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Dear Friends,
For many of us the Emerson is the place where our community gathers. Our big beautiful brick building is the heart of our organization and we thrive with the energy that you bring to our halls. Currently, our halls are quiet and many of our programs are on hold. Please know that during this unprecedented time, the Emerson's staff and board of directors are working hard to continue serving our community. We are working hard, so that when it is safe for our community to gather, we will be ready to welcome you back to the Emerson.
While we are hunkered down in our homes we rely more on books, music, movies, and the arts to provide comfort and a sense of place. We believe that the arts are essential to our mental health and well being - especially now. Thank you for your continued support of local artists and arts organizations. All of us are looking forward to welcoming you back into our galleries, studios, classrooms, concert halls, and theaters.
We miss you and we look forward to seeing your beautiful faces again, soon!
With gratitude,
Susan Denson-Guy
Executive Director

Virtual Events


Since you cannot come to the Emerson, We are bringing the Emerson to you! We invite you to join us online to continue exploring art through classes and gallery tours and social gatherings. Follow our Facebook and Instagram accounts to find new offerings and virtual events. We will share information and updates as available.  
Little HeARTs Online!
Wednesdays  |  10am
Facebook  |  www.theEmerson.org
We miss our youngest artists! Each week, we will post a whole new little HeARTs activity online, including a story, movement activity, and art project using materials you have at home. These activities will be announced on Facebook, with a link to our website so that you may enjoy the story and activities at your leisure. We look forward to the the day when we can all meet in the Ballroom again.
Virtual Art on the Rocks (21+
Thursday, April 16  |  7-8pm
Thursday, April 23  |  7-8pm 
Led by Ian McNicoll
Free! But registration is required.  
Join us for a virtual Art on the Rocks via Zoom. Together we'll create and art activity and enjoy cocktails. The fabulous crew at the Rocking R Bar will kick off the hour with a cocktail recipe. Ian McNicoll will then lead us through an art project using supplies you have in your own home! We encourage you share with your friends, share your art work, and share a toast with the Emerson whiles having a wildly fun evening. Find us on Facebook for current information and to register. 
Schools in the Gallery VIRTUAL Tour
"The Wait" by Gary Horinek 
Friday, April 17  |  1pm
Led by Alissa Kost, Education Curator  
Free! But registration is required.  
We invite everyone to a virtual gallery tour of "The Wait" by Gary Horinek.  This incredible full-immersion exhibit was built solely for exhibition in the Jessie Wilber Gallery. Because of shelter in place, we cannot open our gallery doors for you to experience this amazing exhibit, but we are doing the next best thing! Alissa Kost, Education Curator will lead the tour via Zoom. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and share observations. At the end of the tour, we will provide instruction for a project you can do at home to complete your virtual tour.
Please visit us on Facebook to register, find the  materials list, and receive updates on the event. 

 GIVE BIG 2020


Give Big for the Emerson
April 29 - May 1  |  6pm - 6pm
Join us for 24 hours of supporting and celebrating the work great of non-profits in our community. The Emerson will be remembering and sharing the joy art and culture brings us. We are also asking for financial support to help us cover the cost of maintaining our building and organization until the Emerson can once again function as a community gathering place.  Every contribution regardless of size, makes a big difference.   
Join us on Facebook at @theemersondotorg and Instgram at   theemerson_mt or visit our online giving page to make a donation. 



Figures & Portraits
Summer exhibits in the Jessie Wilber and Lobby Galleries

We are still taking submissions for our summer Figures & Portraits exhibits. Figures will be featured in the Jessie Wilber Gallery and Portraits will be featured in our  Lobby Gallery from July 10 - August 28.
Please submit your art to education@theemerson.org by April 13.

 Helping Heros


Many of the Emerson tenant businesses are using their talents and resources to make masks to help us safely get through these strange times. If you would like to purchase one of these stylish hand-made masks while supporting local creative businesses, please visit their websites and social media pages listed below! 

Little Pitterpat  
Instagram: littlepitterpat
Facebook: @littlepitterpat 
The Coin Laundry Print Shop 
Instagram: thecoinlaindryprintshop
Facebook: @thecoinlaundryprints

2nd Story Studio 
Instagram: 2ndstorystudio
Facebook: @2ndstorystudioMT

Western Bound Goods 
Instagram: western_bound_goods
Facebook: @westernboundgoods




Here's a snapshot at what's going on in some of the studios and galleries during our Shelter In Place.
Carolyn Price  
"My latest watercolor is the Fluttering Stone, tied to imitate a salmon fly. The salmon fly is a stonefly, and the emergence of the salmon fly is unpredictable, depending on when the river temperature reaches 52 degrees. The hatch lasts only a few days in a specific section of the river, resulting in a feeding frenzy. The Madison River is famous for the salmon fly hatch in June - July."
Carolyn creates notecards and prints from both watercolors and pastels.
Visit her website,  www.carolinepriceart.com , or email her at caroline.price8@gmail.com.  
Lynn Kinnaman - Lynn's Writing Studio
"Stuck at home? What a great time to write that memoir, novel, or other writing project you've been putting off! I can work with you on a one-to-one basis through phone calls, Zoom meetings, and emails to guide and encourage you to get that project underway."  
Find Lynn at 406-599-4433 or  Kinnaman.Lynn@gmail.com  for more information.
LeeAnn Ramey - LeeAnn Ramey Fine Art  
"On National Pet Day, I offered A special on pet portraits and got a great response. They have been a fun distraction from the "Rona". I also painted some flowers to cheer me up and brighten my kitchen. And I have commissions in the works for the new hotel. I am definitely much happier when I paint and don't watch the news. I miss my Emerson studio and everyone in Galleria Hall!"
You can reach LeeAnn at @leeannrameyart on Facebook, or email  larameyart@gmail.com .

Cherlyn Wilcox
"I've been working on these still life paintings looking for something slower  paced, more meditative and attainable during this complicated time-as compared to my intuitive, chaotic abstract work.  I plan to sell them starting Thursday with half of the proceeds going to the Food Bank. I can't sew masks. I can't provide much assistance in many ways right now. We are all feeling helpless and scared for ourselves and others and this is my small attempt to provide support and joy. Thanks!"
Find more of Cherlyn's work on her website, www.CherlynWilcox.com. 

World Language Initiative - Hannah Jacobsma
"The WLI-MT team is working hard to create online language classes for our community. Now offering LIVE small group Mandarin classes for K-5 students beginning April 9th. We are also offering open LIVE Spanish classes for K-5 students every Monday & Thursday at 11am. We are also planning a vitural gala, Fly Me to the Moon, April 18".  
Visit www.wlimt.org to find the Online Language Classroom to sign up for Mandarin classes, to join Spanish, and for more information about the virtual gala.  Or follow the WLI-MT on Facebook.

Artists' Gallery
The Artists' Gallery has put their annual Student Art Show online during the month of April. You can check out their work on our web page;
"All of our member artists are in their studios being safe, productive and creative. We are going to have some fantastic new art to share with you when we put these problems behind us. For now we will keep you informed of what everyone is working on via our Instagram and Facebook pages."
"While the gallery doors are closed, please message us via Facebook and our website:
"The artist members are missing each other and you. The interaction we get from our customers and each other fuels our creative spirit."



Emily Barnhardt Photography
Emily Barnhardt is a graduate of Montana State University with her Bachelors in Arts and Architecture from the Film and Photography program. She specializes in many aspects of photography with an emphasis on Weddings, Family, Seniors, and Portraiture. She loves giving back to the community and supports local fundraising by donating her photography talents and artistic ability. Emily enjoys the community atmosphere and positive energy the Emerson provides. Emily has had studio space in the Emerson for three years and enjoys her time as it allows her to focus on her work and interact with many other talented artists who share space here. Emily was born in Bozeman and has spent most of her life here and when she isn't out photographing her amazing clients, she is spending time with her two wonderful children and amazing husband!
Emily's Website: emilybarnhardtphotography.com 



At-Home Activity: String Printmaking!
Printmaking is a fun and easy medium to practice at home. You don't need expensive tools or a large press to create awesome, hand-made prints out of everyday materials!  Here is a quick and simple printmaking project to do at home. 

Materials needed: thick cardboard, cotton string, glue, acrylic paint, construction paper,  a sponge, or large paintbrush.

1. Cut your cardboard into any shape you wish - this is your printing "plate."

2. Take a thick cotton string to create patterns, shapes, even text onto the surface of your plate.


3. Glue in place and let it dry.


4. Use a sponge or brush to apply a thick layer of paint onto the string. Make sure to coat the string entirely. You can also apply a thick layer of paint to a nonporous surface like Styrofoam or plastic and then dip/ push your plate - string side down - into the paint. Use a single color or several to create the desired effect!  


5. Before the paint dries, flip your plate - string side down - onto a piece of construction paper.  


6. Make sure to push firmly all over the back of your cardboard for maximum paint transfer.

7. Lift plate and voila! You've made a string print! 

You can reuse the same plate again and again to create and edition of the same design, or create new plates to print a whole collection. The only requirement is to have fun! 





Emerson History

The Emerson is a thriving arts and community center located a block from historic downtown Bozeman. The building was originally an elementary school built in 1918, attended by thousands of Bozeman youth before its closure in 1991.

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Support the Emerson

At the Emerson, we are grateful for the generous community support that allows us to serve as a vital arts hub in Bozeman. Over 250,000 people have come to the Emerson each year to attend performances, take classes, and participate in community events.


Volunteer with the Emerson

As a community arts hub, the Emerson relies on the time, energy and enthusiasm donated by community volunteers and interns. You can get involved by becoming a docent, by helping with events, children's classes or in our office.

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the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

111 South Grand Ave.   |   Bozeman, MT   |   406.587.9797   |   office@theEmerson.org