Monthly Archives: March 2008

Threading Between Worlds: MFA Thesis Exhibition by Stefrose

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery continues to invite everyone to celebrate the openings of the 2008 MFA Thesis exhibitions. The next exhibition, which runs from April 7th through April 11th, is the culmination of Stefrose, Master of Fine Arts student at Montana State University – Bozeman. There will be a closing reception April 11, 5-7 p.m.

The art pieces in this series are accounts of deaf artist Stefrose’s experiences that constantly tug and push her between two worlds. Living her life in a world of silence, Stefrose uses the techniques of quilt making to express the constant struggle she encounters in living “partly in each world for different reasons”. Stefrose goes on to explain that “one of the styles I chose to use in my work is comparable to a well-known quilt making association, Gee’s Bend, especially in the approach of using personal history to create artistic interpretations.”


The series is an expression of solitude and sometimes alienation from a larger community. The pieces both stand individually and fused altogether as a narration that tells of a pulling between two worlds. Amidst the heart of deafening silence, a story emerges.


The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall on the MSU-Bozeman campus. Hours to view the gallery are Monday through Friday, 8am – 5pm. For more information or directions please call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562.

Blogging for Artists

Back when this blog began, I noted a few reasons artists might blog. Since then, I’ve met a number of artists who are potentially interested, but aren’t sure how to go about it. Often they assume that because creating a web site can be daunting, creating a blog must be similarly difficult.

Not so! Typical blogging software makes creation much easier. The key is to keep it simple, realizing that the content–for example, your art and anything you choose to say about it– is far more important than style. The easiest way to learn is to try it for yourself. Just go to and follow the instructions to sign up and create your blog.

Never get use to it, painting by jROD
Never get use to it, by jROD

At this time, there doesn’t seem to be much blog activity among Bozeman artists. One exception is jROD, whose blog at uses the same WordPress system that Art Bozeman does. He uses it to to let people know what he’s up to in his art and his (usually art-related) travels. The picture above is a recently-completed commission.

Note that a blog can itself be an artist’s web site, and a more effective one than many existing designs. The simplest site imaginable, a list of works with titles, notes, and perhaps prices, is precisely suited to the blog format. Each work might be one post. For examples, see former co-blogger Jon Conkey’s Themeworks blog, or on WordPress, randomly chosen shanti marie’s A painting a day. In addition, you can create separate, linked pages like the Bozeman Artists or the Event Info pages listed above the banner on Art Bozeman.

WordPress has many good features, including zero cost, but also important is the upgrade path. If you outgrow the limitations on or want to move to your own domain (e.g., you can continue to use the free WordPress software, and convert your previous posts to the new location. So it’s a good way to test the waters before spending any money. By the way, you can make your blog private, so that only those with a password can view it. You don’t have to do your testing in public. And don’t think a blog is something that needs daily tending. It’s your site; do with it as you will.

Accumulated Response: MFA Thesis Exhibition by Heather Bentz

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery invites everyone to celebrate the opening of Accumulated Response Friday, March 27th from 5-7 p.m. The opening reception with the artist is free and open to the public.

Heather Bentz

The exhibition, which runs from March 24th through March 29th, is the culmination of Heather Bentz’s Master of Fine Arts studies at Montana State University – Bozeman. Bentz’s work explores the intersections of found objects with human interactions with the environment that surrounds us. The artist’s inspiration is “bound to the similarities and differences that occur within repetition”. The artist continues: “In abstract painting, I have no plan or directions to follow and find my work through the process of working with my hands using specific materials. I respond with intuitive and informed decisions. As a result, the canvas is a record of the memory of my hand; history held in marks and layers of paint.”

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located on the second floor of Haynes Hall on the MSU-Bozeman campus. For more information or directions call Erin W. Anderson at 994-2562.

Colorforms @ TURMAN LARISON contemporary

Bozeman will be well represented at a show in Helena that opens March 28. The TURMAN LARISON contemporary gallery will be featuring photography by Tom Ferris and paintings by Jim Madden and Suzanne Truman, along with sculpture by Daniel Tackett and jewelry by Bonnie Lambert and Zoe Barnard. The exhibit runs March 28 – April 26, with an opening reception March 28, 6-8 pm and an artist talk March 29, 11 am. The gallery is located at 337 N. Last Chance Gulch in Helena. Call (406) 443-0340 or visit the gallery web site for further information. See you there!

Jim Madden, “Garden 3/Siena”

Sunflowers @ tart @ Emerson Art Walk

Vincent Van Gogh said “A good picture is equivalent to a good deed.”


This month at tart you’ll have the opportunity to buy good art and do a good deed at the same time. tart’s March show is Sunflowers: a group of vibrant paintings done by Head Start preschoolers that look like something Van Gogh’s mom might have put on the fridge. Proceeds from sales of original art, posters, and note cards benefit both the families of the young artists and the Head Start program which provides free preschool education for low-income families.

Join us for an opening reception on Friday, March 14th from 5-8pm during the Emerson Galleria’s Artwalk (a.k.a. Tartwalk).

Hj Mooij and Everybody’s Birthday @ Aunt Dofe’s

Ever wanted to have a birthday party with all your friends? Ever wanted to throw a special birthday for one of your friends? Well that’s how it all came to be. Everybody’s birthday converged with the two ideas of: 1. Having a special birthday party for a special someone, and 2. Always having birthday parties where everyone got to celebrate. The Everybody’s Birthday Art Show started three years ago when the artist showing at the winter show wanted to have it be a birthday party for a friend who’s birthday fell on March 13th. And then it seemed- why have it be for just them?

Hj Mooij will be showing new artwork at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory in Willow Creek Montana, Thursday March 13, 2008. The birthday party starts at 6pm and will run as long as people know how to boogie, everyone’s invited. There will also be an artist’s reception on Sunday, March 16, 2008 starting at 6pm.

Press and release, press and release, press and release, watching the glue dry. This art show is about using less and gaining more through conscious efforts of simplicity. Press and release, press, release. Glue, your new favorite toothpaste! The art is in pieces, it tells the story of its creation. What is significant? Come to the art show!

Call for entries: Art for Africa @ the Emerson

In the Spotlight by June CourcheneThe Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture is hosting Art for Africa, an exhibition that will display works of art inspired by Africa. Art for Africa strives to increase involvement of the artist community in global events, and aid in the recognition of visual expression as a force that can instigate and create change. This show is a fund-raiser for the Uganda Orphans Fund, a local organization committed to improving the lives of Ugandan Orphans. Your participation in this art exhibit may make a difference in the lives of African children.

All artists who have created wall-hung artwork that is in any way inspired by Africa are invited to submit work to Art for Africa. Each work must be ready to hang, either framed or canvas stretched on substantial stretcher bars with a professional appearance. The Weaver Room is an uninsured space, therefore artists show at their own risk. If there is a sale, the artist will receive 60% of the retail price at close of the exhibit and 40% of the sale will be donated to the Uganda Orphans Fund.

Smiling boy 72 by Tiffany LilleguardMontana State University art student, Felicia Reynolds will jury the submissions. This exhibit is her thesis project. You will be contacted to pick up your work if it is not accepted. All accepted submissions must remain hanging in the Weaver Room for the duration of the exhibit.

Submit artwork to Felicia Reynolds in Room 215B, across from the Weaver Room in the Emerson on Wednesday, April 9th from 3-8pm.

The exhibit will run April 21 – July 31, with the Weaver Room open every day from 9 am – 5pm unless an event is scheduled. The Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture is located on 111 South Grand Avenue.

For further information contact Felicia Reynolds at (406) 585-4639 or

Artwork: In the spotlight by June Courchene; Smiling boy 72 by Tiffany Lilleguard.

“Out of the Box” Earth Day Art Show at the Co-op

livingston.jpg Earth Day is April 22, and in its honor, the Co-op will host a group show
throughout April and May. American Wildlands will be showing Children’s
Bozeman Pass/ Wildlife Billboard competition winners. In addition, the Co-op is
requesting art pieces from Co-op members and their families called “Out of the Box.” All entries should be made of recycled materials and be able to hang on a wall. Deadline for entries is March 28, 2008.

For more information call Lori Keeling Campbell at the Co-op at 406-587-4039, ext. 3038, or email

Ralph Wiegman & Heather Bentz @ DeWeese Gallery, Bozeman High School

The Bozeman High School Art Club will be presenting a paired exhibit of recent paintings by Ralph Wiegman and Heather Bentz at the DeWeese Gallery at BHS (205 N. 11th Street) . The show will be on view March 17 – April 18; gallery hours are 8:30 – 3:30 Monday – Friday. An opening reception will be held Thursday, April 3, from 6-8 p.m.


Photographer Florian Schultz: Yellowstone to Yukon

Award-winning photographer Florian Schulz will give a presentation and book-signing at the Museum of the Rockies, Thursday, March 6, at 7:00 pm ($5 for Museum members, $7 for non-members). Schulz has been photographing extensively in the Rockies in support of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservative Initiative, whose aim is to

to ensure that the world- renowned wilderness, wildlife, native plants, and natural processes of the Yellowstone to Yukon region continue to function as an interconnected web of life, capable of supporting all of the natural and human communities that reside within it, for now and for future generations.

You can learn more about Florian Schultz and see his image galleries and presentations on Y2Y and other projects at his web site.