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Warm December Wishes

Seasons Greetings!

We would like to take a moment in this festive season to thank you for being a part of the Emerson community. With your help, in the past year we have held 216 art education classes, hosted 16 changing exhibits featuring 77 artists, guided 903 students through our Schools in the Gallery program, facilitated 754 community events, and served as home to 58 arts & culture-related businesses.

These are just a few of the things we have accomplished together. Imagine what we can accomplish in 2020!

We invite you to stop by the Wishing Tree in the Emerson's front entryway to share your wish for the year.

Wishing you warm and happy holidays,
Susan, Renée, Alissa, Erik, Mike, Tamara, & Mira

Coming up at the Emerson

Celebration of the Arts
F riday, January 24  | 6pm
The Celebration of the Arts is bringing the lively culture of Scotland to the Emerson with our very own version of a "Burns Nicht Feast."  
Each year all of Scotland turns out to celebrate the birth of Robert Burns a renowned Scottish poet. The celebration includes a feast, whiskey, bagpipes, robust toasts, laughter, and jovial readings of Robert Burns popular writings.  
Dust off your favorite Burns poetry, air out your best tartan, and join us for an evening of grand entertainment, Scotch Whiskey tastings, delicious food, quick draw artists, live & silent auctions, laughter and robust toasts. This year's auction includes artworks from more than 50 Montana artists, generous gift baskets from local businesses, overnight whitewater rafting adventures, AND the trip of a lifetime to Scotland!
For more information about becoming a part of Celebration of the Arts, visit us at (406)587-9797 ext. 106 or events@theEmerson.org.

Celebration of the Arts Exhibit
Friday, December 13, 2019 thru  
Friday, January 24, 2020  
Jessie Wilber Gallery 
Celebration of the Arts kicks off with a special exhibit opening during Art Walk on December 13. The Celebration of the Arts Exhibition features a selection of artists who support the Emerson. Bids open during Art Walk on December 13, 2019 and close during the Celebration of the Arts Gala on January 24, 2020.
This exhibit is open to the public, Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 5:00PM and on select Saturdays.  
Visit our website for more information.


 Winter Enrollment is Open    

Winter Class Enrollment 
Winter art education classes are open and filling up fast. We offer a wide variety of art classes for ages 2 to 102. We also offer PIR day and Spring Break camps for kids.
Emerson members receive special pricing on classes. A full  class schedule and registration information can be found on our website.   

December Artist - HelenP* Donvan

During a travel time in Bali, I was gifted with the Batik style of painting on fabric. Whenever possible I choose to immerse all my senses in our great outdoors.

Often I create on silk, a long, narrow format which imposes its limitations and challenges yet offers opportunities for a unique viewpoint.  These silk pieces are
panoramas of our natural world that may displayed or worn. They  are the perfect accessory for all occasions.
I am grateful for the opportunity the Jewel Box Gallery is giving me to interact within our community and meet new and fabulous folks.
Looking forward to meeting you in one of my workshops, in my studio, or on location!

See more of HelenP* Donvan's work at: CatchingBreezes.com  

 Lang-Price Studio #205   

The Lang-Price studio #205 is comprised of two old friends, Roger Lang and Caroline Price. They enjoy the inspirational community of the Emerson Cultural Center, and they welcome visitors any time.
Roger Lang renewed his passion for oil painting after 32 years of tech work and ranching. He is drawn to subjects and places that are dear to his heart.
Caroline's latest focus is watercolor, although she enjoys pencil, pastel, and acrylic and her subjects are fish and fly fishing flies. She reproduces her paintings into note cards and 5x7 prints and is currently selling her note cards at Heyday! and Cello on Main St., and also at Tart in both Bozeman and Big Sky.

See more of Caroline's work at www.carolinepriceart.com


  Gifts of the Emerson  

Year End Donations 
"I love the Emerson because every day's a surprise. It's a beacon that draws me back, time and again, for a film or an exhibit or a performance. That lovely old school building is jam-packed with new imaginings and new creations." - Brook Merrow, Past Board Member

Whether it is soaking up a little sunshine during Lunch on the Lawn, finding an art class to express your own creativity, being inspired by an exhibit, or enjoying any of the other magic that happens within these historic walls, the Emerson is here for everyone. Out entire community is enriched because of these programs and events, but none of this is possible without your help!

We rely on your generosity to help maintain our historic building, provide free exhibits, and enhance our art education programs.
Please help us continue to serve as a resource to the community by making a year-end tax-deductible donation to the Emerson.


The Gift Of Emerson Membership 
Why an Membership to the Emerson is a gift that keeps on giving:
  • Shopping Deals - Several Emerson Tenants offer special discounts and deal exclusively to Emerson Members. Click for participating tenants and membership information. 
  • Art Education Member Perks - Member pricing and early registration access is available on all Emerson Art Education Classes. Enrollment is open for winter classes and filling up quickly! Click for class list.
  • Little HeARTS classes are free with membership - Bring your favorite young artist between the ages of 2-5 to our weekly Little HeARTS art class, free of charge with an Emerson Membership
  • Newsletters, Invitations, Announcements - Be the first to know what's going on at the Emerson. Members receive our monthly newsletter (like this one), invitations to special events, and announcements for exhibit openings, calls for art, other unique happenings at the Emerson.
  • Support of Arts & Culture - The purchase of your membership grows southwest Montana's creative community and contributes to make arts and culture accessible to everyone.

Premier Membership* | $150

*A membership for you + a membership to give as a gift

Household Membership $75

Individual Membership $40



Jessie Wilber  
Celebration of the Arts Exhibit and Silent Auction  
December 13, 2019 - January 24, 2020

Featuring work by: Chris Autio, Carol Barmore, Joanne Berghold, June Billings Safford, Laura Blue Palmer, Kathy Burk, Shakinah Brzezinski, Roger Cruwys, Josh DeWeese, Jim Dick, Kelsey Dzintars, Scott Fabritz, Craig Hergert, Jim Howard, Justin Hsu, Kirstin Kainz, Marsha Karle, Duncan Kippen, Tara Moore, Darla Myers, Mike O'Connell, Kara Tripp, Marcia Wendel, Rod Zullo

This mixed-media, juried group show is a collection of work by local artists who generously donated to our annual fundraiser, The Celebration of the Arts. Take a sneak peek at these amazing original creations available for silent auction beginning at Art Walk on December 13 through the night of the event, January 24. Take home an original piece of art you will cherish for a life-time while supporting local artists and the Emerson in the process!

Lobby Gallery  
December 13, 2019 - January 24, 2020
To compliment The Celebration of the Arts' cultural theme for 2020, Scotland, we are exhibiting work by local photographer and ancestral Scotsman, Mark MacLeod. His months long pilgrimage back to the motherland to visit the home of his Grandparents was the trip of a lifetime. MacLeod took hundreds of images that are not only visually stunning but captured the personal, heartfelt connection he has with this country. 
Weaver Room Gallery
From the Front to the Plains  
Photography by Craig Hergert of Montana Panoramic 
December 6, 2019 - January 31, 2020

Since 1997, Craig Hergert has been photographing the vast landscapes, mountain ranges, rivers, parks, towns, wildlife, hunting and fishing from all over the great state of Montana. Montana Panoramic has grown to thousands of images, and continues to grow each day. Mr. Hergert's work is currently on display in several art galleries and businesses throughout Montana, including his studio & gallery in Bozeman, and in private collections all over the world .   

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



Nutcracker in a Nutshell
Fri., Dec. 20 | 6:30pm
Sat., Dec. 21 | 2pm 
Sat., Dec. 21 | 5:30pm
The Dance Center will present its 15th production of Nutcracker in a Nutshell, an imaginative and fast-paced interpretation of Tchaikovsky's famous traditional ballet.
Celebration of the Arts
Fri., Jan. 24 | 6:30pm
The Emerson invites you to roam the rich cultural heritage of Scotland during Celebration of the Arts, our biggest fundraiser of the year. Join us for an evening of fine art, entertainment, I've and silent auctions, and delicious dining in support of the Emerson.


     Art on the Rocks
Champagne & Cups
6:30 - 8:30PM - Emerson
Create functional art out of clay.      
$35 members
$40 non members 
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    Life Drawing
Tuesdays| 6 - 8pm
Ages 18+
Draw from live models! Artists of all ability levels welcome. and materials.
Members: FREE  
Non-members: $5    
10 prepaid sessions*:
$100 / Members
$150 Non-Members    
* Good for 1 year from date of purchase. 
Drop in fee: $15/per session
check preferred
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       Studio Kids Classes
Session 1: Painting
After school art class series of classes exploring mediums such as watercolor, oil, and acrylic.
Ages 5-8: M & W | 4 - 5:30pm
(1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/22) 
Ages 9-13: T & Th |4 - 5:30pm  
(1/14, 1/16, 1/21, 1/23)
$75 members
$80 non members 
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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