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A Gorgeous Garden & Home Tour!

This year's Garden & Home Tour was the biggest and best yet! With 3 days of activities and 14 tour stops, there was something that everyone could love.

The winning garden of our People's Choice Award is Stop #5! Elizabeth, Justine, Tember, and Michael (pictured here) joined forces to develop their small yard into a garden oasis, complete with two water features and pallet wall!

Lunch on the Lawn
Wednesdays, August 7 & August 14
11:30AM - 1:30PM
Only two more Lunch on the Lawns this summer! Hear live music, soak up the sun, and bring the kids for fun activities!

Art Education Enrollment Enrollment  
August 5 & August 12
Fall and Winter classes are available on our website!
Member-only registration began August 5. 
Open Enrollment begins August 12.  
Please call (406)587-9797x105 or email office@theEmerson.org to register.

Art Walks at the Emerson   
August 9
Make us your first stop during August's Art Walk! Our galleries and studios will open at 5pm, with snacks and refreshments. Bring your friends and see what's happening at the Emerson!  

Little HeARTs    
September 25 - November 20 
10AM - 11AM 
Bring your 2 - 5 year-old to the Emerson on Wednesday mornings to start your day with art! Children will channel their creativity through mixed-media projects with the help of their parents.  
Winter session will begin in January. 

SAVE THE DATE: Quick Draws, Cocktails, & Comedy     
October 4  
Prepare yourself for a wildly entertaining evening of art and laughter while supporting the arts and culture. Masterful artists will work to bring their works to completion, while Justus Entertainment is bringing a great stand-up comedian to the stage. Did we mention PLONK! will be serving cocktails? Quick draw artwork will be auctioned off at the end of the evening in support of the Emerson. Your first drink along with light appetizers is on us.
Individual tickets are $40 in advance, $40 at the door. Limited VIP tables for 8 at $400.

 August Artist- Six Finger Studios

Six Finger Studios is an art studio started by Bozeman artist Nick Mask. He is a self- published author/illustrator of children's books, as well as a designer and maker of hand-crafted home accents. Coat racks, key racks, mountain shelves, pallet coasters, and more make up his catalog of reclaimed and poplar wood products, all of which are designed for function with a modern/rustic approach.
Are you interested in calling the Emerson home for a month? LEARN MORE about showing and selling your work in this short-term Gallery space. Individual artists of all medias and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

 FURN Design Studios  

FURN Design Studio is the brainchild of Lindsey Stewart and Christine Callaghan, who became friends in 2017. They eventually started conversations about the lack of modern, affordable furnishings in Bozeman, and out of those discussions FURN was born. Christine and Lindsey have perfectly complementary design styles, adding a touch of traditional to the mountain modern they see out West. Visit FURN Design Studio during your next visit to Galleria Hall!


Emerson Membership   
Individual $40, Household $75, Premier $150         Benefits include:
  • Early registration access for classes
  • Discounted tuition rates
  • Monthly e-news subscription
  • Invitations to exhibits, special events, and member-only appreciation events
  • Drawing for tickets to select Emerson special events
  • Member-only deals at partnering Emerson businesses
Meet our member-partners!
Galleria Hall: Artist's Gallery, ECCE, Emerson Grill & Emerson Grill North, LeeAnn Ramey Art, The Coin Laundry Print Shop, Tripp Studio
West Wing: Esther Metals, Little Pitterpat, Wampum Wear & CIA Gallery, Wendel Designs, Western Bound 
2nd Floor: Emily Barnhardt Photography, Kelley J. Sullivan, Lynn's Writing Studio, Mountain Gypsy Studios, Rhythm Drums, The Dance Center, 2nd Story Studio 

  Volunteer Opportunities and Donations 

Schools & Seniors in the Gallery Program  
September - November 2019          

Lead exhibit tours and hands-on projects for various youth and senior groups. Fall program runs September - November  and features eclectic exhibition of Montana modernists. Schedules vary and are based on your availability! Training sessions provide thorough information on the exhibit and the tools needed to lead a tour and follow-up art project. First training session will be held at the end of August! 

Little HeARTs Docent Program  
Fall 2019          

Lead weekly art projects for parents and their 2 - 5 year-olds each Wednesday! Starting in September, this one hour course provides an artistic outlet for toddlers with the support of their parents/ guardians. This position is great for someone who loves little ones and wants to encourage creativity. Training, supplies, and support staff will help you along the way to make Wednesday mornings the cutest time of your week!  

Christmas Stroll Donations   
December 7, 2019           

The Emerson is a proud sponsor the Bozeman's biggest and most beloved winter festival - the Christmas Stroll. And, each year, the festivities begin at the Emerson! There will be hosted gingerbread house making and live musical and art performances. All free and open to the public. 
We are seeking donations to purchase supplies for the 500 gingerbread houses that are built here! Please click the donate button, or stop by in person to support the Emerson and this fun holiday event.  


Jessie Wilber Gallery 
Of Shadow & Light   
Jerry Locati      
July 12 - August 30, 2019
Jerry Locati sees in "Shadow and Light". Whether it is the int rica te architectural detail or the way he captures the subtle proportions in his graphite dr awings, the edge between architecture and art is a fine line defined in shadow and light. Locati has put pencil to paper to create works that celebrate composi tio n, light and texture in a new way. Focusing his eye on wildlife and figurative subjects, he renders small and large-scale images alike, depicting the beauty of the human form or the inspiring power of nature. Utilizing a mosaic of blocks, refocusing the eye typically off-center, he lets an intricate puzzle unfold subtly within the frame of e ach block. The technique isolates complex details in a larger scene, simplifying an image for the viewer, while deepening its interpretation."Architecture is based in art. I gr ew up drawing and it di dn't take me long to realize I wanted to create art in the form of architecture. Now I find equal inspiration from both." - Jerry Locati

Weaver Room Gallery
Paper Landscapes
Michele Lauriat  
June 28 - August 23, 2019    
"While in a landscape I look for patterns of all sca   le - repeati   ng bla   des of g r ass,     branches that share a direction or bend, or a sense of geo metric order in an area of erosion. These repetitions that I  find in nature are also found in  a g reat de   al of art, music, and design. Patterns hold the stories of our lives together too; t hey give us an anchor, a roadmap, and momentum. If we do not step outside our patterns every once in a while, however, we can be  devastated by an unexpected disruption. Therefore, in my search for repetition, I also look for places where patterns fall apart or overwhelm themselves and become chaotic or distorted - or simply end." - Michele Lauriat

Lobby Gallery
The Female Gaze
Jamie Azevedo
July 12 - August 30, 2019

Jamie Azevedo has always had a sense of wonder abo u t th e world she inhabits and has appreciated the art of sharing a good narrative. This inspired he r to become a storyteller and so she pursued acting. While living in Man h attan , NY she was introduced and fell in love with the world of visual art. Trans itioning from the stage to two-dimensional work allowed her to have complete creative con trol as well as deeply explore the mes such as interconnectedness and mutuality. Through this form of telling stories, she is also able to superim pose many of the lovely and funny conversations she has had with others in h er work. She is inspired by the metaphysical world, history, meditation, laughter, mind-bending conversations, the game of "what if," her amusing family, quirky humans, philosophy, and the ludicrous yet jubilant journey that we are all on together.


All of our galleries are free and open to the public.


Lunch on the Lawn with Beat Deaf
 A summertime tradition, this community event features live music, local food vendors, and kids' activities. Entertain your kids while enjoying music and mingling with other parents. Or, get away from your desk and soak up some sunshine while enjoying your lunch hour on the Emerson's west lawn.    Read More 

Open Enrollment
Registration for Fall 2019 & Winter 2020 classes begins!  
How to Register:  
Register and pay in person at the Emerson's Main Office (Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm) or call during office hours to register and pay over the phone.  
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Lunch on the Lawn with Sparklebear Band and The Tingle Hoarders
A summertime tradition, this community event features live music, local food vendors, and kids' activities. Entertain your kids while enjoying music and mingling with other parents. Or, get away from your desk and soak up some sunshine while enjoying your lunch hour on the Emerson's west lawn.  Read More


Kids' Summer Camp -
Week 10
9AM - 3PM
This week's theme: DESERT OASIS! The desert is full of unique and dangerous environments. Investigate some of its wonders during this camp. All age groups are sold out.    
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Art on the Rocks - Prosecco & Plein air
6:30 - 8:30PM
Our Art on the Rocks series switches up the medium and beverages each month for those looking to learn something NEW and drink something DIFFERENT. Let your favorite poison inspire a new passion!  
Practice drawing on site using scenes around the Emerson.   
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Art on the Rocks -
Cider & Ceramics
If you are creative but need direction and don't want the commitment of a multi-week course, this is the class for you! Let your favorite poison inspire a new passion! Hand-build with clay while enjoying hard cider. Cost includes supplies and 2 signature cocktails. Preregistration necessary.  
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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