Billings ArtWalk: Embrace summer June 1

Billings celebrates the season with new works by fresh faces and old friends

Art Beat

ArtWalk Downtown Billings is ready to cast off the winter blues and embrace the joy of summer 5-9 p.m. Friday, June 1, with the second of six events scheduled for its 24th season. This time around, Free Spirit Rock School Band, ages 16-60, plays popular blues and classic rock at Seva Kitchen, and ArtWalk adds two new season members to its line-up and three one-time participants.

New season members include the Joy of Living, featuring photographer Cory Young, and CTA Architects Engineers who welcome art/furniture creator Robert Keil and potter John Joyce. One-time participants include Cassie Crafton Kramer and her “pop up” 504 Square Feet pottery gallery (a vintage Shasta Trailer), located on Second Ave. N. near Skypoint, and emerging artist Justin Dowler, who shows new works at Rebels and Razors Barber Club on North Broadway.

Billings ArtWalk: Underground Culture Krew
“Zombie Girl” by the group that calls itself Bobbo is part of the Prototopic Art Collective exhibit at Underground Culture Krew.

Other ArtWalk offerings

  • “Linear Velocity: The Art of the Bicycle” at 2905 Art: Joe Stout, Ted Kim and Jason Wood curated this unique gathering of rare bicycles from private collectors in Montana, artwork and photographs.
  • Trevan Hiersche at Aspinwall: Billings-based photographer shows landscapes taken locally and as far away as Iceland and Tanzania.
  • “Sacred Etheric Images” by Nikki Shiva at Barjon’s: Exhibit of fractal art reflects the artist’s interest in other dimensions and the conveyance of love.
  • “Tropical Surrealism” by Colombian artist Maria Isabel Bonilla at Billings First Church: Artist creates intricate images dominated by color and inspired by her homeland, Japanese comics and primitive art.
  • Seth White, Sean Sapone, and Ranen Royer at Black Dagger Tattoo: Resident tattooers showcase American traditional tattoo imagery, a Japanese tattoo style known as Irezumi, Japanese folklore, Ido period imagery and Shunga.
  • Marie Taylor at Clark Marten Photography: Taylor’s large oil paintings and encaustics are on display, with music by Ramon Ochoa.
  • “Here Until Forever” by Carlin Bear Don’t Walk at the Downtown Billings Alliance: Crow/ Northern Cheyenne artist shows new work that expresses the power and perseverance of Plains Indian people.
  • Ryan Schreder and Sue Schuld at Global Village: Schreder is a glass blower who experiments with many techniques, and Schuld, a retired educator, shows recent works in watercolor, pen and pencil.
  • Ruby Hahn at Mann Mortgage: Local artist shows her large-scale, abstract acrylic and mixed media pieces, inspired by the natural world’s inconspicuous relationships.
  • Teresa Brown at McCormick Café: Brown shows work inspired by her travels, nature and spirituality.
  • The “Young Guns” at the Montana Gallery: Tyler Murphy and artist colleagues share contemporary western art.
  • Kevin and Dee Cates at North Acre Real Estate: The pair showcases outdoor photography that they hope will instill a legacy of preservation, appreciation and pride in Montana for generations to come.
  • Margaret Smith and Donna Moore at Sandstone Gallery: Gallery artists Margaret Smith and Donna Moore are highlighted during the June ArtWalk. Also showing are works by guest artist and Bridger gallery owner Dana Zier.

    ArtWalk: Blue Heron by Donna Moore
    Blue Heron is among the paintings by Donna Moore on display at Sandstone Gallery.
  • DG House at SCRaP Creative Annex: Bozeman artist shows her paintings of comical and expressive blue bears and other wildlife.
  • Seidel Standing Elk at Straight ‘N’ Arrow: Northern Cheyenne artist walks life’s red road, seeking new artistic techniques, lessons from other artists and inspiration. His art reflects his awareness of creativity’s endless horizons.
  • Broadway Project Urban Art Experience at Terakedis Fine Art and Jewelry: Engage with the talents of 10 artists working street-side.
  • Brooke Moore at Toucan Gallery: Moore presents a variety of new artwork in various media, including a mock-up of a public art piece that will be installed on the south side of the Rockman Building.
  • Prototopic Art Collective at Underground Culture Krew: Members experiment with many art forms in these intriguing synergistic creations, all attributed to Bobbo (aka John Doe).

More ArtWalk News

Subsequent events are planned every other month on the first Friday of August, October and December 2018 and February 2019. ArtWalk locations include art studios, galleries, museums, a downtown church, downtown businesses and other “art-worthy” venues which host artists in a festive outpouring of the eclectic, creative spirit alive in downtown Billings.

George Kelting, ArtWalk’s docent, will answer questions and give directions on the sidewalk outside the Downtown Billings Alliance, 2815 Second Ave. N. from 5-7:30 p.m. ArtWalk events are free and family-friendly and go on regardless of inclement weather. Downtown on-street metered parking is free and parking garage rates vary.

ArtWalk maps are available here, at all participating locations and Gallery notes are on the ArtWalk Facebook page and the mobile friendly website.