In the Margie Wilkins Gallery through the end of July, is an exhibition featuring the large-scale sculptures of Bozeman-based sculptor Jay Schmidt, as well as collaborations with his colleagues in the Rat Trap Clay Club.

Jay Schmidt is a renowned Montana artist, known for his jarring, political, and absurdist sculpture. He combines humor and critique within dense and layered sculptures that reflect the complexity of contemporary culture. Schmidt is originally from Pennsylvania and received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and an MFA from UC-Davis. After heading the Montana State University sculpture program in Bozeman for 26, Schmidt made the move to full-time artist in 2008. Schmidt is an active member in multiple, collaborative, art-making groups, including the Bozeman-based Rat Trap Clay Club. The Rat Trap Clay Club is a group of artists with the goal to “build a creative community with a sincere interest in using clay to create authentic work that conveys personal, political, and cultural narratives.”

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Through collaborative efforts, this group produces work that reflects a diversity of viewpoint, experience, and opinion blended into a single ceramic object. Throughout the exhibition, themes of cultural critique, consumerism, and questions about “the west” emerge and tangle.  

    Hands On Montana Celebration that took place last Saturday, June 9th.  A special Thank You to everyone that participated in this event!

Hands On Montana Celebration that took place last Saturday, June 9th.  A special Thank You to everyone that participated in this event!

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If you have any decorative or art-related items that you would like to donate, the Lewistown Art Center will provide you with a receipt of donation. The proceeds of the Out of the Closet Sale will be used to fund future LAC programming.
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Join the Lewistown Art Center and the Elks Club/Pine Meadows for the greatest theatrical event of the summer: Shakespeare in the Park. Every year, Shakespeare in the Park (SIP) works hard to bring quality theater to towns across Montana. Join SIP in Utica on Monday, June 25th for a dramatic performance of the Bard’s “Othello” at 6:30 PM. Then, on Tuesday, June 26th, meet the LAC at Pine Meadows for “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” a comedy written by Shakespeare and directed by Steve Cardamone.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair, and your friends and family for a FREE evening of theater. Food and drink will be available through the Elks Lodge and Lewistown Art Center. Come at 5:00 if you’re hungry. In case of inclement weather, we’ll meet at the Civic Center.

Thanks, as always, to Lewistown’s Medical Community for sponsoring Shakespeare in the Park!

 The Shakespeare in the Park production from 2016.

The Shakespeare in the Park production from 2016.

Comedy Night at Big Spring Brewing

Mark your calendars, the Gingers on Ice Comedy Duo is headed back to Lewistown! On Thursday, July 12th, join us for an evening of comedy and local food (and beer!) at the Central Feed Co. and Big Spring Brewing!  These two talented performers, Jacob Godbey and Alex Tait, offer a whirlwind evening of standup, improv, and a lot of audience participation!  Last year’s event sold out, so grab your tickets ($15) at the Lewistown Art Center today!

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