Cushing Terrell ArtWalk is Back!

During the pandemic, we took a hiatus; but we are so excited to welcome the Billings community back to our space to meet new artists in 2024! Light refreshments will be served on designated First Fridays, and works will be displayed throughout the main floor of the Cushing Terrell office building — constructed in 1919 as a warehouse for the Marshall-Wells Company. We hope to see you here!

Visit the gallery inside
Cushing Terrell’s Billings office:

13 N. 23rd Street
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

*For appointments, please contact
Amanda Jungles, 406.896.6180.

2024 ArtWalk Featured Artists

February 2, 2024
Jim Baken
@baken__art

April 5, 2024
Judd Thompson

@judd_thompson_art

June 7, 2024
Larry Bean

larrybeanphotography.com

August 2, 2024
Linda Pease
lindapease.art

October 4, 2024
Pending Selection

December 6, 2024
Pending Selection

Meet Our “Artist-in-Residence,” Corey Stremcha

“Rimrock Study”

Cushing Terrell recently commissioned our very own design professional, Corey Stremcha, to produce this piece, titled “Rimrock Study” for its permanent home on the second-floor plaza space overlooking the rooftop garden and the Rimrocks beyond. The commission was part of a larger interior remodel effort to transform the basement, first-floor, and second-floor levels with modern workstations and interior finishes in our Billings, Montana, office. The paint was still wet when it was hung the day of our 85th-anniversary open house!

“Rimrock Study” aims to understand Yellowstone Valley by capturing one identifiable image — the sandstone outcropping of the Rimrocks. The piece conveys the essence of the place and its relationship to time. Corey used oil on canvas to create a 30×40 diptych, emphasizing length and height to capture the grandeur of the Rimrocks. Impressionism techniques celebrate the Rimrocks’ connection to the sky and the recognizable Western plains. Color is portrayed as an abstraction to allow for a deeper understanding, which invariably tells more.

About the Artist
Corey Stremcha attended Montana State University School of Architecture, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture. He has contributed to many projects at Cushing Terrell over the past 10 years. Coupled with his love of architecture, his artwork is gaining notoriety. Beyond his artistic passions, Corey engages in community outreach by volunteering weekly at a local elementary school teaching STEM, and taking every opportunity to mentor adolescents interested in the field of art and architecture.

The Story of Cushing Terrell Billings

Cushing Terrell’s office location in Downtown Billings was first designed and constructed as a large distributing warehouse for a successful Duluth-based hardware outfitter called The Marshall-Wells Company. By the end of 1919, the building, designed by Chandler C. Cohagen, was complete. The building had gone through a lot, from two substantial fires during the Great Depression to the flood of 1937 — complete with a mark on the front stairs indicating the water height.

After changing hands locally several times, the building was sold in 2002 to Cushing Terrell, known then as CTA Architects Engineers. It didn’t take long for Cushing Terrell to begin sustainable stewardship and renovation of the historic building with a new entrance and centrally-located, modern, four-story atrium.

You’ll notice historic marks on the building’s brick and beams written by warehouse workers from a time long past. Materials for the original construction of the Marshall-Wells building included brick, plaster, metal, and concrete. It may have been a bit of fate that led to Cushing Terrell’s discovery of this building. It is believed that one or both of our beloved founders, Ralph Cushing and Everett Terrell, once worked for Cohagen’s firm. They continued to team up on many projects with a shared philosophy of honesty and integrity. One of their most well-known collaborations occurred in 1939 when they created an art-modern, deco-style building unlike any other in the City of Billings, the City Hall.

Many thanks to Melanie Tripp as this is an abbreviated excerpt from her piece titled, “A History of CTA: The Marshall-Wells Building and its Occupants.”

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