The James Memorial Art Center

The James Memorial Art Center

621 1st Ave W. P.O. Box 1714 Williston, ND 58802-1714

Phone: 701-774-3601


Monday - Thursday -- 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Friday & Sunday -- 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday -- CLOSED

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There will be no more open studio nights for 2014.

Classes have been updated!  Check them out on the Class page.

Selections from the JMAC Permanent Collection, donated by the Weideranders, will be on display through December. They will be on the South walls of the Main Gallery

Current Exhibit

“Faded Chairs and Empty Dreams”


Leith DeWeese

Gallery II and I

December 1-31

Overstuffed Chair email



Leith Howard DeWeese was born in Logan, Utah.  She graduated from the University of Arizona with a B.F.A. in Art Education.  She continued at the University completing the Graphic Design Program later going to work as the staff designer at Pima Community College.  While there she created all manner of printed publications, signage and many award winning catalog covers.  It is also where she met her future husband, Jerry.  During the early years they pursued silversmithing, faceting, channel work and lapidary.  Their work was exhibited at the Tucson Gem Mineral Society.


Three children later, they moved from Arizona to Utah and then on to Montana.  Leith taught secondary art and mathematics.  Over her thirty + year  career, she enriched the curriculum by displaying student art, building play scenery and sets, managing costume construction and designing Proms, winning Anderson’s National Prom Decorating Contest one year.  Her students have had their work included in the Big Sky Literary & Arts Magazine, the Junior Federal Duck Stamp Competition and Communication Arts Magazine.  Under her administration, Opheim School received grants for the Big Read under the Big Sky 2009 and 2010, a project in coordination with the National Endowment of the Arts and the Montana Historical Society.


She was one of the founding members of the Artspot Gallery formally in Glasgow, Montana.  Started in 2008, it was the only non-profit gallery in NE Montana.  It has championed art education in the Glasgow schools and assisted many local artists achieve their career goals.


Using watercolor Leith has developed a unique touch.  Growing up in the west creates a sense of place in each of us.  There are particular locations that we remember, sites with open vistas, clean air and a reverence for nature.  Leith is currently working on a series called “Faded Dreams & Empty Chairs” commemorating the historical homesteads along the hiline.


She has exhibited at the Wild Bunch of Artists/ Glasgow & Great Falls, Artspot Gallery, Sunrise Studio & Gallery/Billings, James Memorial Gallery/ Williston, Chapel Court Art Gallery/ Billings, Art in the Park Glasgow, Wolf Point and Williston, Rough Rider Fine Art Show/ Williston, MonDak Art, Phoenix Art Director’ Graphic Design Show and produced Tus-con Science Fiction Theme Posters.