Monthly Archives: July 2009

Call for art: Sweet Pea Juried and Open Art Shows

The Bozeman Public Library is the featured venue for the Sweet Pea Festival‘s Juried and Open Art Shows. Both shows will be displayed in the Library’s Atrium Gallery between Thursday, August 6th and Wednesday, August 26th. All artists and the public are invited to the shows’ opening reception on Thursday, August 6th between 6 and 8 p.m. in the Library’s Large Community Room.

The Juried & Open Art Shows are open to all artists. However, artists may only enter one piece of work. In an effort to allow greater participation in the shows, hanging artwork shall not exceed the size of 3 feet x 4 feet. Only original artwork designed and executed within the last two years, and not previously shown in past juried shows, is eligible for the Juried Show participation. The Open Show is a non-juried and non-competitive exhibition. Artwork in any medium is acceptable, but acceptance is also conditional upon examination for extreme fragility or size. Please keep in mind that artwork will be located in an area heavily frequented by the public. Artwork also must be finished and ready for professional hanging. If artwork requires special handling, it must be accompanied by the artist’s written instructions. All artwork must remain on display for the duration of the exhibition.

Deadlines are July 31 for hand-delivered art works, and July 29 for arrival of shipped artworks. More information is available on the Sweet Pea web site.

Wanted: art for a new Willow Creek gallery

Leslie Drawbaugh has just opened a new gallery in Willow Creek, and she’s looking for artists interested in showing there with her. The gallery is in a home setting, with several small rooms for hanging wall art or other forms of display. The gallery is on Main Street, across from the Willow Creek Cafe, with wonderful exposure for artwalks (3rd Fridays each month) and visitors. Call Leslie at 406-600-8049 for more details.

Quilts at Aunt Dofe’s

Madalaine and Friends opens Friday, July 17th at Aunt Dofe’s Hall of Recent Memory with and artist and grandkid’s reception from 5-9pm. The show will run until August 15th.


Gloria Kirk-Hanna has taken thousands of strands of batik, silk, knit fabric, layers of rayon thread and has quilted two giant walls. The method creates peepholes where, from the outside windows of the gallery onlookers can see pieces of quilts and quilt tops draping from the walls and ceiling. The finished quilts are ladened with scrolling doodles taming the bright cotton fabrics into a flat form.

Come enjoy pizza, music, and Dave Kirk’s grandkids running underfoot!

Art Crossing Reception @ the library

A reception for the Gallatin Art Crossing will be held outside at the Bozeman Public Library on Saturday, July 11, at 6pm. The People’s Choice Award will be announced, live music will be provided by Scott Evje, and there will be an opportunity to view 19 sculptures to be installed in downtown Bozeman. Call Tate Chamberlain at 579-1256 for more information. There’s also an article in the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Robert DeWeese: A Look Ahead

Bob DeWeese - Self PortraitRobert DeWeese: A Look Ahead is a survey of the life work of one of Montana’s pioneering modernist artists. Beginning August 5th the DeWeese retrospective will be on display in Bozeman’s Jessie Wilber Gallery at the Emerson and the Copeland Gallery at Montana State University. The community is invited to an opening reception at the Wilber Gallery on Friday, August 14th, with a gallery talk by Josh DeWeese at 5:30 pm. Refreshments will be served from 5–8 pm in conjunction with Bozeman’s Art Walk.

Bob DeWeese - TieRobert DeWeese (1920-1990) studied art at Ohio State University and moved to Montana in 1949 with his wife, Gennie Adams DeWeese. As professor of art at Montana State University in Bozeman from 1949 to 1977, DeWeese taught and influenced many of the artists now working in Montana and beyond. DeWeese’s immense creativity, protean productivity, and personal warmth and generosity made him a Montana art legend. His radical experiments influenced two generations of Montana artists and collectors, and his artistic explorations still reverberate today.

A Look Ahead is on loan from the Holter Museum of Art and is traveling throughout the state of Montana under the auspices of the Museum and Art Gallery Directors Association–Montana (MAGDA). It is based on the Robert DeWeese retrospective presented at the Holter Museum in 2006 and curated by Bozeman artist Terry Karson.

“We hope this exhibition provides a fresh, in-depth look into Bob DeWeese’s legacy, offers a significant addition to the historical record of this important artist, and stimulates renewed dialogue on the history of modern art in Montana and what it may offer to future generations,” Karson said.

For further information contact Ellen Ornitz, or consult our website:

New Work by Jim Madden @ Ecce Gallery

New Work by Jim Madden will open on Thursday, July 9th 5-8pm at the Ecce gallery in The Emerson. Jim Madden is a Bozeman local and painter who captures in his small format paintings the search for sense of place and the desire for harmony and balance. Jim’s work will be shown through the start of September.

The opening will feature wine and light appetizers provided by the Emerson Grill. Ecce Gallery is located on Level 1 of the Emerson Cultural Center. Ecce Gallery can be reached at 406-586-5247 or on the web at or fan us on Facebook at Ecce Gallery.