Quick Draws & Cocktails: Emerson Homecoming

Friday, October 5th
7pm – Midnight

$30 in advance  (thru Ocobter 4)
$40 at the door (October 5)
$400 for a Team Table of 8 (Thru October 3)


Show your Emerson team spirit and join us in the Emerson Gym to rally for arts & culture in the Gallatin Valley. Cheer on local artists as they create original works of art. Help us carry on the grand tradition of making art accessible to everyone by bidding on these works of art at the end of the evening. Join in a little friendly competition by purchasing a table and decorating it with your team spirit.

Your first drink is on us along with light appetizers, music and dancing! Everyone who purchases a ticket or table is eligible to win prizes for showing the most team spirit. Letter jackets, team jerseys, office uniforms, organizational t-shirts, etc. are all encouraged.


Mimi Matsuda (Mimi Matsuda Art) – Painting
Artist Mimi Matsuda paints to inspire people to preserve and protect wildlands and animals.  Ever since childhood, she knew she wanted to teach about animals and paint to tell their stories.  After a decade of park ranger naturalist work for the National Park Service, she paints full time, highlighting the lands and animals she holds most closely to her heart. Her art and illustrations have been commissioned for numerous festivals and sporting events and have been used by the National Park Service in interpretive programming and education for the past decade. She has worked in Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park and the National Elk Refuge. Visit Mimi’s website  to see more of her work.


Laurel Hatch (Laurel Hatch Studio) – Painting
Hailing from the Southwestern Colorado’s high desert, Laurel Hatch developed a relationship with Western imagery at an early age. Surrounded by vibrant color and influenced by a regionally defined art community that fuses (and celebrates) American Indian and Mexican history with Cowboy culture. Her work incorporates familiar subject matter that visually seduces the viewer, using high contrast and unusual color choices to construct imagery. Her unique blend of modern style and traditional iconography has created a significant following among contemporary American western art collectors. Laurel’s work is held in both private and public collections stateside and abroad. Laurel is a partner in and can be found at Grainhouse Art Gallery. Laurel, her handsome husband and their two wild haired daughters call Bozeman Montana home. Visit Laurel’s website at Laurel Hatch Studios.


Kevin Schwarting (Cold Mountain Art) – Painting
A bona-fide ski bum, Kevin finds inspiration in nature, especially the ways in which people and mountain landscapes interact. We welcome Kevin and Cold Mountain Art as one of the newest tenants of the Emerson. Check out more of Kevin’s work at Cold Mountain Art.


Morena Garcia (Fly Free) – Jewelry

I want to create jewelry that is made with a fierce intention that stands in solidarity with the complexities of what it means to be woman. As I grow and change, so do the people around me and this is a celebration. As is the task of change and embracing growth while I make sense of the past. The past makes up who I am now even though it may not always be easy to transform pain into celebration. I create powerful, curious pieces with an intelligent edge for women who are not done telling their stories. These women have a great and terrible depth of beauty because of their story. They believe in the resiliency and relentless hope of the human spirit. Since this connection is complicated,  I turn to those who have come before me. I always love a good story, connected with words written in centuries past. An artist’s job is to illuminate the shadow parts of our peripheral vision, and my theory is that if I can communicate some of my vision, you will be able to put words to your own. We are in this together. Visit Fly Free Jewelry online to too more of Morena’s stunning work.


Sally O’Neill (Sally Horner O’Neill Jewelry) – Jewelry
Sally O’Neill hand fabricates-which means that she makes almost everything by hand.  Using sawing techniques, stone setting, hammering, soldering, etc. She works with silver and gold along with semi-precious and precious stones. She has always been enamored with antique and vintage jewelry, which she collects, fixes or repurposes and resells.  Many of her designs are based in the antique and classic styles of Art Deco or Art Noveau. Learn more about Sally and her work at her website, SO Jewelry.


Meghan Purcell (Purcell Trading) – Fiber Art
Through the ancient technique of wool felting, Meghan Purcell explores ideas of genuine connection, sustainability, and the integrity of the human hand in an industrialized society.  From sourcing wool locally, to assisting with sheep shearing and felting each piece entirely by hand, every step of the process is highly intentional.  Through the use of raw and found materials native to her surroundings, her innovative and texturally-rich designs redefine Western Landscape Art and transform preconceived notions about this traditional medium. Visit Purcell Trading to learn more about Meghans’ work.




Show your team spirit loud and proud. Dig out your High-school letter sweater or thrown on your favorite team jersey. Do you have an office uniform, do you have a t-shirt from a favorite organization or cause? This is your chance to go all out and show us what you’re proud to be a part of!

Prizes will be awarded to individuals, groups, and table teams showing the most creative and exuberant team spirit.

Spirit Wear Contest – Everyone that purchases a ticket is entered in the the Team Spirit Wear Contest. Prizes will be awarded for best individual and group costumes. Get serious, get creative, get competitive!

Table Teams Contest –Purchase a table for your team of 8 and decorate it to the max to show what your team is all about. Judges will award one grand prize for the most imaginative table design. Other prizes may be determined and awarded the evening of. The rules will be provided when you reserve your table.


Help us celebrate Emerson Homecoming by showing your team spirit all week long! You could win two tickets to Quick Draws and Cocktails on Friday night.

Leading up to Quick Draws & Cocktails: Emerson Homecoming, Emerson Spirit Week will kick off Monday, October 1st. We will post the Spirit Day theme on our Emerson Facebook page. Take a picture of video showing your Emerson spirit with the day’s theme and post it in the comments for your chance to win two tickets to Quick Draws & Cocktails: Emerson Homecoming. We’ll draw one winner each day!

Oct. 1 – Mustache Monday– Do you have a mustache? Can you hold your finger on your lip to create a mustache? If so, you and your mustache could have plans (other than shaving) on Friday.

Oct. 2 – Trucker Hat Tuesday– Get out the trucker hat and show your spirit for the Emerson! Unless you’re driving an 18 wheeler, then pull over first.

Oct. 3 – Wacky Sock Wednesday– Sometimes fun socks can make everything better. Sport yours on Wednesday and your creative sock attire could make you a winner.

Oct. 4 – Team Spirit Thursday  Whether it’s your alma matter, your favorite pro team, your work team, or green & purple for the Emerson team, show your spirit! If your team is really stellar, purchase a table at Quick Draws & Cocktails and be entered into our team spirit table decorating contest!

Oct.5 – Quick Draws & Cocktails: Emerson Homecoming


Tickets available at the Emerson
$30 – Advance
$40 – At the door
$400 – Reserved table for 8






Thank you to our sponsors for this year’s event!

If you have any questions about the event, please call 406.587.9797 x 106 or email events@theEmerson.org