Monthly Archives: April 2011

Multi-media installation: Roz Mortimer @ MSU

Montana State University School of Film and Photography, the School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery would like to invite the public to Passages (is this a love letter or a suicide note?), a multi media installation by the artist Roz Mortimer.  The exhibition dates are Tuesday April 12 – Tuesday April 19, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM.  There will be an opening reception on Thursday April 14 from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located within The School of Art’s Haynes Hall, on the second floor.

Passages (is this a love letter or a suicide note?) was created in response to a Rockefeller Foundation residency in Bellagio, Italy which was taken in collaboration with Robert Arnold, Director of the School of Film and Photography. At Bellagio the artists worked together to create a bank of images with the intention of developing separate but linked responses to this unique place.

This two channel video installation interweaves thousands of still photographs, video and timelapse photography to take the viewer on a choreographed journey through the labyrinthine gardens and ruins of Villa Serbelloni on Lake Como. Mortimer’s diary became the narrative base of the work, it is a confessional and intimate essay referencing Calvino, Borges, Mann and Twain whilst recording a personal response to the isolation and beauty of this place.

The passage of time, light, and people is central to Passages, where location and landscape become devices to explore duality, enclosure and isolation – both as physical and psychological states. Intersecting paths open out into seemingly impossible locations, mysterious doors set into the rock reveal secret passageways, and as the cicadas call, a sense of languor gives way to obsession and an unraveling of sanity.  Passages was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Arts Council England and Film London Artists Moving Image Network.

Roz Mortimer is an artist and filmmaker who lives and works in London, UK. She is currently Visiting Professor in the School of Film and Photography at MSU. Her work has been widely shown around the world in galleries, cinemas, at film festivals and on television and has been supported by Arts Council England, Wellcome Trust, Rockefeller Foundation, British Council, Film London, LFVDA, LAFVA, Eastern Arts and Channel 4 Television.

Her work is focused on expanded and experimental forms of documentary across a range of media; from film and video to photography, sound, installation and performance. Earlier works unpicked notions of Englishness, whereas more recent films have focused on specific global locations from the High Arctic to the Italian Lakes, creating layered and thought provoking portraits which blur the boundaries between staged theater and documentary and raise questions about the relationship between fact and fiction.

Art @ the Library

Local Artists at Work
Artists Jerolyn Dirks and Terry and Whitney Hall, exhibitors in the Bozeman Library’s Atrium Gallery, will be working on current painting projects in the lobby for the month of April while their show is displayed. Terry and Whitney will be painting live every Friday, beginning April 1 from 1:00 to 3:30 pm, and Jerolyn will paint on Tuesdays, beginning April 5 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The public can see original painting in progress, see how a painter operates, and ask questions about that piece or any of their artwork on display. This is a unique chance to see an artist at work!

Call for Local Artists!
The Bozeman Public Library Foundation requests submissions from solo and group artists to exhibit in the Atrium Gallery for 2012. The Atrium Gallery will showcase both traditional and innovative contemporary art forms, with each exhibit on display for one to three months. The Library is committed to exhibits that will expand the public’s appreciation of art, as well as reflecting the diversity of the community. Selections are chosen by the Library Art Committee, consisting of local artists, community members, and staff from the Library and Library Foundation. To apply for 2012 or to learn more, please see the Exhibit Proposal Guidelines at, or contact Paula Beswick, Library Foundation Director at 582-2426. Submission deadline is April 30!

“Headdress for Success” Paintings by Laura Poinsette

tart unveils a new collection of shadow boxes and paintings by Livingston artist Laura Poinsette, featuring portraits of disguise and camouflage. Inspired by the restlessness that often accompanies this season of late winter doldrums, this series illustrates the ability to transport ourselves away from our own reality using our most available vehicle, physical transformation.

A portion of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter and Stafford Animal Shelter, caring for stray animals in Gallatin and Park Counties.

Opening reception on Friday, April 8th from 5-8p.m in tart, rooms 107B & C in the Emerson Center, 111 S. Grand Ave. Call 406-582-0416 or visit for more information. The show will be on display through May 11th, 2011.

The Cottonwood hosts Bozeman Bike Kitchen Benefit show

The Cottonwood and Jason Lytle invite you to the Bozeman Bike Kitchen Benefit show April 30! In accordance with classes coming to a close, The Cottonwood has decided to celebrate one of our favorite Montana summer activities – Bicycle Adventuring! We’re throwing a special benefit show featuring the Grand music of hometown hero Jason Lytle. Admission is $5. Proceeds go to further the community love of The Bozeman Bike Kitchen.

ARTISTS bring your work, any and all mediums, ready to hang and ready to sell! We ask that you donate 20% of any work sold to The Bozeman Bike Kitchen. Doors open at 7pm. Libations. Ride your bike down and help us make this an amazing night! Let’s welcome summer with love! Look Ma! No hands!

Find out more at The Cottonwood Club facebook page.

“Showers, Flower and Fools” @ Artists’ Gallery

The month of April brings April Fools Day, the hope of flowers, and often turns our snow flurries turn to rain showers. As many of us hope for spring, the members of the Artists’ Gallery are inspired by all things the month of April has to offer. They have created new work from a variety of media and these pieces will be on display until May. Each individual piece is for sale and affordably priced.

We invite you to come to the gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, April 8th from 5-8 p.m., during the Emerson Galleria Art Walk.

Life Drawing open to the public: Mondays 6-9 pm

Life drawing sessions, hosted by the MSU Painting and Drawing Guild, are happening every Monday throughout the semester from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in room 233 of Haynes Hall on the MSU campus. The room is located in the southwest corner of Haynes Hall on the second floor. There is a $5 admission to draw for each session and we need at least eight people to attend each session! Whether you are a novice or experienced artist the opportunity is a fun and fulfilling chance to improve your technique and learn from others!

The MSU Painting and Drawing Guild is also looking for nude models to hire for the life drawing sessions. Models are paid $40 for three hours. Modeling is not open to MSU art students.

For more information about the Drawing and Painting Guild, life drawing sessions, or if you are interested in working as a model please call 406.994.1828 or email