How to Mix Oil & Water: Annie Bailey @ Atrium Gallery

The Bozeman Public Library Foundation invites the community to the Artist Opening Reception on Friday, October 29, 5:30-7pm for Annie Bailey’s exhibit How to Mix Oil & Water in the Atrium Gallery. Refreshments will be served. This unique show will be on display through the end of December.

Bailey works on canvas with oil and water soluble pencils to create a contrast of the rich, deep pigmentation of the oils and the soft, translucence of the water soluble pencils to evoke a sense of aging.  Once a painting is complete, it is sprayed with a protective varnish. The colors are chosen for their emotional quality, conveying the emotion felt by the artist about the subject upon the first encounter with it.

“My paintings are a way for me to create stillness in a moving world,” said Bailey. “I create an envelope of quietness around the subjects I choose, making them the center of attention in the painting, while in the real world they are lost and unnoticed. The abandoned trains, decaying grain elevators, and quirky café’s found throughout Montana are the real treasures I love to paint.”

Bailey grew up in Montana on her family’s ranch in the Smith River Valley. Her love of Montana constantly stimulates her to create new work and make connections to the state’s past. She uses both humor and tension in her work, as she finds that life is always a balance between the two.

All artwork is for sale, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bozeman Library Foundation to benefit the Library. Contact Paula Beswick at or 582-2426 for more information about this show or the gallery.