February 15, 2017
Billings, MT - Nurture your creative spirit with one or all of three upcoming art classes scheduled at the Yellowstone Art Museum. Classes include “Two-Color Watercolor” with illustrator Jason Jam, “The Art of Bead Embroidery” with Susan Germer, and “Cola Pen Drawing” with calligrapher Sarah Behrens Lemon.
In the “Two-Color Watercolor” class, students will explore how to use values, shapes, and an array of techniques to create exciting watercolor paintings. The class takes place at the museum Saturday, February 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost of the class is $35.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members. There is no supply fee but students are asked to bring all supplies recommended by the instructor. Call the museum for details. This class is full but there is a waiting list.
Susan Germer will teach a variety of sewing techniques using a colorful assortment of beads and fabric in her class “The Art of Bead Embroidery.” No previous experience is required. Having worked in this art form since 1994, Germer will instruct students on the creation of unique works of art using a beading needle, thread, fabric, pin back, leather, beeswax, and buttons. The class takes place at the museum Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost of the class is $60.00 for members and $67.00 for non-members along with a $30.00 supply fee to be paid directly to the instructor.
Historically, master scribes used a variety of materials to make customized pens. Calligrapher Sarah Behrens Lemon will follow this tradition as she instructs students on the creation of both a calligraphy pen and/or a creative new drawing tool from a recycled soda can in a class that takes place at the museum on Saturday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost of the class is $35.00 for members and $40.00 for non-members. An additional supply fee of $15.00 will paid directly to the instructor.
To register for any of these classes, visit http://www.artmuseum.org/education/adult-education/ or call the Front Desk at 406-256-6804.
The museum is a barrier-free facility and free parking is available. Members are admitted free, and the general public can visit for a nominal admission fee. For more information, visit the museum’s website www.artmuseum.org.
Picture courtesy of George Everett of Mainstreet Uptown Butte
Big Sky Connection
February 14, 2017
BOZEMAN, Mont. - A Montana artist wants to show grizzly bears from a different perspective and shed light on their precarious situation with the stroke of a paintbrush.
Georgia Baker's art show "Connectivity" in Bozeman is displaying her paintings of grizzly bears to help efforts to conserve the species in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Baker is showing their vulnerable side, fighting back most depictions of grizzlies as ferocious killers.
"We have depicted these and misrepresented these bears just even starting with their name," she said. "I don't think it's deserving once you find out more."
The art show comes as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service mulls over whether or not to delist the grizzly as an endangered species. A decision was expected to be made in January, but the agency delayed it after receiving more than 650,000 comments from the public.
Baker says a lot of people don't understand grizzlies. She says they are quite smart and compares them to "large dogs," adding that plants make up over 90 percent of their diet. She also likens their large claws to gardening tools.
Baker says Theodore Roosevelt set a good example for conservationists at the beginning of the 20th century with his foresight in protecting Yellowstone, and she hopes to do the same for the grizzly.
"I want to be an ancestor that had the foresight to not just make this the story of more domination, and land use, and about people, but actually about coexisting with important species that we have yet to come and to appreciate," she explained.
Connectivity runs until February 28th at the ERA Landmark Real Estate building in downtown Bozeman. Half of the proceeds from the sale of Baker's paintings will benefit the Sierra Club's Grizzly Recovery Campaign. Baker is a volunteer for the organization.
Billings, MT--For many, lawn care can be a chore. Another line item on the list of "have-to-do's" cutting into precious time reserved for the list of "want to do's." But for one lucky MATE Show attendee, that is all about to change. Thanks to Yellowstone County Implement and its sister stores owned by C&B Operations, this year's grand prize sponsorship is designed to shorten time spent mowing and maybe even make it a little more fun.
The John Deere Z525E Zero Turn mower offers a 22HP V-twin engine, Tuf Torq TZT&-D dual Hydro Drive train that allows for speeds ranging from 0-8.5 miles per hour forward and 0-4 miles per hour in reverse. A typical riding mower travels between 3-4 miles per hour. Not only does the mower reduce mowing time with its increased speed but also with its ability to spin 180 degrees, essentially reducing the number of passes required to mow a residential yard.
Other features include the adjustable twin lever drive control that replaces the traditional steering wheel and features easy to operate functionality for responsive direction and speed control. The larger 22x9.50-10 drive tires offer a smooth ride while providing increased traction. The 525E also features a hand adjusted deck height adjustable in ¼" increments, to ensure a precise cut height and the 15" adjustable seat with arm rests provides a comfortable operators platform. The 525E is standard with the 48" side discharge deck.
"The industry is transitioning to Zero Turn mowers from tractor style mowers due to the speed and maneuverability," said Yellowstone County Implement Manager, Tim Schulz. "John Deere has expanded their lineup of residual zero turn mowers for 2017 to offer a unit that will fit most anyone's budget or needs depending on the size of lawn or property being cared for." He went on to say, "Like the commercial says 'it's not how fast you mow, it's how well you mow fast'!"
Tim will have a variety of equipment at Yellowstone Valley Implement booth 47 inside the Expo Center to suit the yard-keepers, recreationists, and ag producers. To learn more about C & B Operations and Yellowstone Valley Implement, visit www.deerequipment.com.
January 4, 2017
Billings, MT – Chill at the museum during the Yellowstone Art Museum’s 49th Annual Art Auction on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The event will be held at the Yellowstone Art Museum located aAt A401 North 27th Street, Billings, Montana. The Annual Art Auction is the YAM’s most significant fundraising event, generating proceeds in support of exhibitions and educational programming for the entire year. The theme this year is icy with cold cocktails and cool artwork that will send chills down your spine...and all for a great cause!
Everyone is invited to an opening reception for the Art Auction 49 exhibition, which will be held on January 19, 2017. The opening event will be the first chance to view this year’s Art Auction artwork selections from 141 artists from across the nation, including over 100 Montanan artists. There will be live music, cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, and free admission for members. The exhibition will remain open for viewing and silent auction bidding until the event on March 4th.
The exhibition culminates in our 49th Annual Art Auction, which consists of a silent auction, a live auction, a "Quick Draw," cocktails, and gourmet refreshments, all within the cool environment of our beautiful galleries. The Auction begins Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 5 p.m. and features a heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert buffet catered by Thomas Nelson Catering. The Live Auction bidding begins at 7:30 p.m. and includes a special bidding opportunity to directly support the YAM’s Education Department, providing art education for nearly 50 years. The Auction concludes with a raffle drawing for exquisite jewelry donated by Montague’s Jewelers.
Advance tickets to the Art Auction event go on sale January 19th online and at the museum. General admission tickets are $95 per person and $105 at the door. Raffle tickets may be purchased separately and the ticket holder need not be present to win.
The 49th Annual Art Auction is generously sponsored by:
The Oakland Companies
Intermountain Distributing Company
Eide Bailly LLP
Kibler & Kirch/ Stapleton Gallery
Yellowstone Surgery Center
Community sponsors include Hardy Construction, Montague's Jewelers, Payne West Insurance, Sanctuary Spa & Salon, Joy of Living, Simple Family Magazine, St. Vincent Healthcare,
Stillwater Mining Company, Terakedis Fine Art, Universal Vision, YVW Magazine, DiA Events, Exxon Mobil, Party Solutions, and Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery.
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