SMArts has monthly meetings from September through May each year. We meet on the 3rd Monday morn of each month (the 4th Monday following a 3rd holiday Monday) in the Community Room of the Bozeman Public Library at 9:30 am. Following a short business meeting we often have a guest speaker/artist. There are monthly Art Challenges if you wish to participate with different themes. Please wear your name tag or make a stick-on one at the door. During the summer months there are no meetings but bi-weekly paint-outs at various locations. Please visit our blog to view all past meetings minutes and view any photos associated.
Southwest Montana Arts exists to foster enthusiasm for the creation of art and to encourage members in their pursuit of a greater appreciation of art. Workshops are held and guest artists give programs at meetings to bring in the highest level of art instruction available. For more information please call Linda Williams at 586-1350.
The mission of SMA is to foster camaraderie, support and encourage visual artists with educational activities and venues for exhibiting their work and to develop a public awareness and appreciation of the visual arts throughout the community.
The Montana Institute of the Arts in Bozeman is now Southwest Montana Arts. The group has a membership of roughly one hundred members that meet monthly from September through May, taking time off from meetings June through August to conduct ‘paint out’ sessions at various locations every other week. The Montana Institute of the Arts was founded in 1948 with the stated purpose of “bringing together of persons interested in original and creative work, in teaching and in recreational use in the fields of the arts for mutual cooperation and stimulation.” As an arm of the original organization, the Bozeman chapter has flourished.
They now meet at the Bozeman Public Library in the large community room at 9:30 a.m. on the 3rd Monday of the month (September through May), with the exception of January and February when the library can be closed for federal holidays, thus moving the date. Each month a short business meeting is held, ‘art assignments’ given, viewing of last months’ assignments, and various speaker presentations given. We have had speakers that have included Susan Blackwood, Taylor Lynde, Curtis Tierney, owner of Tierney Fine Arts in Bozeman, Greg Scheibel, Rein Gillstrom and D.G. House. We are always searching for artists that will share their insights, tips and tricks and honored styles with our members.
Annual events for the Southwest Montana Arts include an annual juried art show that is held in July, with the show hanging in the atrium of the Bozeman Public Library for the month of July. An annual Christmas party and the ‘spring swap’- where members bring in art supplies, frames, books, dvds’, etc. to sell to each other round out the annual events. The summer paint outs are informal plein air sessions which are scheduled around the Gallatin Valley where members meet to paint out together. Brown bag lunches and informal critique sessions can follow.
The group exists to foster enthusiasm for the creation of art and to encourage members in their pursuit of a greater appreciation of art. Workshops are held to bring in the highest level of art instruction available. For more information please call Linda Williams at 586-1350.
Article courtesy of Bozeman Magazine.
President Eileen Kenney called the meeting to order at 9:30 with her expression of gratitude to Suzan Strobel for her past two years as president. She also recognized the officers: Eileen Kenney, president; Suzan Strobel and Linda Williams, vice presidents; Cheryl Genovese, secretary; and Shirley Elliott, treasurer. She also reminded members that the $20 dues […]
We had a fairly cool and smokey day out at Lucy’s. A variety of views were available and each found their own to paint. Thank you Lucy for your wonderful hospitality.
A small, but fun, group met at Axtel Bridge for the paint-out. Helen, Connie, Karen, Anne & Eileen. Helen was celebrating 50 years of Motherhood and decided not to paint but to just enjoy the company and day. A funny story…Anne got all set up by the river and then realized she had forgotten her […]
SOLDIER’S CHAPEL BIG SKY A beautiful day in Big Sky at Soldier’s Chapel. Two paintings were sent from that day for sharing with you.
A hot day at Mallards Rest in Paradise Valley. A bit smokey, the air hot, the water cool, friendship wonderful. Painting…..extra!
We had a very nice day at the Bozeman Ponds. Cool shade and blessed views.
A wonderful time had at Foster Creek Farms. A place we will be visiting again later this summer.
West Yellowstone Paint-out. We enjoyed this paint-out at Dick Connie Luechtefeld’s home in West Yellowstone. Just a few pictures of this well attended and beautiful day.
Southwest Montana Arts Meeting Minutes May 17, 2017 President Suzan Strobel called the meeting to order at 9:30 with a thank you for Geri Ward, Linda Williams, Louise Payovich, and Diane Greenwood for bringing refreshments and Priscilla Westesen for making the coffee. Suzan asked for someone to volunteer to help Priscilla with the coffee next […]
Southwest Montana Art Association Minutes – April 17, 2017 On April 17, 2017, President Suzan Strobel called the meeting to order and thanked Marge Fehrer, Eileen Kenney, LeeAnn Ramey, and Betty Hackman for the refreshments and Priscilla Westesen for brewing the coffee. Two guests Molly McCall and Amber Blazina introduced themselves. Suzan then explained that […]