There’s always something to do in Lewistown, and the LAC is the place to find out! We are a ticket hub for most events in our community, including the MONTANA COWBOY POETRY GATHERING MAIN STAGE CONCERT - THE BELLAMY BROTHERS and the HARLO MUSIC PROJECT. Stop by 4th and Main to see what’s shaking in our cultural community! 

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SUMMER FUN DAYS

Don’t forget! Tuesdays are Summer Fun Days at the LAC for the rest of July! Kids aged 5-18 can drop in anytime on Tuesdays between 1-5 to pursue their own creativity, make a mess, and maybe make a project or two! These classes encourage independence and growing artists are free to pursue their interests. Last week, Summer Fun Day participants made ceramic sculptures, self-portraits, picture frames, and coasters, all in 4 hours!? There’s no pre-registration, just come by on Tuesday afternoons for the rest of July! Summer Fun Days are only $10 a class, and there are punch cards available!

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Summer Fun Camps Sign Up open!

The LAC is so excited to offer two Summer Fun Camps in August, 2019. The first is Chokecherry Camp from August 6-9 from 1-4 PM. This 4-day camp will cover everything about our world-famous chokecherries – from cooking delicious recipes, dying fabrics, and growing native plants – and costs just $60! Next, from August 12-14th will be Night Camp, a first for the LAC! Starting after the sun goes down (times TBD), our campers will look for bats, catch insects, play games, and learn about stargazing! This is a special camp that our CAMPERS have ben requesting for two years, so we’re excited to adventure with our night owl artists! Night Camp costs $45, and pre-registration is required for camps. Please call the Art Center at 535-8278 to register or email Leah Grunzke at lewistownartcenter.edu@gmail.com

LEWISTOWN SOUVENIRS

As summer rolls on and we have more visitors passing through town, don’t forget that the LAC gift shop is a great place to stop for a lovely Central Montana souvenir. We have a little something for everyone, including locally made home goods, chokecherry treats, beautiful new “Lewistown, MT” t-shirts and a great assortment of books from local and regional authors. The inventory is always changing, so stop on by and see what’s new!

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Depth over Distance & the Seed Bank Project - Ceramic Work by Rachel Jones

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This ceramic exhibition combines a variety of techniques, from slip casting to throwing on the wheel to hand-building, in order to examine the lives of objects – both natural and humanmade – in a changing landscape.

During her artist talk at her opening reception, Rachael explained that, as a child, she was most often found with her head down, looking for new objects and treasures. “Depth over Distance” – the sculptural portion of the exhibition features razor thin blades of ceramic grass, cast rib bones and tools, and amazingly intricate glaze combinations.

“The Seed Bank Project” is a continuing project that began in 2017. Rachael builds special, rock shaped, “seed banks” that will hold and preserve seeds (at the right darkness and humidity) for years to come, enabling us to preserve and remember the natural world we experience. Participants are invited to harvest seeds from a local plant, place them in the seed bank, and then bury the bank next to the plant, 6” below permafrost level, leaving a marker attached to a chain at the surface of the soil. Afterwards, participants research the cultural and ecological history of their seeds, geo-tag their bank, and submit it to a rapidly growing website and map that Rachael manages. So far, more than 25 banks have been buried world-wide, and 25 more are in the hands of collaborators. If you’re interested in participating with this project, stop by the LAC to learn how!

Depth over Distance & the Seed Bank Project will be on display in the Margie Wilkins Gallery at the Lewistown Art Center until the end of July!

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