Events/Classes and Exhibits in the Winter Months

a celebration of Mardi Gras & New Orleans, January 31 - February 25

Start the year out with a celebration! Chris Hillegass has pulled together 7 local artists in this inspired exhibit honoring the season of Mardi Gras & art of New Orleans.

Included are paintings by Renee Evanoff and Carla Pagliaro, photography by Chris Hillegass, original masks by Barbara Lee Morrison and AJ Scaff and whimsical dolls by Traci Isaly.

All works are for sale and there will be a unique cultural display created by Chris Hillegass. We have brought the Mardi Gras celebration to downtown Livingston and hope you will join us for a fancy dress reception (masks strongly encouraged) on Friday, February 10th. Food inspired by New Orleans and cajun/creole music provided.

Many thanks to our supportive community and family of members to the Livingston Center for Art and Culture. With the help of the Park County Community Foundation, the Community Closet Foundation, the Grundhoffer Family Trust and Dr. and Mrs. Donald B. Sanders of North Carolina, the Center will complete construction on our basement classroom facilities this January. Over the past two years, since the classroom was designed and started, our capabilities have increased to serve our community with innovative and creative art classes, summer camps for many ages, and master classes and workshops. We are truly appreciative to have been able to provide excellent resources for our community of artistic patrons. We could not have done this without the energy and support of our longtime members and our outstanding Board of Directors (Robert F. Ebinger;Board President,Gayla Nicholson;Treasurer
Beth Gregory;Secretary,Ann Gannon,Cynthia Handel,Robin Hoggan,Chau Nguyen, Amy Titgemeier Stevens and Kris Walker) and their families. We look forward to seeing you ALL around the Center soon!
Calling all artists!

Community Collage:
The Year of the Rooster
The Livingston Center for Art and Culture is looking for works of original art from all members, ages 2 to 102, of the Park County Community. All media welcome for submission; for example, but not exclusively: painting, drawing, glass, ceramics, fabric, photography, fiber-arts, silkscreen, multi-media works.
Please submit no more than three pieces so that everyone can participate. Submitted works should be no larger than 36" x 48", if they are, you may be only able to have a single piece hanging in the gallery. Works must be ready to be displayed and hung, d-rings and wire on the back of paintings is preferred. Work can be themed along the subtitle of Year of the Rooster, but not required.
You do not need to be a professional artist to show, but if you are please do not submit work already shown locally!
Digital Images Required
Please email samples of your work to by no later than Saturday, February 18th at 5pm. Chosen pieces (you will be informed by email) need to be brought to the gallery by no later than Saturday, February 25th by 4pm.
The exhibit will be on display from Tuesday February 28th through Saturday, March 25th. A reception will be held on Friday, March 17th.

Registration Begins Soon:

2016 Poster Winner, Merrie Murdoch "It's Not Paradise without a Storm"

In August of 2017, The Center will be hosting its 9th annual paint-out August 5-11. Registration and information will be available on our website as soon as NEXT Friday, January 13th.
25 artists will spend one week painting outdoors in beautiful Park County, submitting their best works for a juried exhibit on Friday, August 11. Become an Art Patron ($100 donation) and receive 2 tickets to our Meet and Greet the Artists BBQ on Sunday, Aug 7, or pledge to purchase one of the paintings as a Purchase Patron, and receive 2 tickets to the BBQ as well as early admission to our Gala Reception on Friday, August 11.

VISION BOARDS with Bev Dawson.

Monday January 30th. 6:30 TO 9PM.

Cost: $15 per participant. Bring a new member to the Center, get a discount!

The 1st New Moon in the New Year is a perfect time to envision what you want to do, or be, or have in your life. A Vision Board is a collage you make that reminds you of your focus. When made with intention and placed where you see it and study it a Vision Board calls you to see yourself having these things in your life. Using photos, words, maps, images, anything that inspires and can be glued to a poster, you create a picture of what you want.

Introduction to Precious Metal Clay

Instructor: Beth Gregory, Level 3 Certified PMC Artisan
Date: Saturday, March 4
Times: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a lunch break (BYOL)
Cost: $110 ($105 for members of the Center)

Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a versatile material that consists of silver (or copper or bronze or gold) particles embedded in an organic binder. The material is malleable, and can be shaped, textured, or carved. Once dry, the PMC is fired with a torch or in a kiln, burning off the binder and allowing the silver particles to bind together, resulting in a stunning piece of 99.9% fine silver!

In this class, you’ll learn to work with PMC3 (fine silver) to create a pair of earrings and a pendant, or two pendants (your choice). We’ll cover texturing, shaping, drying, sanding, firing, burnishing, adding a patina, and polishing. You will be provided with a supply list and resources to help you pursue this fun medium further in your home. The materials fee covers the cost of 16 grams of PMC3, use of class tools, a chain and ear-wires so you can wear your jewelry out the door!

Introduction to Copper Enameling
Sunday, Feb 5
1 to 5 PM

Cost: $80 ($75 members of the Center), includes all materials
Enameling is the ancient art of sifting colored, powdered glass onto metal, and fusing it under the heat of a torch or kiln. This technique is super fun, and produces dynamic, colorful jewelry!

In this class, you’ll start with recycled copper or precut copper shapes, and learn to safely coat them with enamels. We’ll cover cleaning the metal, layering colors, line application, stenciling, and wet-packing. The class fee covers the use of class tools and supplies, a dust mask, a chain and ear wires so you can wear your jewelry out the door!

Upcoming March Classes

Setting Stones in Precious Metal Clay
Sat. March 4
10 AM to 5 PM
Cost: $110 ($105 for members of the Center)

In this class, you’ll learn three methods for including gemstones in your PMC creations. We’ll cover “pillow” settings and “syringe technique” settings for incorporating stones that can be fired in place. We’ll also cover methods for adding stones after the firing process…for those gemstones that cannot withstand the temperature of the kiln. The materials fee covers the cost of 16 grams of PMC3, cz’s and a choice cabochon (others may be purchased from the instructor), use of class tools, and findings needed to complete the jewelry. Prerequisite: Introduction to Precious Metal Clay

Layered Pendants
Learn foundational metalsmithing skills while creating a unique pendant! We’ll cover tool use, sawing, piercing, filing, drilling, rivets, texturing, and patinas. Cost covers all materials needed, including base metals.
Date: Sunday, March 5
Times: 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Cost: $85 ($80 members of the Center)
Class size limited to 4 participants. Call the Center spots fill fast!

Art Classes During PIR Days

Fri. January 20th
"A Snowman of My Own" - Young artists will watch the original version of "The Snowman" and then using the film as inspiration, they will use acrylic paint and canvases to paint a fun and unique snowman.
Friday, January 20th 10:00 am to 11:30 am. Cost - $20 or $15 members/siblings

"Celebrating Winter" - Student Artists will watch the original version of "The Snowman" and then use chalk pastels to create fun and original snowmen of their own design. The second half of the class will have the students learning how to paint with an evergreen tree in a snowy forest scene. This technique is a useful tool for future landscape enthusiasts!
Friday, January 20th 12:30 - 3:00. Cost - $25/student or $20/members or siblings.

Call to register or email!

Gallery Hours:
Tues - Fri 11AM to 5PM
Sat 11AM to 4PM