. 

Mark your calendars for the opening of a new exhibition on Friday, September 7th. The Margie Wilkins Gallery will feature the work of Lee Silliman, and the LAC Gift Shop will have a special showing of Pat Ginnity’s artwork, a local self-taught artist. In addition, this opening will feature the vocals and instrumentation of singer-songwriter Linda McKenzie, all the way from Nashville, TN. This special opening will run from 5-8 on Friday, September 7th. 

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   Sunflowers by Linda Tullis

Sunflowers by Linda Tullis

Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering and  Pleine Air Paintings by Roger Rink

The Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering (August 16-19) is here!  The Lewistown Art Center is THE PLACE to get your collectible Pin Passes, Suzy Bogguss Night Show Tickets, and Gathering Program. In addition to last month’s wildly popular “High Tea with Nancy Russell,” the LAC is thrilled to collaborate with Cowboy Poetry again! Stop by the Western Art and Vendor Show at Fergus High School to sneak a peek at some exciting new work by East Glacier artists, Roger Rink!

Roger Rink, an exceptionally talented oil painter, hailing from East Glacier, and painting in the tradition of pleine air, impressionism, and abstract expressionism. His works capture landscapes in fleeting moments of light, creating a sustained encounter with a brief moment. Featured in the Western Art and Vendor Show are a series of small works on paper by Rink. These pieces were painted “en pleine air” or “on site” and completed quickly, in order to capture the fleeting essence of a everchanging Montana landscape.

These spectacular works are not to be missed! More of Roger’s work can be found in the LAC Gift Shop, including some gorgeous, atmospheric large scale paintings! Roger’s work will be in Central Montana for a limited time, so stop by the LAC and Montana Cowboy Poetry Gathering this week!

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On Saturday, September 8th, the LAC will be whirl of activity for the Chokecherry Culinary Contest (all are welcome to submit!) and the Chokecherry Festival.

The LAC is proud to feature husband-and-wife artists from Belgrade, MT, Peter and Jo Jones. You may remember this talented twosome from their workshops at the Lewistown Art Center; Peter is a talented watercolor artist while Jo is a silversmith working in jewelry. We’re thrilled to represent these two Montana makers during the Chokecherry Festival, and, don’t forget, their work is in the Lewistown Art Center, along with 150 other artists, all year long!

 

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