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Gordon McConnell’s When the West Was Won on Display through October

The LAC is grateful to all who attended the opening reception of our newest exhibition. Attendees enjoyed refreshments while listening to Gordon talk about his earliest aesthetic experiences with Western films. McConnell, a Billings-based artist, creates works that inspired by Western film stills and other iconic Western images that are sure to be recognized. His work is informed by a sustained look at visions of the American West in literature, art, and film, as well as his knowledge of art history and American pop culture. - When the West was Won was made possible through MAGDA and the Northcutt Steele gallery at MSU-Billings and will be on view until the end of the month, don’t miss it!

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Hands on Art Begins New Class Season

Hands on Art is back! This after-school art program is perfect for kiddos in grades kindergarten through 6th grade, and is conveniently located on a bus route! From 3:30 – 5:00 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, we welcome growing artists to our Hands on Art classroom for independent exploration and skill building. Your young artist can try their hand a t print-making, painting, drawing, construction, play writing, ceramics, fiber art, or anything in between! Our stocked classroom is your creative child’s haven for mess-making, risk-taking, and community building! For questions, punch cards, or more information, stop in the LAC to meet Leah, our program director!

WINTER HOURS for the LAC

With the season the Lewistown Art Center hours are changing. In order for us to stay financially viable, we’re reducing our winter hours from October until April. Don’t worry, the LAC will NOT be closing any extra days, just opening a little later than usual. For the majority of the winter, our hours will be Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 PM, and 10 AM to 3 PM on Saturdays. We appreciate your understanding, and look forward to seeing you throughout the winter months!

Community Concert Announcement!

The LAC is proud to be a “hub” for our community, and this includes being a ticket outlet for great organizations like the Community Concert Association. Here’s a brief announcement concerning their 2019/2020 season! Memberships cards have been mailed to members. If you did not receive your card, please contact Kathy Berberet 538-3366. Memberships are still available! Stop by the Lewistown Art Center to grab membership information or get a membership online by going to lewistownartcenter.net and clicking on, “Community Services.” You can also bring your membership dues to the first concert. Memberships are good for the entirety of the 2019/2020 season, regardless of when they are purchased!

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Students! Submit to the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards!

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards! Students in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are invited to submit an original work to one of 29 different categories of visual and literary arts for the chance to be recognized through opportunities for publication, ceremony, exhibition, and scholarships. The Lewistown Art Center is honored to be serving as a Region-at-Large partner in jurying submissions for this competition, whose past award-winners include Stephen King, Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote and many other visionary artists. There are millions of dollars in scholarships available, and we would love to see the talents of Central Montana represented! Visit artandwriting.org to learn more and apply!

If you’re interested in JUDGING for these awards (don’t worry, we’re assigned kids that live on the other side of the country!), get in touch with us by email lewistownartcenter@gmail.com! Judging will take place in early January 2020.

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HarvestFest brings the Art Auction Back!

Mark your calendars! The LAC is revitalizing the Art Auction of year’s past for a major fundraiser on Saturday, November 9th! Join the LAC and Shobe Auction and Realty for an incredible evening of original art! Bid on original pieces from local and regional artists, in person and online! In the coming weeks, we’ll highlight the artworks that make this event possible, such as art quilts, photographs, and paintings!

Tickets are available at the LAC now, and support the cultural vitality of Central Montana!

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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!

Social Night at the Art Center

Join us on Wednesday, October 16th at 6:30 PM for our first Social Night of the season. Participants will join Deb Hayes in creating a seasonal masterpiece with acrylic paint and canvas. All of the materials and instructions are provided, as well as snacks. Bring your friends and favorite beverage for an evening of creative fun! Social Nights are every 3rd Wednesday during the school year, and require advance registration. Call us at 535-8278 or stop by to reserve your spot today!

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If you’re interested in learning to paint, join us on Wednesday, October 16th, at 6:30 for our first Social Night of the 2019/2020 school year! This Social Night is a “sip n’ paint” taught by local artist Deb Hayes. Deb taught an incredible “micro floral” painting class last year at the LAC. Bring your friends and favorite beverage for a night of creative learning and fun! We’ll provide the materials and instruction for a full painting on canvas, as well as snacks! These Social Nights fill up fast, so call us at 535-8278 to register, or message us on Facebook, it’s a great way to follow our classes year round!

Play with Clay Starts Soon!

We’re always experimenting at the LAC, and our new ceramics program is no exception. This year, ceramic classes, “Play with Clay” will take place on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. On the first night, participants will work with instructors to “build” the beginning of their project, whether it’s a berry bowl, address numbers, or soap dish. On the 4th Friday of the month, participants will return to a piece that’s been fired to “bisque” and ready for glazing! After an evening of glazing, participants will be able to pick up a fully glazed creation, lovingly crafted in less than 30 days!

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Join us for our first session on Friday, October 11th, from 6-8 PM where we’ll make “Berry Bowls:” small bowls with holes for drainage and a small plate underneath! On Friday, October 25th, we’ll discuss “food safe” glazes before finishing these pieces for their second firing! Play with Clay has limited space, and October is nearly full! To sign up for this month or next, call the LAC or email us at lewistownartcenter@gmail.com