Meet the Artists

Matthew Hamon

Matthew Hamon | Jessie Wilber Gallery

Matthew Hamon is an award winning freelance portrait photographer based in Montana. His photography exists conceptually and aesthetically in the liminal spaces between photojournalism and staged editorial imagery. A sense of place informed by wandering the woods as a child inspires his enquiry.

Matthew's work has been featured in CNN, The New York Times, Outside Magazine, The Independent -UK, Lens Culture, LifeFramer, 1 Million Photographers, Edge of Humanity, Don't Take Pictures, Month of Photography, Los Angeles (MOPLA), and Smith Journal.

Shari Chandler

Barns, Bovine, and Botanicals | Lobby Gallery

Shari was taught how to paint at an early age by her grandparents in Oklahoma. She initially pursued art as a major at the University of Kansas, but eventually changed paths and was an archaeologist in Arizona and New Mexico for over a decade. Shari finally got back to painting after rekindling her love of art while illustrating her masters thesis in 2000.

Since then, she has been represented by galleries in Scottsdale, Santa Fe, and her hometown of Silver City, NM. She has had paintings in numerous shows (including the Sweet Pea Festival’s juried shows), but the highlight was having a piece in the 2002 Arts for the Parks Competition. This painting was one of eight featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s article about the show (February 2003 issue).

Jennifer Combe

Flat Lens | Weaver Room Gallery

Jennifer Combe is a mother, artist, and associate professor of art at The University of Montana. Before shifting to higher education, she taught K12 in Washington State public schools for fifteen years. Her artwork investigates gender, contemporary mothering, and children’s development.

Her visual work has been exhibited at The Missoula Art Museum, Holter Museum of Art, The Gift Shop exhibition space at The Henry Art Gallery in Seattle, The NAEA gallery in Virginia, and The Washington State Center for Performing Arts. Her work is featured in the book An Artist and a Mother, published by Demeter Press.

She has lectured for The National Art Education Association in New York, Chicago, San Diego, Dallas/Fort Worth and New Orleans. She lectured on mothering and art education in Florence, Italy for The Motherhood Initiative on Research and Community Involvement.

Upcoming Events

Tyrus Live

July 22 | 7:30 PM |

You see him on TV daily on The Gutfeld Show, The Five, The Big Saturday and Sunday show and now is your chance to spend an intimate evening listening to him discuss current events with his “no-nonsense” approach to life in his very own heartfelt and comical way.

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Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire

July 26 | 6:00 PM | $10 General | FREE for Firefighters, Police, and Emergency Responders

Gallatin Wildlife Association Presents: Elemental: Reimagine Wildfire 

This film takes viewers on a journey with the top experts in the nation to better understand fire. We follow the harrowing escape from Paradise as the town ignited from wind-driven embers and burned within a few hours of the fire’s start. We visit fire labs where researchers torch entire houses to learn why some homes burn and others survive. We learn from Native Americans as they employ fire to benefit nature and increase community safety as they have for thousands of years. We follow researchers who work to understand the effects of climate on forests and the crucial role that natural forests play in storing vast amounts of carbon. Along the way we listen to people who have survived the deadliest fires to underscore the importance of this quest.

There will be an expert Q & A on home safety directly following the film.

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Wednesdays at the Emerson

July 19 | July 26 | August 2

11:30 AM - 8:00 PM

Bring the whole family, your blankets and lawn chairs, and join us for some summer fun while sharing in one of the amazing events that makes Bozeman such an extraordinary place to live.

Lunch on the Lawn

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Featuring: Emma and The Ledge

Take a break from the workday, grab some lunch, shop local artists, listen to some fabulous tunes, and watch the kids dance and play.

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Open Mic 14 and Under

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

These special slots are 5 minutes long and are reserved for performers ages 14 years or younger. We welcome all styles of performance art. Come show us what you've been working on!

We strongly encourage you to sign up in advance. Walk-on spots will only be available if time permits.

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Community Open Mic

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

These performance slots will be 10 minutes long (about 3 songs) and are to open to anyone who wishes to perform. We welcome all performance styles!

We strongly encourage you to sign up in advance. Walk-on spots will only be available if time permits.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Percussive centric melodies driven by world-infused rhythm and blues, inspired by Afro Pop, Highlife, Cuban & Brazilian song and dance. 

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Thank you in advance for supporting the Emerson and our mission to make art & culture accessible to all!
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111 S Grand Ave, Bozeman, MT 59715
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