Chris Terfloth: Abstract paintings at the Zoot Gallery

A showing of colorful abstract “flow” paintings by local artist Chris Terfloth opens at the Zoot Enterprises Gallery of Art with an artist’s reception Friday, November 16 from 5pm to 8pm. The reception will include music by cellist Kyle Brenner, wine and hors d’oeuvres.

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Chris Terfloth has always been fascinated by “nature as art”. Terfloth translates natural patterns into colorful, abstract paint flows and geometric shapes. He also incorporates elements such as fused glass, sand, garnet and mica to create texture. “I like my paintings to have a tactile quality that encourages the observer to want to touch,” says Terfloth. Judy Hartz, owner of the Whooping Crones Gallery in Missoula where Terfloth’s paintings are currently exhibited, states: “I like the combination of organic nature and geometric abstract in Terfloth’s work. His paintings incorporate a multilayered style that encourages the viewer to find different facets and meaning.”

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An illustrator for many years, Terfloth was drawn to the freedom and challenge of abstract expressionism. “Every work is a leap of faith. I start with a concept but as my idea evolves, I let the painting tell me which direction to go.”

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Chris Terfloth’s work will be on display at the Zoot Enterprises Gallery of Art on the 2nd floor atrium from November 1, 2007 thru January 31, 2008. Zoot Enterprises is located at 555 Zoot Enterprises Lane Bozeman, MT 59718

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