Emerson galleries feature three new exhibitors for winter’s back half
The Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture has announced the opening of three new exhibits to enjoy this winter – “What Lies Beneath” by Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, “Of Dreams” by Tory Elena, and “PRIMER Blocking the Subconscious” by Gabriel Anthony Schmitt. An opening reception for all three exhibits and their respective creators is set for Friday, February 8th from 5–8pm. Share a conversation and enjoy light appetizers while viewing their amazing work!
“What Lies Beneath” will be on display in the Jessie Wilber Gallery from February 8th through April 26th. The exhibitor, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, searches antique shops, thrift stores and yard sales for embroidered linens, collecting the brightly colored flowers, foliage, and animals that appear in her work. What she cannot find she hand-stitches and mixes in with the collected embroidery. She uses the familiarity of the stitch along with seemingly lighthearted and cheerful designs to convey more serious subject matter. She often uses humor and Dick and Jane-style characters to tell her stories, and very rarely is everything quite what it seems.
The Lobby Gallery will host “Of Dreams” from February 8th through April 26th. Its exhibitor, Tory Elena, is an artist whose work is a snapshot of visions born from her dreams of night and day. As a painter, illustrator, graphic designer and sculptor, art expands beyond a career to her very way of life. Bridging the worlds of sight and sound, Elena explores synesthesia as drummer, singer, and composer in the band Sea at Last.
Finally, in the Weaver Room Gallery, “PRIMER Blocking the Subconscious” will be on display February 1st through March 29th. “I create physical things but my ongoing work as an artist is very conceptual process… and to circumvent what I believe to be ‘cliché’ I certainly follow what I feel is a righteous path of creation,” says the exhibit’s artist, Gabriel Anthony Schmitt. “Some work I am very happy with, some becomes examples of decision making and… my life choices. Thereby I am recycling images, graffiti, paint, and materials to find almost machine-like shapes expressions.”
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 at www.theemerson.org. •