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"
This month we met at Paris Gibson Square to finish art for two windows of the Summer Urban Art Project. The themes are "Surfin' Safari" and "Summer in the City." Eight artists participated: Janet Christina, Joy Staelens, Gloria Luna, Ruth Franklin, Margi Schindele, Lynn McLeod, Sandy Walker, Jean Mazur and
the students at Whittier Elementary, Great Falls, Montana. New this summer is a reception is July 8 from 5-7pm on the sidewalk in front of the garage. Thank you to Joy, Jean, Ruth and Sandy for helping out with the installation!
AAM's new annual exhibit is now on display at the Great Falls Public Library, 301 2nd Ave N, Great Falls, MT. Stop by and see the latest from our members! The exhibit will be up through the end of May.
Our guest speaker this month was Dwayne McClellan. Dwayne is a photographer in Great Falls, Montana. His interests in photography started when his parents gave him his first camera, Kodak Instamatic, at 6 years old. Mostly self taught he enjoys all aspects of photography from film to digital. "Today I shot all of my pictures with my Nikon D610 with my Nikon D7000 as my backup camera. Each picture I take is a continuing journey in learning and perfecting techniques. Each session and shoot also allows me to further define my style and the look I hope to achieve with each shoot and session." Dwayne shared several photos including two night scenes, one of the Calumet Refinery and one of the Sundial at 9th Street and River Road. His work includes portraiture, local sports and events, and nature. His website is http://dwaynemccleanstudios.com