Reformations: Jane & Maggy Q&A followed by a Stitch In!

2–2:45pm Q&A
3–5pm Stitch In!

Join the artists to learn about their current work, ask questions then stay and stitch together. ReformationsJane Waggoner Deschner and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner showcases the artists’ use of needle and thread in ways that simultaneously subvert the expected and conjure memory.

Stitch In!—bring your own stitchery to work on or join us stitching with materials provided or on your own family photo. Please reserve your spot by email kirksgrocery@gmail.com or Instagram message to kirksgrocery.

Free!

  • Posted on: February 20, 2024

Auction Artist Talk: Shane de Leon

Shane de Leon is an artist, musician, and owner of beloved Billings art space, Kirks’ Grocery. His current work focuses on paper and fabric with glue, acrylic paint, glitter, trash, and watercolor, and is becoming more conceptual and sculptural. Born in Billings, MT, he has exhibited his work, sometimes under a multitude of aliases, across the states and abroad. This free casual reception begins at 5 PM; the artist talk begins at 5:30 PM.

  • Posted on: February 12, 2024

Auction Artist Talk: Kathryn W Schmidt

Schmidt uses animals as subjects to speak to us of a psychological state. She earned her BFA at the University of Iowa before moving to New York City for two years to continue her art education. A Bozeman resident for 30 years, she has exhibited throughout the region, with her work in collections throughout the area. This free casual reception begins at 5 PM; the artist talk begins at 5:30 PM.

  • Posted on: February 12, 2024

Collecting 101

Join Mary Serbe, from Kirk’s Grocery, and Jessica Kay Ruhle, YAM Executive Director, as they discuss the building blocks of growing a private art collection. Discussion will include how to select artworks, building personal relationships with local artists and galleries, and more. There will be an opportunity to ask questions following the discussion. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about how to establish, maintain, and grow your own collection! This event begins with a cash bar at 5 PM; discussion at 5:30 PM. Free to attendees.

  • Posted on: February 12, 2024

Studio 2nd Saturday at the YAM

Every Studio 2nd Saturday class includes touring the galleries and creating art that is connected to current exhibitions.

Explore shape and form using air dry clay and create a sculpture inspired by Art Auction 56.

  • March 9: This Is Me
  • April 13: Stack-a-Sculpture
  • May 11: Scenic Splendor

Ages 5 – 12 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

YAM Members: $10 | Not-Yet-Members: $20

Sibling Price for YAM Members Only: $8 Register online

  • Posted on: February 12, 2024

YAM 60th Anniversary Auction Live Auction & Gala

There is much to celebrate as the YAM pays tribute to 60 years of exceptional artists, exhibitry and growth. The Live Auction Gala, led by esteemed auctioneer Maron Hindman of Hindman Auctions, will conclude the YAM’s Art Auction with final in-person bids placed on Silent and Live Auction works for ticket holders. Tickets and table reservations for the Live Auction Gala can be purchased on the website or by calling the front desk.

Cocktails + Silent Auction ONLY $50.00
Live Auction + Dinner + Silent Auction & Cocktail hour $250.00

For absentee bidding registration or sponsorship information, please contact Precious McKenzie at development@artrmuseum.org or 406-256-6804 x 225.

The juried Art Auction exhibition showcases a diverse range of approximately 135 Silent Auction artworks, including a Small Works subset, and 25 Live Auction pieces. Participating artists are generously donating a percentage of the sale of each piece in support of the YAM. The annual art auction is one of the YAM’s most treasured opportunities to spotlight celebrated regional artwork, introduce emerging artists, and to inspire patrons at every stage of collecting.

  • Posted on: February 12, 2024

YAM Teens

Make art, meet artists, build community, and explore endless possibilities. The 1st Wednesday we dive into the YAM’s exhibitions, learn new techniques, and discover your artistic voice. The 3rd Wednesday is your chance to create in our fully stocked education studio. You can finish a work in progress or start a new project.

When: Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month | 3:30 – 5 PM
Ages: 12 – 18
Cost: Free
Reservations: Not Required

March 6, 2024: Nested Creation
March 20, 2024: Open Studio

April 3, 2024: This is Me
April 17, 2024: Open Studio

  • Posted on: February 12, 2024

“Painting with Light” – Beginner Watercolor Class

In this fun, low-pressure, one-time course you will learn how to paint light effects using watercolor paints by painting the image shown on this page. You will learn the basic skills and the principles of color theory, and apply them in order to create a variety of light effects rendered in still-life images of water, reflections, and transparent or reflective objects.

 

This course is for adults only. I offer children’s classes at other times, but this is not a children’s class.

 

  • Cost: $27.00
  • Date: Saturday, February 24th
  • Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
  • Location: Rock 31, 201 N. Broadway (at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Broadway, under the SkyPoint)
The course is designed to teach absolute beginners how to draw and paint with enough confidence to continue on their own, but offers instruction and techniques that students who have already experimented with watercolor may find enlightening and instructive, and may not have learned in another beginner watercolor class.
This is both an in-person course and an online course. I will be teaching students in-person in a classroom while also teaching students online via Zoom. It will take 2-3 hours. I will record the course while I’m teaching and post the video afterward for everyone who took the course (both online and in-person), so you can reference it later.
This course comes with limited email support. After you complete the course you can email me with questions and I can give you email critiques if you send me photographs of your work.
PLEASE LET CEILON KNOW YOU ARE COMING! You must sign up in advance to take the course. I have to prepare supplies for everyone in attendance so I need to know how many are going to attend.
  • Posted on: February 12, 2024

“Dwarf Irises on the Forest Floor” – Watercolor Painting Class

In this fun, low-pressure, one-time class, you will learn how to create depth and realism in your watercolor paintings with dark values. You will learn the basic skills and the principles of color theory, and apply them in order to create a variety of contrast and shadow effects without using black. The course is designed to teach absolute beginners how to draw and paint with enough confidence to continue on their own, but offers instruction and techniques that students who have already experimented with watercolor may find enlightening and instructive, and may not have learned in another beginner watercolor class.

Cost: $27.00

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2024

Time: 1:00 – 3:00pm

Location: Rock 31, 201 N. Broadway (at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Broadway, under the SkyPoint)

This course is for adults only. I do teach children’s courses, but this is not a children’s course.

PLEASE LET CEILON KNOW YOU ARE COMING! You must register in advance to take this course. Click on the link and register online.

This is both an in-person course and an online course. I will be teaching students in-person in a classroom while also teaching students online via Zoom. It will take 2 hours. I will record the course while I’m teaching and post the video afterward for everyone who took the course (both online and in-person), so you can reference it later. It may take me a few days to a week to get the video posted.

This course comes with limited email support. After you complete the course you can email me with questions and I can give you email critiques if you send me photographs of your work.

  • Posted on: February 12, 2024

Featured: Yellowstone Art Museum Receives Two Major Gifts Totaling $1.4 Million

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February 3, 2024

The Yellowstone Art Museum (YAM) has announced that the museum has received its single largest gift, from a private donor, in its sixty-year history. Deborah Anspach and John Hanson, longtime Billings residents, have gifted $1 million to the YAM’s Endowment Fund. Additionally, the Mary Alice Fortin Family Foundation, Inc. recently committed $400,000 to the ongoing care of the YAM’s historic building and in support of Education Outreach at the museum.

The generous gift from Deborah Anspach and John Hanson will financially support the position of the executive director and, in honor of the gift, the executive director’s position will now be named “The Deborah Anspach and John Hanson Executive Director of the Yellowstone Art Museum.” Jessica Kay Ruhle, the YAM Executive Director, said, “Deborah and John have been steadfast supporters of the arts for many years. They have donated countless hours of leadership and service to the museum and other civic organizations in town. They embody a spirit of warmth, good cheer, and generosity. We are honored and deeply grateful for their continued support of the museum, and their commitment to making Billings a vibrant place to live and work.”

“What the Yellowstone Art Museum does so well is to act as a collective memory for Billings and the surrounding region to help us better understand ourselves and preserve our various cultures. Art shapes and changes lives, in positive ways. Time and time again, we hear
stories from so many people, about how art and art making saved their lives. Art matters.”

Deborah Anspach

Deborah Anspach is a retired attorney and YAM Trustee. John Hanson, a retired physician, shared, “It’s more fun to do this when you’re alive to see the gift in action.” Philanthropy and community involvement are driving factors in this couple’s philosophy.

“We hope our gift inspires others to give. Give what you are able. It all makes a difference.”

John Hanson

“It truly is an astounding gift,” said Precious McKenzie, Director of Advancement. “When they told us of their intentions, our executive team was, at first, speechless, awestruck. Then we were just absolutely moved to tears by their generosity. Words cannot express how grateful we are for this amazing gift. Deborah and John are inspiring. This gift makes a tremendous impact for the future of the museum.”

The Mary Alice Fortin Foundation, Inc. has a long and meaningful history of philanthropy in Billings and throughout the country. This significant contribution to the YAM is designated for the restoration of the building and to increase access to Education Outreach programs. Specifically, the support to education will help fund scholarships to the YAM’s summer camp programs and will provide resources to expand art education opportunities specifically for Indigenous community members.

These two are testaments to the growth the museum has recently experienced. In 2023, the museum was awarded a $240,000 grant from Art Bridges to break down barriers to access by making museum admission free for the next three years.

The Yellowstone Art Museum celebrates its 60th anniversary this year and will honor the museum’s history and future at programs throughout 2024.