Come join AAM this summer painting outdoors around Great Falls! The artwork will be displayed at the Paris Gibson Museum this fall.
Julia Becker, a Great Falls, Montana artist, opened her studio to members for AAM's April general meeting. She have a tour of her very large studio showing her work from college days to current pieces and to some of her students as well. Some of her paintings are in different stages of evolution. "My life work is about honoring, nourishing and living within the imagination. My personal philosophy is that art and artmaking are (hopefully) dynamic living entities that require, and activate, exploration. Art is also communication; a catalyst or venue for exchange of meaning. Art and artmaking may serve as a sounding apparatus among diverse realities. For me, art serves as a process and venue for seeking truth... and often raises the question of truth; ...what is truth? Art has the potential of being a catalytic experience; of increasing awareness and causing a shift or transformation within the maker and possibly the viewer (I can only speak from my own experience)." Before we left Julia gave us some of her many figure sketches to take home. We walked out with gifts of Julia's talent, energy, and generosity! Please visit Julia's website to enjoy more of her works. juliabecker.com
This past year has been so challenging for all of us! Thankfully many of us are now able to enjoy more of the things we missed. AAM has not met for general meetings since last February. We missed having the 2020 annual Western Art Week show. We just held our March general meeting and have planned April and May. So we wanted to make it easy for members- current and new to join in on the fun!
The AAM board voted this year by offering a free membership as well as no membership fee for the current members. We hope you'll find AAM fun and want to be a member in 2022!
AAM will be busy the spring and summer! Let's start with the four shows.
First, the Meadowlark Country Club show changes four times a year. Currently "Color Therapy" is up until May. The next show is "Bursts of Light."
The Great Falls, Montana Farmer's Market will start again in June. Come join in or just come by to visit. Our tent has room for three artists and their work.
Plein air painting is our summer outdoor plans. We'll be at ten different locations around Great Falls. And the best thing is the AAM Plein Air exhibit at the Paris Gibson Square museum in Great Falls! Join us! All are Welcome! More information to come!
Our annual Great Falls Public Library show will run May and June. This gives the public the opportunity to enjoy most of our members' artwork. This year's theme is "3 Dimensions."
August 18-20 brings the 2021 Western Art Week Special Edition alive again! We will be at The History Museum again for our Seventh Missouri Falls Fine Arts Show & Sale. Many other events and shows are planned for the week. Don't miss them!
Although we couldn’t meet after mid March we still did the shows at the Meadowlark Country Club, the Great Falls Public Library and the Urban Art Project.
We are pleased to present singer-songwriter David Raba! David writes music with an intuitive and personal voice. He has performed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Idaho, Oregon and across Montana. He enjoys playing in coffee shops, bookstores, breweries, libraries and other venues including assisted living facilities and the Jeanette Rankin Peace Center in Missoula. David has been featured on KGPR Montana Public Radio in Great falls in 2015, 2018 and 2020 promoting his five albums which showcase his unique approach and lyrical poetry. This coming spring Raba will be touring five countries in Europe as drummer for the accomplished Mike Spine of Seattle, WA. Stop in to hear David and enjoy great art!
A new show is up at Meadowlark Country Club January 6-May 4. The theme is Abstract and Design. Fifteen artists participated with a nice variety of media and subjects. Two pieces have already sold! A reception was held January 22nd and well attended by members and guests. It was a nice time to visit, enjoy delicious food and art!
This month we met at Nancy Speer's studio. She invited us to play with clay. She provided bisqued fired tiles to glaze using a variety of colors. Ten members had a great time choosing glazes and guessing what they would look like fired. It's always fun experimenting with different media and techniques. Can't wait to see them fired!
The program for January was "What's in Your Art Box?" hosted by Jean Mazur. Members were invited to share their favorite art supplies and any other art related things. It was really to see what everyone brought.
We were delighted to have Becky Scott from Great Falls for our guest artist. Becky attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Interior Design. She currently is an Aging in Place consultant and an aspiring printmaker. Throughout her life she has used collage and other mediums for self-expression. Becky uses collage to express moments and stories in her life. She shared one of her "Monster Books"