Great Northern Town Center
Great Northern Carousel, 40 W. 14th St., Suite 4B: Cecilia Cowie, who works with hand-built ceramics and acrylic paints, has a unique style of blending of color, glazes and structure, making each of her ceramic pieces a masterpiece. Fred Cowie has been painting watercolor landscapes, wildlife and flowers since 1980, when he first picked up a brush in Browning under the tutelage of renowned Blackfeet watercolorist King Kuka.
Exploration Works, 995 Carousel Way: Ron Boggs’ limited edition chrome art prints include wall-sized images and impressionistic renderings seldom seen in the photographic medium. Kae Cheatham is a Western writer and will be showing photographic art photos. Louise Ogemahgeshig Fischer is from the Anishinabe Tribe and will be showing a variety of artists’ work including acrylic paintings, clay and metal masks, rawhide drums, and plasma-cut metal recycled from the old gold-mining days.
Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel, 835 Great Northern Blvd.: Donna Wise specializes in a classical realism style of oil painting, featuring still life, floral and figures as well as some small porcelain florals and Helena landmark prints.
Boxwoods, 828 Great Northern Blvd., Suite 102: Jason Jonas, who has exhibited paintings in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Idaho, Texas and Montana, will show new paintings and his new works in photography.
Grand Junction Mercantile, 828 Great Northern Blvd.: Edge Marketing + Design consists of Deanna Satre, webmaster; Lori Huseby, graphic designer; and Kelly Fortune, marketing specialist.
Federal Reserve Bank, 100 Neill Ave.: View the extensive collection of insects and arachnids of Bill King and experience the beauty of the butterflies and moths, the fantastic adaptations of many of the beetles, and the creepiness of the spiders and other arachnids.
North Park Avenue
Helena Contra Dance Group, St. Peters Episcopal Church, 511 N. Park Ave.: Live old-time music played by Helena Handbasket, a local string band from Townsend, with dance instruction . Beginners welcome. Starts at 7 p.m. with workshop. $5 cover with Art Walk program.
IMX Pilates, 15 W. Placer: Nick Pipinich enjoys the challenge of turning a sheet of copper into a beautiful work of art from his signature fish, plates and bowls to custom-designed copper countertops, sinks and kitchen hoods.
400 Block of Last Chance Gulch
Beads Extraordinaire and Queens of Arts Gallery, 433 N. Last Chance Gulch: Anita Mehus is known for her “Angry Housewives” paintings and wearable art, and featured artist Debrah Fosket will be displaying mixed-media wall art. Cupcakes abound for the Queens’ first birthday.
Mosaic Architecture, 428 N. Last Chance Gulch: Justin Delli Bovi, who has a master of fine arts degree from Bowling Green State University, explores the various implications of working within a self-determined color vocabulary.
Tori’s Antiques and Exquisite Jewelry, 424 N. Last Chance Gulch: Bill Ryder has been constructing metal horses for the past eight years in Helena and will be constructing and showing new horses at the Fall Art Walk.
Firetower Coffee, 422 N. Last Chance Gulch: Susie Griffin is an imaginative and whimsical painter who will have highly sought-after original pieces as well as affordable gift items (quality reproductions, coasters, cards, magnets, jewelry, etc.) available.
General Mercantile, 413 N. Last Chance Gulch: Jim Howard’s watercolor, pencil, and pen and ink works reflect his love of the out-of-doors.
Queen City Ballet Conservatory, 8 W. Lawrence Ave.: Queen City Ballet Company at 7 p.m. will perform excerpts from the upcoming “The Nutcracker” performance, Dec. 11 and 12 with the Helena Symphony. Susan Clark has created a new collection of oil and charcoal portraits of dancers.
The Holter Museum of Art, 12 E. Lawrence Ave.: Santa will be available for a photo opportunity from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. by local artist Kurt Keller for a minimal fee of $5, and all proceeds will be donated back to the Holter Museum. In the Artworks/Nicholson Gallery is an exhibit of ceramics by Beth Lo and mixed-media by Cathryn Mallory in their show, “Abundance.” There’s also a bird-themed reception, celebrating Patrick Rummans: “Bird on a Wire” and Doug Baldwin: “Ducking Reality.”
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St.: Rescuing “remnants” (castoffs in any form) and breathing new life into them is Liz Harter’s passion. 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. Kathleen Ely has taken more than 60 sewing classes and finished more than 30 quilted items. Dona Bagan specializes in detailed applique, and has done literally hundreds of pieces since she started. Richard Hulbert is an amateur photographer with images focusing on Montana and Helena. Carlton Larson is an award-winning Helena area wildlife photographer.
300 Block of Last Chance Gulch
Bert & Ernie’s/Sommeliers, 361 N. Last Chance Gulch: Tom Morgan is a Helena native who enjoys doing oil paintings of the sight and colors that the Montana landscape has to offer.
capitalFRET.com, 335 N. Last Chance Gulch: Designing pendangle jewelry is about the most “me” thing Suzy Fabian has ever done. A small sculpture emerges, radiating personality and charm.
Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream, 333 N. Last Chance Gulch. Judy Thompson’s real passion is making utilitarian pottery, and continues to sharpen her skills by taking classes at the Archie Bray.
Montana Book & Toy Co., 331 N. Last Chance Gulch. Montana Book & Toy Co. features creative and innovative functional pottery and ceramic sculptures by current resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation: Aaron Benson, Nicholas Bivins, Sean Erwin, Jana Evans, Martha Grover, Steven Young Lee, Courtney Murphy, Kelly Garrett Rathbone, Kevin Snipes, Kensuke Yamada and Gwendolyn Yoppolo. Dennis McCahon will show meticulously researched and accurately drawn color-pencil drawings of historic Helena architecture.
sole sisters, 327 N. Last Chance Gulch: Judi and Robert Bennett of Montana City are intrigued by gourds. By using a method of pyrography, they have found a way to blend earthly and spiritual qualities of the gourd with their art.
Coney Island, 325 N. Last Chance Gulch: Nathaniel and Sarah King have been mastering the art of balloon twisting, creating ever-larger creatures.
Signs Now Helena, 323 N. Last Chance Gulch: The owners of Cowboy Country Furniture, Doug and Joy O’Hern, customize their furniture by making each piece personal and individual with original hand-drawn artwork. Sarah Sadowski enjoys exploring and discovering diverse aspects of Montana’s landscapes and cultures through her pictures.
Clay Arts Guild and Helena Public Art Committee, Lion Building, 314 N. Last Chance Gulch: Clay Arts Guild is a group of ceramic artists of all skill levels working with clay from first time to established artists. Helena Public Art Committee promotes public art throughout the community. Tim Holmes’ work primarily focuses on the human form, on the gesture as expression of greater human themes: the struggle for freedom, horror at inner and outer evils, the ferocity of hopelessness, the tenderness of love. Fiber artist Linda Parker of Montana Quilts has been a quilter since 1976. Bob Bennett has taken gourds to a whole new level, winning numerous awards, given classes, and demonstrations. Robin Maynard paints a variety of subjects, using vivid colors and sharp detail to express the enthusiasm and reverence she feels for her subject matter.
Premiere Dance Company, 7 W. 6th Ave.: Premiere Dance Company performs excerpts from the holiday classic, “The Nutracker,” which they will be presenting Dec. 18 and 19.
Narrate Church, 15 W. 6th Ave. (second floor). Arne and Darci Wiebe create art in functional pottery pieces that are used and cherished in every day life. Rob Truax is a self-taught multimedia artist who specializes in videography. Amy (Galgerud) Dominick finds inspiration from nature, especially flowers, as well as portraits. Cheri Walsh started with clay as a way of dealing with grief, but it became what she called “a gift.”
Benny’s Bistro, 108 E. 6th Ave.: Tim Drackert and Rio play bossa nova music.
Jack ‘N Jill, 109 E. 6th Ave.: Monica VanDermars enjoys making jewelry out of stained and recycled glass pieces, combined with various glass, stone and metal beads, some wrapped with copper foil and lead-free solder.
North Walking Mall
Big Dipper Ice Cream, 58 N. Last Chance Gulch: Ceramic works by artist Joe Crowley.
Dancing Lotus Center, 40 N. Last Chance Gulch: Works by Peg Baraby, a Helena native who is a signature member of the International Society of Experimental Artists. Photography by Mathis Studio will display award-winning portrait, business and commercial photography. Annie Tavary, takes amazing photos because the process makes her smile. Jesus Salazar is a graphic artist who blends different design elements into a powerful surge of color.
First Community Bank, 28 N. Last Chance Gulch: Brenda Rose will be showcasing graphite/charcoal pencil and oil paintings depicting people, animals and landscaping.
Taco del Sol, 101 N. Last Chance Gulch: Kristin Best likes working mostly with acrylics but also enjoys painting in oils and is drawn to landscapes with rocks and water, but wants to move towards more abstract composition with people. Taco del Sol is also featuring Adam McDonald.
Helena Photographic Society, Medical Arts Building, 121 N. Last Chance Gulch: The Helena Photographic Society, a group of photo enthusiasts who meet at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the Lewis & Clark Library, shows its works.
Holiday Inn Downtown, 22 N. Last Chance Gulch: Dick Smith has been honing his photography skills since 1983.
Café Zuppa, 21 N. Last Chance Gulch: Helena Woodworkers Guild, a nonprofit organization of professional and amateur woodworkers, shares their works.
Nature’s Topicals, 21 N. Last Chance Gulch: Susanna Nadia creates paintings and clothing in Helena and Seattle and is often found at the Farmers’ Market.
Saunders Jewelry, 21 N. Last Chance Gulch: Jim Gilman works with oil and acrylic painting, silversmithing, stained glass, photography and ceramics; he makes functional pottery, particularly large platters and vases.
Helena Kung Fu, Performance Square: Sifu Paul Antonia and students from Helena Kung Fu will performing two Chinese martial arts styles at Performance Square on the Walking Mall — Choy-Li-Fut, a fluid, circular system featuring many dynamic hand and weapons forms, and Tai Chi Chuan, a slower meditative form.
Upper Missouri Artists Gallery, 7 N. Last Chance Gulch: Members Sally Angove, Louis Archibald, Kathryn Fehling, Paul Graham, Russell Ratcliff, Linda Roberts and Lyle Schwa Bauer display their works.
Bobbi’s Salon, 2 N. Last Chance Gulch: Einar and Jan Larsen of Larsen Photography present fine art nude photography of women and men. They will introduce their newly published books to Helena and will sign copies. Sally Davis, a local sculptural ceramist, specializes in whimsical animals and exotic teapots.
The Base Camp, 5 W. Broadway: Multifaceted artist Mary Montana presents “Historical Documentation,” mixed-media show of art inspired by historic buildings.
North Rodney Street
B & B Market, 100 N. Rodney: In this digital age, John McLellan is still working with and enjoying film..
Trolley Block of Walking Mall
Ghost Art Gallery, 21 S. Last Chance Gulch: Artist Robert F. Morgan will be on hand with several new oils and his latest print, “Now Showing,” a new look at the Old Marlow Theatre.
Lasso the Moon, 25 S. Last Chance Gulch: Samara Lynde loves to make stuff from felted wool; she first started her Woolster collection for her daughter.
Pan Handler Plus, 40 S. Last Chance Gulch: David Elfstrom’s eye for detail is in every painting. See his more recent pastels of Ten-Mile Creek near Rimini.
Lewis & Clark Library, 120 S. Last Chance Gulch: Capital High School students made alternate book covers for the Lewis & Clark Library’s Big Read book, “The Maltese Falcon” by Dashiell Hammett. The library will also hold the official dedication of the Dave Duensing memorial mural at 6:30 p.m.
South Park Avenue
Birds & Beasleys, 70 S. Park Ave.: Three Helena artists — Marsha Carter Davis, landscape and bird acrylic painter; Pat Shevalier, fabric artist; and Craig Spohr, wooden folk art birds.
Salon Off Broadway, 40 S. Park Ave.: Stella Latwinski primarily works with ink and colored pencil on wooden panels. Her illustrations have been described as both whimsical, sweet and unsettling.
Frayed Sew, 105 Reeder’s Alley: Painter Annie Bailey, who grew up on the family ranch in the Smith River Valley, likes to capture the character, humor and beauty in the subjects she encounters. Treehouse Photography also will set up its photo booth in Frayed Sew.
Habitat for Humanity, 1531 National Ave.: Habitat for Humanity features abstract, spiritual original paintings by Linda McCray in the gallery at the Restore.