Détails sur la Fin du Monde by Courtney Blazon

Artist Talk w/Courtney Blazon – Part 1
Thurs., October 14 | 7pm

Artist Talk w/Courtney Blazon – Part 2
Thurs., October 21 | 7pm

Artist Talk w/ Jade Lowder
Wed. October 27 | 7pm

Call for Art
Christmas Stroll Poster
Application Deadline:
Mon., November 8

Call for Student Art
Our Perspective: Student Reflections on a Global Pandemic
Application Deadline:
Wed., November 17
Hello Friends,
Fall in Bozeman has been a beautiful festival of color! We love seeing all of the bold gold and yellow leaves on the trees that surround the Emerson. 
With snow on the horizon, we have been very busy caring for this beautiful old building inside and out. We recently finished the installing a new roof on the entire south side of the Emerson. This was a really BIG project for us to check off of the to do list. While we would love to invite you up on the roof to show you in person – alas, a photo will have to do! 
Thank you for all that you do to support the Emerson and the ARTS in our community!
With gratitude,
Susan Denson-Guy
Executive Director
Roof before repairs.
New roof.
Poetry of the Seven Sorrows by Courtney Blazon
A Year Without Summer
by Courtney Blazon
September 10 – November 26, 2021

This series of surrealistic and symbolist drawings on dislpay in the Jessie Wilber Gallery, link the 1815 eruption of the Tambora volcano in Indonesia to many surprising and far-reaching effects. Modern climate science and meteorology, the opening of the Northwest Passage, the Chinese opium trade, gothic horror, and American westward expansion are just some of the surprising consequences demonstrating the global impact of this singular event and offer caution to our current man-made climate state.

Jessie Wilber Gallery
Gallery Hours M –F
10am – 5pm
My Midnight Pillow by Courtney Blazon
A Year Without Summer – Portraits
by Courtney Blazon
September 10 – November 26, 2021

The Emerson Lobby hosts a series of narrative portraits featuring historical figures and characters who experienced the effects of the 1815 eruption of the Volcano Tambora first-hand. The collection is anchored by the influence and intrigue of literary icons Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, and their cohort; the creation of Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus and the emergence of gothic horror. Benjamin Franklin, W.M.J. Turner, William Scoresby, Ignace Venetz, Luke Howard, Heinrich Hine, Li Yuyang and many more, make up a supporting cast whose stories explore disease, famine, climate science, new movements in the arts, and societal/political changes tied to this singular event.

Emerson Lobby
Aura by Jade Lowder
Liminal Strangeness
by Jade Lowder
September 10 – November 12, 2021

Liminal Strangeness by Jade Lowder explores a broader understanding of self by focusing on how we find awareness of and connect with the space around us. This current body of work utilizes found images of spaces considered to be “in-between”. Their transitional nature has more to do with the metaphorical content to those inhabiting the spaces, or at least temporarily so. Belief has inevitably become a recurring theme in the work and with this series of images, belief, place, and identity curl around each other formulating something new.

Weaver Room
A YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER – PART 1 with Courtney Blazon
Thursday, October 14 | 7-8pm (MT)
Zoom | Free but pre-registration is required*

Year Without Summer – Part 1 introduces Courtney’s vibrant mural-like, pen and marker works on display in the Jessie Wilber Gallery. Learn about the surprising chain of events following the 1815 eruption of the Volcano Tambora, and her inspiration for this intensive body of work. This is the first part in a two-part series via ZOOM. Separate registration is required for each Artist Talk.

A YEAR WITHOUT SUMMER – PART 2 with Courtney Blazon
Thursday, October 21 | 7-8pm (MT)
Zoom | Free but pre-registration is required*

Year Without Summer – Part 2 focuses on the historical figures who experienced the effects of the 1815 eruption of the Volcano Tambora first-hand through a series of narrative portraits. This is the second of a two-part series via ZOOM. Separate registration is required for each Artist Talk.

Liminal Strangeness with Jade Lowder
Wednesday, October 27 | 7-8pm (MT)
Zoom | Free but pre-registration is required*

Dive into the unique compositions of Jade Lowder's oil paintings referenced from investigative photographs as he questions our understanding of self and our awareness of the space around us.

Christmas Stroll Poster
Submission Deadline: Monday, November 8

The Annual Christmas Stroll is fast approaching and that means it is time for The Annual Poster Contest! Submit your best design showing the holiday spirit in our community for this year’s poster. The winning poster design will join the legacy of beloved Christmas Stroll posters and be used prominently in this year's event marketing. Stay tuned for more details on Christmas Stroll.

Submission guidelines and details online.

Please submit your your design via email to with the subject line 2021 STROLL POSTER SUBMISSION
Student Perspective: Student Reflections on a Global Pandemic
December 2021 – January 2022
Submission Deadline: Wednesday, November 17

The Emerson believes in the ability of ART to: tell a story, help us reflect, make us feel, to heal, or mark a moment in time. Now in our third academic year interrupted by COVID 19, this is an invitation for students to share with our community how COVID 19 has impacted them.
We invite students K-12 in southwestern Montana to submit original works of art in traditional 2-D and 3-D art, digital, written, performed, and other medias. Submissions should reflect in the student's own voice, how COVID 19 has impacted them, their family, education, or community. Works for consideration must be completed between March 2020 through the submission deadline of November 17, 2021.

Submission guidelines and details online.

Please email completed submissions to with the subject line 2021 EXHIBIT STUDENT PERSPECTIVES.
Montana Dream Weavers | Studio 210
Cindy Sharp, owner and wever of Montana Dreamweaver's Studio is one of the Emerson’s newest tenants. Previously a quilter, she became fascinated with color and the creation of cloth and transitioned to Swedish weaving about 15 years ago. She started by taking lessons from Joanne Hall, a very well-known weaver and U.S. distributor of Glimakra Swedish looms outside of Helena, MT. Cindy attends yearly classes with renowned Swedish weaver, Becky Ashenden, at Vävstuga in Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts.
Cindy’s first loom was a small loom, shortly followed by a larger floor loom. Currently, she has four floor looms of various sizes, a table loom, two band looms, and an inkle loom. Most of the yarns and threads she uses are from Sweden. She enjoys weaving items for the home; blankets, table linens, towels, and wall hangings.
When the opportunity arose to rent a studio at the Emerson, she knew it would be it would be perfect space for weaving. She loves sharing her art and woven treasures with people, and is gratified by their appreciation for the quality her goods and attention to detail.
November Artist
Studio 308 – Kelly Hartman
Painter, Print Maker, Knitter, Writer, & Photographer.

December Artist
Elizabeth Tritthart
Weaver and Historian of Weaving Traditions

The Jewel Box Gallery is accepting applications for 2022. This micro-gallery, strategically located in Galleria Hall, is available for rent by the month to artists looking showcase and and sell their artwork. For more information and application online.
World Language Initiative| Studio 202
Community Night
Discovering the Francophile World; From Africa to Europe and North America
October 27 | 7pm | Weaver Room
FREE | Masks highly encouraged!
Community Nights are a fun & interactive series that celebrates the multilingual past, present, & future of Montana. Each evening features a community speaker, activities, & conversation around language & culture. Look for more Community Nights in the new year!

Laguage Classes
World Language Initiative-MT is thrilled to offer a variety of in-person and online Language & Culture Programs for both youth and adults this fall!

For more information, a full schedule, registration, and to sign up for the WLI newsletter, visit or email 
Caroline Price | Studio 205
Congradulations to Caroline Price whose art work is newly featured on the electrical cabinet at the intersection of Peach and Rouse!

LeeAnn Ramey Art | Galleria Hall #110
Open House
Friday, October 8 | Open until 8pm

New paintings and prints by LeeAnn, DG House, Beth Loftis
Encaustic paintings & papier maché by Adair Peck, 
Ceramics by Patti Gettel.

Holiday gift items by several local artists, including Amy Ross’s beautiful hand knit mittens. Every year, Amy donates 100% of her sales to Energy Share Montana.

And speaking of the holidays, now’s the time to place commission orders for December delivery. Thank you for supporting local artists and shopping small at the Emerson.

Artists Gallery | Galleria Hall #106
Artists’ Gallery Open House
Open House
Friday, October 8 | 5 – 8pm
The Artists' Gallery features 20+ artists working in painting, graphite, bronze, ceramic sculpture,stainglass, jewelry and so much more. Stop by to meet October's featured artists, Sunny Jaye - Stain glass art,
and our newest member - Boyd Carson - Wood turner - sculptor.

Our art education classes are currently on pause with plans to open selected classes in February. With the resurgence of COVID transmission, we are making the health and safetly of our staff, tenants, students, and community our first priority.

In the meantime, we are working on exanding our arts edcuation learning spaces and programs to offer exciting new classes! Please check our website and social media in the new year for class information.
Thank you to Bozeman Tree & Lawn for the many years of making it possible to light the Emerson tree during the holidays. We are deeply grateful for your support and contribution to spreading holiday cheer throughout our community.

Unfortunately due to staffing shortages and safety concerns, we are not able to light the tree this year, but we are looking for new ways to shine light and keep spirits bright in downtown Bozeman this holiday season.
Be A Part of the Emerson
Whether you're joining as a new member or renewing a past membership, being a part of the Emerson is a great way help arts & culture grow! As a member, you help make new exhibits and art education programs available to our community. Members, also receive special pricing on art education classes and discounts & offers from participating Member Partner tenant galleries and studios.

Individual: $40  |  Household: $75
Premier: $150 (Includes a second membership to give as a gift)
More Information online: