A while back I posted a call for submissions for the Northwest Biennial held at the Tacoma Art Museum. I recently received the list of selected artists, and not one of you people was on it—unless you were using your Seattle or Portland address (and an alias). Which, come to think of it, looks like it would be a good strategy. No doubt the artists chosen are an excellent bunch; you’ll be able to judge for yourself when the show is up, January 31 – May 25, 2009. For an impression of the previous biennial, see the report from smart Seattle art critic/blogger Regina Hackett. However, I’m sure there are Montanans who deserve to be there. I realize a month and a half wasn’t much warning for a submission of this magnitude. So this time I’m giving you a year and a half. Deadline coming up in July 2010. New Year’s resolution, anyone?
Few surprises and little good news here. Nancy Ewart culls a few salient observations in a blog post at Chez NamasteNancy. Montana does well in the percentage of artists who are women (about half), but miserably in the compensation department, with women earning less than 65% of what men earn, though it’s slightly better if you consider only full-time artists. A partial explanation—and hope for the future—comes from the finding that in some areas, the women are younger. For example, the average female photographer was twelve years younger than the average male photographer. Women are also gaining in architecture, the highest-paid of the areas considered. Unfortunately, those trends don’t hold for artists in general. You can view the full report (PDF) at the NEA research page. By the way, in case you didn’t catch it before, Montana does do very well in the percentage of the population working in the fine arts.
MSU thesis work of Amanda Neiter (oil painting) and Kelly Stevenson (ceramics) will be on display at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery through Saturday, December 20. An opening reception will be held at 7 pm Friday, December 19.
The Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery is located at the graduate art studios, west of 19th Avenue and just south of Garfield.
Late breaking news from tart: We are collaborating with one of our favorite local businesses – Refuge Sustainable Building Center – in a Green Holiday Bizaar this Thursday evening. It was a good feeling to walk around tart and realize how many of the the tartists are using recycled, environmentally friendly and/or sustainable products. You’ll get to see those products and much, much more at Refuge this Thursday, December 18, from 5-8p.m. Prefix Dinner Studio will provide delicious vittles and a raffle will raise money for Sonoran Institute and Red Feather.
This is the high season for artists to open their studios to friends and holiday shoppers. If you want to add your event to this list, please send me the information (firstname.lastname@example.org) or just add it yourself in a comment below.
1st Annual Holiday Pottery Sale and Open House
Josh DeWeese and Rosalie Wynkoop
2513 Magenta Rd. (S of Four Corners, past Hot Springs, right on Lower Rainbow Rd., right on Magenta, click for map)
December 13 and 14, 10 am – 5 pm
Holiday Open House
Tina DeWeese and Tom Thornton
bronze, painting, drawing, collage, wire sculpture, batik, photography
14190 Cottonwood Canyon (click for map)
December 13 and 14, 10 am – 6 pm
This newest exhibit in The Emerson’s Jessie Wilbur Gallery also includes a slide show of historic sites, exotic architecture, colorful tiles, paintings, rugs, and Turkish people; all accompanied by extraordinary Turkish music and informational text. Hear more about Turkey in an informal gallery talk by Sara Mast and Terry Karson, Friday December 12th at 5 pm, followed by a reception during the Emerson’s Art Walk. Karson describes their collection as “Primarily Kurdish and Eastern Anatolian in origin, each of these rugs is what is referred to as a “one off”, or a unique work, not like any other. As such, they each reveal the weaver’s individual story, ideas and personality, unlike more commercial carpets that reflect primarily the skill of its maker. In turn these carpets reveal something about us, the collectors, as they embody an aesthetic that appeals the most to our own personal love of eccentric geometric pattern.”
Sola Café will host an opening reception for an exhibit of recent paintings by local artist Brad Bunkers Friday, Dec. 12, from 5-7 p.m. The show will run through Jan. 31. Bunkers is known for his anomalous visual narratives, evocative figures and wild-eyed depictions of farm animals. Referring to his recent “Goat Show” series, Bunkers noted, ” I find farm animals, especially goats and pigs to be ideal subjects in that they are highly emotive — I try to capture the individual essence rather than adhering to contextual boundaries.” When asked about his recent figurative works, he continues, “I’ve always been fascinated by everyday objects, the stuff often overlooked in the pursuit of beauty. My task as an artist is to find beauty in the mundane, then translate that rawness into a personal vision that hopefully resonates with the viewer.”
The open interior at Sola Café (290 W. Kagy, at South Third) lends itself to exhibitions of fine art and Bunkers anticipates using the space to display a wide range of works completed over the past three years. The owner of the newly opened café, Tiffany Lach, sees Bunkers’ show as “…the beginning of many eclectic and creative endeavors at Sola. We’re excited to show Brad’s work as part of our introduction to the community.” You can see a sampling of Bunkers’ work at his web site, bradbunkers.com.