EMERSON E-NEWS: November         

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Welcome to November

The cold dark days and bare trees of November serve as a reminder that 2019 is coming to a close. A new year full of possibilities is just around the corner! As we are setting goals and making plans for 2020, we are constantly reminded that our progress forward is built on the foundation of support and encouragement from our community.   
The Emerson exists because of talented artists, enthusiastic students, invested members, creative tenants, thoughtful donors, hard-working volunteers, Art Walk goers, Lunch on the Lawn listeners, gingerbread house builders, gardening innovators, diverse event hosts and their guests, friendly downtown neighbors, generous sponsors, supportive fellow organizations, curious visitors, and everyone who has shared their Emerson stories.
We are humbled and grateful for each of you. In a season of gratitude and hope, we wish you joy in celebrating the people that support and encourage you.  
With warmest wishes and deepest gratitude, 
Susan, Renée, Alissa, Mike, Erik, and Tamara

Coming up at the Emerson

Holiday Bazaar
F riday, November 22  | 4pm - 8pm
Saturday, November 23  | 9am - 4pm 
Emerson's 18th Annual Holiday Bazaar featuring local fine art, photography, sculpture, jewelry, decorative items, wearables and much more!


Art on the Rocks   
Thursdays  |  6:30 to 8:30pm
December 5: Pints & Prints  
Rocking R Bar 
Use printmaking techniques to create your own holiday cards.

Celebration of the Arts
F riday, January 24  | 6pm
The Celebration of the Arts is bringing the lively culture of Scotland to the Emerson with our very own version of a "Burns Nicht Feast."  
Each year all of Scotland turns out to celebrate the birth of Robert Burns a renowned Scottish poet. The celebration includes a feast, whiskey, bagpipes, robust toasts, laughter, and jovial readings of Robert Burns popular writings.  
Dust off your favorite Burns poetry, air out your best tartan, and join us for an evening of grand entertainment, Scotch Whiskey tastings, delicious food, quick draw artists, live & silent auctions, laughter and robust toasts. This year's auction includes artworks from more that 50 Montana artists, generous gift baskets from local businesses, over night whitewater rafting adventures, AND a trip of a lifetime to Scotland!   
For more information about becoming a part of Celebration of the Arts, visit us at (406)587-9797 ext. 106 or events@theEmerson.org.

Celebration of the Arts Exhibit
Friday, December 13, 2019 thru  
Friday, January 24, 2020  
Jessie Wilber Gallery 
Celebration of the Arts kicks off with special exhibit opening during Art Walk on December 13. The Celebration of the Arts Exhibition features a selection of artists who support the Emerson. Bids open during Art Walk on December 13, 2019 and close during the Celebration of the Arts Gala on January 24, 2020.
This exhibit is open to the public, Tuesday - Friday, Noon - 5:00PM and on select Saturdays.  
Visit our website for more information.

 Winter Enrollment is Open    

Winter Class Enrollment 
Winter art education classes are open. We offer a wide variety of art classes for ages 2 to 102. We also offer PIR day and Spring Break camps for kids.
Emerson members receive special pricing on classes. A full class schedule and registration information can be found on our website.   

November Artist - Carrie French

Carrie French grew up with a fascination for cities. Being born and raised in Bozeman, Montana, the architecture, graffiti, crowds, subways, all of it, felt like an exciting other world that she longed to explore.  As an adult, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to live in New York city, and it, and other cities she travels to and explores continue to be a constant source of inspiration for her painting.   
To see more of Carrie French's fresh and energetic work, visit her website, www.carriefrench.com or follow her on Instagram at carriefrenchpainting.  
Are you interested in calling the Emerson home for a month? LEARN MORE about showing and selling your work in this short-term Gallery space. Individual artists of all medias and experience levels are encouraged to apply.

 406 Photography   

Bruce Muhlbradt of 406 Photography grew up in a large extended family in the wilds  of North Dakota, learning to love the beauty in landscapes and people. He discovered his love of photography while traveling in the jungles of Brazil and the outback of Australia.
Interested in the storytelling aspect of photography, Bruce began pursuing photo journalistic projects. Seeing his work in print was satisfying, but what I earned was disheartening to say the least. One day  my mum suggested I try photographing a wedding. I thought it was a terrible idea but I was very wrong.  I loved it and haven't turned back! 
Love of family, friends, and his partner are what make life beautiful and is what he treasures most. This belief is has led to his passion for photographing weddings and families. Photography is the opportunity capture the celebration of life and love between people.  
After eight years, he's still as passionate about wedding and portrait photography as ever. Learn more about Bruce and 406 Photography on line at www.406photo.com.


  Volunteer Opportunities and Donations 

The Gift Of Emerson Membership 
Why an Membership to the Emerson is a gift that keeps on giving:
  • Shopping Deals - Several Emerson Tenants offer special discounts and deal exclusively to Emerson Members. Click for participating tenants and membership information. 
  • Art Education Member Perks - Member pricing and early registration access is available on all Emerson Art Education Classes. Enrollment is open for winter classes and filling up quickly! Click for class list.
  • Little HeARTS classes are free with membership - Bring your favorite young artist between the ages of 2-5 to our weekly Little HeARTS art class, free of charge with an Emerson Membership
  • Newsletters, Invitations, Announcements - Be the first to know what's going on at the Emerson. Members receive our monthly newsletter (like this one), invitations to special events, and announcements for exhibit openings, calls for art, other unique happenings at the Emerson.
  • Support of Arts & Culture - The purchase of your membership grows southwest Montana's creative community and contributes to make arts and culture accessible to everyone.

Premier Membership* | $150    *A membership for you + a membership to give as a gift

Household Membership $75

Individual Membership $40


Make a Year End Gift   
Support the Emerson in providing access to art and culture to our community by making an end of year donation. Your contributions help us maintain our historic building, offer outstanding art exhibits free to to the public, provide a divers line-up of art education classes and events, and support community events.



Jessie Wilber & Lobby Galleries 
A MODERN IMPACT: The Work of Rudy & Lela Autio
September 13 - November 29, 2019
Rudy and Lela Autio paved the way for the modern art movement in Monta na. From roots in Butte and Great Falls, Rudy and Lela made their mark in the art history books after nearly 60 years of dedication to art making and advocation. Rudy helped build and develop the Archie Bray Clay Center in Helena an d started the Ceramics program at the University of Montana, Missoula. Lela had a hand in the creation of the first art museum in Missoula, in the old Carnegie Library on Pattee St. Both Rudy and Lela received the Governor's Award in the Arts. Rudy in 1981 and Lela in 2015.    
Schools & Seniors in the Gallery Exhibit! Exhibit tours available September 16 - November 22.  
Call today to schedule your tour!   
(406)587-9797 ext. 104
Weaver Room Gallery
Portraits of the Blackfeet
Melanie Alvarez-Home Gun  
August 30 - November 22, 2019       
Melanie Alvarez-Home Gun is a figurative painter with a style that she says is representative of indigenous people. Her large-than-life, bold works explore the human condition and how our histories are connected the earth. 
All of our galleries are free and open to the public.


Holiday Bazaar
Fri., Nov. 22 | 4 - 8pm
Sat., Nov. 23 | 9am - 4pm
 Find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at the Emerson's Holiday Bazaar. Local and regional artists will be offering a selection of inspired original fine art and distinctive crafts of the highest quality.
Winter Farmers' Market
  Sat., Nov. 23 | 9am - 12pm
Vendors selling fresh greens, vegetables, apples, eggs, grains, cheese, pork, beef, lamb, honey, fresh pasta, jams and fermented goods, bread and baked goods, hot breakfast, coffee, tea, soaps & salves, wool, spices, and much more.   
  *11/23 Thanksgiving Market! - upstairs of Emerson
Christmas Stroll & Ginger Bread House Making
Sat., Dec. 7 | 9am - 12pm
Kick off you Christmas Stroll celebration at the Emerson!
Make gingerbread houses, enjoy live dance performances, and special activities throughout the building. Join Santa to light the giant tree and launch the parade downtown.  



Life Drawing
Tuesdays  |  6 - 8pm
Draw from live models! Artists of all ability levels welcome. There are just two weeks left in the 2019 life drawing series. Session resume Tuesday January 14.  
10 pre-paid sessions*:
$100 / Members
$150 Non-Members    
* Good for 1 year from date of purchase.
Drop in fee: $15/per session
check preferred
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     Little HeARTS
Wednesdays | 10 - 11am
Ages 2 - 5
A weekly creative exploration for the youngest and their adult caretakers using different themes and materials.
Members: FREE  
Non-members: $5
       Art on the Rocks
Prints & Pints
6:30 - 8:30PM
Use Printmaking techniques to create your own holiday cards.
  $35 members
$40 non members 
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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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the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture

111 South Grand Ave.   |   Bozeman, MT   |   406.587.9797   |   office@theEmerson.org