It’s time again for the annual Carbon County Student Art Exhibit!
This March, the art of Carbon County students will be on display in the Guild’s Main and North Galleries for all to enjoy. As a special treat, the students of Fishtail and Nye schools in Stillwater County will also be part of the show. The Frank Foundation Art Education Outreach program has expanded into Stillwater County this school year, so the students being taught by Willis Johnson will be our special guests.
Every year, the Carbon County Arts Guild challenges area students to create works of art for display. Students from all grades and from all the schools throughout the county submit their artwork. Even those students schooled at home participate in this yearly event. From the kindergarten and first graders’ best pencil and crayon drawings, to the thoughtful works of seasoned high school artists, the artwork of our local students is impressive and always a crowd pleaser.
And there’s competition to go along with the show! Students compete for prizes, including cash awards and scholarships to the Arts Guild’s Summer Art Camp. The Red Lodge Rotary Club and the David Stone Memorial Fund sponsor the awards. David Stone was an artist, and his family set up this memorial fund to support the art education of Carbon County students. As always, we are very grateful to the Stone family for their very generous support of our student artists.
The judge for this year’s show is Stillwater Society member, PJ Smith, from Billings. PJ’s love of art started at an early age. His father, Phillip Sr., a master potter and art professor, made sure PJ grew up around art of all kinds. PJ grew up fishing, hunting, and skiing in Casper, Wyoming, and his love of the outdoors really shows through his paintings. He attended the University of Wyoming and Casper College, taking many art courses. He eventually ended up in Livingston, Montana where he made the commute to Bozeman every day in order to obtain his BFA from Montana State University. Currently PJ is a professional painter and graphic designer.
The Student Show runs through the entire month of March. If there’s an aspiring artist in your family, or if you just want to see what the students of Carbon and Stillwater Counties are up to, drop by the Arts Guild. The exhibit is free and open to the public during normal Guild hours.
The Carbon County Arts Guild and Depot Gallery is located in the historic train depot at 11 West 8th Street (across from the Red Lodge Carnegie Library). Hours are Monday through Saturday from 10AM to 5PM, and Sunday from noon to 5PM. The Arts Guild is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support, inspire and encourage all artists and their patrons. For more information, call 446-1370, stop in during normal hours, or visit online at CarbonCountyDepotGallery.org.