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   BETWEEN FRIENDS BY BROOKE ATHERTON

BETWEEN FRIENDS BY BROOKE ATHERTON

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Clay Club

If you’re looking for a creative outlet, now that our nights are longer and colder, come by the Lewistown Art Center every Thursday night! Our growing and popular “Clay Club” is essentially a weekly, open studio night! Stop by to play with clay for a small fee, and leave inspired! Our current “Clay Club” folks are making all sorts of projects, like candle luminaries, holiday ornaments, centerpieces, serving bowls, and mugs! With a material as versatile as clay, there’s no limit to the kinds of work you can make in the Ken Edwards Memorial Ceramic Studio.

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Social Night: Wreath Making

Due to the popularity of last year’s Wreath Making Social Night, we’ve added two Social Nights for the month of November! Join us on EITHER Wednesday, November 28th, or Friday, November 30th, for a fresh and fragrant WREATH MAKING SOCIAL NIGHT! Bring your friends and favorite beverage, we’ll provide the boughs, baubles, frames, wire, and instructions to make a fresh, natural, gorgeous wreath! It still feels like fall, but the holidays are right around the corner!

These Social Nights fill up quickly so call us to register at 535-8278. You can check out other upcoming events on our facebook page!

Americana Jam with Stan, Steve and Jeannie THIS FRIDAY

Come support Central Montana’s musical scene this Friday, November 16th, and spend a delightful evening with Central Montana favorites Steve Hughes, Stan Wall, and “Cowgirl” Jeannie Powell. Admission is free, refreshments will be provided, and donations are split to benefit local musicians and the Lewistown Art Center. Doors open at 6:30; music starts at 7:00 PM.

This talented trio will perform an evening’s worth of country, western, bluegrass, and folk favorites, as well as some original tunes. Special guests include Infinity and Quasar Thompson, and Barb Piccolo. Duane Ferdinand will open.

Jeannie plays upright (doghouse) bass and is from Zurich, Montana. Her regular band is the Stonebroke Bluegrass band out of Chinook. (She is also a ranch wife and soap maker.) Also joining the group is Barb Piccolo, an accomplished vocalist, mandolin and accordian player from Helena, who has played with many bands over the years and owns Piccolo Music. And, after playing guitar for over 50 years, this will be Duane Ferdinand's debut concert performance.

We look forward to seeing everyone on Friday!!

Fractured Landscapes, textile work by Brooke Atherton

If you attended Friday evening’s opening of “Fractured Landscapes,” you were probably surprised to see artwork all over the floor! — Brooke Atherton’s exhibition, Fractured Landscapes, features both multimedia, textile artwork on the walls, and a large-scale, sculptural installation across the floor of the gallery, entitled “The River.” “The River” is composed of rugs, quilts, textiles, and other found materials (like an old, drive-in movie screen) connected to meander through the gallery. At the middle of the sculpture, there’s a large barrier formed by reclaimed and rusty metal, beside which sits an empty chair atop slate tiles and a board game, surrounded by vintage primers for boys and girls. Throughout the “River,” Atherton has placed both boxes and small boats, traversing the stream, or maybe trapped in an eddy. Each of these “boxes” contains a work made by an inmate in the Montana State Women’s Prison.

It seems, initially, that “The River” might overwhelm the gallery space, flowing and moving freely on the floor. When we think of rivers, however, we can imagine them as BOTH a barrier, and a method of transport. This sculpture does both. It inhibits your natural movement in the gallery, but transports you through the space, leading you to other works on the walls.

Be sure you don’t miss this innovative exhibition. Brooke installed “The River” especially for the Lewistown Art Center, and it will never be installed this way again! As an “art quilter,” Brooke playfully toes the line between craft and concept, making her work accessible and provocative at the same time. “Fractured Landscapes” will be on display in the Margie Wilkins Gallery until the end of the month. Don’t miss this immersive exhibition!

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SANTA PICTURES ON CHRISTMAS STROLL FRIDAY!

Mr. Claus will be in the building from 2:00 to 5:O0 p.m. to hear wishes and take pictures. Wishes and memories are free, but save it forever with a digital copy from the LAC’s professional photographer for just $5! Santa will have to make the parade, so be sure to get here early!

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On Christmas Stroll Friday, November 23rd, Our annual Christmas Cookie Contest will begin accepting submissions at 2:00 p.m., just in time for Santa to arrive! Judging will take place at 3:30, so please bring a dozen (or more) of your best Christmas cookies between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.. Our distinguished judges will award prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

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