Artwalk Downtown Billings
21st Season (2015-2016)


Autumn Artwalk, Friday, October 2, 2015
5 – 9 p.m.

Galleries, museums, studios and other “art-worthy” venues listed below are in alphabetical order and open during the Summer Artwalk.

Season Members are open for all five Artwalks during the 21st Season. One-Time Participants, designated (OTP), are open for specific Artwalks and not throughout the season.

This list changes for each Artwalk event

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Barjon's Books
233 North 29th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Susan Powell
phone: 406.252.4398

Directions: At the corner of North 29th Street and 3rd Avenue, west of Alberta Bair Theatre.

Barjons welcomes Montana photographer Chery Ehresman Leicht to Autumn ArtWalk. Leicht lives in Huntley, along the Yellowstone River, where she sees and documents the Old West converging with 21st century as old-timers and newcomers act neighborly toward one another in a common search of community with the landscape and one another. Ehresman confesses that she “loves cowboys” and she counts wranglers and stockmen among her life-long friends. Her “Spirit” exhibit seeks to capture the fragility and strength of contemporary American Indian women shown through their beading, textile work and other creative expression.

Better to Gather
2404 Montana Avenue
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Cassie LaGreca
phone: 312.206.8723 or 406.647.0835

Directions: On the west end of the historic Depot complex on Montana Avenue, across from The Rex Hotel.

A live art collaboration and photo shoot using human models as canvases will be the focus of Better to Gather's Autumn ArtWalk event with artists Michelle Dyk and April Dawn and photographer Ellen Kuntz. Dawn suggests that the spontaneity and impermanence of the combined effort makes the three artists “appreciate the moment just a little more.” The three women live and work in Billings.

Four other artists, Aaron Nathan, Sara Wright, Barbie Martin and Hollie Paris Sulser will also show their work. Nathan is inspired by the Abstract Expressionism and comic books; Wright works in multiple disciplines. Martin constructs bags featuring hand embroidery. Sulser has a distinctly graphic style and an irreverent streak.

Terri Porta will be on hand for children's face painting. She uses glow in the dark and color safe face paints. Food and beverages will be served.


Billings Food Bank
2112 - Fourth Avenue North
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Sheryl Shandy
phone: 406.259-2826

Directions: Fourth Avenue North at North 21st Street heading east toward METRA.

Ralph Torrence of Creative Creations will be at Billings Food Bank for Autumn ArtWalk. A wood craftsman, Ralph creates wonderful animals using blended woods and intarsia pattern pieces to bring life to the wood. Intarsia is an Italian word meaning “to insert.”

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Catherine Louisa Gallery
103 North Broadway
Billings, MT 59101
contact: Catherine Louisa Eithier
phone: 406.670.7746

Directions: Between 1st and 2nd Avenue North, just south of Skypoint on North Broadway

New works by Robert Royhl are highlighted in his exhibit “Atomic Age” at Catherine Louisa Gallery during Autumn ArtWalk. Royhl is a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University Bozeman. A printer and a painter, his work is part of the permanent collection of the Yellowstone Art Museum. His paintings have been described as “ complex narratives based upon extended observations of specific locations.”

Chinatown Art Gallery
Address: 2624 Minnesota Avenue, Billings, MT 59101
contact: Pete Herzog
phone: 406.371.1085

Directions: On the east corner of South 27th Street and Minnesota Avenue.

Chinatown Gallery’s celebrates Autumn ArtWalk with Montana born artists, Sherrie Love. Love studied fine art at Watkin's College of Art, Design, and Film in Nashville, Tennessee; she self-identifies as a colorist who explores the light and dark and pigments that are naturally occurring in semi-precious stones. Love’s mixed media work includes skulls of indigenous animals, including bison. As Love studied ancient skull bone structures, she began to use them as a palette and found her paint pigments brought new life to the long dead bones. Skull imagery continues to appear in her large canvasses. Love will be at Chinatown during Autumn ArtWalk. Other artists displaying work include Ben Pease, Robert Martinez, Peter Herzog and Fred de Fauw. Refreshments will be served.

Clark Marten Photography
2606 Montana Avenue
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Jessica Nobil
phone: 256-5555

Directions: On the south side of Montana Avenue east of North 27th Street.

Clark Marten Photography welcomes the 12 Billings firefighters photographed by Master Photographer Clark Marten for the 2015 Billings Firefighter calendar. All featured firefighters will be on hand for more photos and to sign calendars. Proceeds from calendar sales will be donated to the Rich Du Val Benevolent Fund, a non-profit organization that assists fire victims who endure displacement, injury or hard times after a fire. The calendar images will be on display as 24x36 color prints. Food and beverages will be served.

Crooked Line Studio (OTP)
3330 4th Avenue North
Billings, Montana 59101
Contact: Julie Durrett
phone: 927-8041

Directions: Crooked Line Studio is on the far west edge of downtown in the former Judith Wallander Insurance Agency office near Billings Central Catholic High School on Division Street.

Cassie Chapin, featured Autumn ArtWalk artist at Crooked Line Studio (CLS), began college with the notion she’d study science and pursue a medical career. Before long, she realized she was more artist than healer. Chapin has an art degree from the University of North Carolina and is a popular instructor at Crooked Line, where the creative philosophy is “no rules, no mistakes, no judgments.”

CLS will feature a Pop Up ArtMarket and host several artists, jewelers, potters, craftspeople selling their original work at small tables throughout the store. Cool refreshments, live music by Jessica Lechner, and a drawing to win a free class for yourself and two friends rounds out Autumn ArtWalk at CLS, where everyone can draw a crooked line!

CTA Architects Engineers
13 - North 23rd Street
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Brian Emmons
phone: 406.248.4755

Directions: Between Montana Avenue and 1st Avenue North on North 23rd Street.

The Billings Arts Association ( shows selected works from its 100+ membership at CTA Architects Engineers. BAA provides educational opportunities and a forum for its member artists to exchange information and ideas. BAA artists work in a variety of mediums, including watercolors, oils, acrylics, pastel, mixed media and photography. Exhibited artists will attend to talk about their work and the BAA. Food and beverages will be served.

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del Alma Gallery & Studio
2507 Montana Avenue
Billings, MT 59101
contact: David Overturf
phone: 406.259.7755

Directions: One door west of Toucan Gallery on the 2500 block of Montana Avenue

del Alma Gallery & Studio will show digital prints and photographs of an array of people, places and objects by David Overturf during Autumn ArtWalk.



Downtown Billings Alliance (OTP)
2815 - 2nd Avenue North
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Virginia Bryan
phone: 406.696.7121

Directions: One-half block west of Skypoint on 2nd Avenue North, next to the new Pita Pit.

Coila Evans, Roundup artist, gallery owner and O˄ enthusiast will exhibit a group of smaller works, including portraits, landscapes, cocky roosters and baby animals at the Downtown Billings Alliance office. Working in oils, she seeks to transcend, region, geography and culture to find the human spirit and the untold story of her subjects using muted tones, pops of color and expressive textures. She recently attended an extended artist residency in New York City.

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First Congregational Church – United Church of Christ
310 North 27th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Ed Barta (779.210.0016)
phone: 406.245-6477 (church office)

Directions: On the corner of North 27th Street and 3rd Avenue North, across from Global Village.

Rabbit Knows Gun and Allen Knows His Gun, father and son and both members of the Apsaa'looke (Crow) Tribe, are featured artists at the First Congregational Church UCC during Autumn ArtWalk. Their paintings reflect traditional aspects of Crow culture and spirituality, including respect for the earth and its inhabitants, a strong sense of patriotism and proud service in the United States Armed Forces. Both men are represented in the nationally renowned Flying Buffalo Kite Project, an art kite project that began in Billings, Montana and which features American Indian artists from across the United States and Canada. A percentage of all Autumn ArtWalk sales will be donated to a First Church fund that provides emergency relief in the downtown area. A gallery talk featuring both men begins at 7 p.m. The evening includes food, beverages and music by “Quintessential.”

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Gallery Interiors
2814 2nd Avenue North
contact: Joe Booth
phone: (406) 248-2001

Directions: Next to the Babcock Theatre on 2nd Avenue North and across the street from Downtown Billings Alliance and the new Pita Pit.

Gallery Interiors hosts a "Small Works" show for the Autumn ArtWalk. The show features smaller scale artwork by local artists including Bob Barlow, Joseph Booth, Dennis Boyd, Barbara Butler, Connie Herberg, Jim LeBar, James Poulson, Ben Steele, Robert Tompkins & Susie Van Pelt. Gallery Interiors, next door to the Babcock Theatre on Second Avenue North, invites you to come by. It's likely you discover a small art treasure you can't live without!

Gallery Nine
connie dillon fine art
The Carlin Hotel Building
2501 Montana Avenue, Suite 9
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Connie Dillon
phone: 406.697.0225

Directions: On the second floor of the historic Carlin Hotel on Montana Avenue, next to Jason Jam Gallery.

Gallery Nine • connie dillon fine art celebrates Autumn ArtWalk with a Annual Photography Sale on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5 - 9 p.m. This year's sale exhibit is entitled "Joyful Meandering". Come by for treats and save on your favorite works, framed and unframed. Gallery Nine is located on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel on historic Montana Avenue.

Global Village
2720 3rd Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101
contact: Candace Forrette

Directions: Between North 27th Street and North Broadway on the south side of 3rd Avenue North and just a few doors to the west of City Hall.

Global Village welcomes metal artists Jennifer Tolton and Susan Plath and their "Women of Steel" exhibit for Autumn ArtWalk. Tolton and Plan find that their welded metal work is a reflection of their respective lives. Both artists live in Billings. Come meet them and enjoy homemade goodies on Friday, October 2, 2015 from 5 - 9 p.m.

Good Earth Market Apple Gallery
3024 2nd Avenue North
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Vicki Van Buskirk
phone: 406.259.2622

Directions: On the corner of 2nd Avenue North at North 31st Street.

Works by Emily Davidson and Louis Habeck will debut at Autumn ArtWalk and remain on display through November 28th at the Apple Gallery in Good Earth Market. A surrealist painter, Davidson combines romantic and iconic imagery with peculiar elements of nature, time and space in her acrylic works on canvas. Juxtapoz Magazine recently featured three signature Davidson pieces; two will be on display at GEM.

Sculptor and painter Louis Habeck will show sculptural reliefs of various animal skins he researched prior to completing a massive, life size triceratops head during a Summer 2015 residency at the Yellowstone Art Museum's Visible Vault. Each study is presented in a slightly abstracted manner and scale, thereby allowing the repetition and textures to become the focal point.

Holly Grob (OTP)
2812 2nd Ave North (Babcock Theatre Building)
Billings, MT 59101
telephone: (406) 672-8419

LOOK UP! Billings sculptor Holly Grob takes her work outside for the Autumn ArtWalk with an installation on the second floor exterior of the Babcock Theatre building, at the southwest corner of Skypoint at North Broadway and 2nd Avenue North. Grob works in mixed media, with everything from tumbleweeds to tyvek and steel, to explore space and place, where we live and work and what we see daily. She blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor, intimate and open, private and public, mundane and unusual. Grob begins an international residency in Dublin, Ireland in November 2015.

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Harry Koyama Fine Art
2509 Montana Avenue
Billings, Montana 59102
contact: Harry Koyama
phone: 406.259.2261

Directions: Between the Toucan Gallery and Tompkins Fine Art on Montana Avenue.


HeARTstrings Gallery
119 North 29th Street
Billings, MT 59101
contact: Beth Regele
phone: 406.598.1956

Directions: On the east side of North 29th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue North, next to Brockel's Chocolates.

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Jason Jam Gallery
The Carlin Hotel Building
2501 Montana Avenue, Suite 7
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Jason Jam
phone: 406-530-4344

Directions: Jason Jam Gallery is located in Suite #7 on the second floor of the Carlin Hotel on Montana Avenue.

"The Dream Catcher" by Jason Jam is one of several new, eclectic works on view during Autumn ArtWalk at Jason Jam Gallery. From pencils to oils and from comics to fine art , Jason Jam does it all. Jam's latest artistic efforts include still life interpreted with oil, comics rendered in watercolor and ink, landscapes created in watercolor and unique and original bookmarks made with pencil and watercolor.


Address: 2822/2824 - 3rd Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101
contact: Connie Jens
Phone Number: 406 697 0153

Directions: One-half block west of the Alberta Bair Theatre on 3rd Avenue North.

Montana critters and a few Florida flamingos visit Jens Gallery during Autumn ArtWalk as part of Amy Dean's watercolor exhibit, “Horses, Hooves, Fins and Feathers.” Dean is a member of the National Watercolor Society. Her work, shown nationally and internationally and featured in watercolor periodicals, reveals Dean's subtle sense of humor, her uncluttered style and fluid technique.

Gerald Kindsfather will show new oil paintings that capture familiar vistas in the Yellowstone Valley; Connie Herberg will unveil new landscapes of Paradise Valley north of Yellowstone National Park.

Three fortune tellers will be at Jens Gallery to celebrate the spirit of Halloween.

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Kennedy’s Stained Glass
2923 - 2nd Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101
contact: Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld
phone: 406.245.3788

Directions: At the corner of 2nd Avenue North and North 30th Street, kitty corner from Good Earth Market.

Kennedys Stained Glass on Second Avenue North features a STUDIO SALE during Autumn ArtWalk. Owner Susan Kennedy Sommerfeld says it's time to make room for new work. Art glass pieces, sheet glass and supplies are included in the sale. Susan and her stained glass artisans are working on stained glass pieces for Bozeman's Hope Lutheran Church and the chapel in West Park Village on Billings' westend.

Kim and Eddy's
2413 Montana Avenue
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Kim Kennedy or Edna Atwood
phone: 406.850.4036

Directions: Two doors east of McCormick Cafe on Montana Avenue.

“Artfully Halloween” by clay and metal clay sculptor, Pam Osborn will be featured at Kim and Eddy’s Vintage and Junk Extravaganza during Autumn ArtWalk on Friday, October 2, 2015. Osborn is always looking to find who “lives inside” the forms she creates. She likes the challenge of working with vintage kitchen tools.

Also showing is “Art for the Fun of It” by The Brio Group (“brio” means lively or zesty in Italian). Brio is comprised of six women who meet weekly to paint and chat. In the process of learning and creating, they’ve become good friends. Together, they present an eclectic sampling of their work.

Osborn and Brio artists will be present. Kim and Eddy’s will have sweet treats and punch and new Halloween works from regular artists. You never know what you will find at Kim and Eddy’s.

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Limber Tree Yoga Studio and Spa
2701 - 1st Avenue North
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Sharli Kiner
phone: 406.850.0460

Directions: Between Walkers Grill and the Northern Hotel on 1st Avenue North.

Elley Swan returns to ArtWalk at Limber Tree Yoga Studio and Spa. A self-taught artist, Swan believes she grows as an artist with every painting. Her vibrant, eclectic style have been influenced by frequent trips to Alaska. She sees an idealism of place and sense of culture in each of her works. Her paintings are in private collections and popular sellers at non-profit auctions supporting conservation and education. Refreshments will be served.

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McCormick Cafe
2419 Montana Avenue
contact: Bill Arbizanni
phone: 406-259-9502
Directions: On Montana Avenue at North 24th Street, across from the west Depot Parking Lot.

Artists and friends, John Armstrong, Jean Mehlhaff, Linda Mehlhaff and Jacquie Pulling Kittson will show their work at McCormick Cafe. All four will be on hand to meet and greet visitors at an Autumn ArtWalk reception. Food and beverages will be served; special music provided by “Inner Voices” from Seattle, Washington.

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Northern Hotel
19 North Broadway
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Dawn Brown
phone: 406.867-6756

Directions: One block south of Skypoint at North Broadway and 1st Avenue North.

The Northern Hotel hosts an imaginative array of creative work in its upscale, cowboy chic lobby during Autumn ArtWalk. Two notable and award-winning Billings painters, Karen Johnson and Allen Knows His Gun,will display their paintings. Johnson draws inspiration from the natural world and her spiritual practices. Her work is well-received by buyers at a variety of charitable art auctions in the area. Allen Knows His Gun graduated from Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas. A member of the Crow Tribe, he carefully researches his subjects to make sure the period clothing, equipment and landscapes are accurate.

Others items of interest at the Northern Hotel include Lori Miller’s beadwork, seed jewelry and vintage-inspired aprons, kitchen ready pottery by teacher and local potter, Tana Patterson and Wayne Small’s Rockin’ 7 Pottery made from 100% Montana clay found on his horse ranch. Russell Ness will show his hand-tied flies in shadow boxes, Renata Haidle presents her breath-taking fine art prints from her world travels and Meredith Hanson shows her abstract watercolors inspired by the beauty of the natural world.

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Prodigal Gallery
2500 block of Montana Avenue
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Penelope Strong

Directions: Near Lilac Restaurant on the north side of Montana Avenue's 2500 block.


Pug Mahon's and Guido's Pizza
3011 - 1st Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101
contact: Bill “Mac” MacIntyre
Phone: 406-259-4190

Directions: Pug Mahon's is on 1st Avenue North between North 30th and North 31st Streets.

Pug Mahon's and Bill “Mac” MacIntyre have been instrumental in the creation of Billings' Art Alley, located in its western alley adjacent to its premises. New works appear daily in Art Alley from an array of graffiti artists, both newcomers and experienced. Weekends are the best times to see artists at work. Art Alley has become a popular photo shoot location.

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Q's Art Shop and Gallery (OTP)
1511 6th Avenue North
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: John Armstrong
phone: 406.248.1102

Directions: At the corner of North 15th Street and 6th Avenue North.

Q's Art Shop and Gallery features four large watercolors by Jean Mehlhaff from her project entitled “Visit to the World Trade Center (WTC) Site 2003” The project evokes the personal and universal narrative of the WTC disaster; it took over two years to complete and is based upon photographs and correspondence and telephone calls between the artist and construction workers at the site. Mehlhaff presents a gallery talk at 7:00 p.m. and will answer questions. Mehlhaff has lived in Billings for three decades, but she grew up in Queens, New York. She was acknowledged by Yellowstone Art Museum as its “2014 Docent of the Year,” and is a much-loved member of the Billings art community and Billings Art Association.

Author Susan W. Lyons will sign copies of her book, Sea Dogs (and a Cat). Lyons wrote and illustrated the book written for youngsters ages 6 to 9.

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Stephen Haraden Studio
2911 Second Avenue North #235
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Stephen Haraden
phone: 406-259-9160

Directions: On the 2nd floor of the Hedden-Empire Building with an entrance on 2nd Avenue North near Sandstone Gallery.

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Tam Bo Studio & Gallery
2921 2nd Avenue North
Billings, Montana 59101
phone: 406.860.9336

Tam Bo Studio & Gallery features beautiful original oil paintings by Nigerian artists. A portion of proceeds from sales goes toward humanitarian efforts in Africa. Local artist Rob Johnson shows his unique, graphic style of hand drawn-computer generated art inspired by the style of 1960s pop artist, Peter Max. Special food and beverage offerings; live music by classical/jazz guitarist, Paul Melhaff.


Tompkins Fine Art
2511 Montana Avenue
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Gayle Tompkins
phone: 406.860.3869

Directions: Tompkins Fine Art is in the middle of the 2500 block on Montana Avenue, next to Harry Koyama Fine Art.

Toucan Gallery
2505 Montana Avenue
Billings, MT 59101
contacts: Allison O'Donnell
phone: 406.252.0122

Directions: On Montana Avenue between North 25th and North 26th Streets.

Toucan Arts Gallery, “birthplace” of ArtWalk Downtown Billings introduces Gallatin Valley artist, Liz Chappie Zoller, at Autumn ArtWalk. Zoller teaches in the Montana State University (Bozeman) Interior Design program and coaches in the the Montana Arts Council Artrepreneur Program. Zoller is a contemporary western artist known for her “in the moment” oil paintings of Montana's landscapes, animals and people. She likes the challenge of sharp contrasts, the intensity of seasonal colors and capturing dramatic and ever-changing light. Seasonal food and beverages will be served.

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Underground Culture Krew (UCK)
12 North 29th Street
Billings, Montana 59101
contact: Tyson Middle
Phone Number: 406-969-2272

Directions: On the west side of North 29th Street just off Montana Avenue.

Spray paint artist Marc Contreras will show his work at Underground Culture Krew during Autumn ArtWalk. A local talent, Marc creates breathtaking landscapes, star-gazing galaxies and shipwrecked adventures. He hopes his work “excites hearts and awakens souls” to a new world full of beauty and color. Also at UCK will be new works from its regular gallery artists.


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Yellowstone Art Museum
401 North 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101
contact: Dixie Yelvington
phone: 406-256-6804 x224

Directions: On the corner of North 27th Street and 4th Avenue North.

Three European masterpieces, including “Iris Mauves” (Purple Iris) by Claude Monet, (1840 – 1926) on temporary loan. Willem Volkersz' iconic regional images in “Persistent Memories: Narrative Sculptures.” Handsewn vintage fabric landscapes that evoke nostalgia and environmental concerns by YAM Artist-in-Residence, Maggy Rozyncki Hiltner shown in her exhibit, “Vantage Point: An Episodic Tale.” New additions to “Boundless Visions: Selections from the Permanent Collection” continue to tell the story of Montana art-making, juxtaposed against the international art experience of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Free admission, music by Plots and Rocks, and a free glass of wine for new and renewing members. What a line-up during during Autumn ArtWalk at the Yellowstone Art Museum!

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Billings, Montana 59101



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