It’s that time of year again. The Mining City’s first Uptown Art Walk of the season is from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Uptown Butte.

The event helps to promote art awareness and appreciation. “We strive to highlight our local Montana artists,” said Uptown Art Walk spokesperson Judy Andrews, “and offer a convenient venue for them to display, promote and sell their artwork.”

Martha Cooney-Simonich is among several artists who will be displaying their work. Her paintings can be seen at her studio in the Metals Bank Building.

“Just Imagine” is an original watercolor and is one of the “Just Imagine” series of watercolor originals. The first paintings were the background for the “Good Night Butte” book Cooney illustrated.

Cooney, of Butte, works as a commissioned artist/calligrapher with numerous pen and inks, watercolors, and pencil drawings of her beloved Butte among her collection. Her works have been requested throughout the United States, Canada and Ireland. She has also taught children and adult art classes for over 47 years.

Another featured artist is Suzy Combs, whose art studio and home are located near Anaconda. Her work will be featured at 66 W. Park St.

Combs paints animals with acrylics on canvas, rocks, wood and elk hide.

The view from her home includes landscapes of rocky, mountainous formations populated with Bighorn sheep which she finds magical to watch. She strives to show the animals’ positive traits to reflect what we can use for harmony in our own lives.

At Venus Rising, “Fun, Fable, Fiction” by Jennifer Blue Hands will be exhibited from 5 to 9 p.m. Her work will be featured through May 26.

This will be the artist’s final show for awhile in Butte since she will soon be moving. This show is all about process art and how art assisted in her life as she processed conflicts, trauma, and all the emotions.

Working his magic throughout the night will be magician Shane Cox. His stops include IBRC at 6 p.m., Clark Chateau at 7 p.m., and Finlen Hotel at 8 p.m.

Also, Dory Ritravato will be tying balloons at the Clark Chateau at 6 p.m.; Finlen at 7 p.m.; and IBRC at 8 p.m.

This month’s galleries and participating uptown businesses include:

26 on Main

26 N. Main St.

Jordan McLean, watercolors

Bekah Niland, digital airbrush

Beautiful Butte

21 N. Main St.

Becky Couley, photography

Blue Door Gallery

Metals Bank Building

8 W. Park

Deborah Harrington, portrait artist, Native American, cowboys, landscape

Broadway Café

302 E. Broadway St.

Cheryl Madison, photography

Clark Chateau

321 W. Broadway St.

Showcasing students’ work from Emerson, Whittier, and Hillcrest Elementary, grades 3 to 6

Feathering Your Nest

127 W. Park St.

Patricia Schafer, abstract acrylic

Finlen Hotel

Main mezzanine

Dillon Art Group featuring Cory Birkenbuel, painting; Jesse Scofield, metal smith, James Wigen, glass; Travis Stufflebean, metal; Steve Cook, metal sculptures; Madeline Hogan, painting; and Caitlyn Feldt, painting.

Finlen Hotel

Treasure State room

Emerson, Whittier and Hillcrest Elementary, grades 3 to 6

Also, Leigh Guest, acoustic folk music. After party is from 8 to 11 p.m.

Geek Emporium

129 W. Broadway St.

Jade Cassidy, Magna-style art

Headframe Spirits

21 S. Montana

Gillian Consort, oil paintings

IBRC Building

68 W. Park St.

Foreground Gallery/IBRC

The Sara Mirabdolbaghi Memorial Student Art Show featuring a works from Butte High students

Main Stope Gallery

8 S. Montana St.

Bernard Connor, photography

Cindi Shaw, keyboard and vocals

Martha U Cooney Art Gallery

Metals Bank building

8 W. Park, Suite 301

Martha Cooney pens, inks, pencil, water color, and calligraphy

NorthWestern Energy

11 E. Park St.

Sallie Bowen, watercolors

Park 217

217 W. Park

John Ohman, metal artist, mixed media, steel, photographs

Phoenix Building

66 W. Park St.

Judy Andrews, ceramics; Tim Cass, acrylic abstract; Bryan Hubert, acrylic abstract; Suzy Combs, acrylics/wildlife; Lisa Faught, liquid ink and markers; Elizabeth Ross McKee, wire jewelry; Lee Brabec, fiber artist; Leo Redfox Koefelda, charcoal; Jillian Johnson, acrylic, oil, pen, marker; and Rita Salas, acrylic and acrylic on wood.

Two Bean Quilts

29 N. Wyoming St.

Alisa Cass, fiber artist/quilting

Uptown Café

47 E. Broadway St.

Pam Fletcher, photography

US Bank

10 S. Main St.

Sukha Warob, printmaking

Venus Rising

113 Hamilton St.

Jennifer Blue Hands, mixed media; Marley’s Paint & Party, painting techniques

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