the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

EMERSON E-NEWS: September  



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Sculptures on the North Lawn!
The Messenger and Tubular Art    
Through the Emerson's partnership with Gallatin Art Crossing, the north lawn is home to two new sculptures that made their debut at the August Art Walk and Gallatin Art Crossing's Reception - The Messenger, and Tubular Art.

The Messenger was inspired by artist Joe Barrington's fascination with the raven and its tie to the Native American community as messengers to the past and future. The Messenger is built with shredded tires found on the highway, placed over a steel frame. Barrington's main focus is large scale outdoor sculptures, shown mostly in the southwest states.

Tubular Art challenges you to view art from many angles, showing that perspective truly is everything. John Banks creates art that complements the surrounding landscape and inspires the imagination. His primary style of sculpture is based on a focal point, creating designs that are abstract until they are viewed from one specific location or angle.

The Messenger - Joe Barrington
Tubular Art - John Banks
Volunteers needed
Schools in the Gallery Docent
Join our team of trained volunteers and get hands-on experience teaching youth about art! This program is an exhibit outreach program in which groups of school aged children (K-8) view, learn about, and create their own contemporary art. Docents assist with guided tours of our exhibits and the hands-on art activity that follows. This is a great opportunity to get involved and support the arts and art education in our community. This volunteer position has a flexible schedule, and requires 2-3 hour periods of availability either in the morning or afternoon. 

Gallery Sitter 
We are looking for a gallery sitter to help out in the Emerson's Jessie Wilber Gallery from 10 am - 1 pm every other Saturday, starting in October. Responsibilities include opening and closing the gallery, answering basic questions about the art and building, maintaining gallery rules, and tallying guests. These Saturdays are in correlation with the Winter Farmers' Market held across the hall in the Ballroom and are very lively mornings!

Nude Life Drawing Models 
Inspire local artists and make some extra cash! Life Drawing sessions begin at the Emerson on Tuesday, September 13. We are looking for models who are professional, reliable, and can hold various poses for 5-45 minutes. Must be available some Tuesdays from 5:45-8:15pm. Classes run from 6:00-8:00pm in the Emerson's Weaver Room upstairs. Models are paid $40 per session.

Contact Alissa with interest in any of these positions at 406.587.9797x104 or   

Upcoming events
Quick Draws, Cocktails, & Costumes
Friday, October 28, 2016
Gather your gang of ghouls (adult only) and watch local artists create original artwork. Allie Buck, Claire Rose Kleese, Noah Massey, Callie Miller, Kimri Rosales, Kelley Sullivan, and JL Walsh are participating in the event. This isn't your typical Quick Draw event - the artists specialize in a wide variety of mediums ranging from painting to body art,  metalsmithing to pottery. Pat Busby will be our auctioneer for the night.
The highlight of the evening will be watching seven local artists create original artwork. In addition, your ticket to this delightfully devilish event includes one beverage, appetizers, music, dancing, a few carnival sideshows, and a costume contest.

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Emerson's 15th Annual Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, November 19th, 2016 9:00am-4:00pm  

The Emerson's Holiday Bazaar is a celebration of local and regional artists. This event is a fundraiser that for the Emerson, allowing us to serve the community. Exhibitors display original fine art and distinctive crafts. There will be fine art, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and much more!  

We are now taking applications!  

Exhibitors may only display original, hand-made fine art and distinctive crafts. Limited booth spaces are available. Applications are given priority based on upon timelines of entry, originality, quality, creativity, and craftsmanship. Download an application to become an exhibitor here.

Art Walk
September 9 
The Downtown Bozeman Association and the Emerson Center host summer Art Walks the second Friday of every month. Check out beautiful works of art, and mingle with the community!  Read More 
Art on the Rocks Series - Vodka Across the Universe
(Ages 21+)
September 15 
Does the universe inspire you? Have you always loved watercolor design? Paint the universe with a fun watercolor technique on dark fabrics in this class!  Read More 

Fall Life Drawing (Ages 18+)
Sept. 13-Nov. 15   
Draw from live models!  This class runs ever Tuesday from September 13-November 15. This drop-in class doesn't require preregistration.
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PIR Days
September 26  
Busy hands are happy hands, and happy hands express themselves with art! The Emerson provides classes on PIR Days for kids to learn art fundamentals and create awesome projects!  Read More

Recent Events
Lunch on the Lawn 
Thank you Bozeman, for making the 17th Annual Lunch on the Lawn series successful! We had such a fantastic lineup of bands ranging from funk to jazz and everything in between. We'd also like to extend a huge thank you to our sponsors, Ressler Motors, Cashman Nursery, First Security Bank, Sweet Pea Festival, and Montana Parent.

Lunch on the Lawn may have ended for 2016, but the fun doesn't have to! This colorful playhouse was dutifully painted by our young patrons for 7 weeks straight, and now it is ready to be played on (or painted some more, if you want!). For $100, take home our hand-built playhouse while simultaneously supporting the Emerson! Give us a call at 406.587.9797x105 to make it yours!

Featured Exhibit
September 9 - November 27, 2016

Lobby and Weaver Room Galleries 
The Emerson has partnered with the International Trout Congress to jury two group shows titled Intersections of Trout and Art. The shows feature 35 works from 25 local, national, and international artists.

These exhibits were curated to coincide with the first annual meeting of the International Trout Congress and The World of Trout events as well as Trout Unlimited's annual meeting.

The International Trout Congress' aim is to assemble an international body of trout conservationists and enthusiasts for a series of structured lectures, discussions, and conversations. These will focus on the relationship between trout and humans.  Read More 
Featured Tenant
Jenna Leigh Jacobson, owner of Pure Healing Yoga, has been an Emerson tenant for two months, with a yoga studio located on the second floor of the West Wing. We're thrilled to have such a zen presence in the building, providing a calm energy that radiates from the studio.  
At Pure Healing Yoga, they believe yoga is about developing a connection between the mind, body, and breath. With their small class sizes (generally limited to 12 people), they work to ensure personal attention and care for each individual student. Learn more about Pure Healing Yoga here.




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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