Monthly Archives: March 2011

Hopa Mountain seeks illustrator for a children’s book

Hopa Mountain is seeking submissions from artists interested in illustrating a children’s book. The book will be between 18 and 30 pages. It is an early-science book that focuses on the concept of “what is alive?” and follows a little boy and his big sister as they spend a day exploring together.

To submit a sample illustration, please scan and send a one-page sample of your work to by April 15.

If you know of someone else who may be interested in submitting a sample ilustration, please feel free to pass this message along. For further information, call Hopa Mountain at (406) 586-2455.

Emily Browne MFA Exhibition: here we are

Emily Browne will be exhibiting her Masters of Fine Arts thesis show, here we are, in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery at the School of Art at Montana State University from April 4-8, 2011.

There will be a public thesis defense at 11:00 am in the gallery on April 4th, and an artist’s reception on Thursday, April 7th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

Browne’s thesis is comprised of large-scale figurative drawings. The work addresses ideas of relationships, memory, familiarity and space.

The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more information, contact the artist at

LA Hoffman MFA exhibition: Appropriate Disruptions

This March, the Helen E. Gopeland Gallery on the Montana State University campus will premiere a thesis exhibition by LA Hoffman: Appropriate Disruptions. This show brings together the new work from her cumulative year at MSU.

Appropriate Disruptions will be on display from March 28th – April 1st. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, March 31st, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., and is open to the public, all works are for sale. Hours for the Helen E. Copeland Gallery are 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Hoffman is known for her hyper-prismatic color palette and often graphic work. She sees patterns in the ways people interact and the elements that make up life stories. Her work often falls into the category of pop-art, and can take on a sketchbook/graffiti sensibility. Her work deals with hiding and revealing information and sometimes plays with the sheen/flatness of paints to obscure images.

A fierce feminist, Hoffman strives to both be a student of history, and a leader in the present by asking questions of herself and questioning the assumptions around her. Currently self-identified as a third-wave feminist, she’s wondering at the emergence of a new fourth-wave.

“Our power comes from our stories. Just as my past influences the person I am now so do the accumulated stories of our collective experiences influence us as a culture. Stories can cut across the chatter of a drifting conversation, they disrupt the flow and even when spoken softly, they make people listen. There is no argument against someone’s individual life experience. We relate to each other this way, stories encourage us to find common ground.”


The Robert and Gennie DeWeese Gallery at Bozeman High School presents:

A showcase of excellent craftsmanship

Drawing on an association of friends and colleagues this show brings together ceramic artists affiliated with the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena and the Emerson Cultural Center in Bozeman. Ryan Mitchell, Tara Wilson, Kenyon Hansen, Emily Free Wilson, Jana Evans, and Courtney Murphy are concerned with variations in form and surface that range from detailed surface patterns to wood fired vessels and abstract forms.

The show opens Tuesday March 22nd and a reception will be held Wednesday evening March 30th from 7-9 pm. The work will be on display until April 15th. The gallery is open to the public from 9:00am to 3:30pm daily.

The Robert and Gennie DeWeese Gallery at BHS is located off of N 11th Ave, enter at the new main entrance to the high school.

MSU Painting and Drawing Guild Sale in the SUB

On Monday, March 21st and Tuesday March 22nd from 11am to 2pm, the MSU Painting and Drawing Guild will be selling small paintings to raise money for an encaustic painting workshop as well as other arts events on campus. For every purchase you can submit your name into a raffle for a painting donated by one of the guild members. Whether you’ve started an art collection or are just beginning, stop by to purchase affordable artworks for yourself or as gifts made by MSU art students! For more information please call 406.579.1724 or email