Monthly Archives: May 2009

“A Shared Vision” Art Exhibit @ the Emerson

The Emerson is pleased to present “A Shared Vision,” an exhibit of drawings and paintings by former Montana Trails Gallery artists including Aaron Schuerr, Tom English, Joe Wayne, Susan Blackwood and Howard Friedland. Several of these artists’ works were lost in the gas explosion that impacted the gallery in downtown Bozeman. These well-known regional artists will be showing landscape and figurative drawings and paintings and some plein-air sketches in the Emerson Lobby. The work is characterized by a passion for atmosphere, light, and mood coupled with an intense observation of nature. Several of these artists meet on a regular basis in the pursuit of excellence in their work, and they also give back to the community by teaching popular classes and workshops.

Meet the artists at their opening reception on Art Walk night, Friday June 12th, 5 – 8 pm with an informal gallery talk at 5:30 pm. For further information about our exhibit programs, consult our website: or call Ellen Ornitz, 587.9797, Ext. 104.

Molly Murphy & Friends: Native American Beading

Molly Murphy weaves Native American humor, her rich cultural history, and contemporary viewpoint into mixed media beaded objects on display in the Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery. Meet the Missoula artist during Bozeman’s ArtWalk, Friday June 12, 5-8 pm. The exhibit is on display from June 5 – July 24, 2009.

Murphy is a mixed blood descendant of the Oglala/ Lakota tribe. She uses beadwork and felt in both traditional and innovative forms that include beaded bags and boxes as well as a series of beaded XXXL T-shirts. The “super size” of the shirts comments on the very current problem of obesity and diabetes within the Native American community. The shirts are adorned with well-known Indian images such as the basketball and “red power.” Murphy also appropriates pop cultural images such as road signs in her beaded iconography.

Molly Murphy learned beading from her mother at an early age. Her native heritage and formal art education at the University of Montana have shaped her skills and content-driven artworks. When asked about the humor in her work, she responded, “ I once heard… humor is tragedy survived. When you have generations of tragedy, you require prodigious amounts of laughter.” As part of her heritage, humor and irony are often used to get the message across without having to state things directly.

The Molly Murphy exhibit is a springboard for the Emerson’s Summer ArtCamps program for children grades 2-6. For further information about our education and exhibit programs, consult our website: or call Ellen Ornitz, 587.9797, Ext. 104.

Jim Henry Photographs @ the Emerson

The Emerson is pleased to present Jim Henry’s stunning digital photographs “Downtown Chicago: Selections from the Urban Landscape.”  The Weaver Room show will be on display from May 30 – August 31, with an opening on Bozeman’s Art Walk night, Friday June 12th, 5 – 8 pm.

According to Jim Henry, “The images of this exhibit are primarily abstract, showing geometry, patterns, and color.  People, where they do appear, are part of the urban landscape; where they do not appear, they are nonetheless implicit in this landscape of structures, shapes, and reflections. These photographs are my attempt to isolate, record, and present selected aspects of this beauty.”

Jim Henry is Assistant Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at Northern Illinois University, in DeKalb, Illinois.  He has been photographing urban, rural, and wilderness landscapes for over 40 years. He spends some time each summer enjoying the Gallatin Valley’s less urban landscape. For further information about our exhibit programs, consult our website: or call Ellen Ornitz, 587.9797, Ext. 104.

@tart: Drawings of fathers and daughters by Courtney Blazon

This series of drawings by Missoula artist Courtney Blazon explores the relationships of fathers and daughters in her own unique, brooding, and slightly off-kilter way. With incredible attention detail and a rich imagination, Blazon crafts a series of intimate views into one of the most primary and powerful human relationships.

The show will be on display until July 9th.

Opening reception on Friday, June 12th 5-8p.m, in tart, room #107C of the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave.,  call 582-0416 for more information.

MSU student art show @ Danforth Gallery

Trace: An exhibition of recent work from graduate and undergraduate students of the Montana State University School of Art will be on display at the Danforth Gallery in Livingston from May 22nd- June 23rd.

The exhibition was organized by Traci Isaly and curated by Rollin Beamish, Assistant Professor of Painting at MSU-Bozeman. While the work of these young artists is formally diverse, it is nonetheless unified by a certain resonance, a searching or questioning about the very nature of our existence as cultured beings, and a meditation on the after-effects of our presence within our natural and cultural landscape. Whether figurative, non-objective, or a mixture of both, each artist is hunting for an elusive understanding, and the works they produce can be read as clues or “traces” along the way; open-ended statements that act more as invitations for participation than definitive claims, asking viewers to share in this inquisitiveness.

Participating artists include: Shannon Berg, Emily Browne, Gretchen Bundy, Crystal Carpenter, April Hale, Lorie Hoffman, Thane Lund, and Sukha Worob. There will be an artist reception on the evening of Friday May 22nd from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. The Danforth Gallery is located at 106 N. Main Street. For more information contact the gallery at 406-222-6510.

Call for artists @ Posh

The Posh store on Main Street (40 W. Main, near Willson) is looking for artists for the summer months. Artists may put their pieces up on the first of the month & have a reception during Artwalk every 2nd Friday.  The store has a 30% commission on all pieces sold, but pieces do not have to be priced to sell/for sale. Any style or genre that can hang on the walls is welcome (due to varied clientele, it must be family appropriate). If your art would look good in a chic, local, fashionable boutique, contact Kaycee Schultz at, or drop by Posh to check it out.

DG House: World Tour art sale

Contemporary native artist DG House kicks off her “World Art Tour” with a very special preview/sale of the new art prints for 2009. The World Tour Art Sale is Saturday, June 6, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at her Big Medicine Art Studio near Four Corners west of Bozeman. House’s studio is open to the public during this special event and everyone is welcome to be the first to view the new prints.

There are over 20 new prints that are 8”x10” and 11”x14”, matted and bagged and are limited editions, signed and numbered. All prints are $15 and $30 and feature the wildlife and native peoples of the Rocky Mountain West.

DG House is also one of the featured artists at the National Folk Festival’s First Peoples’ Marketplace in Butte, Montana, July 10 -12, 2009.

House is artist in residence in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. Her paintings are in the permanent collection of the Indian Arts Museum in Grand Teton National Park and in private collections worldwide. House is represented by the Depot Gallery in Red Lodge, MT, and A Horse of a Different Color Gallery in Jackson Hole, WY and in Bozeman at Indian Uprising Gallery.

The Big Medicine Art Studio is located in Four Corners, west of the 191 interchange at 97 Shepherd Trail, #10. For more information call the studio at 406.595.0113 or email

Ann Wilbert and Wendy Marquis @ Artists’ Gallery

The Artists’ Gallery at the Emerson invites the public to a reception for jeweler Ann Wilbert and painter Wendy Marquis, to be held on Friday, June 12, from 5 to 8 PM. Their works will be on display from May 26 through June 27.

Ann Wilbert: Ann has been making glass beads since 1996. Working with a propane/oxygen mix torch,  she melts rods of glass, then layers and forms them to create beads. The finished beads are then annealed in a kiln for longevity.  The striking colors of the glass and the way that the colors react together make glass a fascinating medium to work with. Like ceramics, the finished beads are somewhat of a mystery until the kiln has cooled.  Realizing that there are cooled beads waiting in the kiln to be discovered, is always a welcome thrill for Ann. Her current work is a study of organic color and form in glass.

Wendy Marquis:
Marquis’ eyes are constantly scanning her world for a scene to paint. As of late, she searches for ancient trucks in her Bozeman surroundings, as if she was a treasure hunter panning for gold; when she finds one that speaks to her, Marquis stops to see if she feels a story within its old metal bones. If she does feel so inspired, she proceeds to paint.  As she interprets this feeling and these stories of Montana…it flows intuitively through her brush and onto the canvas.  Whether she is painting an old truck, a landscape, or a mountain; or she is faux finishing a wall, Marquis’ spirit sings when she is working with color and paint.

She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and graduated with a BFA from the University of Arizona. Over the last ten years, Wendy has traveled extensively to take classes in the art of faux finishing walls & furniture. She intertwines all these disciplines when she creates her paintings. Most of her paintings are available as limited edition prints, signed & numbered. Her website is Her studio is in Churchill.

The Wind Blows: A photographic tour through forgotten Montana

Born in Seattle, until three years ago photographer Sean Heavey had only ever driven through small towns. What started as a two month road trip became an unexpected adventure and an introduction to a new home town: Glendive, Montana. Rarely without his camera, Sean drives the dusty roads, walks the untamed lands, photographing the windblown spirit of Northeastern Montana.

A graduate of MSU and a former staff member of F-11 Photographic Supplies, Heavey is May‘s featured artist at F-11’s Lightwriter Gallery, 16 East Main in historic downtown Bozeman.

Brittany Nelson benefit @ tart

tart recently moved to a larger space across the hall in the Galleria. At the upcoming Art Walk on Friday, May 8th 5-8p, in addition to the Head Start photography show, they are excited(!) to announce a special benefit show:

Help send former tartist and talented photographer Brittany Nelson to the prestigious Cranbrook Academy Art! Donated artwork from MSU students, faculty, and local artists will be priced to sell! This is a great opportunity to pick up photography prints and artwork at extremely affordable prices. The sale will also feature a silent auction of several photographs from the renowned artists and professors of the MSU Photography program!

Nelson now has a web site featuring several portfolios of her delightful and imaginative work.