Reception slated for new WaterWorks show

The WaterWorks Art Museum (WAM) will kick off the new year with its 38th annual “Juried Exhibit” — The Confluence.

An opening reception will be held Sunday from 1-4 p.m. at the museum. The exhibit will run through Friday, March 3.

Webster defines confluence as a gathering; two things coming together or happening at the same time; junction, meeting, convergence, ideas. The list goes on. The theme for this year’s juried show lets imaginations go wild, according to a WAM news release. 

Many media have been juried into this exhibition including acrylic, watercolor, oil, soft pastel, found metal, fused glass, digital work, cyanotype, photography, hand-stitched thread on textile, alcohol ink on metal, glass beads, bronze, encaustic, leatherwork, antler, and mixed media. Linda McCray from Clancy, Montana is exhibiting her acrylic and sand from the River Jordan.

Jerry Cornelia will be the juror for the show. He will announce the awards at approximately 2 p.m. at the opening reception on Sunday. The public is invited to listen as Cornelia talks about his selections for monetary and material awards from Diane Townsend, Jack Richeson, Source Tek, Cheap Joe’s and Artist Magazine.

Cornelia was born and raised in eastern Montana.

Primarily a self-taught artist, his work covers a variety of genres, from classical sculpture and figurative paintings to whimsical sculpture, paintings and functional art. 

His love of creating objects and no self-imposed limits on his subject matter or the materials he uses led to the development of a large and diverse body of work, according to the news release.

His work ranges from art clocks, fantasy character sculptures and surreal paintings to realistic figurative paintings and sculptures, as well as witty, quirky paintings (often accompanied by comic titles) featuring a cast of characters from sheep and dogs, and his recurring red-headed ladies.

WAM will feature 37 artists in the show with more than 60 pieces juried into the exhibit. Participating artists are Marshall Haferkamp, Vida Landa, Debbie Smith and Lew Vadheim, all of Miles City; Peggy Ames Nerud of Circle; Joel Bowers, Barbara Garrett and Jordan Pehler, all of Billings; Del Coldwell of Jordan; Lorri Coulter of Brusett; Melissa Dawn of Bozeman; and Shayla Hagen of Ashland.

Mary Knapp of Ballantine; Pam Little of Hamilton; Brian Maly of Helena; Linda McCray of Clancy; Katherine Ruland of Broadus; Nolan Salix of Dillon; Robert Spannring of Livingston; and Janet Sullivan of Missoula. 

Regional and national artists in the show are Jos Biviano of Virginia; Jan Marie DeLipsey of Texas; Toni Elkins of South Carolina; Antoaneta Georgieva, Leslie Ann Hauer and Maja Shaw, all of Washington; Jean Judd of Wisconsin; Karen Jacobson and David Mensing, both of Idaho; Carol Johansen of Utah; Stan Johnson and Amy Wendland, both of Colorado; Carol Lucas of Wyoming; Corinne McAuley and Pokey Park, both of Arizona; and Julie Schnatz Rybeck of Connecticut.

After the exhibit ends on March 3, 20-25 works of art will be selected to begin a year-long journey in different venues throughout Glendive, Sidney, Colstrip, Baker, Ekalaka, Broadus, Hardin and Jordan. This Traveling Show gives residents in those communities a chance to view the high-quality artwork of local, regional and national artists without leaving their hometowns. 

Sponsors of the show are Stockman Bank and the William & Lorene Nefsy Foundation.

Dixie Rieger, executive director of the WaterWorks Art Museum, said “WAM feels so fortunate to have the support of Stockman Bank, The Nefsy Foundation, all participating artists, and as always, the support of this community and the surrounding areas.”

For more information about the show, upcoming classes, or opportunities to donate to WAM, either like WaterWorks Art Museum’s Facebook page, visit, or call (406) 234-0635. WAM office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The gift store is also open during business hours.