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Celebrating the Life and Work of Gennie DeWeese

A celebration of the life and work of the late artist Gennie DeWeese will be held at the Buck/Butterfield Ranch in Bozeman, MT (look for parking signs at Cottonwood and Kent Spur Rd.) on June 20-21, 2008. Over 200 works of art will be on display, spanning a 40-year plus period of the artist’s life. Many of the works will be available for sale. The celebration will begin with an opening reception Friday evening from 6-10 pm with music by Salsa Loca from Missoula, and will continue Saturday from 10am-5pm. The event is free and open to the public.

Gennie DeWeese was often described as the matriarch of the Montana art community. She and her husband Robert DeWeese moved to Bozeman in 1949 when Bob was hired to teach art at Montana State College. The DeWeeses nurtured students and friends and were a cornerstone of the Montana art scene for many years. Following Bob’s death in 1990 Gennie built a new studio and continued to produce paintings, drawings, and woodblock prints and exhibit regularly throughout the region. In 1995 Gennie and her late husband Bob were recognized with the Montana Governor’s Award for the Arts, and that same year Gennie was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Montana State University. In 2005, Gennie moved to her studio to devote her energy to making her work, and she continued to paint until weeks before her death in November 2007.

The exhibition this summer will include drawings, woodblock prints, and numerous paintings including a 121ft 360-degree panorama of the Gallatin Valley, painted with oil sticks. It will be a tremendous opportunity to see the life’s work of this important artist and to celebrate the life of Gennie DeWeese.

For more information please contact Tina or Josh DeWeese at 406-763-4920, or 406-431-5521. Information on volunteering is here.


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Frances Senska Pottery Residency at The Emerson

If you’re a potter, consider this opportunity (and note the imminent deadline for application):

The Emerson is pleased to announce a twelve-month artist residency program for artists with solid training in ceramics and a developing body of work. The Frances Senska Pottery Resident Artist & Studio Technician is a highly community-minded individual with a strong commitment to their studio work, wild imagination, full-on communication and proactive organizing skills, strong interest in teaching youth, and a burning desire to play a pivotal role helping the Emerson build the best community ceramics program in the Northern Rockies.

Position runs August 1, 2008 to July 31, 2009. Application deadline: June 1, 2008

Click here for application information, including full residency description


Gennie DeWeese: Solstice celebration

When Gennie DeWeese died last November, she left behind many paintings, prints, and drawings in her studio. Many of the works are destined for the Holter Museum of Art and other Montana museums, and some pieces will be kept by the DeWeese family. Some are still available for purchase. All—including a 121-ft 360-degree view of the Gallatin Valley (1985)—will be shared with the public in a grand Solstice celebration June 20-21 at the Buck Butterfield arena (11229 Cottonwood Road, south of Bozeman). Further event details will be forthcoming in June. But mark your calendars now!

This major event will require a lot of organization and preparation. Any volunteer time that you could provide would be very much appreciated. Please contact Tina DeWeese at 406-763-4920 or Josh DeWeese at 406-431-5521 (cell) or 406-586-9800 (home).

For more on Gennie DeWeese, see her page on the DeWeese art web site.


Julia Carpenter, Bozeman artist

I’m delighted to continue the Bozeman artist series with Julia Carpenter. Specializing in portraits, she produces some of the most emotionally powerful work I’ve seen. She received her MFA from Montana State University in 2006. Below is her latest news; for more, check out her web site.

Three oil portraits by Bozeman artist Julia Carpenter have been selected for inclusion in a new book Art &Addiction published by Johns Hopkins University Press for release in 2009. The larger than life portraits, Doppleganger, Autopsy and Goodbye, are paintings of the artist’s 24-year old sister, Amy Johnson, who died of a drug overdose in 2005. The paintings are part of a series of 10 that deal with the artist’s stages of grief following the death. Carpenter’s paintings were among 60 accepted out of 900 art submissions on the theme of addiction and recovery selected by the Innovators Advisory board.

This is the second award Carpenter has received from the Innovators Combating Substance abuse program in Washington D. C. Last year the portraits were exhibited in the Art and Addiction show that ran concurrently with the Innovators Award Conference where she received a prize for work that, “best exemplifies the human side of addiction”.


Introducing Bozeman artists

Reversing myself again, I’m now accepting submissions for artist’s self-introduction posts. Because of limited time on my part, I request that artists provide a brief blurb by way of introduction to themselves and their work, as well as one or two images to accompany a post. Just email your material to me (steve@stephendurbin.com). Naturally, this opportunity is in addition to any postings for specific events, such as openings.

I’m always looking to list artists on the Bozeman Artists page, whether or not they also want a self-introduction post.


OUR BEST PARTS: in poems and photography

Kristin Sutton‘s fourth and fifth grade class from Irving Elementary School teamed up with local photographer Rachel Cudmore in a literary and photographic project on the students’ favorite parts of themselves. The children spent three months learning introductory photography skills and practicing communication in images and poetry. See the students’ photos and poems, as well as the photography of Cudmore, this month at International Coffee Traders (720 S. 10th Ave). An artists reception will be held 5-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.