NorthWestern Energy Solar Grant
The Lewistown Art Center is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a major grant through NorthWestern Energy's Universal System Benefit Program, allowing us to install a 19.7 kW photovoltaic solar panel system! The USB program is funded by a small monthly charge on the electric and natural gas bills of NorthWestern Energy customers. NorthWestern Energy administers the program, which was created by the Montana Legislature. This will result in a huge cost savings for our nonprofit organization, which we can now funnel right back into our education department and community programming.
We couldn't be more excited to serve as a model for the advancement of clean, renewable energy in Montana. Many hearty thanks to the Central Montana Resource Council for their guidance through this process, and to all of you for supporting arts and culture in our community!
In the Wilkins Gallery for October -
HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT
Photography of Jill Brody
Jill was born and raised in New York, attended Antioch College, with degrees from the University of Illinois, Adelphi University, Harvard Divinity School, and the Art Institute of Boston. For the past several decades she has been interested in how communities function, or don't, and how both the roles of women, and the size of the community. can affect how well or poorly a community operates. Most of her explorations have been in rural Montana. Jill's work has been collected by the Missoula Art Museum, the North Dakota Art Museum, and private collectors. She has also published a book, Drummond: Ranch Life in the West, which came out in 2004, and is currently completing two others, Living In The Wind, and Hidden In Plain Sight. This outstanding exhibition is sponsored by Mary Frieze.
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.
Paula B. Sayers at the Lewistown Art Center -- A Benefit for the Lewistown Art Center & Bear Gulch
The Lewistown Art Center is thrilled to welcome Objibwe artist, Paula B. Sayers, to Central Montana. Paula will bring us eight (8!) custom, pictographic works on travertine stone, to illustrate the types of pictographs found at our very own Bear Gulch! This will certainly be an event to remember, as we'll hear from Paula about traditional methods of image making, as well as the significance of Bear Gulch.
We are also excited to welcome Paula and Macie Ahlgren of Bear Gulch for this special event. A special thanks to Brian Cannavarro for his sponsorship of this event.
NEW 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.
THANK YOU TO VOLUNTEERS
The Art Center would like to extend a huge, heartfelt THANK YOU to all our wonderful volunteers and patrons. As a “member-funded, member-driven” nonprofit organization, our small staff relies on the generosity of our hard-working volunteer base to pull off a lot of the great programming we offer. We are continually overwhelmed and humbled seeing the dedication our community has to keeping arts and educational opportunities alive and well in Central Montana.
Many thanks to those who so freely give their time and expertise; we couldn’t do it without you! If you are interested in joining the team, please let us know. There are a hundred ways to get involved, from helping out in the Gift Shop or lending a hand with kids’ programs, teaching artist workshops or putting together community celebrations. We’d love to have you on board, just stop on by to learn more!