The Billings Outpost

Not all fall colors outside this week

Tom Wolfe’s “The Red Scarf” will be on display at the Sandstone Gallery.


The Fall Artwalk in Downtown Billings will happen from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. The season of color, light, and textures will be felt both inside and outside the 26 galleries that will feature the visual arts in their free exhibits.

The ArtWalkersBus, sponsored by Walkers Grill, will begin its two hour complimentary bus tour of the galleries at the Good Earth Market at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Live music and refreshments will be served.

The galleries offering a chance at a gift from their gallery include Lore Law, Stephen Haraden, Global Village, Good Earth Market, Guido’s Pizza, Kennedy’s Stained Glass/Amy Dean Studio and Harry Koyama.

Here are the exhibits the galleries are planning:

• Join the Billings Gallery of Fine Art for an evening of art demonstrations by Maggi Neal and Susan Tantlinger. Visit with artist Victoria Franck Wetsch, who will be presenting a new collection of encaustics. The gallery exhibits both traditional and modern art by highly skilled and award-winning contemporary regional artists.

• Billings Food Bank will give you the experience of quilt artistry with demonstrations by artists, Barbara Scheppele and Debby Hernandez. In addition to displaying examples of hand-stitched quilts the artists will show you how to needle-turn, piece, and finish quilts. Barbara Scheppele is a graphic designer by trade, but several years ago entered a Baltimore Album quilt in MontanaFair and was named Grand Champion. Debby Hernandez is the Yellowstone County Auditor and also an oil painter and Master Doll Maker.

• The Catherine Louisa Gallery will feature “Works on Paper” by a variety of well-known contemporary Montana artists during Artwalk.

• CTA will host the seventh annual Messiah Festival Art from the Heart Auction that benefits the Meadowlark House, a free cancer patient lodging facility of St. Vincent’s. Twenty-four artists will be featured in the auction which officially begins October 5 during Artwalk and continues online until it ends Dec. 2 at the Messiah Festival at the Alberta Bair Theater.

• Gallery Interiors will feature much loved local artist and accomplished guitar painter, Jim Poulson. A professional oil painter since 1978, Poulson’s first art show was at the Castle Gallery in Billings and his paintings included regional scenery, cozy cabins in snowy wintery scenes and still lifes. His style has evolved to an unparalleled level of quality, yet he returns to refine and expand some of his early subject matter.

Influenced by Masters Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953) and the Taos Society of Artists, many of the American Tonal Painters such as George Inness (1825-1894) and the American Impressionists such as Frank Benson (1862-1951) and Willard Metcalf (1858-1925).

Of his work, Poulson says “I paint my life and my life is mainly landscapes.”

• Weaving instructor and fiber enthusiast Jo Anne Voirin Setzer will demonstrate her art at Global Village. Setzer is known for her use of recycled knitting and woven materials.

• The Apple Gallery at Good Earth Market presents “Vegetables Aren’t JustGood for You,” an exhibition highlighting a series of photographs by Michael Carl from Oct. 5 to Nov. 30. Carl will discuss his work at a short artist’s talk at 6:30 p.m..Cellist Geneva Copeland will provide music during the event.

“As always, I’m interested in the shapes and colors” Carl says. “There is something poetic, sensuous, and timeless about a curved line. And color is life to me and I like to take it in large, saturated gulps. In the end my work is a celebration of the natural world and the intricate, yet powerful forces that shapes it. Celebrate vegetables with me!”

• Guido’s Pizzeria Day Time Manager Steve Brown will hang his oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings completed in California where he studied under San Diego-based artist, Benjamin Andrew Snyder.

• Stephen Haraden will open his art studio for the public. Among the works he will show will be “Ramble”which is constructed from portions of previous paintings and assembled into a new piece.

• Jens Gallery & Design, 2822 3rd Ave North will showcase the work of ceramic artist Nicholas Bivins in “Fired Perfection.” Like fine sculpture created with masterful perfection and grace, his pottery elicits an emotional response from the viewer or user. Bivins pushes the medium: to make forms that are sublimely practical and elegantly refined but hardly hint at the exacting techniques involved in his process.

Whether plate, mug or platter-the concept, mold making, slip castings, firings, glazing, and meticulous sanding and cleaning all result in fired perfection. Co-curators Rhonda Molloy and Connie Jens, take the exhibit one step further by showing that regardless of your personal style-sophisticated, eclectic, or casual –a table set with Nicholas Bivins’ pottery will be a work of art.

Nicholas Bivins has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Archie Bray Foundation this past year as the recipient of the Matsutani Fellowship and the Rudio Autio Technology Grant. He has also received an NCECA Emerging Artist Award, the Bedford Gallery Guild Artist Cash Award, and the Pocono Choice Award. He has been in numerous exhibitions across the country and has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Diablo Magazine, American Craft and Ceramics Arts Daily. The exhibit will run through October.

• Kennedy’s Stained Glass will present the fused and painted glass work of fellow artist, Dione Roberts, owner of D&J’s Glassworks.

• Level 504 will include live music with Drew Mullins and Audrey Campbell and art from fine woodworker Sidney Ayers, drawings from Kyle Trott, paintings of April O’Brien and Kirsten Horn Pett, and photography of Justin Choriki.

• Sonja Caywood, an artist from Dayton, WY who grew up in Montana, makes her debut in Artwalk Downtown Billings at the McCormick Café. Her oil paintings primarily feature scenes from the Big Horn mountains in SE Montana and NE Wyoming.

“Effects of light, brushwork, and bold colors are key components of my art” says Caywood.” The more experience I gain, the more I rely on fundamentals learned in my year and a half as an art student at Sheridan College.” Her art is in private collections in the U.S, China, Germany, Australia, England, Scotland, Colombia and France.

Prodigal Gallery owner Penny Strong will show the Eastern Montana townscape paintings of Edd Enders and the Jungian-inspired paintings of Jackie Hud at her Artwalk location on Montana Avenue.

• Purple Sage Gallery is featuring the work of Casper, WY potter and art teacher, Phil Smith. His work combines beauty, functionality and an appreciation of nature.

New work will also be on view from gallery artists Janet Bedford, Greg Eiselein, Thomas English, John Felten, Susan Germer, Barbara Gerard-Mitchell, Dale Marie Muller, Diana Mysse, Tana Patterson, Neil Patterson, Dione Roberts, Judy Robertus, Helen Roosa, Steve Schrepferman, Wayne Snowbird, Carolyn Thayer, Robert Tompkins, Shirle Wempner and Brenda Wolf.

• Q’s Art & Framing, 1511 6th Ave North will see the return of Montana artist, PJ Smith.

The season of fall will be the subject of his impressionistic paintings which combine thick layers of paint with thin layers of glazes, all applied with a palette knife. Jenny Marie O’Dell will have an assortment of her poetry on hand for Artwalkers to enjoy both framed and in book form, in addition to her photographs and paintings. She will be creating pastel caricatures for Artwalkers to own with a charitable donation.

• October’s Artwalk at the Sandstone Gallery will include the works by gallery artists Lana Bittner and Jim Rennie. The guest artist is Tom Wolfe from Red Lodge.

• Susan Germer and Jason Jam invite Artwalkers to the second floor of the Carlin Hotel to see their art studios from 5-9pm. New fine silver jewelry, bead embroidery art, handmade note cards, watercolors and pastels can be seen in susang’s studio in Suite 8. “Black as Ink”in the Jason Jam Studio in Suite 7 will feature ink, pencil, and oil illustrations depicting the dark, the humorous, and the macabre. This will be Jam’s second Artwalk showing and promises to make Artwalkers both laugh and cringe.

• Toucan Gallery introduces new glass artist to the Billings art scene, Kathy Burk.

Living in Bozeman Burk works with a variety of techniques including mosaic and kiln forming. She transforms raw glass into a wide variety of forms and expressions.

Taking her inspiration from the abundant and evolving natural environment that defines Montana, Burk has developed a body of work that includes both abstract and figurative wall hangings; a variety of functional plates, platters and trays; and an ongoing series of wall sconces and lighting fixtures.

For Artwalk, Toucan will also be showing new work

by Lewistown encaustic artist Susan Gellner and Montana mixed-media artist Holly

Manneck; as well as new handcrafted jewelry from Wyoming artist Kelsey McDonnell.

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