January Events and Programs:

Dollar Day

Saturday, January 7, 2017

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Admission is free for members or $1 for all others the first Saturday of every month.

 

Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids

Saturday, January 14, 2017

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Ages 5-12

$6 members, $7 non-members

“First Impressions”– Design an abstract monoprint inspired by Boundless Visions. Registration opens 1 week prior to each class, contact Berenice Munson at 406-256-6804 x232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Art Auction 49 Opening Reception

Thursday, January 19, 2017

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Come celebrate Art Auction 49. Take this opportunity to meet exhibiting artists and begin bidding on Silent Auction artwork. Admission is free for Members or with regular paid museum admission. (See the exhibition description under Exhibitions below.)

 

FAM at the YAM

Friday Family Fun Night

Friday, January 20, 2017

5–7 p.m.

$6 member child, $7 non-member child

Free member adult, $3 non-member adult

No registration required. All ages welcome. Friday Family Fun Nights are back! Join us for the opportunity for the whole family to come and make art together! Session taught by local artist, Carol Welch, and the project will be a crayon resist with liquid watercolors. Come and go between 5–7 p.m.

 

February Events and Programs:

 

ArtWalk & Jam at the YAM

Friday, February 3, 2017

4–9 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Museum admission is free during ArtWalk and Jam at the YAM. Enjoy free parking, live music, and view our current exhibitions. Cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres provided. First drink is free for new member sign-ups and membership renewals.

 

Free Day in Honor of Linda Ewert

Saturday, February 4, 2017

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

In honor of Linda Ewert and her service to providing art programs for all ages to the Community of Billings for over 20 years as the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Education Director.

 

Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids

Saturday, February 11, 2017

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Ages 5-12

$6 members, $7 non-members

“Make-a-Place”– Mold a landscape out of clay referencing work from the Art Auction 49. Registration opens 1 week prior to each class, contact Berenice Munson at 406-256-6804 x232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sweetheart Lunch at Raven’s Café d’Art
Tuesday, February 14 and Wednesday, February 15, 2017
10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.
Serving a special menu, Reservations recommended

Raven’s Café d’Art located in the YAM

Bring your favorite gal or guy to a special lunch at the Yellowstone Art Museum.  Lunch is the perfect time to celebrate the people in your life you care about the most....friends, family...anyone who holds a special place in your heart. Visit www.artmuseum.org/ravens-cafe-d-art/ for more information and to see the special event menu.

 

Valentine’s Day Free Day

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Admission is free for everyone in honor of Valentine’s Day.

 

Art Auction 49 Noon Tour

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

12–1 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

The museum’s Senior Curator will lead one lunch-hour Art Auction 49 tour.  Drop in to learn more about the museum's Art Auction 49–the art and the artists.  No registration necessary; tour is included with museum admission and free for members.

 

Exhibitions:

EXHIBITION SEASON SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams, and U.S. Bank

 

Boundless Visions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition is ongoing 

Boundless Visions features changing selections from the YAM's permanent collections, including art from the late nineteenth century to the present. This long-term exhibition is the only exhibition in Montana where you can learn the story of art in this region from its beginnings to the present day.

TITLE SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams

 

Art Auction 49

January 19, 2017March 4, 2017

Montana, Charles M. Bair Family, and Northwest Projects galleries

An opening reception and opportunity to meet Art Auction artists, Thursday, January 19, 2017, 5:30–7:30 p.m. Save the date for the Art Auction itself on Saturday, March 4, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

November Events and Programs:

New Exhibitions Opening Reception

Thursday, November 3, 2016

5:30–7:30 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Come celebrate our new exhibitions Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection and Ephemerality: Sculptures by Louis Habeck. Admission is free for members or with regular paid museum admission. (See the exhibition descriptions under Exhibitions below.)

Dollar Day and ZooMontana Visit

Saturday, November 5, 2016

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Yellowstone Art Museum

Admission is free for members or $1 on the first Saturday of each month. Live animals from ZooMontana will visit the YAM between 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. Bring your sketchbook and pencils to draw animals from life while being inspired by our new exhibition Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection.

 Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids

Saturday, November 12, 2016

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Ages 5-12

$6 members, $7 non-members

“Unleash Your Beast”–Draw your favorite animal with vibrant oil pastels influenced by Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection. Registration opens 1 week prior to each class, contact Berenice Munson at 406-256-6804 x232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Yellowstone Chamber Players at the YAM

Sunday, November 13, 2016

3 p.m.

Yellowstone Chamber Players will perform at the YAM. Admission to the galleries is included with Yellowstone Chamber Players season tickets or $10 at the door.

 Artist Talk with Louis Habeck

Thursday, November 17, 2016

6:30–7:30 p.m.

A recent recipient of the Montana Arts Council’s Artist Innovation Award, Louis Habeck, will give a public talk about his work and creative process. Ephemerality, an exhibition by Louis Habeck is the culmination of work that he began while working at the YAM’s Gary and Melissa Oakland Artist-in-Residence studio at the museum’s Visible Vault.

 Book signing with author and artist Neltje

Friday, November 18, 2016

5:30–7 p.m.

Please join us for a book signing event for Neltje’s book North of Crazy, a Memoir. Neltje will read from her recently published book and take questions. Neltje, who is represented in the YAM’s permanent collection by two major works, has had multiple solo exhibitions at the YAM.  Her exuberant work reflects her own life lived fully.  Neltje is a generous philanthropist and an ardent supporter of artists and art education; she has hosted the YAM’s docent corps upon many occasions.

 The YAM is closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 24, 2016

 Native American Heritage Free Day

Friday, November 25, 2016

10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Enjoy free museum admission for everyone all day in honor of Native American Heritage. The Yellowstone Art Museum will close early at 5 p.m. 

 December Events and Programs:

 Winterfair

Friday, December 2, 2016, 4–9 p.m., free admission

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 10 a.m.–3 p.m., one dollar admission

Yellowstone Art Museum

Be sure to stop by the Yellowstone Art Museum’s Winterfair for a unique holiday shopping opportunity! You’ll find special gifts just in time for the holidays. Admission is free from 4–9 p.m. on Friday and continues on Saturday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., for only one dollar admission. Shop for handmade jewelry, fine art, or just enjoy great food at Raven’s Café d’Art.  Over twenty featured artists will have works for sale. Raven’s Café d’Art will be open for dinner Friday from 5-8 p.m. during the ArtWalk event and on Saturday from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. for brunch.

 Docent 2nd Saturday: Art for Kids

Saturday, December 10, 2016

10 a.m.–12 p.m.

Ages 5-12

$6 members, $7 non-members

“Prehistoric Christmas”–design a Christmas-themed triceratops head using watercolors, based on Louis Habeck’s Ephemerality. Registration opens 1 week prior to each class, contact Berenice Munson at 406-256-6804 x232 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 Exhibitions:

EXHIBITION SEASON SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams, and U.S. Bank

 Boundless Visions: Selections from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition is ongoing 

Boundless Visions features changing selections from the YAM's permanent collections, including art from the late nineteenth century to the present. This long-term exhibition is the only exhibition in Montana where you can learn the story of art in this region from its beginnings to the present day.

TITLE SPONSORS: David Orser and Ossie Abrams

 Jill Brody: Hidden in Plain Sight

On view through December 30, 2016

Charles M. Bair Family Gallery and Northwest Projects Gallery

If anything is commonly known about Hutterite colonies, it is their reputation for being self-contained and private.  So much more is the privilege, then, to be able to view this selection of photographs by Jill Brody, a photographer who earned the trust and support of the Hutterite colonies in Liberty County, Montana.

SPONSORS: Anonymous, Dr. Stephen and Marilyn Kramer CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR: Dave and Cynthia Hummel, and the Stapleton Gallery

 Unleashed: Critters from the Permanent Collection

On view through December 30, 2016

Montana Gallery

Reception 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 3, 2016

The exhibition will be lively and popular, flowing from the attraction to animals as seen in innumerable social media memes and animal-themed exhibitions slated around the country in recent years.  Many of the art works selected for Unleashed have rarely, if ever, been exhibited, and never in this context. Take part in a joint scavenger hunt for critters at the YAM and ZooMontana for ages 18 and under.

CONTRIBUTING SPONSORS: Deborah Anspach and John Hanson, Gareld and Barbara Krieg 

COMMUNITY SPONSOR:  Frances Oakland

ADDITIONAL SPONSORS: Members of the Yellowstone Art Museum Board of Trustees

ZOOMONTANA COLLABORATION SPONSORS:  Dr. Ralph and Sheryl Costanzo

 Ephemerality: Sculptures by Louis Habeck

On view through December 30, 2016

Montana Gallery landing

Ephemerality, an exhibition by Louis Habeck is the culmination of work that he began while working as the YAM’s Gary and Melissa Oakland Artist-in-Residence studio at the museum’s Visible Vault.

SPONSORS: Linda Shelhamer and Stephen Haraden

 Image Credits:

Louis Habeck, 1/7.5th Scale Adult Triceratops Head: #17-32, 2016, Urethane resin and foam

Neltje’s book North of Crazy, a Memoir, cover art

Neal Ambrose Smith, The Maybe Wheel, 2014, reverse intaglio print

 Yellowstone Art Museum

401 North 27th Street

Billings, MT 59101

406-256-6804

artmuseum.org

The nationally accredited Yellowstone Art Museum is the region’s largest contemporary art museum offering changing exhibitions, adult and children’s art education, café, Art Collectors’ Corner, Visible Vault, and a 7,500-piece permanent collection.  The Yellowstone Art Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m.  – 4 p.m.  Admission: Members free, $6 adults, $3 students with valid ID, $3 children 6 – 18, under age 6 free, $4 discount price (please inquire).

Monk’s on 225 Ryman St, Missoula, MT 59802

General Admission/18+/Doors at 9PM/Show at 10PM

$15 in advance/Day of show/Additional fees may apply

Tickets on sale Friday, 8/26 at 10AM

The self-titled sixth album by The Helio Sequence began with a friendly competition. Several of the duo’s friends within the Portland, Oregon music scene had been playing “The 20-Song Game.” The rules were simple, playful and ambitious: Songwriters would arrive in their studios at prearranged times and spend all day recording 20 complete songs. When they were finished, they’d have a party, listen to the results and talk about the process—of taking the good with the bad, of letting creativity push past constraint, of simply making music in the moment. Brandon Summers and Benjamin Weikel took the spirit of the “The 20-Song Game” to heart, and forged ahead writing a new record.

“Negotiations was a very long, introspective process,” remembers Summers of the band’s 2012 Sub Pop LP. “We shut ourselves off from the world and disappeared down the rabbit hole. That’s how we tend to work, but we wanted to try something new, open and immediate.”

In a sense, The Helio Sequence had spent their whole career preparing for this record. They’d sunk entire recording advances into studio purchases, collaborating with local engineers to build custom gear and a space where they could blend high fidelity with kaleidoscopic sound. In 2013, the pair took on their first full-scale production project, the Brazilian rock band Quarto Negro, after the group inquired about their space and availability through Facebook. As producers, they’d remixed Shabazz Palaces, picked up mixing sessions with Portland acts and earned representation from Global Positioning Services. Summers and Weikel discovered just how adaptable and powerful their studio could be.

In May of 2014, inspired by the “20-Song Game”, they began arriving each morning in their Portland space—housed in the cafeteria and break room of an old warehouse— with the mission of making as much music as possible in one month. They began exploring and capturing, recording guitar riffs and keyboard loops, drum patterns and bass lines. One piece documented, they quickly advanced to the next idea. Summers and Weikel didn’t discuss what they were making or the reference points that informed it, though such discussions had once been central to The Helio Sequence’s more self-conscious process. They just played. Created. In time, they returned to each fragment, broadcasting it over the studio PA, jamming and recording the results. Mistakes didn’t matter, and second chances didn’t exist. After two weeks, Summers and Weikel began cutting those loose takes into rough shapes, steadily building songs from their cavalier sketches.

Although making records can be a laborious and tedious process, Summers delights in the memory of making this one.

“We were coming to the studio on these sunny mornings everyday with an open mind,” Summers shares. “We said, ‘I’m just going to do what feels good in the moment.”

“We worked so quickly that there was a running optimism,” he continues. “There’s this sense of striving for perfection where you can actually take momentum away. But we wanted this record to be momentum in and of itself.”

When June arrived, the duo gathered their 26 finished songs and sent them to 31 friends, fans and family members. They asked each person to rank their 10 favorite tracks. By summer’s end, they had arrived at the brisk 10 tracks that shape the breathless and magnetic The Helio Sequence—a record so named because it’s a kind of clean restart for the longtime pair, a revamp of their process and a revitalization of their results.

The Helio Sequence is a renewed push forward for the band: From the cool wallop of “Deuces,” where guitars snarl and harmonies soar, to the stuttering anxiety of “Upward Mobility”, where pianos pound and drums race, this collection depends upon an effortless kinetic energy. Lyrically, “Stoic Resemblance” is a study of existential anxiety, but musically, it’s a beguiling burst of pop, Summers’ vocals rising over and sliding off of Weikel’s big, irrepressible beat. The bittersweet “Leave or Be Yours” evokes the easy twinkle of romance and the smoldering sadness of losing it. Crisscrossing vocals and cross-talking guitars and drums map a broad swirl of emotions.

With its easy acoustic jangle, “Inconsequential Ties” might be one of the most surprising, light moments within the bombastic Helio Sequence catalog. But considered within the band’s history, it points to the pop that’s bound Summers and Weikel for so long. Indeed, there’s a delightful candor to The Helio Sequence, an openness that is a rare and special feat for a band about to enter its third decade.

“It’s less about curating yourself or trying to put yourself across how you want to be perceived,” says Summers. “It’s about having a conversation with people and giving them something that’s who you are.”
 

Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Rockin Rudy's (237 Blaine Street, Missoula, MT) or by calling (877) 987- 6487.

Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages

Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM

$14 in advance/$17 Day of show

RESERVED SEATING-Limited availability, 1 table with 4 chairs=$80

Additional fees may apply

Tickets on sale Friday, 8/26 at 10AM

 

Originally from Wisconsin, Shane Mauss caught his first break when he was awarded ‘Best Stand-Up” at The HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in 2007.  This led to his TV debut and first of five appearances on Conan.

Since that time he’s been on Jimmy Kimmel, Showtime, has had a Comedy Central Presents, a Netflix special ‘Mating Season’, and most recently released album inspired by breaking both of his feet in a hiking mishap called ‘My Big Break’ which spent time at #1 on the comedy iTunes charts. 

Shane has also been getting a lot of attention as a popular guest on podcasts such as You Made It Weird, Bertcast, WTF, Duncan Trussell’s Family Hour, TOFOP, Crabfeast, Never Not Funny, Keith and The Girl and last year he started traveling around the country interviewing scientists about the meanings of life for his own podcast “Here We Are” which has a 5 star rating on iTunes.

 Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.

Pub Station (2502 First Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101)

General Admission/All Ages/Doors at 7PM/Show at 8PM

$12 in advance/$15 Day of show/Additional fees may apply

Tickets on sale Friday, 8/26

 

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band hailing from Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, and Niko Daoussis form the band’s core. Central to Shook Twins’ sound is their wide range of instrumentation: banjo, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass, mandolin, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo-head drumming and their signature Golden Egg. Beautiful twin harmonies, layered upon acoustic and electric instrumentation, coupled with Laurie’s inventive use of percussive and ambient vocal loops, and Katelyn’s repurposed telephone microphone, set their sound apart, creating a unique and eccentric blend of folk, roots, groove and soul.

Their eclectic style fluctuates from song to song; drawing from their life experience they write about being potters’ daughters, the sway of the subconscious, imagined superpowers and a chicken friend named ‘Rose.’ Shook Twins also pull out unexpected covers on classic hits as well as their friends’ songs, and get-down to rhythm driven dance numbers with their 90’s hits female supergroup, Sideboob (w/ Mimi Naja of Fruition, Allie Kral of Yonder Mountain Stringband and Kat Fountain). Katelyn and Laurie are the main songwriters, but they also back up their band member Niko Daoussis (Niko Slice), adding his uniquely compelling songs to the mix.

After releasing their first album You Can Have the Rest, the twin sisters moved to Portland where they released Window (featuring Bonnie Paine and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival). Both albums were recorded and produced in Santa Cruz, California, at InDigital Studios with Brody Bergholz and Mason Rothchild.  Shook Twins recorded their third album, What We Do, with Grammy nominated producer Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studios. They are currently recording new music at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR with Justin Phelps.

Shook Twins have shared the stage with artists including: Ryan Adams,Gregory Alan Isakov, Greensky Bluegrass, Mason Jennings, Blitzen Trapper, Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, David Grisman, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Sarah Jarosz, Laura Veirs, The Fruit Bats, Jonatha Brooke, JJ Grey and MoFro, The Indigo Girls, Crooked Still, Jason Webley, The BoDeans, Elephant Revival and more.

Spanning the spectrum from distinctive and genuine to amusing and whimsical, Shook Twins’ laid-back and fun stage presence draws the listener in, allowing them to take the audience on an adventure. 2016 is gearing up to be an exciting year for them; besides opening up for Greensky Bluegrass on a 13 show tour, they are also supporting Keller Williams for several shows in Northern California, and playing Red Rocks Amphitheater with Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani Difranco. They are looking forward to a Spring tour in Europe where they’ll be playing two festivals in Germany and six shows in the UK.  Festivals for this year include WinterWonderGrass Tahoe (CA), Huckleberry Jam (ID), Safety Harbor Fest (FL), Apple Jam Music Festival (OR), Beaverstock (CA), Summer Camp Music Festival (IL), Revival Fest (MN), Northwest String Summit (OR), Fayetteville Roots Festival (AR), Summer Meltdown (WA), Oregon Country Fair (OR) and more! Keep an ear out for their new single “Call Me Out,” recorded at Indigital Stud

 

Tickets are available at 1111presents.com, Pub Station Box Office (2502 First Avenue North), or by calling (877) 987- 6487.