Monthly Archives: October 2009

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate

Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate is a visual arts exhibition encouraging a re-examination of international social justice. The exhibit features works by forty artists from across the United States reflecting upon and transforming volumes of white supremacist propaganda into thought-provoking, relevant works of art.

The impetus for the Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate exhibit came from the Montana Human Rights Network that acquired a large quantity of white supremacist books from a defector. The books were used as a catalyst for change through collaboration with curators at the Holter Museum of Art in Helena, Montana. The Holter Museum issued a national call to artists to participate in the exhibition to create art from the hate books and turn them to constructive, positive use. The impressive result—sculpture, painting, photography, collage, printmaking, book art, beadwork, and mixed media is insightful and inspiring.These artworks will be on display at the Emerson’s Jessie Wilber Gallery from October 15 – December 15 and the Helen Copeland Gallery at Montana State University from November 23 – December 18.

In addition, artworks by the curator, activist-artist Katie Knight, will be on display in the Emerson Lobby from October 15 – December 15. This exhibit, Travels to Namibia is a collection of Knight’s photographs, woodblock prints and quilts interpreting her human rights advocacy experiences in Africa. Katie Knight is also the curator of the Speaking Volumes exhibit that is traveling throughout Montana.

Meet Katie Knight at the opening reception for the Emerson exhibits, on Tuesday October 20th at the Emerson. She will give a gallery talk about her mixed media works at 5:30 pm followed by a 6 pm talk in the Wilber Gallery on curating the Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate exhibit.  Refreshments and a question/answer session will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

For further information please consult our website:; http://www.theemerson.org or contact  Ellen Ornitz, (406) 587.9797, ext. 104 or email: ellen@theemerson.org.

Transcontinental Fusion : A Collection of Oil Paintings by Christiane Buell

ASMSU Arts and Exhibits presents Transcontinental Fusion, a collection of oil paintings by Christiane Buell. The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery October 5-16. There will be a free public artist reception Wednesday, October 14 from 5-7pm in the gallery.

Christiane Buell is an artist currently living in Helena, MT. She has been a Swiss citizen and resident of  California since 1994. She has attended Swiss College for Dance and Ballet, Alvin Ailey Dance School in New York, Swiss College of Fine Arts in Zurich, Switzerland, Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, CA, and the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, CA. Christiane has also been an artist in residence at the Montana Artists Refuge in Basin, MT.

The Exit Gallery is the MSU campus gallery and is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. For more information please contact Stacey Ray, ASMSU Arts and Exhibits Director at 406.994.1828 or exhibits@montana.edu.

MSU Graduate Students 09 @ The Emerson

The exhibiting artists include sculptor Shannon Berg, exhibiting large drawings; 2-D artist Emily Browne, showing figurative paintings/drawings; Lorie Hoffman, op art paintings; April Hale, conceptual “jewelry” that combines cast and fabricated metal objects with appropriated mixed media; and Sukha Worob, prints with a “pop art” influence. The exhibiting artists employ both traditional and contemporary techniques with the scale ranging from the intimacy of jewelry to expansive paintings. Some artists focus on a purely aesthetic and optical experience while others promote concepts and emotions that are essential to appreciating the work.

Mimi Matsuda: Animals – Secret Lives

Local artist and former Yellowstone National Park Ranger Naturalist, Mimi Matsuda, débuts her whimsical art series, Animals – Secret Lives, at Rockford Coffee, Bozeman (7th & Main), October 9 – November 11.  Original soft pastels, prints and note cards on display.  Opening Reception Friday, October 9th, 6-8 PM. Light refreshments and hors d’oeuvres.  Free!

For information, contact:
Mimi Matsuda
Email: ravenjig@hotmail.com
Website: www.MimiMatsudaArt.com
PO Box 1524, Bozeman, MT 59771

Mia Anima Gallery and Art Studio

The newest art gallery in The Emerson is the Mia Anima Gallery and Art Studio, located in the main gallery hall in Suite 110. A great time to check it out would be at this Friday’s Galleria art walk, October 9, 5-8 pm. The owner, artist Hallie Zolynski, tells about the gallery in Art Bozeman’s brief gallery interview format:

1. Please introduce yourself and your exhibit space.
Mia Anima Gallery and Art Studio is located in the Emerson Galleria Hall, Suite 110. We feature local artwork, apparel, and handmade crafts from Nepal and Tibet.

2. Do you have a defined mission or niche?
Our goal is to provide artwork that is affordable, local, and out of the ordinary.

3. What local/regional/national mix of artists have you had?
We have about 50% local, 25% regional, and 25% international work.

4. How do artists usually connect with you?
Artist come into the gallery usually, although I’m always on the look out when I’m out and about.

5. How should an artist looking for a show or advice best approach you?
By email (hzolynski@yahoo.com) (406-580-3597), then make an appointment.

6. Anything else you’d like to tell artists and art aficionados?
I love making art and showing art. Never give up on your goals and dreams!

Hallie is currently seeking another artist to show in Mia Anima. Please contact her if you’re interested!

Bonnie Glock and Stuart Bond @ Artists’ Gallery

The Artists’ Gallery at the Emerson invites the public to a reception for artists Bonnie Glock and Stuart Bond, to be held on Friday, October 9 from 5 to 8 PM. Their works will be on display from September 28 through October 24. Glock will present a series of abstract graphite and pastel drawings, most of which will be in black, white, and gray tones. Bond will be showing his beautifully carved wood hangings, using trout, birds, wildlife, and celtic designs as his inspiration.

Bonni Glock’s early artistic inclinations were shaped by her mother, a realistic artist out of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.  Having received a B.S. in Education from Texas Tech University and a B.A. in Art from M.S.U., Bonnie now combines mediums, styles and rhythms into her own individual expression.  She has painted and exhibited in eight states.

Stuart Bond started carving at age thirteen when his father enrolled them both in woodcarving classes. His instructor was a master woodcarver from Norway. From then on, with the encouragement of his artistic parents, he learned and practiced on his own, working in wood and stone. Living on the Oregon coast gave him inspiration and plenty of subject matter. Then he experienced the dramatic change of moving to Montana, and a what a good change it has been. Here he’s honed his skills and added clay and wax to his sculpture mediums.  Sculpture is a passion for Stuart and there is nothing he would rather be doing.

Chigiri art by Chiyoko Lewis @ Bagelworks

The Japanese art of making pictures from torn pieces of paper is known as chigiri. Chigiri work by Chiyoko Lewis is currently on display at BagelWorks (708 W. Main St.). Lewis is originally from Kagoshima, Japan, and came to Bozeman six years ago. She and her husband Jimmy recently moved to Livingston.