Emerson galleries feature group shows in paint, ceramic art & more
These dog days of summer are perfect for enjoying some local artwork indoors. Three new exhibits have opened at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture and will remain on display into August.
In the Jessie Wilber Gallery, juried group show “Figures” is on display through August 7th and features the work of nearly two dozen regional artists.
The human figure has been a prominent muse in art since the Stone Age. For centuries, artists have strived to depict the complex and revealing qualities of the human form that make it such a captivating subject. This exhibit showcases the skill and talent of artists who have captured the human figure through a wide variety of media and expressions. Each work asks the viewer to look closer, to ask questions. Regardless of background or area of focus, the majesty and power that comes with visually representing the human soul cannot be denied.
The Lobby Gallery will host another group show, “Portraits,” through August 28th. Portraiture is more that just rendering a likeness of an individual. A portrait captures the essence and mood of a particular individual. At many points in history, portraiture has been considered the highest form of art. For centuries, the most skilled artists have been appointed or commissioned to capture history’s most notable figures on canvas. The portraits on display are glimpse at how sixteen local artists have captured the unique character and spirit of their muses.
Finally, plein-air painters group show “A Glimpse of Nature’s Splendor” will be on display in the Weaver Room Gallery through August 28th. When an artist ventures outside the studio into this world, the entire symphony of nature finds its way into their creations. We live in a most dramatic and compelling environment, often the very reason we have come to live here. Nature in all her glory is everywhere. To create en plein-air is to share in this real drama capturing a moment in time as we are experiencing it. This group exhibit beautifully showcases ephemeral moments on the Montana landscape as experienced through the brushes of fifteen local plein-air artists.
Located at 111 S Grand Ave., the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture serves as a primary resource for the arts, arts education, and cultural activities in Southwest Montana. Learn more about these exhibits and other upcoming happenings at www.theemerson.org. •