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.