Carolyn Caldwell in the Margie Wilkins Gallery
The Margie Wilkins Gallery at the Lewistown Art Center is proud to host the work of Helena artist, Carolyn Caldwell. Carolyn’s oil and oil pastel landscapes are evocative or several Montana vistas, but are flurry around the edges, giving us the effect of a memory, or faded photograph. Caldwell’s color palette changes slightly from painting to painting, but her mottled skies, deep green hills, and golden fields lend such depth to these two-dimensional works.
A favorite part of this series is Caldwell’s collection of small “Cowboy” themed paintings and drawings. These paintings and drawings are abstracted, but only to a point. While the image of the cowboy hat remains crisp, the background, action, and details of the wearer fade into her brightly colored compositions. Caldwell uses the hat as both a symbol for Western identity, yet masks the identities of the wearers in her images.
Be sure to not miss this excellent work, and thanks to ArtWorks for their sponsorship of this exhibition.
Christmas Stroll & Open House - Friday, November 24th
The Holiday Season is upon us and the Lewistown Art Center has a full schedule of festivities. At 10:00 a.m., the Lewistown Art Center will be accepting entries for the annual Christmas Cookie Contest. Judged at 1:00 p.m., the winner of the Christmas Cookie Contest will receive a $50 gift certificate to the Lewistown Art Center. Don’t worry, there’s prizes for 2nd and 3rd place, too. From 2:00-5:00 p.m., Santa Claus will be in the house, posing for pictures.
At 6:30 p.m., we’ll have our first “Snowball Drop” for kids aged 0-5, and our second “Drop” for kids 6-12 at 6:45. Kids will be able to catch “snowballs” dropped from the roof of the LAC and redeem them for prizes and Chamber Bucks, great for shopping downtown! The Lewistown Art Center will be open until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, November 24th, and is the PERFECT place for all your holiday needs.
Adults’ Drop in Clay Club in the Ken Edwards Studio
We’re incredibly fortunate to have a professional, well-stocked ceramics studio here at the Art Center, and we’d love to share it with you! Join us Tuesday evenings, 6:30-9:30pm, in the Ken Edwards Clay Studio for a chance to play and explore this incredible resource, and meet some like-minded folks for inspiration.
These casual get-togethers are open to everyone, regardless of skill level or experience in ceramics. Just bring along your favorite snacks or beverage, a few pals, and a willingness to get yourhands dirty! No pre-registration is required but give us a call at 535-8278 if you have questions about this or any of the other great programs held at the Art Center.
Call for Story Tellers!
Everyone is invited for this very special, December Social Night at the Art Center, celebrating our community and the wealth of stories within it. On the third Wednesday, December 20th, at 6:30 PM, we'll cozy up under holiday lights as we eat, drink and be merry...and spin tales into the evening! Will there be romance? Wild adventure? Tall tales and whoppers, myths and flights of fancy? Or perhaps even a few Lewistown ghost stories?! Join us and see! No need to register; all are welcome!
We're still looking for more story submissions. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE A STORY, PLEASE LET US KNOW! Give us a call at 535-8278 or stop by the Art Center to pitch your story or get more information. Cost for the evening's festivities is just $5. As always, treats will be provided. Guests are encouraged to bring along their favorite beverage and/or a dish to share!
MEMBERSHIP CIRCLES & BENEFITS
The Lewistown Art Center has reformatted the Membership structure and is now offering member benefits at every level! Get deals at local businesses and member prices on workshops and classes. At the Patron level, you become a member of the North American Reciprocal Museum Association with member benefits at over 890 cultural institutions in the United States.
As a Member, you will also have access to our studio spaces, get discounts on venue rentals (birthdays! meetings! weddings! parties!), and invitations to special events. Memberships start at just $25, and there is something for everyone. You can join online at http://www.lewistownartcenter.net/membership or call us at 406-535-8278.