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Fall Art Walk

2011-11-10T10:00:00Z 2011-11-10T10:04:36Z Fall Art Walk Helena Independent Record
November 10, 2011 10:00 am

The 28th Annual Fall Art Walk offers a festive mix of artwork, food and music this year, 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. A free trolley will run a continuous loop through the downtown and Great Northern Town Center from 5 to 9 p.m., with stops at the following locations: Lewis & Clark Library, YWCA on North Park Ave., Great Northern Town Center, Federal Reserve Bank at Front and Neill, Wells Fargo on Last Chance Gulch, 6th Avenue and Last Chance Gulch and the Women’s Mural on Broadway.

Great Northern Town Center will be hosting three musical groups:

-- Musikanten, 25-person choral group, will be performing from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Great Northern Carousel;

-- Fourte, a four- person a capella group will sing jazz, rock and gospel at Boxwoods;

-- J.D. Kunkel, playing live acoustic guitar, is in the Compass Block between AL Swanson and Subway.

The Parrot on the Downtown Walking Mall will have Nathaniel King doing balloon twisting.

Helena Kung Fu group will be in Performance Square. Sifu Paul Antonia and students from Helena Kung Fu will be performing two Chinese martial arts styles.

For more Art Walk information, call 447-1535 or visit Participating venues and artists are:

Great Northern Town Center

Great Northern Carousel

The Art Center, a nonprofit group of more than 50 Helena artists display their works. Visit their website at

Exploration Works Museum of Science and Culture

Native American artworks and mixed-media pieces by Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer, signed books and creative photo art by Karen Cheatham, and intimate landscape photos and chrome art prints by Ron Boggs.

A.L. Swanson Gallery

J.M. Cooper is a black-and-white film-based photog who has been capturing the vanishing Montana-scape for 30 years.

Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel

Father and son Doug and Adam McDonald took a pottery lesson about four years ago and have been making pottery ever since —mostly functional, particularly like to do salt glazing.

Boxwoods, Cobblestone

Woodworker/designer Ed Chebul creates one-of-a-kind original pieces from slab woods and reclaimed lumbers from old cedar fence posts and old buildings.

Open Retail Space 1, 2 and 3

The Helena Photographic Society, a group of photo enthusiasts, will show their work. They meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Lewis & Clark Library.

Montana native Lisa Kunkel will be displaying street photographs of Europe, including London, Paris, Venice and Barcelona and will offer free photo booth sessions tonight. Kunkel will be between the Al Swanson Gallery and Subway.

Robert Burcar has experience in numerous mediums including oil, acrylic, charcoal, watercolor, mixed media, digital imaging and printmaking.

Neill Avenue

Natural Medicine Plus/Urgent Care Plus

Jason Jonas’ images of eastern Montana —the Missouri River below Coal Banks to Kipp and the Ostby Homestead at Four Buttes.

Federal Reserve Bank

Bethany Kurtz’s watercolors and pastels.

North Park Avenue

Headwaters Covenant Church (YWCA)

Through photography, Tiffany Bushilla focuses on the incredible detail and beauty of God’s creation. Photographer Christopher Fuller moved with his family to Montana in 2004 now calls himself a “recovering Californian.”

400 Block of Last Chance Gulch

Queens of Arts Gallery/Beads Extraordinaire

The Queens of Arts, seven multitalented Helena women artists, share the evening with jewelry designer and bead shop owner Judith Stewart. Guest artists are Barry Ferst, showing his whimsical assemblages, and Anita Mehus, showing her paintings and sculpture. 


Murry’s showcases the many talents of Broadwater Elementary School students at the grand opening of its new downtown location.

Mosaic Architecture

Helena Clay Arts Guild displays its talented members’ artwork, from functional and decorative pieces to whimsical creatures.

Tori’s Antiques and Exquisite Jewelry

Tori’s will be featuring Gray’s Atlas hand-tinted maps of the United States and the world from 1873.

Firetower Coffee

Ned Keenan is starting his T-shirt company, Ned’s Threads. His art is very stylized with a focus on perspective and composition, often drawing on his interests and his environment.

General Mercantile

Jim Howard is a Helena artist who works in watercolor, pencil and pen and ink.

The Painted Pot

Karen Ellis has been creating artwork for over 30 years, working in ceramics, acrylics, polymer clay, pencils, stamping and vinyl. Recently, she has been working with paper by folding, rolling and manipulating it into jewelry and other ornamental applications.

Lawrence Avenue

Hot Yoga Helena

From the Gaia mural in Downtown Helena to hand-dyed and painted clothing in Pike Place Market, Susanna Nadia feels very happy to become part of the Upper Missouri Artists Collective and have her newest paintings featured there. Hot Yoga Helena also will offer food, wine, samples of their nutritional supplements, and holiday shopping.

Holter Museum of Art

Elizabeth Hughes Bass has designed hand-painted silk scarves and evening bags for more than 20 years. Her ink and watercolor illustrations have appeared in numerous books and magazines. Her oil paintings include cityscapes, figures, and plein air landscapes.

Logan Street

St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

German-born Helena artist Andrea Atwood will show her fiber art and oil on leaf paintings. Vivian Reeves has been painting landscapes in oils for five years and is expanding into watercolors, acrylics and jewelry. Richard Hulbert is an amateur photographer with images focusing on Montana and Helena. Charla Cullen creates handmade decorative scarves from assorted yarns. Brenda Grasmick hand builds ceramic animals, especially pigs, rabbits, ducks and birds. Wendy Stewart and Angie Bahnmiller make recycled jewelry and cards using spoons, old jewelry, beads and Scrabble tiles. Liz Harter rescues “remnants” (castoffs in any form) and breathes new life into them.

300 Block of Last Chance Gulch

Bert & Ernie’s/Sommeliers

Tom Morgan is a Helena native who enjoys oil-painting the sight and colors that the Montana landscape has to offer.

Turman Larison Contemporary

Featured artist Crista Ann Ames is working as a studio artist in Helena. Also showing will be Phoebe Toland, Jeff Van Tine, Suzy Holt, Bonnie Lambert, Tom Ferris, Robert Harrison, Nan Parsons, George McCauley, Jerry Iverson, Michael Haykin, Doug Turman and Jill Zeidler.

Montana Book & Toy Co.

Artwork from all the current resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation will be on display, ranging from functional pottery to sculptures. Over six new residents just arrived to Helena, so come get a sneak peek at what is happening out at the Bray.

 Charley Shipley’s paintings are a reminder of special times, places and people.

Signs Now Helena

Loren Kovich’s paintings are in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally.


Ben Wilson brings Captain Cakes, a fun new adventure in cakes, to Helena. If you have an idea or just need a cool cake, Captain Cake is coming to your rescue.

Chris McGowan’s photos capture the wonders and beauties of the fine state he calls home. fourOsix will also have a fun photo-booth in the shop.

CTA Architects Engineers

Alan Snell paints primarily realistic landscapes and wildlife and has produced several limited-edition prints. See some of his new unique “stone” paintings. Refreshments.

Surface Skin Care

Crystal Surbrugg is an on-location photographer of engagement and wedding photos, senior portraits, children and infant portraits, family portraits, pet portraits and wildlife photography, and much more in the Helena and Montana area.

Sixth Avenue

The Power Block

Premiere Dance Company will be performing excerpts from its 20th annual production of “The Nutcracker.”

Benny’s Bistro

Featuring Tim Drackert and Rio playing bossa nova music.

North Walking Mall

Dancing Lotus Center

Roger Mathis’ exhibit displays award-winning photos and a brand-new collection of artistic incense photographs. What you get in  Annie Tavary’s photos is Annie’s pure, uniquely “Annie” way of looking at the world around her.

The Parrot Confectionary

Nat and Sarah King love the art of balloon twisting and aspire to become the best in the state.

Lewis & Clark County Historical Society

Roger Dey’s fascination with photography has revolved around the fact that it can record a glimpse of history and that it has the ability to make the small and mundane appear larger than life.

Linda Washburn Roberts is a free-lance photographer, who specializes in landscapes, nature and fine art photography using both film and digital media. 

Dennis McCahon is a noted art historian who specializes in the architecture of the Helena area, especially the historic buildings of Last Chance Gulch.

Taco del Sol

Come see how Capital High School students have capitalized their talents to create a work of art from discarded chairs in “A Seat Worth Taking.” Capital High School students also will feature professional quality works of art using a variety of mediums. Their instructors, Ingrid Jaynes and Genevieve Anderson, also will be showing.

Holiday Inn Downtown

Dick Smith’s favorite places to photograph are Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton and the Beartooth Plateau.

Saunders Jewelry

George Metropoulos McCauley, a Greek/American potter, has had 23 solo shows and has been included in 180 exhibitions.

City of Helena Public Art Committee (HPAC), Placer Building

Lance Foster teaches painting and drawing at UM-Helena. He paints large acrylic Native American paintings of legends, myths and landscapes. The Helena Public Art Committee holds Chalk Up Helena! in July, the Open Studios Tour in September, and will celebrate new art murals by Lance Foster on the Downtown Trolley Block 1 p.m. Nov. 16.

The Placer

The Helena Woodworkers Guild is dedicated to promoting the craft and art of woodworking by both professional and amateur woodworkers.

Upper Missouri Artists Gallery

Sally Angove, Louis Archambault, Paul Graham, Susanna Nadia, Russell Ratcliff, Linda Roberts, Lyle Schwabauer and several gallery alums display their works.


The Base Camp

Jason Savage, a professional outdoor and freelance photographer based out of Helena, will be releasing some of his favorite Helena images in seven unique limited-edition prints.

Trolley Block of the Walking Mall

Ghost Art Gallery

 Carol Zirkle, whose vibrant pastel paintings capture the best of Montana’s skies and landscapes, will be demonstrating her use of pastels and portrait work.

Lasso the Moon Wonderful Toys

Chad Day, who runs Modern Day Photography with his wife, Christina, is showing photos that are part of a series called “Reflecting on Montana.”

Alycia Holston and Suzi Stranahan, author and illustrator of “While the Giant Is Sleeping,” will be signing copies of their book.

Boston Block Plaza (next to Lasso the Moon)

Bill Ryder of Ryder Horses will have metal sculpture of all sizes.

The PanHandler

James Caravello uses clay, pottery, ceramics, wood, rocks, metal, or whatever..

Intermountain Chiropractic

Clay Arts Guild members Anita Shontz and Edie Hallford will be showing wheel-thrown functional pottery.

Edward Jones Investments —Tony Rubino

Roger Dey’s fascination with photography has revolved around the fact that it can record a glimpse of history and that it has the ability to make the small and mundane appear larger than life.

Lewis & Clark Library

Will Boland is a long-time Helena resident who travels extensively and uses photography as an expression of both art and politics.

South Park Avenue

Birds & Beasleys

Celebrate Clay & Glass with Helena artists at Birds & Beasleys. Featuring functional ceramic artist Lindsey Carroll; sculptor and illustrator Jane Shull Beasley; and glass and jewelry artist Sandy Shull.

Salon Off Broadway

Stella Latwinski is always looking for new uses for found objects.

Reeder’s Alley

Frayed Sew LLC

Jason Mergenthaler, a Montana native and self-taught artist, enjoys working with found material, especially rusted metal.

Montana Preservation Alliance

Tom Ferris maintains a studio in Helena and is also an archival photographer for the Montana Historical Society. 



In addition to admiring local art, you can win a door prize. Several of the downtown businesses open for the Art Walk will be holding drawings for door prizes tonight. Be sure to drop by the following businesses for your chance to win:

Ghost Art Gallery, small Carol Zirkle original;

Great Northern Carousel, hand-dipped pretzels and pecan and cashew turtles;

Hot Yoga Helena, several door prizes;

Intermountain Chiropractic, piece of pottery;

Natural Medicine Plus/Urgent Care Plus, postcards of Jason Jonas’ images;

The PanHandler, a James Caravello piece;

Premiere Dance Company, two tickets to “The Nutcracker” performance on Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. or Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at the Helena Civic Center;

Salon Off Broadway, products and gift certificates;

Upper Missouri Artists Gallery, it’s a surprise.

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