Monthly Archives: May 2011

MORart event @ Museum of the Rockies

The Museum of the Rockies will be hosting its fourth annual MORart event in honor of all the artists who have donated their art to the Wine Classic this year. MORart, to be held on Thursday, June 2, from 7–9:30 p.m. in the Museum’s newly renovated lobby, will showcase the artists’ work and provide an opportunity to mingle with the artists themselves. Hors d’œuvres will be catered by the Emerson Grill with a no-host bar, and raffle tickets with prizes including experiences with the artists will be for sale for $1. Tickets for MORart are on sale now and are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

“Each artist gets the opportunity to not only showcase their donated piece that will be auctioned at the Wine Classic on Saturday, July 16th, but to demonstrate their art processes, talk with event guests about their progression as an artist and selling other pieces from their collection,” said Robin Chopus, Wine Classic Co-Chair.

This year’s event will feature Honorary Artist Gennie DeWeese, a true pioneer and matriarch in every sense of the word. DeWeese has received national recognition and her work has become widely collected. Primarily an oil painter, DeWeese also worked in cattle markers, paint sticks and oil sticks, as well as drawing and woodcut printmaking, monoprints and lithographs.  Painting almost daily until she passed away at the age of 86 in 2007, Gennie’s work ethic, contagious enthusiasm and warmth is remembered just as well as her talent and passion for art.

In addition, artists including the late Freeman Butts–Painter, Tina DeWeese–Wire Sculptor, Ray Campeau–Painter, Laurel Hatch–Painter, John Juracek–Photographer, Sally Horner O’Neill–Jeweler, Stacey Herries–Painter, Russ Fry–Furniture Maker, Kirsten Kainz–Painter, Tom Thornton–Painter and Sculptor, Barb Schwartz Karst–Painter, Julie Oriet–Painter, Tyler Kimball–Glass Artist and Diane Ross–Furniture Maker, will be on hand to display their art and mingle with the attendees.

For more information visit or to purchase tickets call 406-994-1998.

Wendy Marquis and Sali Jo Hand @ Artists’ Gallery

Artists Wendy Marquis and Sali Jo Hand will be displaying new work during the month of June at the Artists’ Gallery in The Emerson.

Wendy Marquis attempts to straddle the place between past and present in her paintings.  She tells the story of the 1954 tractor parked in a field of wildflowers, and the ’38 GMC resting next to a rancher’s fence.  She hopes the viewer can sense the intensity of color here and the magnitude of Montana’s vistas as they appear under the big sky. Wendy has won the 2011 Cover Competition for American Artist Watercolor Magazine, her painting Bridger GMC will appear on the cover of June’s issue.

Sali Jo Hand combines her passion for art and horses in a series of black and white paintings depicting these spirited animals. Come to the Artists’ Gallery in the Emerson Center, to meet the artists at a wine and cheese reception on the evening of Friday, June 10th from 5-8 p.m., during the first Downtown Art Walk of the season.

Gallatin Art Crossing Call for Entries

The City of Bozeman and the Gallatin Art Crossing are pleased to announce Call for Entries for the 2011-12 show and installation. This years show will be accepting up to 10 applications. Creation or contribution for the Gallatin Art Crossing is an opportunity to have your work marketed and on display in downtown Bozeman for one year. Application deadline is the 12th of June, with the installation and reception on July 16th. Pieces need to be ready to install and sustainable outdoors without maintenance for one year.
The Art Crossing exhibit hosts a variety of artwork introducing viewers to many artistic approaches.

The goal of the program is to add at least one piece to the permanent collection each year. Fundraising incorporates a variety of techniques and entities such as community challenges and the solicitation of individuals and businesses for contribution.

This year, the Art Crossing will be able to facilitate hotel rooms and meals for traveling artists. Space is limited and will be on a first come first serve basis.
Please visit to get more information and application materials, also place your vote for this years Peoples Choice Award.

Mimi Matsuda pastels @ Rockford Coffee

Mimi Matsuda‘s show, Bikes Gone Wild, opens Friday, May 27th, from 5-8 PM at Rockford Coffee, on the corner of 7th and Main.  She’ll have 11 new soft pastels up, along with notecards and small prints.  Partial proceeds will benefit 88 Bikes , a non-profit that for every $88 donated, will send a bike to a child in a developing country. Help her to send a group of bikes to children around the world :-)!  Refreshments, beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more info, contact Mimi @, or


“Second Nature” Eco-friendly and Re-styled Vintage Furniture by Carla and Chandler Pyle

Livingston furniture makers and restorers Carla and Chandler Pyle of Living Home Furniture craft and re-craft furniture that treads lightly on the earth without sacrificing style. From a mid-century chrome club chair reupholstered with eco-friendly fabrics and foam, to a new chair constructed with sustainably harvested hardwood and hand dyed silk from Thailand, each piece of furniture from this duo is a green work of art intended to be used and lived on. Come see and sit on this exhibit of new and vintage furniture in tart during the Emerson’s artwalk, and participate in a fantastical wonderland photo booth with photographer Jessie Moore.

Definition of Second Nature: “A habit or mode of behavior so long practiced that it seems innate.” The relationship of this definition to furniture may seem a bit obscure, until one considers the current state of the world, in which our old ingrained habits are shifting to accommodate the true cost of our resource use in every facet of our lives. Finding a second use for our furniture, where its very nature is transformed to fit our changing needs, is a solution we can feel good about.

10% of the proceeds from this show will be donated to Big Brothers and Sisters of Gallatin and Park Counties.

Opening reception on Friday, May 13th 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 June 8th, 2011.

Shirley Robinett collages @ The Daily

Shirley Robinett is exhibiting her collaged horses in The Horse Show at the Daily Coffee Bar, 1013 W. College St. The exhibition opened May 2 and will continue through May 31.

Inspired by Eric Carle’s illustrations in the Very Hungry Caterpillar, she has developed her own unique style. Each figure is collaged using cattle marker paintings, and finished with an adornment of feathers, wild grasses, leaves, wheat, porcupine quills, and other materials. Each piece is unique with its own individual personality.

Robinett received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from Montana State University in 2006. She is a member of the Montana Institute of Arts and the Emerson Center for the Arts and Culture.

2011 B.F.A. thesis exhibition @ MSU

Montana State University School of Art and the Helen E. Copeland Gallery invite the public to the 2011 B.F.A. thesis exhibition. With over 60 artists represented, the exhibit offers the opportunity to view artworks from a wide-range of artistic approaches and a variety of media from all the disciplines in the School of Art. The 2011 B.F.A. graduates from the painting, sculpture, printmaking, metalsmithing, ceramics and graphic design disciplines are represented in this exhibition.

The exhibition dates are Monday April 25 – Friday May 6, 2011, and it is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM. There will be a closing reception on Friday May 6 from 7PM-9PM. The Helen E. Copeland Gallery is located within The School of Art’s Haynes Hall, on the second floor.