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Autumn at the Emerson

October has arrived and to celebrate we've fired up the boiler and swapped sprinklers for snow shovels. The Emerson is buzzing with all sorts of activity as we transition into autumn and prepare for the holiday season.

Last week's Quick Draws, Cocktails, & Comedy was a wildly fun and successful fundraising event. Schools in the Gallery tours are underway. The Jessie Wilber and Lobby Galleries proudly display a collection of iconic works by Rudy and Lela Autio, while the Weaver Room Gallery features the larger than life "Portraits of the Blackfeet" by Melanie Alvarez-Home Gun.
A new season of community events are in full swing, including the Bozeman Doc Series, Winter Farmers' Market, ski films, concerts, performances, fundraisers, and so much more.  
We invite you to be a part of the buzz. Check out what's new in Galleria Hall and the tenants' studios. Try a Life Drawing session, Art on the Rocks evening, or Little HeARTs class. Registration is now open for winter classes coming up in January.
See you soon!

Coming up at the Emerson

2019 Bozeman Made Fair
Saturday, October 26  |  10am - 5pm
Sunday, October 27  |  10am  - 4pm
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse  
Free Entry, Free Parking 

The Bozeman Made Fair features over 200 skilled artisans, non-profits, activities, artists in residence.
Stop by the Emerson booth to say hi and make a fun button pin. Several of the Emerson's fabulous tenants will also have booths. 
Check out the Made Fair online for a full list of vendors and events happening through the weekend
See you there! 

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!


Little HeARTs    
September 25 - November 20 
10am - 11pm  
Join us on Wednesday mornings to start your day with art! Children 2 - 5 will express their creativity through mixed-media projects with the help of their an adult guardian.  

October Artist - Sahkinah Brzezinski of Made Beautiful Studio

Shakinah Brzezinski uses experimental processes, pushing the boundaries of the traditional and expected. She often combines mediums, incorporates multimedia canvases and uses a self-developed ink painting technique. Shakinah uses her creative process as another layer of communication. Each piece she creates has a story and message it is telling: some are deep, tragic truths relating to mental illness, chronic pain/illness, sexual assault, ptsd, domestic violence, etc... Other pieces discuss life lessons, motivations, and beautiful, everyday realities. Shakinah creates her paintings with the intention to speak without words, because too often the things we feel can't or won't be shared through words.

She has been a featured artist and speaker for thee years running as the
Art of Surviving, a local non-profit focused on supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Shakinah was accepted as one of 300 artists into the international Studio Visit Magazine's Summer 2018 issue, Her work has been on display at Lockhorn Cider, and in the Lewistown Art Center's Centered Exhibition. Her artwork will be featured in the MSU Student Off-Campus Show at the Livingston Art Center in October 2019.
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.

 Lynn Kinnaman   

Lynn Kinnaman is a writer, speaker and writing instructor at Gallatin College/Montana State University. She has been writing for many years with published work in books, magazines, newspapers, and online. 
Lynn teaches people how to share their lives through writing, even if they don't consider themselves writers.  
"Every person has a story, and it can be a powerful catalyst for change, both for the person writing it and those who read it," she says. "I help people find their stories and show them how to tell those stories in meaningful and fulfilling ways."
This is Lynn's second year at the Emerson and she loves it. "I am so delighted to be a part of a community of artists and creatives who seek to connect people and nurture the unique qualities and natural curiosity we all possess," she says. She also loves that fact that her companion, Trixie, a Havanese dog, is welcome, too. 
Lynn's currently teaching a full fall semester at MSU, but new classes and workshops will begin at her Emerson office in the spring - only three short months away! (And classes make a wonderful gift).
People can stay informed by signing up for the newsletter at   LynnKinnaman.com .

 Celebration of the Arts   

Celebration of the Arts 
The Emerson invites you to roam the rich cultural heritage of Scotland during Celebration of the Arts, our biggest fundraiser of the year. We are soliciting original art donations for this year's auctions. Supporting artists will have a special exhibition in the Jessie Wilber Gallery preceding the event.
Deadline: November 3  
For more details about events and artist applications, please visit our website

  Volunteer Opportunities and Donations 

Christmas Stroll- supplies for gingerbread houses needed    
Help us provide the opportunity for over 500 children to make a gingerbread house during Christmas Stroll on December 7. To find out more about how you can help, please contact us at:
(406)587-9797 ext. 106



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!  
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.




Winter Farmers' Market
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.  
Apartment 33 Prohibition Ball & Burlesque Show
8 - 11:59PM
Apartment 33 is an immersive dance show and party that ushers our guests into all the glamour and excitement of the US during the era of prohibition. With over 20 performers, 12 glamorous acts, 4 stages and 1 amazing dance company, Apt. 33 will remove the fourth wall of a traditional show and change the way you experience performance art - you'll no longer be at the show, you will be a part of the show. $20 - $30 
Powder Blast Fundraiser
6:30 - 9PM
Powder Blast is an annual fund-raiser to support the Friends of Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, a non-profit organization that provides free and affordable avalanche education and outreach in southwest Montana.  $35

Studio Kids
Session III: Drawing
4 - 5:30pm
Ages 5-8 | Mon. & Wed
(Oct. 14, 16, 21, 23)
Ages 9 - 13 | Tues. & Thurs.
(Oct. 15, 17, 22, & 24)
Session three of our after school kids art exploration class features drawing techniques using graphite, charcoal, and pastels.
$75 members
$85 non members

  Studio Kids
Session IV: Printmaking
4 - 5:30pm
Ages 5-8 | Mon. & Wed
(Oct. 28, 30, Nov. 4, & 6)
Ages 9 - 13 | Tues. & Thurs.
(Oct. 29, Nov. 5, 7, & 12)
Session three of our after school kids art exploration class features drawing techniques using graphite, charcoal, and pastels.
$75 members
$85 non members 

Art on the Rocks -
Cider & Ceramics
6:30 - 8:30PM  
Create decorative gourds, bowls, or napkin rings to decorate your holiday table. Class fees include supplies, instruction, and 2 signature cocktails.  
$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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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