Friday ArtWalk kicks off summer in downtown Billings

Posted at 8:49 AM, May 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-31 10:49:27-04

Teresa Brown’s untitled painting will be on display at the McCormick Cafe during the ArtWalk Downtown Billings this Friday.

BILLINGS – In the second of six events scheduled for its 24th season, ArtWalk Downtown Billings will present a night of art and music this Friday, June 1, from 5 to 9 p.m.

ArtWalk has added two new season members for this event — Joy of Living, 102 N. Broadway, which will feature photographer Cory Young, and CTA Architects Engineers, 13 N. 32nd St., which will feature art and furniture creator Robert Keil and potter John Joyce, reports Last Best News.

The Free Spirit Rock School Band will be performing at Seva Kitchen, 313 N. Broadway. And in addition to all the regular galleries, shops and organizations that take part in the event, one-time participants this Friday will include Cassie Crafton Kramer and her “pop up” 504 Square Feet pottery gallery (a vintage Shasta Trailer) on Second Avenue North near Skypoint. Emerging artist Justin Dowler will show exciting new works at Rebels and Razors Barber Club, 118 N. Broadway.

George Kelting, ArtWalk’s docent, will answer questions and give directions on the sidewalk outside the Downtown Billings Alliance, 2815 Second Ave. N., from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

ArtWalk events are free and family-friendly. ArtWalk goes on regardless of inclement weather. Downtown on-street metered parking is free and parking garage rates vary.

ArtWalk maps can be downloaded from and Printed maps can be found at all ArtWalk locations and in the Billings Visitor’s Guide. Images and gallery notes are posted at Here’s a look at the full schedule:

Season members

2905 Art, 2905 Montana Ave., hosts the exhibit “Linear Velocity: The Art of the Bicycle,” curated by Joe Stout, Ted Kim and Jason Wood. It is a unique gathering of rare bicycles from private collectors in Montana, artworks and photographs.

♦ Aspinwall, 103 N. Broadway, hosts Trevan Hiersche, a Billings-based photographer, showing photos taken locally and as far away as Iceland and Tanzania. Hiersche says his outdoor landscape photography is an exciting way to experience nature.

♦ Barjon’s, 223 N. 29th St., hosts “Sacred Etheric Images,” an exhibit of fractal art by Nikki Shiva. Shiva’s work, also featured on a downtown utility box wrap and at Yellowstone Art Museum, reflects her interest in other dimensions and the conveyance of love.

 ♦ Billings First Church, 310 N. 27th St., will show works by Maria Isabel Bonilla, from tropical Santiago de Cali, Colombia. She describes her work as “tropical surrealism,” creating intricate images dominated by color and inspired by her homeland, Japanese comics and primitive art.

♦ Black Dagger Tattoo, 2914 First Ave. N., will showcase resident tattooers Seth White, Sean Sapone and Ranen Royer, presenting American traditional tattoo imagery, a Japanese tattoo style known as Irezumi, Japanese folklore, Ido period imagery and Shunga.

♦ Clark Marten Photography, 2606 Montana Ave., will display Marie Taylor’s large oil paintings and encaustics. Marie is inspired by Montana skies and enjoys encouragement from her boys, River and Cash. Music by Ramon Ochoa.

♦ Corby Skinner @ The Castle, 622 N. 29th St., closed for June ArtWalk.

♦ CTA Architects, 13 N. 32rd St., will feature two artists: Robert Keil, a Montana native, creates art/furniture; John Joyce, a potter, is passionate about working with clay and the range of human emotions the process evokes.

♦ Dickey’s BBQ, 2519 Montana Ave., will show works by Kelley Partridge, a self-taught acrylic artist. Find her on Facebook @ Kelley Partridge Intuitive Artist.

♦ Downtown Billings Alliance, 2815 Second Ave. N., will host Carlin Bear Don’t Walk (Crow/ Northern Cheyenne), with new work in his “Here Until Forever” exhibition. It expresses the power and perseverance of Plains Indian people.

♦ Gallery Interiors, 2814 Second Ave. N., will feature the works of two of its artists, Robert Tompkins and James Poulson, both of whom will be present.

♦ Nine—Connie Dillon Fine Art, 2511 Montana Ave., No. 9. Dillon’s studio, on the second floor of the historic Carlin Hotel, features “Narrative Art,” which she defines as “paintings open to interpretive meanings and stories.”

♦ Global Village, 2720 Third Ave. N., welcomes Ryan Schreder, a glass blower who experiments with many techniques, and Sue Schuld, a retired educator, who will show recent works in watercolor, pen and pencil.

♦ Harry Koyama Fine Art, 2509 Montana Ave., will be showing Koyama’s latest abstract oil paintings. Selections emphasize simple form, texture, color and range.

♦ Jake’s, 2701 N. 27th St., will host artists showing their works in the ornate, historic lobby of the Grand Hotel building, once known as Hotel General Custer.

♦ Joy of Living, 102 N. Broadway, will feature works by Cory Young, who believes the simplistic, calming nature of a constantly moving city can be overlooked in our day-to-day lives. Cory focuses on subjects lacking human presence, thereby allowing the viewer to be removed from distraction and to focus on finer details.

♦ Kennedy’s Stained Glass, 2923 Second Ave. N., will be displaying contemporary and vintage art and mosaic stained glass pieces created by Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld and studio artists.

♦ Liberty and Vine Country Store, 2019 Montana Ave. Closed for the June ArtWalk due to unanticipated construction delays. They hope to be open for the August ArtWalk.

♦ Mann Mortgage, 2511 Montana Ave., will feature local artist Ruby Hahn, showing her large-scale, abstract fluid acrylic and mixed-media pieces inspired by the natural world’s inconspicuous relationships. She leaves the viewer to create his or her own interpretation.

♦ McCormick Cafe, 2419 Montana Ave., will be displaying works by Teresa Brown, works inspired by her travels, nature and her spirituality.

♦ Montana Gallery, 2710 Second Ave. N., will features the work of Tyler Murphy and artist colleagues. Together, they are known as the “young guns” of the contemporary Western art scene.

♦ North Acre Real Estate, 2700 Second Ave. N., will be showing Kevin and Dee Cates’ outdoor photography, which they hope will instill a legacy of preservation, appreciation and pride.

♦ Prodigal Gallery, 2517 Montana Ave. Penelope Strong will transform the reception area of her law office into an art gallery and feature a variety of artists.

♦ Real Deals, 2525 Minnesota Ave., will be showing Wyna Woodford’s watercolor paintings, reflecting her interest in capturing glass on paper and her appreciation for nature. She calls upon her years growing up on a Montana ranch for her paintings of horses and cows.

♦ Sandstone Gallery, 2913 Second Ave. N., will have works by gallery artists Margaret Smith and Donna Moore, as well as works by guest artist Dana Zier, the owner of a gallery in Bridger.

♦ SCRaP Creative Annex, 1701 First Ave. N., will feature Bozeman artist DG House’s comical and expressive blue bears and other wildlife.

♦ Stapleton Gallery, 104 N. Broadway. Closed for the June ArtWalk.

♦ Straight ‘N’ Arrow, 2714  First Ave. N., will feature works by ?Seidel Standing Elk (Northern Cheyenne), who walks life’s red road, seeking new artistic techniques, lessons from other artists and inspiration.

♦ Stephen Haraden Studio, 2911 Second Ave. N., No. 235, will feature works by Haraden. Find out what prompted him to cut up previous paintings to create and new works of art.

♦ Terakedis Fine Art and Jewelry, 112 N. Broadway, will have 10 artists working streetside. Check out the “Broadway Project Urban Art Experience” offered in partnership with Joy of Living.  

♦ Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave., will feature a variety of new artwork in various mediums by Brooke Moore. Included is a mock-up of a public art piece that will be installed on the south side of the Rockman Building on Second Avenue North.

♦ Underground Culture Krew, 12 N. 29th St., will be showing works by members of the Prototopic Art Collective. All art is attributed to the symphonic architect and a polymorphic construct called Bobbo (aka John Doe).

♦ Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St., will open at 4 p.m. with free admission, free parking, music, light food and a cash bar. First drink free for new YAM members. “Rough and Tumble, Smoke and Rope,” a multimedia exhibit, celebrates ranching in Yellowstone Valley. “Nature’s Cadence” is a collection of intricate landscape paintings by renowned Shields Valley artist Clyde Aspevig.

One-time participants

 ♦ Cassie Crafton Kramer sets up her 504 Square Feet gallery in a vintage Shasta trailer near Second Avenue North and North Broadway, just west of Skypoint.  Kramer’s popular and functional Montana-themed pottery includes mugs, wine glasses, bowls and more.

♦ Clocktower Inn, 2511 First Ave. N., will be featuring classic cars, pet portrait photographs by Casey Page and live art demonstrations in its courtyard.

♦ Free Spirit Rock School Band at Seva Kitchen, 313 N. Broadway. Musicians ages 16 to 60 play popular blues and classic rock at one of downtown’s favorite eateries.

♦ Rebels and Razors, 118 N. Broadway. Emerging artist Justin Dowler will exhibit new and exciting work.

(Below: “Zombie Girl” will be among works on display at Underground Culture Krew.)