Monthly Archives: March 2009

Sweet Pea call for entries

This year the Sweet Pea Festival is sponsoring a T-shirt art contest, as well as their traditional poster contest. First prize for the T-shirt design is $500; there is also a youth category with a $100 prize. The prize for best poster is $1000. More information and application forms are on the Sweet Pea web site. Deadlines are April 23 for the T-shirt contest and April 30 for the poster contest. That’s for receipt of mailed entries. Hand-delivery is possible until 4pm the follwoing day in each case. See the applications for details.

Edward Curtis: A Conversation with the Curators @ MOR

Edward Curtis, praised as a photographer but often criticized for his romanticized images of American Indians, will be the topic of discussion by curators Michael Fox and Steve Jackson on Thursday, April 2, 6:00-7:00 PM at the Museum of the Rockies. A collection of Curtis photographs is on display at the Museum through May 10.

Loretta Domaszewski: GVLT benefit @ Sola Cafe

Artist Loretta Domaszewski presents a Benefit for the Gallatin Valley Land Trust at the Sola Cafe (corner of Kagy and Willson). Purchase one of Domaszewski’s landscape paintings, inspired by local trails and conservation easements, to become a GVLT member or Sponsor a New Member.

An opening reception will be held Friday, April 3, 5pm-9pm. The paintings will be on view until May 31.

“Through my expression of art, it is my hope that the viewer can experience the powerful spirit of nature.”

MFA Thesis Exhibition: “Ah!” by Drew Nicklas

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery invites everyone to celebrate the openings of the 2008 MFA Thesis exhibitions. The first exhibition, “Ah!”, which runs from March 23rd through March 27th, is the culmination of Drew Nicklas for his Master of Fine Arts at Montana State University – Bozeman.

Nicklas explores the role of contemporary hand thrown pottery and what it means to make it simply and honestly.  Nicklas pays a direct reference to Peter Shumann and the Bread and Puppet Theater in the approach that art provides nourishment through discovery.  Nicklas encourages the public to stop at the table and eat the bread, enjoy the bread, and enjoy the pottery.

The public is invited to attend Nicklas’s oral defense, Tuesday, March 24th at 10:00 am in the Copeland Gallery.  A closing reception will be held Friday, March 27th from 5-7 pm.

Lecture by Rachel Warkentin @ MSU: Process, Memories, and Paint

Rachel Warkentin is a California based figurative painter working primarily in oil and egg tempera. She will be giving a lecture entitled Process, Memories, and Paint at 5:10-6:30pm, March 24th, in Cheever 215 on the MSU campus.

Warkentin received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the School of Art at Oregon State University and is currently finishing her Master of Fine Arts at the Claremont Graduate University. Her work is disciplined, methodical and meditative. Focusing on personal narration, dreams and memories, Ms. Warkentin’s work exhibits a quiet magic in each composition. A hugely prolific artist, Ms. Warkentin’s body of work is ever expanding and will serve to motivate students in their own studio practices. While at MSU, Ms. Warkentin will also give a workshop on the process of using egg tempera and conduct several studio visits.

Atlantis Unbound: Lori Hiris @ MSU Copeland Gallery

Lori Hiris will present her MFA thesis exhibition, Atlantis Unbound, in the Copeland Gallery in Haynes Hall, MSU School of Art. Hirst creates animated films from continuous reworking of a limited number of drawings. Her exhibit runs April 6-10th, with a reception Thursday, April 9th from 5-7pm.

Atlantis Unbound is loosely inspired by the utopian novel The New Atlantis, written by Sir Francis Bacon in 1627. Bacon, the philosopher of the new science of progress and technology, sets the stage for the main character Francis Galton to ponder the secrets of heredity. Via the metamorphosis of images, myth and history are interwoven through the act of drawing and erasing. Francis Galton is furiously writing letters to his cousin Charles Darwin in the pursuit of discovering the truth of hereditary science. Through conquest and discovery Galton’s mythology develops and his aspirations to improve the race lead to controversy.

Geometric abstraction: Phoebe Toland and Linda Stoudt @ Jessie Wilbur Gallery

Artists Phoebe Toland and Linda Stoudt are showing colorful abstract works at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture beginning March 23. View Toland’s sculptures and paintings in the Jessie Wilber Gallery and Stoudt’s paintings and drawings in the Emerson lobby. Meet the artists at a reception Thursday, March 26, with a gallery talk by both artists 5:30-6 p.m., followed by refreshments 6-8 p.m.

Helena artist Phoebe Toland is showing new abstract works under the title Structure, Inside and Out. According to the artist:

My work has always been closely connected to architecture. But structure goes beyond buildings and cities. It lies at the heart of all activity, and speaks about patterns and hierarchies within societies. Structures that may seem unique within a culture are often seen elsewhere with slight variations; the teepee circle in Wyoming and an ancient Celtic circle in England. The cultural similarities and differences that unite us as a people provide a link to our history and continue to inform and inspire my work.

Linda Stoudt, of Stevensville, MT, says the following about her drawings and paintings:

These images are distillations of everyday experiences. Daily life is inextricably entwined to making art; the work is about transition, passage through time and space; the permanence of impermanence. I have witnessed the rise and fall of matter hundreds of times, and endeavor to capture those moments of change. The paintings on cardboard and sandpaper drawings underscore this transitory theme with their non-archival base. The use of cardboard was driven by the need to make an image that had rows or furrows, as if digging in the earth or myself. The furrows continue to manifest themselves in recent works.

Figures: a collection by the Life Drawing Guild @ Exit Gallery

ASMSU Arts and Exhibits presents “Figures,” a collection of artwork by the
MSU Life Drawing Guild. The exhibit will show in the gallery March 23 to
April 3. There will be a public artist reception Tuesday, March 31st from
The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212,
Montana State University. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. See you there!

Brooke Karath @ Artists’ Gallery

The Artists’ Gallery at the Emerson is pleased to introduce Brooke Karath as our guest artist during the month of April.  We invite you to meet the artist at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of the Emerson’s Art Walk, Friday, April 10 from 5-8 p.m.

Brooke paints Native American portraits and “retablos,” a traditional Spanish art form that represents holy images of Jesus, Mary, and the Catholic saints.  Since the 18th Century, retablos have been painted on wood or tin, and have been used to honor saints in homes and churches throughout the Southwest, Mexico, Central and South America, and Spain.  Brooke prefers to work with pine and uses a combination of watercolor, acrylics, and charcoal.  The driving force behind her work is the desire to honor the heritage, beauty, and heart of New Mexico.