Punk Fiction Dream Journal

Saturday, Sep 30   •  10am - 5pm


Wouldn’t it be nice if the cover of the book was as fascinating and enchanting as its interior? Time to take book-making to a whole new bizarre level. In this class we will transform books or journals into strange and unusual book-ssemblages. Taking an existing hardback book, we will modify it using a variety of assemblage and painting techniques.

Perhaps you’d like to transform the cover of your Edgar Allen Poe anthology into something goth-ish, or maybe you want a steampunk journal. Then again it might be a living breathing beasty is what your cover requires. Whatever your preference we will explore well beyond the traditional, and create books that are as fascinating to look at as they are to read.

What to bring:

  • Hardback book, journal or sketchbook.
  • Variety of found objects that might be interesting. If you want a more creature-inspired journal, then things like fake eyes, rubber snakes, bones, shells, claws or other weird taxidermy items might come in handy. If your looking for more of a steampunk bent, perhaps watch parts or gears. I recommend a bit of both.
  • Other items for extra decoration like watch parts, gears, typewriter parts...just about anything, really. Milagros, bolts, pieces of old metal, straps of leather....anything.
  • Paint brushes: a couple small detail brushes, and some cheap brushes (1/2 inch to 1 inch in size).
  • Specialty tools—e.g. dremel, heat gun—if you have them. (These are optional; don't feel compelled to purchase just for the workshop.)

Teacher-supplied materials:

  • Golden brand paints
  • Molding paste (also called modeling paste)
  • E6000 adhesive
  • Kroma Crackle
  • Aves Apoxie Clay

Workshop is limited to 15 students. Contact Jason Neal at Radius Gallery to reserve your spot: jason.neal@radiusgallery or (406) 541-7070.

Alternate Evolutions in Storyland

Sunday, Oct 1   •  10am - 5pm


Many of the influences affecting my artwork are stories from childhood. These are often filled with magic and wonder along with a cast of fantastical creatures and improbable characters. As of late I've been particularly intrigued by the human-animal hybrids of storyland. Characters like the White Rabbit and the Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland, or the Three Little Pigs and Big Bad Wolf all reside in a strange world where the beasties act, talk and dress like humans.

In this workshop we are going to create mixed-up beasty busts and magical menageries. Students will gather up a variety of human and animal figurines and we will reimagine them into unusual creations. They will then be displayed on a small shrine or plaque. When your done they will be, as Tony the Tiger says, Grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat!

What to bring:

  • A small box, frame or plaque—roughly the size of a postcard, no larger than 6x4 inches.
  • Small animal toys or figurines (no larger than your frame or plaque).
  • Human toys and or figurines (chess pieces, wedding cake toppers, etc.).
  • Small bits of paper, photos and ephemera—images, scenes, textures that could be used in the background of your characters.
  • Random tiny doodads: interesting buttons or gears or typewriter parts, etc. Decorative elements that might adorn the frame or box.
  • Bits of ribbon or fabric.
  • Wire in a couple of different gauges.

Teacher-supplied materials:

  • Paint, adhesives and clay

Workshop is limited to 15 students. Contact Jason Neal at Radius Gallery to reserve your spot: jason.neal@radiusgallery or (406) 541-7070.


Michael deMeng is an assemblage artist from Vancouver, Canada who exhibits throughout the United States. As an educator, he has been actively involved with VSA Montana, providing art education and encouraging participation in the arts to people with disabilities. Through these activities, as well as his artwork, deMeng fosters community awareness, and offers creative methods to explore the human experience.

In his art, he addresses issues of transformation. Discarded materials find new and unexpected uses in his work; they are reassembled and conjoined with unlikely components, a form of rebirth from the ashes into new life and new meaning. These assemblages are metaphors for the evolutions and revolutions of existence: from life to death to rebirth, from new to old to renewed, from construction to destruction to reconstruction. These forms are examinations of the world in perpetual flux, where meaning and function are ever-changing.

Visit michaeldemeng.com to learn more.