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Holiday Bazaar
November 18, 2017 
Give the gift of art and support regional artists at our 16th Annual Holiday Bazaar. A total of 27 exhibitors will display original fine art, sculpture, photography, jewelry, decorative items, and much more. For additional shopping opportunities, the Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market will be held in the Weaver Room and tenant galleries will be open throughout the Emerson. Bring the family and find a unique gift for the holiday season!    
Small Business Saturday
November 25, 2017 
The Emerson is the perfect place to shop this Small Business Saturday! This Saturday after Thanksgiving, find something unique and support your neighbors by shopping at locally owned small businesses. Celebrate your community with the small businesses that make it special!   
Christmas Stroll at the Emerson
December 2, 2017
Kick off your Christmas Stroll celebration at the Emerson! Join us for free gingerbread house making in the Emerson Ballroom. Then, be the first to see Santa when he lights our giant tree outside the Emerson building before he leads the parade downtown. Christmas Stroll activities at the Emerson are free and open to the public! 
Winter Art Education Class Registration 
Beginning December 4, 2017

Mark your calendars for Winter 2018 class registration! Whether you're looking for a class or camp for your child, or want to try something new, the Emerson has a class you're sure to love! Registration opens for Emerson members on December 4 and nonmembers December 11.        
Celebration of the Arts
January 26, 2018 
Save the date! In 2018, the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture is celebrating our 25th anniversary as an organization AND our historic building will become 100 years old. To kick off the yearlong celebration, our annual Celebration of the Arts gala will take place on January 26, 2018 with a "Winter Formal" theme to commemorate our schoolhouse roots. Stay tuned for more details!  

Recent Happenings
Thank you to everyone who joined us for this year's Quick Draws, Cocktails & Costumes! This fun event featured aerial dancing by Mountain Air Dance, costume contests, haunting spirits, snacks, music, and more! Guests also were able to watch five quick draw artists (all Emerson tenants!) create original pieces throughout the night. Later in the evening these pieces were auctioned off with the funds going to support the Emerson. If you couldn't make it this year, we hope you can join us next year!
Holiday shopping made easy!


Art classes make fantastic gifts! Contact us to purchase a gift certificate that can be used towards a class at the Emerson. 

Featured Tenant
Esther sullivan design 
Ester Sullivan has called the Emerson home for nearly two years. Ester shared that she loves how the Emerson has its own voice, and continues to carry its tradition of education, community, and the arts and she is so happy to be a part of it! If you attended our recent Quick Draws, Cocktails & Costumes, you were able to see Esther at work as one of our Quick Draw artists of the evening. Her jewelry work is influenced by nature, and its connection with the human spirit, where she herself finds so much peace.  It shows in her delicate, yet edgy designs with earthy textures incorporated with geometric forms in reclaimed mixed metals. 

Featured ExhibitS


Jessie Wilber and Lobby Galleries
Tad Bradley
"Biological Explorations" 
September 8 - November 26, 2017
The work within this series is based upon Tad's fascination with the human body and complexities outside and within. From the imaging that allows us to see within the body to the senses we use to understand our environment, the work will reveal different scales of exploration. One of his goals in creating this work was to analyze how we as humans experience the world, interact with one another, and stand alone as individuals. Tad hope that the work creates curiosity, questions and conversation.  
Genome Platter, Glass    
Weaver Room Gallery
Anne KM Ross 
Cut Loose: the Ramblings of a Meticulously Unrestrained Soul 
September 1 - November 17, 2017 
"Cut Loose" finds the middle ground between unleashed spontaneity and calculated, meticulous efforts. Anne's process involves specific preparation, mapping and shaping of the canvas, and before any piece is complete there must be a stage where simple physics take control. Anne becomes a curious observer of the dripping, swirling paint, and nothing qualifies as a mistake. Things that were carefully painted in are lost or obscured, and this changes her work for the better. It opens doors via new shapes and themes that emerge for Anne to react to and resolve the piece more masterfully than was possible before.
Atlas, Oil on Canvas  

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

Reel Rock 12 
REEL ROCK 12 premieres five new short films that will deliver heart-thumping action, big laughs, and pure inspiration. Featuring Margo Hayes, the first woman to climb 5.15; Brad Gobright, an up-and-coming free soloist with a donut addiction; and more.
11th Annual Bluegrass Festival
This lively evening features four bluegrass bands. Bring the whole family! Pizza, beer & wine will be available.
Bozeman Winter Farmers' Market
This Saturday the Farmers' Market will be located in the Weaver Room on the 2nd floor. Find fresh greens, vegetables, apples, mushrooms, eggs, grains, cheese, pork, beef, lamb, honey, fresh pasta, jams, fermented goods, baked goods, coffee, tea, soaps, wool, spices, and more!
Little HeARTs, ages 2-5
11/8 & 11/15 10-11AM
Each week will feature a different project for you and your child to work on together. 30 minutes will be spent making art and 30 minutes will be spent playing in the Ballroom!
Majolica Workshop
11/11 & 11/18, 10AM-1PM 
During this two day workshop, students will create a simple, hand-build pottery piece, practice decorative techniques, and apply their own decoration to the bisque fired work.
Fall Life Drawing, ages 18+
This is the last class of our fall session. Draw from live models! Artists of all ability levels welcome, participants should provide own drawing supplies.
Art on the Rocks Series- Pinot & Pet Painting, ages 21+
Enjoy a creative evening filled with step by step instructions, socializing, and cocktails! In this class you will paint a pet portrait from a picture you provide using acrylic!
PIR Days 




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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