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Brooke Atherton Bio/Statement

Brooke Atherton received a BFA from Wright State University in 1977. While there, through a program originated by WSU and Dayton City Beautiful, and funded by NEA, she was able to work directly with Laurie Anderson, Stephen Antonakos, Larry Bell, Robert Irwin, Nam June Paik, Pat Steir, Michele Stuart and others.  Later, she worked with Dayton Museum of Natural History during the initial reconstruction of Sunwatch Village where she learned many of the techniques she uses today.  She worked as a performance/installation artist in the Dayton/Cincinnati area until 1988, when she left Ohio to begin a study of the myths and realities of life in the American West, and how they are tied to the dramatic landscape.  She has lived in Arizona, Texas, and, for the last twenty years, Billings, Montana.

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The November Show in the Wilken’s Gallery -
Brooke Atherton’s Fractured Landscapes

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This is the first “installation” exhibition that has been in the Wilkin’s Gallery for awhile and, viewers are surrounded by Atherton’s work, on the floor and the walls. Each piece relates to the others, and the overall exhibition wraps us in familiar landscapes with unfamiliar memories, familiar objects with new uses. Quilts become maps, and maps become story books as Atherton expertly weaves different materials and sensibilities effortlessly together.

Don’t miss this special installation at the Lewistown Art Center!

Affordable Art Holiday Show

On the outer walls of the Wilkins Gallery, we’re delighted to install our First Annual Affordable Art Holiday Show. This exhibition features ALL original, made-in-Montana works of art for $100 or less.

Curated by former Art Center Director, Linda Tullis, this exhibition features paintings and works on paper by artists like Wyna Woodford and Tonya Opperman. It’ll only be up for a short while, and will sell quickly! Hurry down to see it this week!