Monthly Archives: February 2010

Artists’ Gallery: Something Green

The Artists’ Gallery displays miniatures inspired by the color green, with the hope that we’ll be seeing more of it soon.

The Artists’ Gallery invites you to come see their new miniature pieces inspired by GREEN. Featuring everything from paintings to mosaics these local artists have created a wide selection of artwork perfect for the month of March. Each individual piece is for sale and affordably priced. Have spring come early this year by seeing a little green at the Artists’ Gallery.

This show will be on display February 22 through March 26, 2010. Join us for a reception during Art Walk, Friday, March 12th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson. 111 S. Grand Ave.

Sweet Pea poster and T-shirt contests

Sweet Pea Festival 2010 is sponsoring its annual poster contest and a $1,000 prize for this year’s festival poster winner. All ages and levels of expertise are encouraged to enter. Deadline for entries is April 30.

Sweet Pea Festival also announces its second annual T-Shirt Art Contest. All levels of expertise are encouraged to enter. There are two categories for entrants — for ages 5 through 13 and ages 14 and up — with grand prize winners in each. Winning designs will be used on this year’s Sweet Pea Festival t-shirts. Deadline for entries is April 9.

Guidelines and application details are available online at This year’s event will be Aug. 6-8, with preliminary events beginning July 31. The web site also a link for arts and crafts vendors to apply for a booth at Sweet Pea,.

Bray Days @ Exit Gallery

ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents Bray Days, a collection of ceramics by artists in residence at the Archie Bray Foundation. The exhibit will be showing in the Exit Gallery March 1 – 12. There will be a free public artist reception Wednesday, March 3rd, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

The Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts is a public, nonprofit, educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker Archie Bray, who intended it to be “a place to make available for all who are seriously and sincerely interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work.” Its primary mission is to provide an environment that stimulates creative work in ceramics.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Bray in located three miles from downtown Helena, Montana, on the site of the former Western Clay Manufacturing Company. Set against the wooded foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the 26-acre former brickyard is internationally recognized as a gathering placed for emerging and established ceramic artists. The nearby mountains and brick factory ruins provide a backdrop for the creative environment; more important is the dynamic arts community created by the resident artists that come to the Bray to work, share experiences, and explore new ideas.

This year, the Ceramics Guild of MSU will be having a workshop featuring Nathan Craven and Gwendolyn Yoppolo. Hand-building ceramic installations and making ceramic vessels will be featured in the workshop. The workshop will be held in the ceramics room in Haynes Hall at the same time as the opening reception.

The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.

Glass artist Mike Conrad @ Nova Café

Mike Conrad is showcasing a variety of glass art this month— fire goddesses whose svelte figures support cones of glass flames, ominous black trees with small enticing red apples—at the Nova Café. The show also features everything from Conrad’s intricate goblets, methods learned in Murano, Italy, under master Cesare Toffolo, to whimsical and seasonally appropriate heart pendants. The show runs through the end of February.

Conrad has been working with glass for almost 13 years. He spends much of his time in his Bozeman glass shop doing torch work, but may also be found at home in Washington. He trained in both Seattle and Italy, working with Roger Parramore, Nancy Callan and Lucio Bubacco, combining torch and hotshop techniques. Conrad also teaches workshops at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle.

Lecture by photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper

Montana State University presents a lecture by renowned photographer Thomas Joshua Cooper at the Museum of the Rockies at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 22. Admission is free but space is limited.

Working solely with an 1898 Agfa field camera, Thomas Joshua Cooper has established himself as one of the foremost photographers of our time and was the recipient of the 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. He photographs only outdoors, but his pictures are far from nature “shots.” They are images he makes or finds, each unique, with each site captured in a single exposure, and then rendered as a selenium-toned silver gelatin print.

He is perhaps best known for his Atlas Project. Inspired by reading about Magellan’s circumnavigation of the world in the 16th century and the lasting impact that has had on world history, Cooper set out about 20 years ago to “chart” the Atlantic Basin, capturing points of land he had picked out on a map. He has published the photos from each segment of his photographic journey, from South Africa to Scandinavia (point of no return, 2004), along the eastern coast of South America (Ojo de Agua, 2006), in the Arctic and Antarctic (true, 2009), and, during his Guggenheim Fellowship term, up the eastern and Gulf coasts of North America, exploring the Rio Grande, Mississippi River and Hudson’s Bay as well. Once this final section is completed, Cooper will collect these parts into a single work titled “An Atlas of Emptiness and Extremity.”

Cooper is currently a professor and senior researcher in fine art at the Glasgow School of Art. See Wikipedia for more information on Cooper, or Artnet for a sampling of his photographs.

Call to Artists for Convive: a juried exhibit @ The Emerson

Artists who have not previously shown in The Emerson are invited to submit 2D & 3D work for a juried art show in the Emerson’s Weaver Room by April 20. Artists may submit up to 3 works. Please see the entry form (PDF) here, or in the Emerson office, for complete details. The exhibit will be juried by the Emerson Exhibits and Education Committee members.

Due date: April 20

Exhibit dates: May 3-June 25, 2010

Reception: Friday, May 14, 5-8pm

All applicants should contact Ellen Ornitz at The Emerson, Room #102, 587.9797. Hand deliver artwork to the Emerson by Tuesday, April 20 (10am-6pm). Artists will be notified by phone regarding the status of their application. Declined works must be picked up at the Emerson, Room 102, on April 27 & 28 (noon-5pm).

Madison Valley Arts Festival: call for submissions

The Ennis Arts Association will hold its 15th Annual Madison Valley Arts Festival Saturday, Aug. 7. Artists working in all media are invited to submit entries for this juried show.

The festival will take place in Peter T.’s Park. In addition to the artist booths, there will be live entertainment, food, an art raffle, meet-the-author book signing, and children’s face painting.

For an application contact Margie Reck by mail at 340 Bear Creek Loop, Cameron, MT 59720, by phone at (406) 682-4416, or e-mail The deadline for completed applications is May 14.

Loftin and Bunkers @ Beaucoup Gallery

Come to the Emerson’s Galleria Art Walk from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, and celebrate the return of oil painter Beth Loftin to the Bozeman art scene. Beaucoup Gallery & Framing will be featuring Loftin’s paintings along with a selection of original paintings by Livingston artist Brad Bunkers.

A featured artist at Chaparral Fine Art on Main Street for 15 years, Loftin creates distinctive portraits of turn-of-the-century pioneer folk, ranch hands and Native Americans. Nostalgic themes and bold use of color remain hallmarks of her captivating style, and while many of Loftin’s new paintings celebrate private moments at the end of the work day, she continues her compelling exploration of the uneasy merging of settler and Native cultures. Loftin has created a series of bronze sculptures — from an iconic study of a bucking bronco to a tender portrait of a mother and child — which will also be on display at Beaucoup. She continues to be represented by Chaparral Fine Art’s online gallery, at

The Way Home: paintings by Cherlyn Wilcox

There is an eternal landscape, a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives. -Josephine Har

The Way Home is a choreography of personal mapping, and a celebration of the West’s cartography mixed within a geography of imagination. By exploring emotionally subjective connections to the local environment, Cherlyn Wilcox invites the viewer to take their own route when viewing the pieces, from the context of their own experiences.

Opening reception on Friday, February 12th 5-8p.m. in conjunction with tart’s 3 year brithday party. The birthday party will include prizes, tarttoos, and more. Tarty apparel is both encouraged and rewarded. Refreshments in the form of tartinis and tarts will be provided.

tart is in room #107C of the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave., call 582-0416 for more information. The show will be on display until March 11th, 2010.