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.
ASMSU Campus Entertainment presents: Elemental Symbiosis, a collection of ceramic vessels by Skylor Swann. The exhibition will be in the Exit Gallery April 18th – 29th and there will be a free public reception on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Skylor chose clay as his medium because he enjoys the challenge of finding the perfect balance of the four natural elements: earth, water, air and fire. His functional vessels incorporate a visual vocabulary of aquatic flora and fauna, bubbles and fire with which he hopes to communicate with the viewer on a primal level. Skylor’s interest in clay began in high school from which his education led him first to MSU Bozeman and then to Southern Utah University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Ceramics and Sculpture working with Susan Harris. After several years of working from home studios Skylor has returned to MSU working towards a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Arts and intends to pursue a master degree after graduating in May. His long-term goals are to work and study internationally and also to explore the endless possibilities of a life in the ceramic arts.
For more information please call 406.994.1828 or email email@example.com. The Exit Gallery is located in Strand Union Building room 212, Montana State University, Bozeman. Hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. See you there!
A small artwork sale, consisting mostly of paintings and drawings and hosted by the MSU Painting and Drawing Guild, will be held in the basement of the SUB near the bookstore on April 18th, 19th and 20th from 10:00am to 2:30pm. With a variety of techniques and artistic styles and a wide range of prices, everyone is sure to find something within their budget that they adore! Artwork makes a great gift for any occasion and is always original. All works are created locally by MSU student artists.
The Painting and Drawing Guild is always seeking new members so feel free to attend a meeting, email us, or check out the guild on Facebook to get involved. The next Guild meeting will be held Wednesday, April 27th at 6pm in the painting room, 227 Haynes Hall. Life Drawing, open to the community, is $5 per three hour model session, each Monday evening beginning at 6:00pm in 233 Haynes Hall. For more information please call 605.728.2908 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montana State University School of Art and the Waller Yoblonsky Gallery invite the public to the premiere of Ah, Wilderness!, a solo exhibition by artist Anna Bak. The exhibition dates are Monday April 18 – Friday April 22, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM. There will be a closing reception for the artist on Friday April 22 from 7-9PM. The Waller Yoblonsky Gallery is located on the Montana State University Campus, near the School of Art Graduate Studios, 2998 West Lincoln Street.
In Ah, Wilderness! we see a combination of drawing and sculptural artworks all concentrated around a thematic base. The title of the show arises from the title of the 1933 comedy play by Eugene O’Neill and is a also a comment on how man is interfering with nature. Anna Bak’s interest lies in the idea of man looking at nature, seeing nature as symbolic and as a place for true original reflection. Historically, unspoiled wild nature has always been a popular scene for artists and poets; but in this show Ms. Bak takes another turn and reflects more on this fascination of nature rather than on nature itself.
The works are also inspired by the thoughts springing from Henry David Thoreau’s book “Walden” in comparison to the incredible story of the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, living a life of similar solitude in a cabin in the forests of Montana.
Anna Bak is a Fulbright exchange student from Denmark and has been studying at the art department of MSU since August 2010. The show is a collection of works, results from her year-long research here in Montana. For more information on Anna Bak, visit her website at www.annabakart.blogspot.com.