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Celebration of the Arts
January 25, 2019
Our largest fundraiser of the year is just around the corner! Celebration of the Arts is essential to support the Emerson's art education programs, community events, and building projects throughout the year. This year, explore the rich cultural heritage of Argentina by joining us for an evening of dancing, entertainment, fine dining, quick draw artists, and live & silent auctions.
Tickets are available for purchase now by calling 406-587-9797 ext. 105 or reserve your tickets online. This event sells out so don't delay!  

Winter Art Education Classes Begin Soon!  

Adult classes with space available: 
Oil Painting
Thursdays, January 10 - February 28, 9:30-11:30am 
Jewelry Design
Mondays, January 14-March 4, 6:30-8:30pm 
Drawing Fundamentals
Wednesdays, January 9-February 27, 6:30-8:30pm 
Art 101  
Wednesdays, January 9-February 27, 9:30-11:30am 

Youth classes with space available:
Creating with Clay (ages 8 - 12)   
Wednesdays, January 9-February 20, 4:15-5:30pm 
Kids Painting (ages 4-7)
Wednesdays, January 9-February 20, 4:15-5:30pm
Kids Painting (ages 8-12)
Thursdays, January 17-February 28, 4:15-5:30pm 
Spring Break Art Camp (ages 4-12)
March 18-22, 9am-3pm 

Art on the Rocks (ages 21+)
Thursdays, 6:30-8:30pm 

Enjoy a creative evening filled with step-by-step art instruction, socializing, and cocktails!  
January 17: Vodka & Violets   - Rocking R Bar
Learn to fold a variety of flowers from paper
February 7: Pinot & Pendants   - Emerson
Create  jewelry just in time for Valentine's Day
February 21: Pints & Presidents   - Rocking R Bar
Create a mask to honor your favorite President
March 7: Pabst & Plaster  - Emerson
Learn to carve and sculpt with plaster
March 21: Whiskey & Watercolor  - Rocking R Bar
The creativity and paint will flow during this introductory watercolor class

Little Hearts (ages 2-5)
Wednesdays, January 9-March 13, 10-11am
Each week the instructor will present a project using different themes and materials for you and your child to work on together. Demonstrations, images, books and music will all be used to help direct your artwork and inspire creativity!
NEW this year, Emerson Members are FREE!  
Non-Member: $5 drop in fee per session 
Drop-ins welcome, however pre-registration is suggested to ensure your spot!

Life Drawing (ages 18+)
Tuesdays, January 8-March 12, 6-8pm
Artists of all ability levels are welcome to draw from live, nude models. Participants should provide their own drawing supplies.
$15 Drop in fee per session 
NEW this year, pre-register for a 10-time pass! 
$100 Members/*$150 Non-Members - 10 pre-paid sessions 

For more information about any of our classes, visit our website.
To register, call 406-587-9797 ext.105.   

 Mountain Gypsy Studios
Mountain Gypsy Studios is the Emerson's newest tenant. Owner, Elaine Hansard, creates stunning bronze work inspired by fantasy, mythology, and classic western themes using the lost wax technique. "I want people to feel that passion that I have, that they are alive and that anything is possible. It's not just a creative piece. I want to make that viewer become creative with it, and bring their imagination to life."
You can find Mountain Gypsy Studios in one of our favorite spaces- a few steps above the second floor.



Jessie Wilber Gallery 
"Emerson Light" by Marsha Karle 
Celebration of the Arts Exhibit 
December 14, 2018 - January 25, 2019
The Emerson's Fourth Annual Celebration of the Arts Exhibit is a juried collection of original art donated by local and regional artists in support of the Emerson. This exhibit allows us to honor and highlight artists who have contributed their works to the Emerson's most important fundraiser, the Celebration of the Arts.  
A preview of original works of art generously donated by the artists is available online. Silent bidding is now open and will continue through the night of the Celebration of the Arts event. Please call 406.587.9797 ext. 104 for current bids and "Buy It Now" prices.

Weaver Room Gallery
"Main Street Palomino" by Edd Enders 
Main Street Montana by Edd Enders
December 7, 2018 - January 25, 2019
Edd Enders is a Livingston, Montana native and prolific artist who has had numerous solo and group shows world-wide. Mr. Enders was a perfect artist to compliment the Celebration of the Arts theme as his work identifies with ALL of Montana not simply the natural landscape. "I consider myself a contemporary western painter. I am not interested in portraying the West as it's commonly idealized with pristine landscapes and romanticized wildlife, cowboys and Indians. I want to portray human's inevitable activity and impact on this region."
Lobby Gallery
"Cafe M" by June Billings Safford

Urban West by June Billings Safford, Kelsey Dzintars, Edd Enders, Noah Massey
December 14, 2018 - January 25, 2019

Urban West   was curated to compliment this year's Celebration of the Arts theme - Argentina. Argentina is known for its lively street scenes and urban artwork. We aim to bring that same vibrancy to the Emerson's Lobby this December and January. The splendor of our state's natural landscape is a prevalent artistic theme. To capture the beauty and artistry also present in our urban environments, we've invited these four artists to create works which exemplify the richness within Montana's cities.

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


Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market
Montana winter is here, but fresh veggies and local goods are still available! 
Bozeman Doc Series Presents América
Montana premier of this funny, heartwarming, and moving look at the meaning of family, love, and sacrifice.
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Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market

Life Drawing (ages 18+)
Draw from live, nude models. Artists of all abilities are welcome!   
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Art 101
Learn about several art forms to help you find your creative passion!
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Little Hearts (ages 2-5)
This weekly Art Education Class is especially for the little ones!  
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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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