The correct day for the March meeting is MONDAY, MARCH 7th, 2-4pm. at The C. M. Russell museum, Great Falls. There is limited parking by the museum and a parking lot across the street. If you need a ride please email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get you there!
A quick business meeting first then onto wondering around at our leisure. Unfortunately we will not have a docent tour. There are a few free tickets available courtesy of one of the members. And, of course we have to eat so we'll meet at a local restaurant. See you then!
Pleas join AAM members for a visit to the C. M. Russell Museum, Great Falls, Montana, Monday, March 8th, 2-4pm. We will have a very short business meeting before enjoying the current exhibits which include the artwork for The Russell Sealed Bid Sale, held during Western Art Week. Afterwards we will meet at a restaurant for an early dinner.
Time seems to fly by when you keep busy! Since August AAM had participated in the summer Farmer's Market downtown Great Falls, created an Urban Art Project display window, hung a new show at Meadowlark Country Club in Great Falls, had a Plein Air art show at Paris Gibson Square, Great Falls, five general meetings and the Annual Meeting and Holiday Party in December.
We held our Seventh Annual Missouri Falls Fine Arts Show & Sale during the August Western Art Week Special Edition 2021. It was really nice not to worry about cold and snow this time! It was obvious the art shows were enjoyed by the public and the artists.
Join AAM members for the September 14 general meeting at Paris Gibson Square, 1400 First Ave N, Great Falls, Montana, 7-9pm.
Every September the program is "Show and Share." It's so nice to see what members have done recently or something creative from the past. While we might be familiar with an artist does now, it's fun to see what other creative pursuits have influenced them!
Check out the fall newsletter for coming up programs. Join us as a member or a guest! See you soon!
You are invited to the Opening Reception for the Missouri Falls Fine Arts Show & Sale to enjoy guitarist Dave Raba. He describes his original music as “alternative folk.” Prevailing lyrical themes include reverence for the natural world and spirituality (he lived as a monk for a time in Oregon). “There’s an organic nature to what I’m trying to write about,” Raba says, noting he’s been shaped by “underground all-ages punk music.”Raba’s formative influences include Jackmormans founder Jerry Joseph and Chris Whitley. Dave Raba began his musical career as a drummer and percussionist during his school years. He took a break from music for several years before jumping back in at age 25, and he subsequently worked with local groups such as Bent Elephant, Shadowhand, and Bridgebuilder. Nine years ago Raba started to learn guitar as a tool for writing music. His self-produced debut studio album is “Become.” available locally at Cassopeia books and online at cdbaby.com 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. Stop in to hear David and enjoy great art!
The Western Art Week Shows are back with a Special Edition! This year the Arts Association of Montana is showcasing nine AAM member artists from across Montana and two Featured Artists, Diane Hausmann, Fairfield, Montana and Steve Nelson, Great Falls, Montana. They represent diverse artwork from painting to drawing, photography and calligraphy to concrete (yes!), fashion and multimedia. Abstract to representative styles take the eye to discover new ways to look at the wide landscape to intimate spaces.
Come to our show at The History Museum, 422 2nd Street South. The Ozark Room is known for the blues and jazz entertainment from the 1950's. It's an amazing space to show off art! The History Museum will also have select items for sale.
Wednesday, August 18 opens at 10am with a reception from 5-7pm. Music by Dave Raba, guitarist, will entertain guests. Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20 is open 10am-5pm. A raffle for original art benefits the Val Knight Scholarships awarded each year to graduating high school students. Only 150 tickets are for sale for $5 each! You need not be present to win but we certainly would like to give you your prize in person!
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!