Monthly Archives: October 2007

Kevin Connolly’s Photography: The Rolling Exhibition

From an MSU news release:

Montana State University student Kevin Connolly, who has an unusual viewpoint of the world because he was born without legs, will share a collection of his photographs taken throughout the world and speak about his adventures at a multimedia presentation to be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at MSU’s Strand Union Ballrooms.

“The Rolling Exhibition,” the name for Connolly’s collection of photographs, is sponsored by ASMSU and is free and open to the public.

Connolly, a senior honor student from Helena majoring in media and theatre arts, is an X-Games medalist, an extreme skier and a gifted photographer who has traveled the world twice over, taking photos from a perspective few see. His images, shot from a camera at skateboard level, capture people in all walks of life as they notice Connolly for the first time.

Man, Girl, and Boy; Cluj Napoca, Romania
Man, Girl, and Boy; Cluj Napoca, Romania

More information here. See also Connolly’s web site.

Creative Planet: How the Landscape Makes Art (and Vice Versa)

This is the title of a Saturday (10/20) afternoon workshop at the Bioneers conference at the Emerson. It features a panel of Josh DeWeese, Matthew Marsolek, and MJ Williams, with Savannah Barnes facilitating. Bios of these folks can be found on the BORN site; here’s the workshop blurb:

Art has the power to transform us. Art connects communities through shared times and issues: art reflects who we are and how we feel about that. Art mirrors our environment — internal and external. How does the landscape influence our artists? How do our artists influence our landscapes? What do we need to do to sustain our artistic richness? What are the threads connecting past artists to the present, and connecting the local to the global? How can art wake up more people to care about place? Come listen to perspectives from a potter, two musicians and a writer on how art and place make beauty. Venue: Down to Earth Yoga

Tough questions, but I’m sure you’ll get the answers if you attend the workshop. :-)

Note: If you’ve perused a detailed schedule of Bioneers events, you might have noticed this workshop. As far as I can tell, it’s not listed anywhere with art-related events. Another example of why we need a place like this blog for such announcements.

Black and White Photography discussion group

There are many photographers in Bozeman, among them a significant number working in black and white. If you’re among them, know by this that I’m forming an open group that will meet occasionally to discuss our work. The emphasis will be on the photographs, not on the technology used to produce them. You should consider yourself “serious” about black and white, but please define that for yourself, and broadly. If you might be interested, let me know with a comment here or an email to steve@stephendurbin.com. Thanks!

Banner occasions

For those of you who don’t read About pages — or The Banner pages — consider this an open invitation to submit your artwork for the banner image at the top of this blog. I admit, at 140×770 pixels, it’s not the most convenient format. Sorry, this is a free blog and I don’t get to set the size. But, there is The Banner page where you can not only post a proper image, but also provide a blurb about it, including a link to your web site or whatever, if you wish. (When I say proper image, I actually mean your full image, re-sized to at most 450 pixels wide, but clickable to show an image any size you dare to post, as far as I know.)

Your image will be the first thing everyone sees for however long it is up. I don’t know how long that will be — depends on submission rate — but afterwards it will be archived at the Art Bozeman Banner Archive for the benefit of posterity and anyone else with too much time on their hands.

Art connections

Little did I suspect that my post last night would be validated so rapidly. My point was that blogs need not be the media stereotype of a vanity diary, but rather can be a great tool for making connections with people. Within less than 24 hours, I’ve heard from Amanda, a Canadian artist presently living in Japan (not far from where I lived for several years), gotten a standing breakfast invitation from Lynn Weaver, former Danforth Gallery director now running the Livingston arts blog ArtsMontana.com and her web design business Sparkling Dawg, and received the following email (quoted with permission) from artist Brad Bunkers:

Steve,
I just checked out the new Art Bozeman blog and wanted to congratulate you for connecting the arts community in Bozeman. I’m always looking for talented artists to feature on HoboEye.com, especially people from Bozeman and Livingston.

By the way, I really like the home page banner photo!

Brad Bunkers
HoboEye Editor

HoboEye.com
An online arts journal for alternative artists, wild-souled writers and indie musicians.

Artists, take note!

I had to let Brad know that “connecting the arts community in Bozeman” is way more vision than reality at this point. But I hope this blog, or whatever it morphs into, can be a catalyst toward that goal.

Artists and blogging

Why blog if you’re an artist? Same reasons as for anyone else: visibility, personal development, and/or community. These tend to flow together.

Today, the way we find people is on the web. No, you probably won’t sell much from a web site alone, but that’s how collectors, curators, and anyone interested can see what you do and contact you or come to your next show. If you’re marketing, be on the web. And what better way to promote your web site than from here?

Writing about your work or your artistic concerns, discussing them with others, are both ways to better understand what you’re about. Think sitting with friends at your favorite kitchen table, coffee shop, bar, laundromat, or wherever. Blogging is different for every blogger. Why not try it out here?

Would you like to form an art book club, start a landscape photography group, locate some potters to share a kiln? Say you want to have a one-night show at your place, or find someone else to do it with. Post a notice … here!

Did I mention I’m looking for regular authors, one time contributors, anybody who has something to post?

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Woohoo!

This morning I checked Google results for searches on art bozeman blog, art bozeman, and bozeman art. This blog came up high on the first page for all three! This is an important milestone, because it should increase the attraction of posting here for anyone trying to reach the general public with information on art and art-related events in Bozeman. I’m looking for authors and information providers…

Resources for Bozeman art events

How do you find out about what’s taking place in the Bozeman art world? I hope this very blog eventually becomes known as a resource for checking on art events here. One motivation in starting it has been the lack of a single, easily accessible place to learn what’s going on. Especially those events that might be spur-of-the-moment or seemingly not “important” enough to publish: they are communicated by signs, notes on bulletin boards, or word of mouth. While that’s often the most appropriate way, there are also cases where wider notification might be wished. For example, I recently missed the opening of a well-known artist from New York, Joanne Mattera, and likely would have missed her entire visit if I hadn’t noticed a poster by the MSU arts library. (I did discover later that it was mentioned in the small, ad-like list of university events in the newspaper insert This Week that came out that morning.)

So where do I get information about what’s coming up? One key resource is This Week from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, already mentioned. It has a community events calendar that includes art as a category, and also brief articles or press releases relating to some events. But the calendar is not available on the web; you have to buy the Friday paper or subscribe. Or pick it up from a café where papers are left around.:-)

The best place online is the Lively Times listing, which has the advantage that it covers other large towns in Montana and various types of events. It’s where the Montana Arts Council calendar page points.

Another place to go is the Bozeman Tributary; their online calendar lists art events and others. It seems pretty sparse, though, with announcements only from major organizations.

For more specific information, The Emerson cultural center lists the exhibitions, art walks, and other major events at the center. The Museum of the Rockies similarly publicizes their own happenings.

And that’s about it. I’d be delighted to hear about anything I’ve missed. Please mention any additions in a comment, for the benefit of all of us.

Update: one place I missed on the web is the New West‘s local events calendar for Bozeman. The nice feature here is that anyone can submit an event to be listed. For the coming week, I found one photography listing, three film, and the rest music, theater, or other. Thanks to Stephanie at The Emerson for reminding me of this.

Update 2: There’s now an Event info page listed always at the top of the blog.

Further thoughts

I tossed out the idea of a local art blog at Art and Perception to see what ideas or experiences that group had. Naturally, the question of promoting it at the beginning came up. Personally, I think I’ll be going around to contact potentially interested parties directly. But it will be interesting to see whether anyone finds the blog through web browsing or searching.

Sourdough Trail fenceline

Another issue arising was the sometimes uneasy relationship of galleries and artists, or perhaps commercial vs. non-commercial concerns. How this might play out is anyone’s guess. It depends so much on the people involved and the direction the blog takes. I can certainly imagine that it might turn out most appropriate to have a separate artist authors only blog. But as Robert Frost knew,  good fences don’t necessarily make good neighbors. In any case, all should realize that nothing is set in stone. Anybody so inclined can start their own blog free of charge, and hopefully that will happen down the line.

The blog doesn’t make the community, people do. The purpose of the blog is to lower some of the barriers to communication.