Winter ArtWalk on Friday will end 23rd season


The “Spotted Owl” by Annie Bailey will be showing at Toucan Gallery.

Winter ArtWalk 2018, the final event of ArtWalk Downtown Billings’ 23rd season, will be a celebration of cool art, cold weather, merriment, music and more. It will run from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 2.

Each participating Winter ArtWalk location has a separate gallery page on ArtWalk’s mobile-friendly website, There you will find images from current and past ArtWalk events, gallery notes, directions and contact information.

ArtWalk is free, family-friendly and weather-resistant. On-street metered parking is free; rates vary at city parking garages.

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

ArtWalk began in the early 1990s with a handful of artists and Montana Avenue galleries who agreed to be open five nights each year. Since then, the endeavor has expanded across downtown and grown many times over. In late 2017, ArtWalk’s season membership voted to expand the number of events to six, up from the traditional five.

“We hope the new schedule is easier to remember,” ArtWalk Director Virginia Bryan said. “Plus, the new schedule adds another event during the summer.”

ArtWalk’s 24th season will begin on April 6. Additional events are on June 1, Aug. 4, Oct. 5 and Dec. 7, 2018, and Feb. 1, 2019. All dates are first Fridays of the months noted.

Here is a list of venues for this Friday’s event, with season members — those open for all five ArtWalks, listed first. One-time participants are open for the Winter ArtWalk event only. Both lists are alphabetical.

Season members

♦ Aspinwall Mountain Wear, 103 N. Broadway, welcomes Iron Bark and Trevon Hiersche to its downtown casual wear store during Winter ArtWalk.

♦ Barjons, 223 N. 29th St., hosts Dani the Bohemian. Trained as a psychic, a personal trainer and a graphic designer, Dani Rae utilizes simple strokes and a limited color palette to capture attributes and characteristics of beloved animal species.

♦ Billings Food Bank, 2112 Fourth Ave. N., welcomes new and established artists to exhibit in its community room. Free parking, refreshments.

♦ Clark Marten Photography, 2606 Montana Ave. unveils works by Central High School students. Led by Lisa Fine, the students created all works during  a 24-hour lockdown, nourished by pizza and pancakes. Sales proceeds go to the art student travel fund.

♦ Corby Skinner at The Castle, 622 N. 29th St., shows new works on black paper, including “Flores de Columbia,” a series of oil pastel drawings inspired by the vibrant colors and textures of the South American highlands.

♦ Dickey’s BBQ, 2519 Montana Ave., features artist Katie Ericksen, who works in photography and other mediums. She is keen on finding color, textures, patterns, rhythms and perspective in her subject matter.

♦ Downtown Billings Alliance, 2815 Second Ave. N., welcomes photographer Eric Jones to Winter ArtWalk. Jones’ camera is his constant companion. He is always looking for hidden beauty in Montana cityscapes, landscapes and forgotten places.

♦ First Congregational Church UCC, 310 N. 27th St., features Kelly Wolfe’s photography, which evokes the sense of awe and wonder she feels in the natural world. Her sensitive perception of color, form, and detail set her work apart. Originally from Michigan, she and her husband, artist Tom Wolfe, now live near the Beartooth Mountains.

♦ Gallery Interiors, 2814 Second Ave. N., celebrates the always interesting and evocative work of its gallery artists during Winter ArtWalk, showing alongside its fine furniture and gift items.

♦ Global Village, 2720 Third Ave. N., welcomes Rilie Stovall to Winter ArtWalk. Rilie works primarily in woodburning and acrylics.

♦ Harry Koyama Fine Art, 2509 Montana Ave., displays vivid impressionist paintings in a gallery adjacent to Koyama’s working studio. Koyama’s paintings are in the collections of local, regional and international art collectors.

♦ Kennedy’s Stained Glass, 2923 Second Ave. N., shows restored, commissioned and new stained glass pieces, from holiday ornaments to concrete park benches during every ArtWalk.

♦ Last Chance Pub and Cider Mill, 2033 Montana Ave., welcomes guest artists to its refurbished warehouse space.

♦ Magpie Jewelry Gallery has moved to 112 N. Broadway to share space with Terakedis Fine Art.

♦ Mann Mortgage, 2511 Montana Ave., showcases guest artists during Winter ArtWalk with a portion of sales proceeds often benefitting local non-profit agencies.

♦ Montana Gallery, 2710 Second Ave. N., shows contemporary works by Tyler Murphy, plus emerging and established artists, including his cadre of painting partners, “The Young Guns.”

♦ McCormick Cafe, 2419 Montana Ave., features a variety of work by emerging and established artists during the ArtWalk season.

♦ Guido’s Pizza, 3011 First Ave. N., and Pug Mahons are the unofficial hosts of Art Alley. Proprietor Bill “Mac” MacIntyre was instrumental in the creation of the popular graffiti venue adjacent to Guido’s and Pugs.

♦ Prodigal Gallery, 2517 Montana Ave., features work by selected artists in the reception area of the Penelope L. Strong Law Office.


Madeleine Bladow’s “Reflections” will be showing at Sandstone Gallery.

♦ Sandstone Gallery, 2913 Second Ave. N., Billings’ only artist co-op, features Sophie Baretta, age 12, as guest artist and member artists including Peter Herzog, Madeleine Bladow, Leo Olson and Lana Bittner. The Winter ArtWalk exhibit is up through March.

♦ Stapleton Gallery, 104 N. Broadway, Suite 204, curates a special exhibition for  each ArtWalk, featuring gallery and guest artists.

♦ Stephen Haraden Studio, 2911 Second Ave. N., No. 235, offers new works and works in progress. Ask Stephen how he chooses pieces from previous paintings to create collages of new colorful work.

♦ Straight ‘n Arrow, 2715 First Ave. N., hosts Maverick Gammon and his wood carvings and Laurie Nash of Laurel, who creates antler art. Meet these interesting folks and see their art created from natural elements. Food and refreshments.

♦ Terakedis Fine Art and Jewelry, 112 N. Broadway, hosts artisan jeweler Cindy Lou Smith and Billings  painter Abraham Quintus during Winter ArtWalk. Join them to  celebrate the merger with Magpie Jewelry Gallery.

♦ Toucan Gallery, 2505 Montana Ave. showcases the work of Annie Bailey of Billings during Winter ArtWalk. An experienced artist, photographer and illustrator, Bailey has developed a shrewd synthesis of Montana subject matter and modernist style that transcends what is typically thought of as “western” image-making.

♦ Tompkins Fine Art, 2501 Montana Ave., No. 4, shows  works by award-winning artist Robert Tompkins and invited guest artists.

♦ Underground Culture Krew, 12 N. 29th St., creates some heat with its new front door as it celebrates its fifth anniversary and the end of ArtWalk’s 23rd Season. New art work, an exclusive line of supplies plus many great deals during Winter ArtWalk.

♦ Vintage Apothecary, 2823 Third Ave. N., hosts Danielle Egnew for Winter ArtWalk. Wine and cheese served and lots of fun. Meet Danielle and admire her paintings infused with energy, healing vibrations and spiritual energy.

♦ Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 N. 27th St., offers free admission, free parking and free drinks for new members, plus a p.m. start and music  by Shane de Leon. Selections from Art Auction 50 will be up; take advantage of  the Silent Auction “Buy-It-Now” option.  See the rare Pablo Picasso print that will be the star of the YAM Live Auction on March 3.

One-time participants

♦ Free Spirit Rock Band plays classics, jazz, blues and rock at Hooligan’s on North Broadway (next to Montana Brewing Company) in a special Winter ArtWalk show between 5:30 and 8:30 p.m.

♦ SCRaP in Billings  returns to Winter ArtWalk with an open house at its Creative Annex, 1702 First Ave. N. We are thrilled to have them back!

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