Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Call to Artists!


The Livingston Center for Art and Culture is hosting a 3 week exhibit this fall entitled Dios de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, in celebration of those that have passed. Please submit up to 3 pieces for selection in any medium and according to the following criteria:
Create an artistic piece in the style of a deceased artist or other honored/deceased person.
Pay homage to an artist who has “departed” from the “norm” and experimented with unusual/unknown techniques for the time period in which they lived.

This is a curated exhibit; pieces that honor the deceased are acceptable in a variety of ways, including whimsical, as well as somber. If your piece (s) are selected you will be asked to write a statement as to how the work fits the theme of the show and provide a photograph of the deceased to be honored as a part of the display. Join us and pay respect and honor the dead by celebrating the spirit of the dead.

Please email submissions to Kathy@livingstoncenter.org no later than Friday, October 13th at 4pm. The Center staff will reach out to you directly if your work is chosen. Finished work is due in the gallery,ready to hang, no later than Saturday October 21st from 11:30 to 4pm.

Exhibit dates, October 25 through November 11, 2017. Reception to be held on Saturday, October 28, from 6 to 8pm at the Livingston Center for Art and Culture.

Day of the Dead (Spanish: Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars called ofrendas, honoring the deceased using calaveras, aztec marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. Visitors also leave possessions of the deceased at the graves.
Kathy Bekedam
Livingston Center for Art and Culture
Livingston, MT

Register online now for all classes for children and adults

Classes in Sept and Oct:
Additional classes and thorough descriptions
are listed on our website.
"Daring Dragons!"

PIR Art Day with Julia Riechert
Date: Friday, September 29th
Cost: $25 ($20 for members or Siblings).

Morning Session,
ages 5 to 8 years old (10 am to Noon)

Afternoon Session,
ages 9 to 12 years old (1pm to 3pm)

Dragon Creation, ages 5 to 8 years old
The young artists will be doing two projects. First they will design and create their own dragon egg out of sculpey clay. The second project is to make a large paper puppet of a dragon suitable for creative play or a wall hanging.
Dragon Edification, ages 9 to 12 years old
The young artists will be doing two projects. First they will learn the anatomy and structure of a dragon eye and then build one out of sculpey clay. Second, the students will study several different types of dragons and then be given instruction on how to draw a detailed one of their choice.

Sip & Create Event:
Rustic Holiday Ornaments
with Bev Dawson

DATE: Monday, October 2
TIME: 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Cost: LCAC Members $20, Non-Member $25

Using bases of dehydrated apples and oranges we will add elements of winter spices and dried naturals like spruce cones, lichen, and rosehips so create beautiful natural pieces.
Each participant will go home with a variety of ornaments to use on their tree or incorporate into their gift giving as package toppers.
Explore Alternative Surfaces for Metal
with Chau Nguyen

DATE: Saturday, October 14

TIME: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a lunch break (BYOL)

Cost: LCAC Members $115, Non-Members $130 (includes all materials).

Do you love playing with fire and banging on metal? If you answer yes, then sign up! The goal of this class is to show you how to create unique metal surfaces using various techniques like metal texturing, embossing, fire painting & colored pencils painting. Using copper sheeting, students will cut shapes with metal shears, prep the edges, and then apply different ways to texture and embellish the metal surfaces. Doming, cold connection and wire balling will also be included. These are great skills for expanding your jewelry making repertoire! Class fee covers the use of class tools and supplies and two wire choker necklaces. Participants will assemble their work into two finished pendants ready to wear or for gift giving!
Intermediate Copper Enameling with Chau Nguyen

DATE: Sunday, October 15
TIME: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM with a lunch break (BYOL)
Cost: LCAC Members $115,
Non-Member $130
(includes all materials).

Create your very own one of a kind pendant using copper sheet and sterling silver. You will first design your pendant on paper by deciding on the base shape and other layered elements for their shape and color. You will learn how to cut out the shapes using metal shears and disc cutter, how to finish the edges, dome the pieces and how to create metal patina by fire torching. You will have the option to enamel your smaller elements. Lastly, you will have fun putting them all together into two unique pendants using cold connection and pre made steel wire necklaces! Class fee covers the use of class tools, supplies and wire choker necklaces. You will go home with two finished pendants ready to wear or give as holiday gifts! Prerequisite: Copper Enameling Sampler.

Introduction to Jewelry Fabrication
Saturday, October 21
11:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BYOL)

Cost: LCAC Member Price, $90
Non-Member Price $95
Includes all materials.

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.
Introduction to PMC with Beth Gregory

Date: Sunday, October 22

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, with a lunch break (BYOL)

Cost: LCAC Member Price $110,
Non Member Price $115.

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 earwires so you can wear your jewelry out the door.

119 South Main Street, Livingston, MT 59047 (406) 222-5222
Email: Kathy@livingstoncenter.org or sign up online at

Elks Scholarship are underway

The Livingston Elks announces that the Most Valuable Student Scholarship is now online . The link to apply is http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/MVS.cfm
The deadline is 11/27/2017
The Elks legacy scholarship is available to the children and grand children of Elks members.The link to apply for the Legacy Scholarship is http://www.elks.org/scholars/scholarships/Legacy.cfm.
The deadline for the Legacy Scholarship is Feb 2, 2018 . All entries must be received electronically by 11:59 Central time.
Students with questions about these scholarships should call Jay Kiefer at 222-3455

Commissioners apply Stage 1 fire restrictions

The Park County Commission on Tuesday implemented Stage I fire restrictions effective immediately.

The restrictions were implemented because of past and future adverse weather forecasts, including high temperatures, high winds, low humidity and lightning. Also, multiple fires in the area may lead to limited resources to respond, according to a Park County news release.

Under Stage I fire restrictions, the following activities are prohibited:

• Building, maintaining or using a fire or campfire.

-Information from The Livingston Enterprise

ASPEN’s August Newsletter

ASPEN's new office at 411 E. Callender Street!

Join us for an Open House!

Thursday, August 24
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Refreshments and light snacks will be available.
Hope to see you there!
ASPEN’s new office is centrally located and right across from the City/County Building—making it easier to access for many people. It is also near other agencies and organizations ASPEN partners with on a regular basis.
THANKS to all who donated office furniture and
supplies for ASPEN's new home!

3rd Annual Steelhorse Stampede will be September 2nd and 3rd! A portion of the proceeds will benefit ASPEN's important work of providing services to survivors and victims of domestic and sexual violence.
3rd Annual Steelhorse Stampede
Join the 3rd Annual Steelhorse Stampede on September 2nd and 3rd at the Park County Fairgrounds ~~
A portion of the proceeds will benefit ASPEN’s important work to provide services to victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1270043903080976/
We are grateful to the Steelhorse Stampede choosing ASPEN as a recipient of funds!

Time to talk to your college bound student
It can be encouraging for parents to know that developing and supporting healthy relationships is critical to preventing sexual assault. Talk to your son or daughter about the five keys to healthy relationships — Respect, Learn, Empower, Consent, and Communicate — so they can contribute to a positive campus culture for themselves and their peers.
• Respect: promote and model healthy attitudes and relationships
• Learn: access credible information and resources to promote your overall health
• Empower: everyone has the right to set limits, feel safe, and get support
• Consent: seek mutual agreement without fear or pressure
• Communicate: express yourself to partners, peers, and family
Consent is one of the most important elements of any healthy sexual relationship. Sex without consent isn’t sex. It’s assault. Here’s what you can tell your son or daughter about consent:
• Consent is voluntary, mutual, and can be withdrawn at any time.
• Past consent does not mean current or future consent.
• There is no consent when there is force, intimidation, or coercion.
• There is no consent if a person is mentally or physically incapacitated or impaired because one cannot understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, including due to alcohol or other drugs.
For more information visit: http://bit.ly/2utaGPG

Plein Air on the Yellowstone

On display from August 11 through September 2, 2017
The Livingston Center for Art and Culture presents: Plein Air on the Yellowstone wet paintings exhibit.
Twenty five artists descended upon Park County from Aug 5 through Aug 10 to paint en plein air and compete in the 9th annual paint-out!
--Prizes were awarded by this year's judge Emily Wilson, curator at the C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, in traditional and contemporary categories. Paintings are for sale and a portion of the proceeds go to support The Livingston Center for Art and Culture, a non-profit art and education center in the heart of downtown. Please inquire with us if you are interested in supporting or being involved in next years event.
We look forward to seeing you at the Center!

Be sure to cast your vote for the "People's Choice" award to be given at the close of the exhibit.
Reception to be held during Art Walk.
Friday, Aug 25, 5:30 to 8pm.

Depot 25th Anniversary Showing of A River Runs Through It 8/17/17

“A River Runs Through It,” has been named Montana’s most influential film. The film is based on the
novella by Norman Maclean. In the novella “A River Runs Through It,” Maclean eloquently detailed
his father’s religious devotion to flyfishing. His exquisite metaphor elevated that tradition to a sacred,
bordering on transcendental, experience. “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs
through it.”
As we celebrate the 25th anniversary of this iconic Montana production, the Livingston Depot
Foundation plans to host the popular summer event, “Movies on the Lawn,” with a screening on
Thursday, August 17th. The Livingston Depot Center will present the film event on Thursday, August
17 starting at 8:30 p.m. in its courtyard, with a $5 admission in support of the museum exhibit and
programs. Children under 14 accompanied by an adult are free.
The film and local community will be a part of this much-anticipated event with speakers and invited
guests through a cooperation with the MSU Film Department, film producer Dennis Aig, and the
Montana Film Office. Appearing on a very large staged screen, a reminiscences discussion will
preface the main attraction, the screening at approximately 9:00 pm. The Depot will also offer
popcorn and beverages to the moviegoers.
Much of “A River Runs Through It,” was shot in and around Livingston because of its historic
downtown and the area’s scenic beauty. Depot Museum Director Diana Seider stated, “Livingston is
known for its history, beauty, and culture that continues to draw filmmakers to our area. ‘A River Runs
Through It,’ and its local production helped create the modern film industry in Montana.” Many of the
extras and downtown residents still speak of their experiences fondly, and are excited to attend the
nostalgic celebration. The evening’s program will provide time for crew members, extras, and locals
to share stories from the production. Those who would like participate should call the Depot at 222-
2300 to make sure they have a chance to speak.
Not only has the production of the film been a great boon for the State of Montana, tourism, the local
fly fishing industry, and ecological stewardship; it has played an integral role for the Livingston Depot.
Memorabilia and archives from the film were instrumental in founding the Depot’s film collection and
popular exhibit, “Film In Montana: Movie Making Under the Big Sky.”
The event is sponsored by the Montana Film Office, American Bank, Bank of the Rockies,
Opportunity Bank, Katabatic Brewing, Cardinal Distributing, the Showcase Writers and Musicians
Guild, and Funflicks and follows in the tradition of other popular movie showings in the Depot
courtyard. The museum’s courtyard recreates the fun of a drive-in a more intimate environment
without the cars. As no seating is provided, lawn chairs or blankets are recommended.
The screening is also held in conjunction with the Depot’s summer exhibit, “A Railroad Runs Through
It,” in which local artists celebrate trains and Livingston’s enduring and interconnected relationship
with the railroad. The Depot Museum exhibits in 2017 run through September 24. Located at 200
West Park, the Depot is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to
5 p.m. There is a nominal admission, and group visits are also welcome by special arrangement.
Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Depot office at (406) 222-2300 or visiting

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Attachments: RiverRunsThroughIt-Cover Image-Cropped- “Brad Pitt casts a fly in a scene from the
1992 film, “A River Runs Through It.” Many scenes in the movie were filmed in Livingston.
Depot- Movies on the Lawn—“Bring a picnic and the family for a fun summer evening.” OR “Families
enjoy a summer evening in the Depot courtyard during a Movies On The Lawn event.”

Tom McNamee and Diane Smith at Elk River Books

Elk River Books presents
The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee

Award-winning author Thomas McNamee will read from his latest work of nonfiction, The Inner
Life of Cats: The Science and Secrets of Our Mysterious Feline Companions, at Elk River
Books, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8.
McNamee received a Guggenheim fellowship for his work on this book, in which he uses the life
and development of his own cat, a tabby named Augusta, blended with scientific reportage to
explore the natural history of domestic cats and their relationship to human society.

As the narrative progresses, McNamee charts cats’ evolution, explores a feral cat colony in
Rome, tells the story of Augusta’s life and adventures, and consults with behavioral experts,
animal activists, and researchers, to help readers more fully understand cats. 
Kirkus Reviews calls it “An affectionate yet realistic portrait of felis silvestris catus and a definite
boon to anyone contemplating adopting a cat.” Cat Warren, author of the bestselling book, What
the Dog Knows, says that "The Inner Life of Cats is filled with shining prose, moments of sheer
cat joy—and intimate, careful scientific observation. Thomas McNamee's naturalist’s eye,
combined with his humor and heart, bring the always wild, yet domesticated cat into delightful,
insightful focus.”
McNamee’s previous books are far ranging, from biographies of American food pioneers Alice
Waters and Craig Claiborne, to fiction, to environmental politics and natural history. He’s the
author of The Grizzly Bear, The Return of the Wolf to Yellowstone, A Story of Deep Delight, and
Nature First: Keeping Our Wild Places and Wild Creatures Wild. His work has appeared in The
New Yorker, Audubon, Natural History, The Washington Post and The New York Times, among
other places.
The reading is free and open to the public. It will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N.
Main St., and will be followed by a signing and reception.

Elk River Books presents

Yellowstone and the Smithsonian by Diane Smith

Author and historian Diane Smith turns to nonfiction for a reading from her latest work,
Yellowstone and the Smithsonian: Centers of Wildlife Conservation, at Elk River Books on
Tuesday, August 22, at 7 p.m.
Exploring the intertwined histories of two iconic American institutions, Yellowstone National
Park and the Smithsonian Institution, Smith’s book details the development of the conservation
movement as guided by the park’s mission, which in part is “to protect against the wanton
destruction of the fish and game,” and the Smithsonian’s task of promoting “the increase and
diffusion of knowledge.” By tracing the long-standing connections between Yellowstone and
Washington, Smith provides background and context for many of the practices used by
conservation biologists today. The book shows how Yellowstone, through its relationship with
the Smithsonian, helped establish the iconic nature of the wildlife of the American West,
especially bison.
Douglas Brinkley, author of Rightful Heritage: Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Land of America,
calls Yellowstone and the Smithsonian “an essential and much needed work of U.S.
environmental history.”
Smith is a research historian with the U.S. Forest Service and the author of the novels Pictures
from an Expedition and Letters from Yellowstone, which received the Pacific Northwest
Booksellers Association fiction prize. She lives in Missoula.
The reading is free and open to the public. It will take place upstairs at Elk River Books, 120 N.
Main St., and will be followed by a signing and reception.

The Hoot – Aug 3 @ the Office

Join us in celebrating the 4th Annual Livingston, MT Hoot! We will be featuring BeeHive Basin Beers and our Huckleberry Bull! The Huckleberry Bull is made from our homemade fresh-squeezed lemonade mixed with Coldsprings Huckleberry Vodka in a take-home souvenier cup! You dont want to miss out!