Michael Blessing and Garrick Faust are new members of the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center, and will be the featured artists during the month of May. Come to the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, May 13th from 5-8 p.m., during the Emerson Galleria Art Walk.
Michael Blessing will be displaying his bright and whimsical oil paintings depicting everything from delectable desserts to colorful toy robots. Blessing started painting in 2003 and has since been published in International Art Collector, Western Art Collector, Southwest Art, Montana Quarterly and other publications. Blessing is printing limited edition fine art prints of select paintings from his growing body of work.
Garrick Faust hand crafts flutes from exotic and reclaimed antique woods. Developing his craft through years of carpentry, Faust happened upon the perfect blend of wood and music when he discovered the tradition of handcrafting flutes. He offers his flutes, and his music, as a healing integration of the indigenous and colonizing American cultures. Incorporating reclaimed wood from the ranchlands of Montana, and from Yellowstone’s historic buildings, Faust gives the wood a native-sounding voice that honors the earth. Faust offers a free half-hour lesson with the purchase one of his flutes.
The Bozeman Public Library Foundation invites the public to the Art Opening Reception for Loretta Domaszewski on Friday, May 6, 5:30 – 7pm. Domaszewski’s exhibit Poetic Water Reflections will be shown in the Atrium Gallery for the months of May and June. A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the Bozeman Library Foundation and the Greater Gallatin Watershed Council (GGWC).
Domaszewski is known for her nature-inspired landscape paintings and murals highlighting the Gallatin Valley, and she will be offering a series of workshops and lectures for children and adults, in collaboration with the GGWC. These free workshops are sponsored by the Bozeman Public Library Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence Program, which will take place at the Bozeman Public Library, starting April 30 and continuing throughout the months of May and June. Call Paula at 582-2426 for more information or to register.
Originally influenced by the techniques of Master French Impressionists, Domaszewski’s landscape paintings express the essence and beauty of nature, with a Matisse sense of saturated color. Natural earth pigments and oil paint are applied to create rich transparent colors and textures, emphasizing the illumination of light and atmosphere. Domaszewski sees the world through light, layers, and pathways. More information about the artist can be found on her web site, www.lorettafineart.com.
Ecce Gallery is pleased to display selected works by Julie Oriet, Laurel Hatch, Tyler Kimball and Russ Fry from May 13- June 8, 2011. Opening for this show is Friday, May 13 during ArtWalk from 5-8pm. Refreshements will be provided by the Emerson Grill. Also featured at the opening is jewelry by Sally Horner O’Neill. This is part of the series of rotating monthly art shows featuring this year’s Museum of the Rockies’ MORArt artists.
To register, email Mandy Hallenius at email@example.com.
Update: Aysha Carter’s reception will be Monday, May 2, 7-9 pm.
S.L.A.M. (Support Local Artists and Musicians) is a new non-profit in Bozeman dedicated to showcasing the artistic, performing, and musical talents of Montana residents. This two day festival will take place August 6th and 7th, 2011 in Bogert Park in Bozeman. There are 50 available booth spaces in the juried art show. We invite you to apply to the first ever S.L.A.M. festival and support local everything! This festival is free and open to the public. The application for S.L.A.M. is due by May 1. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (406)581-8905. If you know of any other artists or musicians who may be interested in participating in S.L.A.M., please feel free to pass this along. Also check out the website slamfestivals.com/artists for updates and more information.