the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

Emerson e-news: january 

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Bozeman Doc Series Presents One More Time With Feeling
"Illuminating, intimate...a lyrical portrait of sorrow, creativity and perseverance..." Indiewire Read More 
4th Annual Bozeman Ping Pong Tournament
Come play in Novice or Professional brackets for your chance to be this year's Bozeman Ping Pong champion!  Read More 
Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market
Hot breakfast, coffee, fresh produce, local grassfed meats, cheeses, fresh eggs, artisan breads & baked goods, preserves, grains, oils, music and more! Read More 
Art on the Rocks Series- Whiskey & Woodblocks   (Ages 21+)
SOLD OUT! Take a look at our upcoming Art on the Rocks classes and register soon!  Read More 
Life Drawing (Ages 18+)
Tuesdays 6:00PM-8:00PM January 10 - March 14 
Draw from live models! Participants should provide own drawing supplies, however a few easels and ponies available - first come, first served. Drop ins welcome! Read More 
PIR Days Art Education
Join us during your time off from school to learn art fundamentals and create awesome diverse projects. All materials included.  Read More 
2017 Celebration of the Arts
January 27, 2017 
Tickets are NOW ON SALE at the Emerson. Call (406) 587-9797 or stop in to the front office to reserve your tickets. Enjoy the warmth of Tuscany with us at our Celebration of the Arts! Join us for an evening filled with entertainment, quick draw artists, fine dining, Italian wine, and live and silent auctions featuring a fabulous array of items.

The Annual Celebration of the Arts Exhibit is now on display at the Jessie Wilbur Gallery These original works of art have been generously donated by the artists and will be auctioned off at the Celebration of the Arts.
New this year, the pieces included in the Celebration of the Arts Exhibit are now available for viewing on the Emerson's website. You can bid on any of these pieces now by calling 406.587.9797 ext. 105 or visit the Emerson's front office.

A BIG thank you to this year's event sponsors:   Emerson Board of Directors, Ressler Motors, Country Inn & Suites, Haven Interior Design, Jereco Studios, PLONK, Audio Artisans, Barnard Construction, Co., Excalibur, Exec U Care Services, Executive Services, Gianforte Family Foundation, Jackson Hot Springs Lodge, John & Vicki Wilkinson, LUXE, Montana
Party Rentals, US Bank, Wipfli LLP, Yardley Daigneau Photography, A. Banks Gallery, After 5 & Weddings, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, Big Sky Western Bank, D.A. Davidson, Food for Thought, Montana Doorways Plus, NorthWestern Energy, The Bay Bar & Grille
Kid's Art Education Classes
There's still time to enroll- space is limited! 
Community Creation (ages 4 - 12)  Tuesdays, January 10 - March 7 9:30AM-11:30AM 
Applied Arts (ages 13 - 18)
T hursdays, January 12 - March 9  2:00PM-4:00PM
Art Explore 1 (ages 4 - 7)
Fridays, January 13 - March 10  9:00AM-10:30AM
Art Explore 2 (ages 8 - 12)
Fridays, January 13 - March 10 11:00AM-12:30PM 
Art in the Third Dimension (ages 4 - 7)
Mondays, January 16 - February 27
Art in the Third Dimension
(ages 8 - 12) Wednesdays, January 18 - March 1
Creating with Clay (ages 8 - 12) 
Mondays, January 16 - February 27
Creating with Clay (ages 4 - 7)
Wednesdays, January 18 - March 1

Featured Exhibit
Celebration of the Arts Exhibit
December 9, 2016 -  January 31, 2017

Jessie Wilber Gallery 
The Jessie Wilber Gallery features a group exhibit by several local and regional artists who are a special part of our annual fundraiser, Celebration of the Arts. These artists support the Emerson by donating art works which are auctioned off during the event to raise money for the Emerson's exhibits, education, and restoration programs.

The artists selected for this year's exhibit are: Carol Barmore, Joanne Berghold, Megan Blessing, Michael Blessing, Kathy Burk, Roger Cruwys, Josh DeWeese, Jim Dick, Loretta Domaszewski, Tom Gilleon, Dave Hall, Craig Hergert, JROD, Duncan Kippen, Liz Lewis, John Lewton, Wendy Marquis, Tara Moore, Mark Noyes, Mike Oconnell, Bruce Pierce, Peggy Ryan, Scott Scherer, and Kara Tripp. 

Energy-Saving Technology in our Historic Building
In 2016, the Emerson reduced our energy consumption by 20.7%! This significant savings can be attributed to our recently installed 30kw solar panel installed by OnSite Energy, Inc. and the more than 800 LED bulbs installed. Our sincerest gratitude to Tim Crawford whose initiative and generosity made this project become a reality!

Much Needed Renovations Are Nearing Completion!
Over the past year, we have worked extensively to replace our exterior doors to increase energy efficiency and maintain security. Additionally, two of the new doors will be equipped with ADA components to allow us to better serve our entire community.
Featured Tenant
Wendel Designs
Marcia Wendel, an artistic prodigy who sold her first painting at age seven at the prestigious Norton Museum of Art, moved to Bozeman in 2007. What did she gain? "Altitude, of course," she says, "but also a new perspective and a deep appreciation for the irrepressible, untamed power of nature. I have become obsessed with capturing mere whispers of that energy in motion onto my canvas, and when that happens, it's lightning in a bottle. It's thrilling. Magical. There's no feeling like it."

Her murals are found in numerous exclusive country clubs and private homes throughout the US and Europe.

A special thank you to Marcia who has graciously donated a portrait to be commissioned by the buyer at our Celebration of the Arts auction!  



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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