Dec 1, 2014

FVCC Invites Community to Celebrate the Arts!


Flathead Valley Community College art, music and theatre departments invite the community to its first Celebrate the Arts! event December 8-13 on the college’s Kalispell campus. The week-long event will feature a variety of activities presented by FVCC art, music and theatre faculty and students.


The following events will take place in the Arts & Technology Building, are open to the public and are free, unless otherwise noted:


Monday, December 8

  • Student Art Club Holiday Sale—9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Featuring works of art available for purchase including ceramics, jewelry, paintings and photography created by FVCC art students and faculty;
  • Art Faculty Live Demonstrations—5 to 7 p.m., FVCC Art Department studios; featuring:
    • Ceramics Assistant Professor David Regan to demonstrate the construction of animal and figurative sculpture from thrown forms on the potter’s wheel—Ceramics Lab, room 119;
    • Jewelry Assistant Professor Douglas Harling to perform work on a series of raised and fused silver bowls along with the centrifugal casting of several rings—Jewelry Lab, room 115;
    • Art Professor and Semester in Venice Program Director John Rawlings will conduct a drawing demonstration, involving a continual project that will begin with drawings of architectural elements collected during his travels to Venice, Italy, and will continue through the abstraction process that will refine a motif into a painting and possibly a sculptural statement—Drawing Studio, room 107; and
    • Photography Adjunct Professors Marita Combs and Pete Hertlein will manipulate time with a cinematography technique called time-lapse photography—Photography Studio, room 122;
  • Student Art Show Opening Celebration and Award Ceremony—5 to 7 p.m., FVCC Student Art Gallery; featuring fall semester student works in all media, including painting, drawing, design, ceramics, photography, graphics and jewelry; show will be juried by local artists Gini Ogle and Lavonne Burgard; award ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m.; and
  • Music Faculty Concert—7 p.m., large community room; featuring FVCC music faculty pianist Craig Naylor, soprano Amy Chisholm, soprano Nicole Sanford, guitarist Steve Eckels and violinist Wai Mizutani along with complimentary desserts and refreshments for concert goers.


Tuesday, December 9

  • Student Art Club Holiday Sale continues—9 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • Art Faculty Live Demonstrations—5 to 7 p.m., FVCC Art Department studios; featuring:
    • Regan demonstration continues; Ceramics Adjunct Professor Brook Nelson to paint an abstract acrylic portrait and work on a ceramics sculpture created with pieces made from a press mold—Ceramics Lab, room 119;
    • Harling demonstration continues—Jewelry Lab, room 115;
    • Rawlings demonstration continues—Drawing Studio, room 107;
    • Painting Adjunct Professor Karen Leigh to demonstrate various watercolor—Watercolor Studio, room 111; and
    • Art Assistant Professor Susan Guthrie Susan Guthrie to demonstrate large scale silk painting techniques involving polar bears and other environmental themes, and Painting Adjunct Professor Rachel Warner to work on a Glacier National Park landscape painting which will be a part of the April 2015 Hockaday Museum of Art show, “Timeless Legacy, Women Artists of Glacier National Park”—Painting Studio, room 107;
  • Vocal Jazz Ensemble Performance—7:30  p.m., FVCC Theatre; featuring the FVCC vocal jazz ensemble, FVCC Adjunct Professor Eckels on guitar, Rob Spencer on drums, Alma Ramlow on piano and FVCC theater students operating light and sound; and
  • Student Art Show continues—5 to 7 p.m., FVCC Student Art Gallery.


Wednesday, December 10

  • Student Art Club Holiday Sale continues—9 a.m. to 8 p.m.;
  • Photoshop Demonstration: The Ol’ Switcheroo—4:30 to 4:45 p.m., room 243; featuring a demonstration on how to remove unwanted objects from photos and replace them with golden retriever puppies by graphic designer Lisa Slagle;
  • “Photoshopping” Human Error—4:45 to 5 p.m., room 243; Slagle to teach how to edit photos, including using lighting effects, color and contrast and removing unwanted objects.
  • Art Faculty Live Demonstrations continue—5 to 7 p.m., FVCC Art Department studios;
  • Student Art Show continues—5 to 7 p.m., FVCC Student Art Gallery; and
  • Individualized Holiday Cards Demonstration—5:30 to 6 p.m., room 243; featuring graphic designer Ann Rhodes who will craft a three-dimensional card that replaces the standard Christmas letters.


Thursday, December 11-Saturday, December 13

  • Student Art Show continues—5 to 7 p.m., FVCC Student Art Gallery; and
  • FVCC Theatre Presents World-premiere Musical Comedy “Cowboy Christmas”—7 p.m., FVCC Theatre; for ticket information, visit or call 756-3814.

For more information, visit or call 756-3993.