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Plein Air Demonstration and Painting Exercise, with Ray Campeau

Saturday, May 25, 2019

2:30PM

Ray Campeau will present a demonstration of Plein Air painting. Artists will then disperse to the great outdoors—and the “Great City of Virginia”—to paint and sketch. Paintings created as a result of this exercise may be included (artist’s option) in an exhibit, opening with an artist’s reception July 26.

Ray Campeau is a product of the Butte’s Catholic Schools and, in his words, “the colorful, notorious streets of Butte.” After a tour of duty in the Navy he returned to Montana and in 1954 and earned a BA in Applied Art at Montana State College, and later a Masters Degree in Art from MSU.

Road to Rat Lake by Ray Campeau

Road to Rat Lake by Ray Campeau

He has, in his varied art career contributed to a number of National Arts centered organizations such as: NAERC (National Art Education Research Clinic) at New York University, 1988-1990, which published A Framework for Multicultural Arts Education; NBPTS (National Board for Professional Teaching Standards) at Washington, DC, which researched and designed the tests for National Certification of Art Teachers, 1990-1995; NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) at Washington, DC, on the Educational Advisory Committee, 1988-1993; ETS (Educational Testing Service) at Princeton, New Jersey, where he was a reader for Fine Art Portfolios for high school students seeking advanced placement, 1988-1994.

Ray was selected the Montana Art Teacher of the Year, 1982; he received the Governor’s Award for Service to the Arts, 1987; the Pacific Region Art Educator of the Year from the National Art Education Association, 1990; and the Herald McGrath Award from the Butte-Silverbow Chamber of Commerce, 2011.

Ray still paints, owns and directs galleries, curates exhibitions for public buildings, teaches, and promotes art activities everywhere he can.


Bozeman Symphony Far Afield Program: Bel Canto

June 2, 2019

3pm

Bel Canto

Bel Canto

The Far Afield program, established in 1992, takes Bozeman Symphony chamber ensembles to rural communities to present free performances and share their musical perspectives. Far Afield enables the audience to see, hear and feel the music being created live instead of through the media of television or radio.

The Bel Canto ensemble is comprised of eight women from the Bozeman Symphonic Choir, accompanied by Alison Todd. With the versatility of voice and numerous personnel combinations this group offers a wide variety of repertoire, from Baroque and Popular Favorites.

Admission by Donation


Mike Dowling Concert

Saturday, June 22, 2019

7pm

Mike Dowling

Mike Dowling

When the late, great Vassar Clements heard Mike Dowling play guitar back in 1975 he did the sensible thing. He hired him. Mike was the guitarist in Vassar's first touring band and can be heard on his Grammy-nominated "Nashville Jam". Clements called him simply, "One of the finest guitarists there is, anywhere."Echoing that sentiment is an ever-growing chorus of music critics, guitar students, and acoustic music fans from throughout the world.

Mike digs deep into the musical bag of American roots guitar, favoring the melodic Piedmont style of acoustic blues masters like Mississippi John Hurt and slide great Tampa Red. But Mike can't be pigeonholed as a blues player, or even as a fingerstylist. He's far too versatile for that. From bottleneck blues to vintage jazz and much more in between, Mike's musicality, depth, and mastery of the instrument translates fluently to flattop, archtop, and resonator guitars alike.

Mike grew up in central Wisconsin and early in his career in the midwest caught the ear of jazz violin great Joe Venuti and mandolinist Jethro Burns. In the 1970's, in addition to touring with Clements, he worked and recorded with Burns and Venuti in Chicago and in between jobs took time off to move to California when he had the opportunity to study with the late, great George Barnes. Barnes had been "the" session guy for many years, recording with everyone from Big Bill Broonzy to Tony Bennett. "I was very fortunate to be able to spend some time with him", Mike says. " He was so tasteful, so rhythmic. He set the bar very high for me and he continues to be an inspiration."

Admission is by donation


2019 Linderman Lecture Series: The Social City:  Virginia City’s Social and Cultural Life Lecture Series

Secrets of the Virginia City Masonic Lodge Presented by Bill Bennett

June 23, 2019

2pm At the Virginia City Masonic Lodge

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The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, is sponsoring their sixth Linderman Series history programs.  The general theme of the Linderman Series talks in 2019 will be the cultural and social life of 19th Century and early 20th Century Virginia City.

All except one of the Linderman presentations will be held in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman, on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT.  However, the first program this year “‘Secrets’ of the Virginia City Masonic Lodge” will be held at the Virginia City Masonic Temple. It will explore the history of Montana’s first chartered Masonic Lodge, some of its colorful members, and perhaps, some of the “secrets” of Lodge No. 1.

The Presenter, Lyman Bennett, known to friends as “Bill,” was born in Butte because there was no hospital in Virginia City. He is a fourth generation Montanan (his great grandfather arriving in Virginia City in 1870) and a third generation attorney; his grandfather being the longest serving judge in Madison County.

Bill graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Mathematics, and from the University of Montana School of Law. He practiced law in Bozeman until 2012, when he and his wife, Bonnie, moved back to Virginia City where he maintains his practice. Bill is an active member of the Virginia City Masonic Lodge No. 1, and serves on the Board of Directors (and past President) of the Virginia City Preservation Alliance.

Admission by Donation


GROWLING OLD MEN CONCERT

June 28, 2019

7pm

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The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center presents “Growling Old Men” in concert. Ben Winship (mandolins & vocals) and John Lowell (guitar & vocals) are both veterans of the Northern Rockies acoustic music world. Together the duo presents a tight yet relaxed set of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and tunes. Their CDs are truly a joint effort with the lead singing, songwriting and picking duties shared throughout. Influenced equally by the music of the Appalachian hills and the western plains, their music is at once simple and powerful - furthermore, it reflects the genuine sense of fun these two guys get from playing together.  The duo blends each artist’s individual talents as musician, songwriter, and vocalist in a repertoire of original and traditional bluegrass tunes and folk ballads, played on guitar and mandolin.  Growling Old Men have performed on A Prairie Home Companion and Garrison Keillor has said, "I've been hearing about these young men for a long time but they do not come around American centers of population to advance their careers.  They have isolated themselves out here in Montana and Victor, Idaho on account of their lifelong obsession with fishing.  Not so old, not so growly, a real fine bluegrass duo.  They're great."

The evening program will probably include a blend of well-rehearsed material and few new songs hot off the press – Ben and John like to keep it fresh with an edge of improvisational risk taking.  They strive to contrast simplicity with complexity - all with good tone and a warm sense of humor.

Admission $15 per ticket


Paul Boruff

July 6, 2019

7pm

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Music has been with Paul Boruff his entire life. He just can't help hearing it and playing it and singing it. One of the things that makes Paul unique is his voice and amazing range, however it is his ability to “click” with audiences that sets him apart from other entertainers. Mr. Boruff is more than an accomplished singer and instrumentalist; he brings to the stage warmth and charisma that you will remembers long after the performance is over.

Paul Boruff a native of Phoenix, Arizona enjoys performing for people of all ages. At the age of five or six, he was captured on home movies singing Elvis Presley songs, and doing his best to entertain. Paul began playing the guitar at about the age of ten. The music he was exposed to was quite varied and was rich in diversity: Buddy Holly, The Beatles, Hank Williams, Eddie Arnold, Chet Atkins, Bob Dylan, Nat King Cole and Crosby, Stills and Nash. Paul’s father was the primary music influence in those early years, and his music was mostly country with a mixture of thirties and forties classics thrown in.

During Paul's four years with the United States Navy he performed in the Admiral's Band, out of Memphis, Tennessee. The style was "Big Band.” The Navy gave him opportunity to travel and to experience music of many other cultures.

Paul has traveled and performed all over the world from London to Dover, from Zurich to Gdańsk and from Amsterdam to Paris. In the United States he performs from Alaska to Florida and California to New York.

Paul's acoustic style includes all the influences of his past. His forte is vocals and his singing has been described as "each word is an event." Making music comes as easily to him as breathing; his expansive repertoire transcends the barriers of age and cultural differences. Whether it is an original interpretation of an old standard or a tune of his own creation, Paul sings from the heart and plays from his soul.

Admission $10 per Person


2019 Linderman Lecture Series: The Social City:  Virginia City’s Social and Cultural Life Lecture Series

Ireland in Montana: The Fenian Brotherhood Presented by Gary Forney

July 11, 2019

6:30pm At the Linderman Cabin

The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, is sponsoring their sixth Linderman Series history programs.  The general theme of the Linderman Series talks in 2019 will be the cultural and social life of 19th Century and early 20th Century Virginia City.

The Linderman presentations are usually held, as is this one, in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman, on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT. This presentation will look at the history of what was the first, and largest, fraternal organization established in Alder Gulch. This Irish heritage group organized popular dances, founded the first library, and just may have played a role in the invasion of Canada.

Gary Forney is a retired college administrator and local historian. He has been a full-time resident of the Ennis area since 1999, and since then has authored four books, written numerous articles, and made many presentations on the early territorial period of Montana.

Admission by Donation


Doc Losee

July 13, 2019

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7pm

Justin Lubke will present a short film on Doc Losee, physician and energizing force in bringing a hospital to the Madison Valley.


Multitudes, A One Man Show about Walt Whitman

July 20, 2019

7pm

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“Multitudes” is a one-man show about Walt Whitman, who is considered the first to write American Poetry divorced from the conventions of Europe. As such he is seen as the father of American poetry. The play, “Multitudes,” addresses death, sexuality, slavery, the Civil War and Whitman’s poetic vision of democratic ideals.

Kim Nuzzo, a resident actor with Zephyr Stage in Fruita, Colorado, performs the role of Walt Whitman. Kim is a visual artist, published poet and an actor. He has performed many roles for Hudson Reed Ensemble, starred in the film Bumps Jackson: The Last American Ski Bum, and played King Hamlet in the Thunder River Theater Company’s production of Hamlet .

Valerie is the Executive Artistic Director of Zephyr Stage. She has written several plays, most recently co-writing and performing in Thunder River Theatre Company's Passionate Collaborators: George Burns & Gracie Allen with Lon Winston.


Plein Air Artist Reception

July 25, 2019

“Artists Sketching in the White Mountains” by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil painting.

“Artists Sketching in the White Mountains” by Winslow Homer, 1868, oil painting.

Local artists will show art painted “en plein air” at a May workshop. This reception will give the public an opportunity to meet the artists and review and discuss their depictions of Virginia City.

According to artistsnetwork.com, plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing, ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel—the precursor to the plein air easels of today—allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.”

Come see how our local artists deal with “light and its changing, ephemeral qualities.”

Admission by Donation


Jack Horner : Dinosaurs!

August 3, 2019,

3pm

Jack Horner Paleontologist

Jack Horner Paleontologist

Paleontologist Jack Horner discovered the first dinosaur eggs in the Western Hemisphere, the first evidence of dinosaur colonial nesting, the first evidence of parental care among dinosaurs, and the first dinosaur embryos.  

Horner's research covers a wide range of topics about dinosaurs, including their behavior, physiology, ecology and evolution. Due to struggles with the learning disability, dyslexia, Horner does not hold a formal college degree but was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Montana in 1986. Also in 1986 he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.  

He's the retired Curator of Paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, and is widely acknowledged to be the inspiration for the main character in the book and film Jurassic Park.


2019 Linderman Lecture Series: The Social City:  Virginia City’s Social and Cultural Life Lecture Series

Dancing the night away in the “social city Presented by Janet Allestad

August 8, 2019

6:30pm at Linderman Cabin

The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, is sponsoring their sixth Linderman Series history programs.  The general theme of the Linderman Series talks in 2019 will be the cultural and social life of 19th Century and early 20th Century Virginia City.

The Linderman presentations are usually held, as is this one, in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman, on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT.

In this presentation Janet Allestad will be provide a brief history of dances, balls, soirees and hops that contributed to Virginia City, Montana Territory being nicknamed the “social city” of the west during the mid 1860’s. Excerpts from Montana Post articles, diaries and written historical materials will give a sense of what it might have been like to live and enjoy being in a town teeming with gold seekers, merchants and families bringing their traditions from the “states”

The discussion will also include the appropriate ball gown, accessories, manners and etiquette that would lead a lady to become the “belle of the ball” instead of a wall flower. There will be some examples to be observed by attendees with a question and answer session at the end of the presentation. Anyone with experiences at the Virginia City Grand Victorian Balls, “ A Step Back in Time,” will be encouraged to share with the group pictures or antidotes.

Janet Allestad grew up in West Virginia near the Mason-Dixon line, which was used to divide the new state from Virginia at the beginning of the Civil War; hence, the beginnings of an avid interest in history. She attended West Virginia University obtaining a BS and a Master’s Degree in Ed.

After a varied career, Janet moved to Virginia City and became immersed in the history and life style of the area. During this time, she became involved in local and state organizations such as the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, Historic Preservation Advisory Committee for Virginia City, Montana Historical Society, Montana Ghost Town Preservation Society, and the Bannack Association.

Janet served as chairman of the VCPA’s Grand Victorian balls in Virginia City for a number of years before residing with her brother in Alto, NM for health reasons. In New Mexico, Janet volunteers at Fort Stanton Historic Site and Lincoln Historic Site, continuing her involvement with history of the west.


Montana Raptor Conservation Center Program

August 9, 2019

6pm at Discovery Park

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This program will provide an overview of what makes raptors unique in the bird world, the raptors of Montana, and the importance of raptors to our ecosystem. This is a hands-on opportunity to explore and experience raptor characteristics and adaptations though bio-facts (animal artifacts).

Admission by Donation


2019 Linderman Lecture Series: The Social City:  Virginia City’s Social and Cultural Life Lecture Series

And a Good Time Was Had By All

Presented by Mark Weber

August 11, 2019

2pm at Linderman Cabin

The EHAHC, in partnership with the Virginia City Preservation Alliance, is sponsoring their sixth Linderman Series history programs.  The general theme of the Linderman Series talks in 2019 will be the cultural and social life of 19th Century and early 20th Century Virginia City.

The Linderman presentations are usually held, as is this one, in the beautifully restored cabin of Frank Bird Linderman, on the grounds of the historic Robber’s Roost near Laurin, MT.

Mark Weber will present an overview of the social life and cultural fabric of the Alder Gulch in the mid-1860’s. From the churches to the saloons, we’ll look at the role of the many social options which made Virginia City known as “The Social City.


An evening with Willson & McKee

August 30, 2019

7pm

Willson & McKee once again! The Elling House Arts and Humanities Center has hosted this excellent duo a few times in the past. Thus it is expected that this evening will be full of community, music, and audience participation!

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Kim McKee received 15 years of classical training before turning to traditional Irish and Scottish music, 28 years ago! She moves effortlessly between her instruments and her palate includes hammered and mountain dulcimer, folk harp, accordion, guitar and bodhran, Ken Willson is the pulsing folk drive, with an engaging tenor voice and tasteful guitar and bouzouki foundations to the unique material.

Collecting experiences, stories and humor from 20 years of touring together, this pair has focused on educational programming, concert venues, college campuses, master classes, workshops, cultural events and festivals, and they have fine tuned their stage performances to be anything but predictable, traditional, or expected.

Admission $15